7 Tips for Military Veterans to Get a Job Through a Career Fair

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Published on March 12, 2014

Author: LWheelerRM

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From one veteran to another, we know that searching for a civilian job can be tricky. Luckily, we’ve hosted 560 job fairs specifically for military veterans in the past eight years, and we know what it takes to be successful at a job fair. We’ve distilled our experience into "7 Tips for Veterans to Get a Job Through a Career Fair."

This 30-minute webinar (with a live Q&A at the end) isn’t a magic bullet by any stretch, but based off our experience with veteran job seekers, with companies who hire veterans, and with job fairs that bring the two together, we think you’ll find the tips and advice helpful as you prepare to attend a job fair, whether it’s your first time attending or whether you’ve attended many before without luck.

Also, we’re asked a lot how many veterans find jobs at our events, and we’re proud to say that on average, as a result of each one of our job fairs, over 100 job offers are extended to veterans. We want you to be on the receiving end of one or more of those offers, and we hope you’ll join us for “7 Tips for Veterans to Get a Job Through a Career Fair.”

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Tip #1: Visit every booth Tip #1: Visit every booth. Know what you’re looking for, but keep an open mind. Saying “I can do anything” appears to recruiters that you have no direction.

Tip #2: Prepare your resume Tip #2: Prepare your resume. Some companies are required to receive only online resumes. Bring a hardcopy anyway. Length should be two pages, maximum. Translate your military experience into civilian terms. We’ll talk more about this later.

Tip #3: Think about your 30 second “elevator pitch” Tip #3: Think about your 30 second “elevator pitch.” Sell yourself. Think about what recruiters want to hear. Provide a brief background of your skills, your character qualities, and then apply that to the position you’re discussing.

Tip #4: Translate your military experience into civilian language Tip #4: Translate your military experience into civilian language. Remember that not all recruiters understand your MOS or acronyms. Assume they don’t. Explain the technical details, your responsibilities, not just the role of your job within the military.

Tip #5: Dress, act, and present yourself professionally and confidently Tip #5: Dress, act, and present yourself professionally and confidently. This may be new, but you’re adaptable. Act like it. Wear business clothes, like you would to an interview. Make eye contact, initiate handshakes, address recruiters, visit every booth.

Tip #6: Research beforehand Tip #6: Research beforehand. Look up the companies who are attending. Get familiar with how a job fair works, how booths are set up, etc. Print resumes, tailored to each type of job or industry you’re interested in.

Tip #7: Follow up afterward Tip #7: Follow up afterward. Send an email thanking the recruiters for speaking with you and expressing interest in the job. Add connections on LinkedIn.

7 tips for veterans to get a job through a career fair 1. Visit every booth 2. Prepare your resume 3. Think about your 30 second “elevator pitch” 4. Translate your military experience into civilian language 5. Dress, act, and present yourself professionally and confidently 6. Research beforehand 7. Follow-up after

www.RecruitMilitary.com fb.com/RecruitMilitary twitter.com/RecruitMilitary Job Fair Schedule

W W W . R E C R U I T M I L I T A R Y . C O M RecruitMilitary Job Board 1. Register at www.RecruitMilitary.com 2. Upload resume, military experience, civilian work history 3. Over 600,000 available jobs posted, waiting for you to apply 4. Allows employers to see your resume, skills, experience, etc. 5. Companies search the database to find you, to fill their positions 6. Establish job alerts to receive new positions daily

Liz Wheeler Mike Francomb www.RecruitMilitary.com www.linkedin.com/in/wheelerliz/ www.linkedin.com/in/mikefrancomb Connect with us! LWheeler@RecruitMilitary.com Mike@RecruitMilitary.com

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