Create a Job Fair Resume that will Win an Interview

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Picture this: A recruiter returns from a veterans career fair with hundreds of resumes to review. They might only spend a few seconds looking at each one. What kind of job fair resume would grab their attention?

#####Winning the interview through a job fair resume

**Tip #1. Bring a few hard copies** to the in-person events, even if there is a digital option. Some recruiters (including some government agencies) are not permitted to accept digital resumes. Your resume should be two pages or fewer. Make it easy for recruiters to scan over and comprehend your achievements.

**Tip#2. Research the companies attending** before the job fair and the types of positions they have open. You can tailor your resume to highlight skills and experiences that align with the needs of those companies or showcase your ability to excel in the desired field. *Either way, your job fair resume should reflect your target industry.*

**Tip #3. Use a professional Format** to ensure your resume is well-organized, visually appealing, and easy to read. Depending on your intent and background, you may want to use a [chronological or "combination"]( style resume.

**Tip #4. Start your resume with a strong headline or objective** or consider including a skills summary. This will highlight your key skills, experiences, and career goals. Tailor this section to the specific industries or positions you're interested in at the job fair. This helps recruiters quickly assess your suitability for the position.

**Tip #5. Translate military experience** through civilian-friendly language to describe your military roles, responsibilities, and accomplishments. Avoid military jargon and emphasize skills gained during your military service that are transferable to civilian roles, such as leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability. Ask civilian friends, colleagues, or mentors to review your resume and provide feedback. They can offer valuable insights into how your military experience may be perceived by civilian employers.

**Tip #6. Be prepared to network** and initiate conversation with recruiters. Your MOS number doesn’t mean much to a civilian recruiter, or even to a veteran recruiter. "Civilianize" your terms, job titles, and duties. Base your elevator pitch off your resume and and the research on the attending companies. Practice saying your pitch until is feels natural.

By following these tips and presenting yourself effectively on your resume, you can increase your chances of making a positive impression at the job fair and securing interviews with the companies you're interested in.

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