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11/9/2012


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WMATA hosts job recruiting event for vets, transitioning military members



In an effort to recruit more veterans, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will hold its annual Military Open House on Nov. 19.

The event will offer retired, former and transitioning military service members the opportunity to learn about career opportunities at WMATA; network with military and former military WMATA employees, and meet with hiring department managers, agency officials said in a prepared statement. Same-day interviews and job offers may occur at the event, they said.

The agency is seeking hundreds of candidates to fill various positions, including engineers, project managers, police officers, bus operators, electrical technicians, vehicle mechanics and information technology professionals.

"[WMATA] recognizes the discipline, unique training, skills and leadership qualities that the U.S. armed forces provide, and we look for candidates with these type of skills to fill our workforce," said General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sarles. "We want to reach out to military community and encourage veterans to take a look at WMATA as they transition back into civilian life."

At last year's open house, nearly 350 service persons and veterans attended. Eleven candidates were interviewed on the spot for various positions, and more than 150 were invited for interviews and testing the following week.

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