Frequently Asked Questions – click on any question to see the answer
How does this service differ from any of the hundreds of military jobs fairs and resume databases out there?
Most service members don’t realize that large companies have several different recruiting channels they can use to find a way in.
- Many large companies have dedicated university/college recruiting divisions that focus solely on filling internships and early talent roles (for those who have graduated within last 1-3 years). These university teams do not attend typical military job fairs, so you will not find out about their opportunities by attending base fairs or similar events.
- Large companies also have recruiters that focus only on experienced hires, and would prefer to speak with degreed candidates with more than 3 years of civilian work experience. These recruiters also do not typically attend military base fairs or similar veteran career fairs.
Our virtual career fairs and resume database are used by university recruiters, experienced hire recruiters AND military recruiters, so you will see and learn of opportunities that would not otherwise be presented to you.
Do I have to be a currently enrolled student to participate?
Student Veteran Career Conferences and the resume database are open to currently enrolled or degreed military members (Active Duty, Army ROTC, Guard or Reserve), veterans and spouses. You should either be working toward a degree or already possess a degree.
Is there a cost for military members to participate?
No – there is no cost for military members/veterans/spouses to participate in either the virtual career fairs or the resume database.
How do I register for the resume database and/or a virtual career fair?
Creating a profile in the Student Veteran Career Conference database is the first step if you want to attend a virtual event or if you just want employers to find your profile in the database. After you create your profile you will receive periodic updates via email notifying you of upcoming virtual events (with link to register for an event) and alerting you to new employers who have joined the program and are posting jobs and searching for specific skills.
What info will I need to provide to register?
When you register for a physical event or the resume database you will be asked to provide the following information:
- Basics: name, school mailing address, permanent mailing address, email, phone number, college/university name, degree program, anticipated graduation date
- A current resume
- Service, branch and grade/rank
- Active security clearance (yes/no) and, if yes, what level of clearance
- Indicate whether you are open to internships
- LinkedIn profile URL
- Open to relocate (yes/no) and, if yes, to which region(s) (check from list)
- Self-identify if you meet one of the “protected veteran” categories for federal contract compliance tracking (optional question but highly recommended as many of our employers are federal contractors)
When are the virtual career fairs?
The complete schedule can be found on the Virtual Career Fairs page.
For the virtual career fairs, do I have to register in advance or can I just sign up on the day of the event?
In order to receive the link to register for the virtual career fairs, you first have to create a profile in the Student Veteran Career Conference database. After the profile is submitted, you will receive communication about registering for the career fairs. Because it is two separate registrations (two different platforms), we ask that you create the initial profile at least 24 hours in advance of an event so we have time to get you the career fair link and you have time to create the log in for the virtual event.
You can create your profile at any time prior to an event – there is no reason to wait. Advance registration allows us to communicate better with you and prepare you for any event you may decide to attend. For example: those registering in advance will be the first to learn of new employers attending an event. Early registrants will also learn if there are employers who will be conducting on the spot interviews during a specific event.
Why do I have to register in two places?
The resume database and the virtual career fair platforms are separate and info is not passed from one to the other. So, while we ask many of the same questions for registration on both the resume database and the virtual career fair sites, the info is seen by different employers under different conditions.
All participating employers have access to the database and are posting all of their jobs there. Only employers participating in a specific event have access to your info in the virtual career fair platform, and only if you actually click on (enter) their booth. Having your info right in front of them when you are in their booth just makes it easier for them to have a productive conversation with you during the event. Employers may post a short list of hot jobs in their virtual booth, but their full list will be in the database, so the database is where you should look and apply for jobs.
Why am I asked for a Skype ID in the virtual career fair registration process?
Most recruiters will tell you that they prefer to speak to job seekers face-to-face. This is especially true with military job seekers, as it often takes a full conversation to understand the full extent of the skills you have.
All virtual career fair platforms operate by chat – you type in responses to questions asked by recruiters. However, most people talk faster than they type! So, in order to create more of a “face-to-face” option, we ask you to provide a Skype ID as part of your profile so that a recruiter or hiring manager can contact you directly via Skype and have that direct verbal conversation with you while you are participating in the fair.
You can create a Skype ID for free here. Include that ID in your virtual career fair sign up profile and the recruiter will see it and can use it to initiate a Skype-to-Skype call with you. Then, make sure you have Skype downloaded on your phone, tablet or computer and log in to it once you’ve logged in to the virtual platform on the date/time of the virtual event.
How do virtual career fairs work?
Virtual career fairs allow job seekers to meet with employers without the need to travel or take significant time off of work. They also are held monthly, so you don’t have to wait very long for an opportunity to meet with employers, and you can attend as many virtual fairs as you like.
At any point before a virtual career fair, you should create a profile in the database. From there you will receive your link to register a separate simple profile on the virtual career fair platform. On the day and time of the designated event, simply log in to your virtual career fair platform profile. You will see the logos of all the employers who are participating in that day’s event. Click on any logo and you will see information the employer has provided for you, such as a company description, list of hot jobs, videos, etc. You will also see a button that says “Chat with a Recruiter”. Click that button and you will see how many job seekers are queued ahead of you in line to speak with recruiters (you may get right in or you may have to wait a few minutes). If you have to wait, we suggest visiting other employer booths and clicking the same button so you are queued up in several lines simultaneously.
Pro Tip: scroll to the end of the list of employers and start your chats there, and then work your way back to the employers at the top of the list.
Once you reach the front of the line with a given employer, you will see an alert to click over to that company. From there it is a chat exchange with that recruiter. Some recruiters prefer to do face to face conversations rather than only chat, so be prepared and open to accepting an invitation to a Skype session.
How can I best prepare to meet employers at the virtual career fairs?
The most important thing you can do is create your database profile so you will receive the links to the virtual career fair. The database is where all the employers can see your details (not just employers participating in a specific event), where employers are posting the majority of their jobs (not just the 5-10 hot jobs you might see listed at the virtual event), and where you can create job alerts and apply for positions.
We will alert you when new employers have registered to attend an upcoming virtual event, so you have time to do some research.
We will also notify you if an employer is conducting face-to-face interviews at a particular event.
Other than doing some research on participating employers, we suggest joining the virtual career fair early while the recruiters are “fresh” and ready to speak with you. Unlike base mega-fairs or other large military career fairs, these events are smaller and more concentrated with jobs that need your experience, so you can reasonably expect to speak with every participating employer in about 90 minutes.
Upload a copy of your resume so the recruiter can look at it while he/she is chatting with you.
While you can participate in a virtual event from any device (smart phone, tablet or computer) that has internet access, we recommend you find a spot with strong internet access so you don’t drop connection in the middle of a chat. Also, finding a spot that is quiet and not heavily trafficked will help you have a better conversation if the recruiter or hiring manager wants to connect with you in a Skype session rather than strictly chat.
When should I expect to see internships posted?
If you are seeking internships, we recommend you register as soon as possible. Many employers will begin marketing and open the application window for their summer 2020 internships during August 2019. Typically there is a short window to apply (often only 2-4 weeks) and selections are made by November.
Some employers do an additional round of internship marketing in late winter (Jan – Feb), so additional opportunities may appear in late January. If you are already in the database, you will be notified if any employers are posting late winter internship opportunities.
Get ahead of the game and create a profile now so you can learn of the opportunities and the application process early.
Are the internships offered by employers paid or unpaid?
The vast majority of internships offered by participating employers are paid. Employers may or may not provide/pay for housing and transportation during the internship, so be sure to read the application and/or ask the recruiters for those details.
Did you know:
- Some employers only hire new college graduates that have completed an internship at their company?
- You have a 70% chance of receiving an offer if you complete one internship with a company and that chance increases to 90% if you complete a second internship with the same company
How likely am I to get an internship or job if I participate in either the resume database or the virtual career fairs?
No career fair or resume database can guarantee you an internship or job.
Every employer participating in this event has a different set of needs. Where there is a match between their needs and your degree + military skills + geographic specifications, it is likely you will receive at least an exploratory call/email. We encourage you to respond to those calls/emails as quickly as you can to show your interest in learning more about the opportunity(ies) for which the recruiter thinks you are a match.
Students, Spouses and Cadets – Veterati and SVA, in partnership with Student Veteran Career Conferences, are pleased to offer you free access to mentors who can:
- Review and critique your resume
- Help you develop an elevator pitch
- Offer advice on how to stand out at a networking event
- Provide tips for maximizing your participation in a career fair
- Advice on which degree or certification you should select
- Much more!
Simply create a profile at Veterati.com/SVA and indicate what advice you are seeking. Veterati will match you to one of hundreds of mentors who will help you. Talk to as many mentors as you wish and ask as many questions as you need to.