Frequently Asked Questions – click on any question to see the answer

How does this differ from any of the hundreds of military job fairs out there?

Think back to the last military job fair you attended.  The one with dozens of employers, many of which you had never heard of or that did not offer the types of jobs you were interested in pursuing.  The one where you stood in line for 20 minutes to spend 2 minutes speaking with a recruiter who basically used the time to tell you to apply online.

This is not that kind of event.

Military Skilled Trades is designed to be a smaller event with fewer employers, but all the employers are seeking your skill set.  And, because it is a smaller event, you can spend a lot more time speaking with the recruiters and receiving in-depth advice, guidance and assistance with selecting the most appropriate job postings.  Some employers may even be conducting same-day interviews.  Imagine walking into a job fair and walking out with a job!

It is for those reasons that we ask you to come prepared.  Arrive early and clear your schedule so you have time to meet with every employer in the room.

We will provide a list of employers that are participating in each physical event (not all employers will attend all physical events) and those that are accessing the resume database (there may be some that are ONLY accessing the resume database and not sending recruiters to physical events).  Each employer logo has a link to its military careers web page.  We will also notify all event registrants directly if an employer is conducting same-day interviews at a particular event.

What types of employers should I expect to see participating?

Each of the physical events will have a different mix of employers.  You can expect that employers in these industries will have an interest in your skills:

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Energy/Utilities
  • Oil/Gas
  • Transportation (planes, trains and automobiles)
  • Construction/Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Insurance (whaa?)

Are you surprised the insurance industry needs you?  Well, if a company submits an insurance claim for a damaged crane or back hoe or boat or needs a commercial boiler inspected, the people inspecting those pieces of equipment have to be familiar with how the equipment is supposed to look and operate.

So, don’t ignore any insurance companies that participate.  They aren’t there trying to convince you to take a job selling insurance.

Who is eligible to participate?

Registration for any Military Skilled Trades physical events and/or the resume database is open to active / guard / reserve military members and veterans who have experience in the skilled trades.  That experience can come from training you received in the military or training you have received in a civilian capacity.

What types of skilled trade experience are employers seeking?

Our highest demands are for service members and veterans with “hands on” backgrounds in, but not limited to, welding, fabrication, coating/painting, electrical, maintenance, HVAC, plumbing, pipe fitting, construction, rigging, telecommunications, truck driving and industrial machinery.

There is also a need for those with supervisory experience of personnel who perform that kind of work and who have performed project management oversight of that kind of work, so senior enlisted and officers are also encouraged to participate.

Is there a cost for service members to participate in either the physical events or the resume database?

There is no cost for service members to participate in either the physical career fairs or the resume database.  Service members do incur any lodging/transportation costs to get to a physical career fair that is outside of a reasonable commute from their location.

Do I have to register in advance or can I just walk up on day of event?

While we can accept walk up registrations, we strongly encourage you to register in advance for a physical event.  Advance registration allows us to communicate better with you and prepare you for the event you are attending.  For example:  those registering in advance will be the first to learn if there are employers who will be conducting on-site interviews, and will be able to schedule an interview time slot with the employer. A walk-up may not learn of on-site interviews until arrival and all interview slots may already be booked by then.

Advance registration also allows us to let the employers know more about the demographics of the service members attending a particular event.  For example, if we see a number of aviation mechanics attending a specific event, we can alert the employers who have a high demand for that skill set that they should attend the event in person.

What info will I need to provide to register?

Service members are asked to provide the following information when registering for physical events and/or the resume database:

  • Basics: name, current location, email, phone number
  • A current resume
  • Service, branch, grade/rank and separation/retirement date (active or veteran)
  • Any relevant skilled trades licenses or certifications you may hold
  • Indication of whether you are interested in participating in a registered apprenticeships
  • LinkedIn profile URL
  • Indication of whether you are open to relocation (yes/no) for the right job and, if yes, to which region(s) (check from list)
  • Self-identification if you meet one of the “protected veteran” categories for federal contract compliance tracking (yes/no or “I choose not to disclose”)

When and where are the physical events being held?

Military Skilled Trades career fairs will occur in more than 20 cities each year.  The full schedule is listed on the career fair page.  The exact location of each fair will be released at least 6 weeks in advance of the event.  Fairs will be held off-installation at a local hotel, conference center or other appropriate-sized facility.

What option do I have if I cannot participate in a physical event?

If you are unable to get to a physical event, due to geography or schedule constraints, we ask that you register for the Military Skilled Trades resume database.   The resume database provides participating employers access to resumes submitted by active / guard / reserve military members and veterans stationed across the globe with skilled trades experience.

While you won’t have the face-to-face opportunity that comes with attending a physical career fair, know that your resumes are still being continuously considered by all participating employers.  If a recruiter sees a potential match between your experience + geographic preference, he/she will reach out to you directly to discuss further.

How do I register for a physical event or for inclusion in the resume database?

The link to register for physical events and inclusion the resume database are found on the “registration” page.