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Ft Hood Employment & Economy

Stretching from San Marcos to Waco along the Interstate 35 corridor that runs from Mexico to Canada, Central Texas is home to some of the fastest growing communities in Texas, including the state capital of Austin. Long known for its dynamic business ecosystem, the region has fueled steady growth for some of the world's most successful companies, including Dell, Facebook, 3M, General Motors, NXP Semiconductors, Samsung and many more. Seven world-class colleges and universities in Central Texas ensure a strong talent pipeline.

The “Barbecue Capital of Texas” offers quality health care, outstanding schools, affordable housing and a low cost of living. The military, government, medical/healthcare services, manufacturing/distribution,
agricultural/agribusiness, retail trade and business IT consulting services are thriving industry sectors in the Temple-Killeen-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area (encompassing most of Bell and Coryell counties) and continue to be a major economic influence. Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the free world, is in Killeen, where defense contractors also abound.

The median age in the area is about 31 years old, meaning the workforce skews younger. Median household income in Central Texas is in the low $50,000 range, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The state has no corporate or personal income tax.

Rail, Transit and Waterway Access

The state’s central location and state-of-the-art transportation network provide timely access to domestic and global markets via air, land and sea which leave little room to wonder why the Lone Star State has led the nation in exports for the last 17 years. In 2018, Texas exported $315 billion in goods, which is more than California and New York combined.

With 16 seaports, including 11 deepwater ports with channels at least 30 feet deep, Texas ranks as the top U.S. state for manufacturing exports and shipment value. Of these ports, 32 are designated as foreign trade zones, allowing the flow of goods without formal customs entry, import quotas or most other restrictions. Texas has more miles of public roads (over 313,220) and freight rail (10,539) than any other state.

Since 1911, Texas has led the nation in railroad length. Texas railway mileage peaked in 1932 at 17,078 miles, but since has dwindled to 14,006 miles today.

Natural Resources

The state’s most important natural resources are its large mineral deposits, particularly of petroleum and natural gas. Texas leads the United States in the total value of its mined products, producing large quantities of oil and natural gas. The state is responsible for about 1/5 of the country’s oil production and almost 1/3 of the nation’s supply of natural gas. Texas is also a leader in the production of cement, crushed stone, lime, salt, sand and gravel.

In addition, the state has fertile soils and rich grasslands that support large herds of beef and dairy cattle and sheep. The largest source of agricultural revenue in Texas comes from the sale of beef cattle. Texas ranks first in the country in the number of cattle raised. Other Texas livestock products include dairy products, chickens, eggs, turkeys, hogs and sheep, goats, horses and honeybees. Texas raises more sheep and produces more mohair from angora goats than any other state.

Fort Hood

As the largest employer in the area, Fort Hood is critical to the social and economic growth of Central Texas as well as to the mission of the U.S. Army. Before Fort Hood, the region was known for cotton and cattle, sparsely populated and moving at a slower pace.

The abrupt shift from a low population agrarian environment to a densely populated urban one has had both positive and negative results. On the one hand, the post has helped grow local economies in a dozen cities and for the whole region of the state by stimulating business, educational opportunities, commercial convenience and professional services such as hospitals and health care. The downside is a large number of transitory residents has resulted in impermanent communities with highly focused economic interests that usually aren’t found in communities this size.

Ft Hood Employment Resources

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

National Resources

At the national level, websites such as www.linkedin.com, www.monster.com, www.career
builder.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.

The National Military Spouse Network, a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics like entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.

Local Resources

Texas Workforce Commission

https://twc.texas.gov/programs

The Texas Workforce Commission’s Employment Service provides the largest job-matching network in the state via www.workintexas.com. The commission also offers skills development, child care services, apprenticeships and services for veterans. For more information, visit the website or one of the following local locations:

3418 Main St.
Gatesville, TX 76528 254-404-3021

300 Cheyenne Drive
Killeen, TX 76542 254-200-2045

201 W. Avenue A, Suite 101
Temple, TX 76501 254-742-4420

State of Texas

www.workintexas.com

Employment opportunities with the State of Texas are posted online. Search by category, department or location then apply online.

City of Belton

100 S. Davis St,
Belton, TX 76513
www.beltontexas.gov

From the main menu on the city’s website, click “Departments” then “Human Resources” to connect with job opportunities and the city’s online application process.

City of Copperas Cove

914 S. Main St.
Copperas Cove, TX, 76522
www.copperascovetx.gov

From the main menu on the city’s website, click “Departments” then “Employment” to view job openings and download the city’s application for employment.

City of Gatesville

110 N. Eighth St.
Gatesville, TX 76528
www.ci.gatesville.tx.us

From the home page of the city’s website, you can access Gatesville’s employment opportunities and the city’s online application. Applications can be turned in at City Hall or contact the department head for other options.

City of Harker Heights

305 Millers Crossing
Harker Heights, TX 76548
www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us

From the main menu on the city’s website, click “Departments” then “Human Resources” to connect with job opportunities and the city’s online application process.

City of Killeen

101 N. College St.
Killeen, TX 76541
www.killeentexas.gov

The left sidebar on the city’s home page leads directly to employment opportunities for the city. You can request to be notified of job openings and view current job listings.

City of Temple

1 S. First Street
Temple, TX 76501
www.ci.temple.tx.us

From the main menu on the city’s website, click “Departments” then “Human Resources” under the City Departments listing to connect with job opportunities and the city’s online application process.

EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES

An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.

Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 20 for a list of chambers of commerce in Central Texas.

Ft Hood Job Seekers

JOB-SEEKER TIPS

Always keep your resume up-to-date and have several versions that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.

Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.

Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position.

Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.

Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.

Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter, as well as the quick-response email, will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.

Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you are not notified that you did not get the job.

FORT HOOD CIVILIAN OPPORTUNITIES

Federal Jobs

Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at Fort Hood.

NAF Jobs

For information about non-appropriated fund positions, including openings in lodging, child care, recreation areas and more, call Fort Hood’s NAF hotline at 254-288-2002.

Exchange Jobs

For exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at www.aafes.com/about-exchange/exchange-careers.

SELF-EMPLOYMENT

Texas Small Business Development Center

The Texas Small Business Development Center offers small business resources and workshops for those looking to start or grow a business. Visit https://sbdctexas.org.

Small Business Resources

www.usa.gov/business

Learn the steps to start and grow a small business at USA.gov’s Small Business website. The platform features hand-picked government websites helpful to small business owners. Learn about business taxes and incentives, financing a business, importing and exporting, federal government contracting, state business resources and more. The website also provides information on a wide range of programs and services to help veterans, women, minorities and the economically disadvantaged start or grow a business.

 

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