JEMS holds its 26th annual job fair at JBPHH

Job seekers attended the 26th Annual JEMS job fair held Sept. 25 at Club Pearl, Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam.

Job seekers attended the 26th Annual JEMS job fair held Sept. 25 at Club Pearl, Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam.

Story and photo by Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

The Joint Employment Management System (JEMS) held its 26th annual job fair Sept. 25 at Club Pearl, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Recruiters from many local businesses, mainland companies and government agencies were on hand, recruiting to fill job vacancies ranging from entry level to highly technical and professional positions.

Several hundred people showed up to see the offerings at this year’s event.

“We’re doing pretty well so far,” said Susan Hodge, JEMS director. “We are on track to have about 900 job seekers.”

While some of the companies already have connections with JEMS and post job openings on, others specifically seek them out when they have positions to fill.

“We have a good mix of companies here,” Hodges said. “We have private companies as well as agencies who regularly attend, such as MWR and the NEX.”

About 60 percent of those attending the job fair are active duty military or retired. Most of those remaining are military spouses.

JEMS origins date back 26 years ago when local military leaders realized service members and their family here in Hawaii needed assistance entering the job market. The initial goal was to help connect military spouses with local employers.

Today, JEMS is a family readiness initiative funded by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to help active duty, retirees and family members find empl-oyment.

JEMS acts an advocate for job seekers from the military community and serves as a central point of contact for businesses to reach these job seekers.

In addition to the annual job fair, JEMS provides services and assistance to jobseekers through their website, Registering with the website allows individuals to search for jobs by job title, company name, geographical area, job category, work status, and add date. There is also a resume builder and skills checklist.

To learn more about JEMS, visit

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