How a Local Job Fair Can Help Those in Transition from the Military

We have nearly one-fourth of the nation’s active-duty military personnel stationed here. That means a lot of military personnel and veterans are living in our state. They have given up everything to serve. They have traveled to every corner of the world to help keep the peace. So this should be a no-brainer that our community needs to be supportive of the men and women who sacrifice so much so we can have the freedoms we have. In this week’s blog, we show you just how Hampton Roads is helping our military families that are transitioning from a uniform to business attire.

Hampton Roads has long had a commitment to making sure that our military and veterans have an opportunity to find jobs. Here, they really understand that veterans offer a unique source of trained and motivated workers, with proven ability to step into an organization and contribute immediately. On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Ted Constant Center in Norfolk will host a Military Job Fair. It is for transitioning military, veterans and military family members. Sponsored by CivilianJobs, the event hopes to provide the military-experienced candidate effective ways for their experience and skills to be presented to potential employers.

But just showing up at a job fair and getting the right person into the right position is not as simple as it may seem. Making the connection between companies and veterans can be challenging. Many companies in this area are plugged into the world of former service members, but veterans need help making these connections. Air Force veteran Michelle Brown knows just how important military job fairs can be. After countless assignments, several deployments, and top-notch training that resulted in 26 years as a team member of an elite organization, she found it difficult to communicate to future employers just how valuable she could be as a member of their team. ‘I’ve attended 2 -3 job fairs since retiring last year. Each one has been somewhat unique. However, many of the companies represented recognized how my military skills translate. And more importantly, they were attracted to the skills, discipline and leadership they have found in military applicants like me.’ She said she left with a sense that they really want to hire the best – our veterans.

For those who wish to participate in the event, here are some key tips on getting the most out of this job fair. Show up with a positive attitude. Make sure you do your research of your industry of choice. And make sure your résumé stands out and it is geared for a specific position versus a general résumé.

We know that Hampton Roads will continue to showcase companies that support our military. This event will offer national and regional opportunities in Administrative, Aviation, Law Enforcement, Maintenance, Medical, Engineering, Sales and many more. Pre-register here.

So job-seekers, put on your best attire and get ready for a an innovative and robust military job fair to help transitioning and retired military personnel find a job that fits!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Ted Constant Center

4320 Hampton Blvd | Norfolk, VA 23529




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