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Tips to Prepare for the Veterans Career Fair on July 16

Posted on July 03, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Tags: Employment, Events

HireMNVetsBadgeThis year's Veterans Career Fair is coming up on July 16.

To make the most of any job or career fair, it's best to begin preparing yourself, your resume, and your personal sales pitch well in advance of the event.

Success begins with a plan. Here are some handy preparation tips and a timeline that will help you be razor-sharp and ready on the day of the Veterans Career Fair.

Two Weeks Before the Veterans Career Fair

  • Your resume should be nearing the final draft.  If you need help starting or finalizing your resume, contact a Veteran Employment Representative at your local Minnesota WorkForce Center.
  • Have at least two people proof your resume for typos and content.
  • Finish your 30-second elevator speech and practice your 30-second elevator speech with anyone that will listen.
  • Research employers who have registered for the career fair.  Identify the top five you want to work for and customize your resume and 30-second speech for them.
  • Practice interviewing.  Remember some companies may conduct interviews on the spot!

One Week Before the Veterans Career Fair

  • Print at least 25 copies of your resume on high quality paper, and have an electronic version available on a flash drive.
  • Be prepared to talk to employers about your knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Plan what you will wear for the career fair.  Make sure it is clean and pressed.  You want to make a good impression, so dress for the career fair as if you were going to an interview.

Twenty-Four Hours Before the Veterans Career Fair

  • Have the necessary information ready - map or route to the Veterans Career Fair, copies of your resume in a folder, and anything else you might need.
  • Get a good night of sleep.

At the Career Fair

  • Stop by the resource room to have a human resource professional review your resume and 30-second speech.
  • Identify the locations of your top five companies.  It is a good idea to “practice” with a few companies before you head to your top five.
  • Collect business cards for the companies you would like to work for and follow-up.
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