In-Person Again 2021: Job Seeker FAQ
We are excited to announce a return to in-person career fairs in 2021!
RecruitMilitary has been hosting military-to-civilian career fairs since 2006 and are honored to do what we do – empowering veterans through meaningful employment opportunities.
Get ready to network with companies looking to hire transitioning military, veterans, and military family members in an in-person environment again.
Here is what you need to know:
Q. What will be different this year at the in-person events?
A. At the very least, all events will include:
- Contact-free check-in
- Spaced booths
- Mask requirement
- One-way foot traffic flow
- RecruitMilitary job board profiles
Q. Why do I need a RecruitMilitary job board profile to attend an in-person career fair?
A. The event will be low-paper and low-contact, so in place of physical resumes, you will be sharing your interest or resume with exhibitors through your RecruitMilitary job board profile. Make sure to complete all the possible fields and upload your resume. If you do not have a resume, our job board can help you build one!
Q. Should I bring copies of my resume?
A. No. The companies attending will most likely not accept paper copies of resumes. Upload or build your resume through the RecruitMilitary job board to share with exhibitors at the event. To ensure you’re putting your best foot forward, complete your RecruitMilitary job board profile and upload your resume ahead of the career fair.
Q. Should I bring a copy of my DD214?
A. No. It may be requested during the onboarding process at your new role, but not at the career fair. For security reasons, you should not share this document until you have received a job offer.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Business casual is perfect for this type of event, though if you have a well-fitting suit, that can make a great first impression. Look professional but make sure you feel comfortable.
Q: Do I have to wear a mask?
A. Yes. All RecruitMilitary events currently require attendees to wear a mask. We are adhering to all state and venue health and safety guidelines.
Q. The handshake is traditionally a big part of a first impression. What should job seekers and exhibitors do instead of shaking hands?
A. There are many alternatives to a handshake such as a hand wave, strong verbal introduction, or an elbow tap.
Q. Why do recruiters instruct me to apply online when I am right there?
A. Many companies use an Applicant Tracking Service (ATS) to manage applications online. If they tell you to apply online, it’s not that they aren’t excited about you as a candidate. It’s because they have to go through certain steps before having a formal conversation with you. Use this time to stand out by sharing your elevator pitch with recruiters, network and find out more about the organizations with roles that interest you. Be sure to ask well thought out questions of the recruiters based on looking at their website and open positions in advance.
Q. How soon after the event should I follow up?
A. Between 24 to 48 hours after the event is a good window. Thank the contact for their time at the event and bring up specific things you discussed at the career fair to keep yourself fresh in their mind. Follow-up is a huge thing that people often overlook, but it makes a really big difference in how you are perceived by the company. It’s professional and courteous.
Q. Should I connect with the recruiter on LinkedIn?
A. It depends. If you talked to the recruiter in depth about a specific position and they have mentioned “next steps,” then it would be appropriate to send a request as well as thank them for their time though LinkedIn. They can decide whether to accept your request or not, but it is good way to reach out.
Q. What if there isn’t an in-person event near me?
A. We also offer virtual career fairs. See the schedule here.
You will also want to be sure to complete your profile on our job board. Upload your resume and make sure your contact information is correct. Fill out the sections about your interests and experience. The more information you provide on your RecruitMilitary job board profile, the more likely a recruiter will find you for appropriate openings.
Q. Do you offer resources to help job seekers prepare for the event?
A. We have a workshop or webinar every Wednesday, as well as videos, resume tips, and so much more on our Resources page.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter to get regular updates and additional resources as well.
Q: What happens if another attendee does not comply with safety requirements?
A: Security will be on site at the host venue and noncompliant participants will be asked to leave the event.
Q: If I have symptoms of COVID-19, what should I do?
A: Everyone will be required to complete a health questionnaire as part of their entry process.
If you are experiencing symptoms or have had close contact of someone with COVID-19, do not attend. If you are already on site and start to feel symptoms, you should notify the event director and depart the event. Thank you for your trust and flexibility as we navigate the best way to serve you in this new environment.
Note: We will continue to update this page as we move forward. Please bookmark this page and check back for additional information.
From all of us here at RecruitMilitary, best of luck in your job search, and thank you for service. We look forward to seeing you in-person again.