Decision Times Features Military Job Fair Success Tips from CivilianJobs.com
George Bernloehr, COO of CivilianJobs.com, quoted in article about military job fairs. Atlanta, Georgia, July 15, 2007 – George Bernloehr, COO of CivilianJobs.com, was recently featured in the “Job Fair Tactics” article published in the July issue of Decision Times. Decision Times is published monthly as a special section to the newsweeklies of Army Times Publishing Company including Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, and Marine Times. These tips submitted by Bernloehr were provided to help give a military-experienced candidate the competitive advantage they need to stand out at military job fairs.
The complete version of Bernloehr’s military job fair success tips are included below.
1. Have your elevator speech ready:
When attending military job fairs, transitioning service members should have not only a resume prepared but also their elevator speech ready. “You’ve got only a few minutes to make a good first impression,” says Bernloehr. “The first thing a recruiter will ask is, ‘Tell me about yourself’ so be prepared with a two-three minute speech that answers this question.”
2. Take off the blinders:
Most transitioning service members who attend military job fairs will only visit the booths of companies that they are familiar with. By focusing on these large companies, a candidate can limit themselves from discovering the perfect job. “Many job seekers tend to visit the companies that they know,” continues Bernloehr. “But the perfect opportunity might be with a company you’ve never heard of. To really make the most out of military job fairs, you should visit each booth and talk with every recruiter.”
3. Do your homework:
Before a transitioning service member attends a job fair, they should spend some time researching the exhibiting companies. By knowing a little bit about the company and the job opportunities that they have available, the candidate can talk about their interest in the company. “Knowing how your skills and experiences fit in with a company can really help you stand out in a crowd of candidates at a military job fair,” says Bernloehr.
“Military job fairs are a great resource for veterans and transitioning military to find their second career,” continues Bernloehr. “By using these success tips, a military-experienced job seeker can turn their job fair experience into a job offer.”
Job seekers can put these tips into action at the military job fairs hosted monthly by CivilianJobs.com. CivilianJobs.com will hold Job Fairs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Hope Hotel and Conference Center on July 23 and at the Fort Bragg Officers’ Club at Fort Bragg, NC on August 23 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Admission is free for veterans and transitioning military personnel.
### About CivilianJobs.com CivilianJobs.com is the web site where America’s military connects with civilian careers. The site offers employers and job seekers access to an online job board, military job fairs, and articles and advice, with each resource focused on military-experienced talent. These services provide employers with the most efficient and cost-effective way to access the ex-military talent pool for candidates with backgrounds in fields such as transportation, maintenance, administrative / finance, healthcare, IT, telecom and law enforcement as well as for positions that require security clearances. CivilianJobs.com is headquartered in metro-Atlanta, GA, and can be found on the web at www.CivilianJobs.com.