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April 17, 2020 | 6 min. read
If you recently transitioned out of the service and are looking to start your next career, you may feel thrown for a loop due to recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many companies are still actively hiring veterans. Career fairs are a great way to meet recruiters and learn about different industries. Now that the upcoming career fairs for veterans have gone virtual, navigating them is a little different. Here’s how to do it.
What to Expect
A virtual job fair is just like the traditional, in-person career fair, only it takes place online. When you sign up to attend a virtual fair, you’ll be given a unique link to join the event. Once logged in, you’ll be able to view videos from hiring managers and chat in real-time with recruiters.
Virtual career fairs can benefit you because access is easier. You’ll spend less money on travel, and less time navigating the fair overall.
How to Prepare
Even though the career fair takes place from the comfort of your own home, now is not the time to stay in your pajamas. Prepare for the fair like you would any job interview. Start by researching the companies you know you want to talk to. Come up with a list of questions to ask recruiters, and a few points you would like to make about how you could be a good fit for their company or the role they are looking to fill.
You can make the most out of your time attending a virtual career fair by preparing your resume in advance and making sure your computer is updated and ready to go to avoid last minute glitches. Also, practice your pitch and answers to common questions such as “Tell me about yourself” and “Why are you interested in working for us?”
When it is time to log in, make sure you are in a distraction-free room, wearing professional attire with your resume on hand. Just as you would in a face-to-face interaction, maintain eye contact during video chats. When communicating in chat rooms, be aware of your grammar. Take the time to make sure everything is spelled correctly, and avoid using text lingo or slang. Remember that your first interaction with a company, whether on video or in a chat room, is their very first impression of you. Make it a good one.
List of Fairs
There are several upcoming virtual career fairs geared toward military veterans. These include:
For even more events and career fair opportunities, be sure to check out some of these websites:
Virtual job fairs can be a great way to find your new career as you transition out of the military. Practice in advance, research the companies that interest you, and make a lasting impression to snag the job.
And although the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many companies, First Command is still hiring veterans like you. If running your own business under the guidance of others, helping the military community pursue their financial goals and having the freedom to work when and how you want appeals to you, consider becoming a First Command Financial Advisor. Our advisors receive all the training they need to start their second career. For more information, visit https://www.firstcommand.com/careers/ or reach out to our recruiters at any of the career fairs listed above.
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