When you leave the military, the biggest question is "what's next?" It's a scary job market right now, but the skills you've received in the military make you highly marketable. The Legion sponsors dozens of veterans hiring fairs each year, and our employment experts also provide tips to writing resumes, networking and making a strong impression in the interview process.
Veterans and military spouses are invited to attend any of the upcoming Hiring Our Heroes career fairs, sponsored throughout the country by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, RecruitMilitary and The American Legion. This month, job-seekers have around 40 career fairs - in cities like Chicago, San Diego and Tucson, Ariz. - that they can attend free of charge.
Attendees at a Hiring Our Heroes event get the opportunity to submit résumés to businesses there, receive career advice, network with potential employers and learn about other opportunities that will help them in their job search. Upcoming locations include Springfield, Va., Concord, N.C., and Denver. The Denver fair, held at Sports Authority Field on Sept. 13, will feature a free employment workshop prior to the fair for attendees to learn résumé writing techniques, interview skills and job-search tactics. Employers like DeVry, Wal-Mart, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Bank of America will be on hand later in the day.
For a full listing of upcoming Hiring Our Heroes career fairs, visit the U.S. Chamber’s online calender. The American Legion also maintains its own national listing of veterans and military spouses career fairs on its website.
Attendees are asked to wear professional attire and submit their résumés electronically beforehand through each fair’s electronic registration page on the U.S. Chamber’s website. Preregistration isn’t required but preferred, as walk-ins won’t have the opportunity to submit their résumés or review the employers list prior to attending.
Typically, employers from the private and public sectors attend and offer positions in a variety of fields, ranging from technical jobs to white-collar jobs. Employers at fairs have been known to interview on the spot.