Register for the Employing Those Who Serve Virtual Career Fair on March 20!
By Jaymie Pompeo, GCDF
Senior Career Exploration Specialist, APUS
On March 20, the Department of Career Services is hosting an exclusive event for AMU and APU students and alumni, devoted to Employing Those Who Serve. If you are a veteran, transitioning servicemember or military spouse, this will be the perfect opportunity to connect with employers who have an active interest in meeting you!
As your Career Coach, my goal is to ensure you approach recruiters with purpose and confidence, which can only happen if you come prepared. To help alleviate the time and energy involved, here’s what I recommend focusing on as you’re preparing for the Virtual Career Fair.
Know Your Marketable Strengths and Work Preferences
Recruiters are ready to engage in conversation about your interest in their organization. The expectation here is that you come prepared to talk about your relevant strengths, marketable attributes, and job preferences as they apply to that organization.
Start by reflecting on your past experiences and make note of any valuable knowledge, skills, and expertise you may have that employers want. You also want to define your preferences to ensure you recognize employers that may offer the right work fit.
Begin your reflections with the following:
- What unique skills did I acquire from my military experiences?
- What specialized job training and subject matter expertise have I developed?
- What type of security clearance or industry credentials do I have that employers are actively seeking?
- What type of company culture do I need to do my best work?
- What cities/states am I willing to relocate to?
- What type of work schedule am I looking for?
- What salary range supports my lifestyle?
Conduct Initial Research on Participating Employers
We have an impressive list of employers who are ready to chat with our military-affiliated community. At minimum, plan to review the list of participating employers and know who they are and what they do prior to the event. You may discover a career path you haven’t considered or learn about military initiatives that bridge skill gaps. Be sure to check out everyone, so you don’t miss an unexpected opportunity.
This doesn’t mean you have to go knee-deep with your research. The beauty of participating in a virtual career fair is the flexibility it offers. It’s very possible to gather a few initial details to know whether or not you’ll initiate contact at the virtual career fair. The strategy here is knowing where to look quickly for this valuable information:
1) Employer’s website
- About Us: Learn about the organization’s mission, values, the services they provide and the clients they support.
- Careers: Learn about major career areas, job roles and company culture.
- Locations: This can either be its own section or woven into another section on the website; know where they operate to assess your locality preferences.
2) Employer VCF Booth
Each employer will have a designated booth in the virtual career fair, which is where you will initiate chats. Employers will post information about their organization and hiring needs in the booth, which is accessible to you on the day of the event.
Don’t feel rushed to initiate conversation with recruiters. Instead, plan to click through the employer’s booth information first and gain additional insights that may add value to your conversations.
Need Help? Reach out to Career Services before the Virtual Career Fair
We recognize the value of your military service and can support preparatory efforts in a number of ways.
Struggling with self-discovery? Our Career Exploration Specialists have an arsenal of assessment tools and resources to pinpoint your relevant strengths and preferences. You can reach out to email@example.com for assistance prior to the event.
Need help refining your approach for the event? Career Coaches are your brainstorming partners. They can review your resume, provide pointers on employers to research, and guide you in developing a winning introduction for this event. Tell us what you need by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with us at our booth in the virtual career fair.
Did life get busy and you need a quick recap of what to do? We’ve got you covered. Join us on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET for Employer Insights. You’ll learn about employers participating in the virtual career fair and preview the virtual career fair platform. We also plan to address any last-minute questions or concerns to ensure you have a positive experience the next day.