Frequently Asked Questions – click on any question to see the answer
How does this service differ from any of the hundreds of military job fairs and resume databases 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.
Military Skilled Trades doesn’t offer those kinds of events.
And – have you ever submitted your resume to a GIANT military database, only to be contacted by schools, franchise sales people or employers who clearly are trying to pitch a role that has nothing to do with your experience?
Yeah – this is not that kind of resume database.
Military Skilled Trades career fairs are designed to be smaller events with fewer employers, but all the employers are seeking your skill set. And, because they are smaller events, 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!
Our database is seen only by employers who have skilled trades job openings. And, these are large, brand name employers with hundreds or thousands of these types of openings nationwide, all year long. So, you don’t have to worry that you’ll be spammed about opportunities that are not in line with your skills.
What types of employers should I expect to see participating?
Each of the virtual career fair 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
- Transportation (planes, trains and automobiles)
- 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.
Where can I see a list of all employers who might be viewing my profile on Military Skilled Trades?
Click the link to see the list of currently participating employers. Click on any employer logo to see the company’s landing page with the career fairs they are attending (if any) and the “hot jobs” they are seeking to fill with your skilled trades experience.
Who is eligible to participate?
Registration for any Military Skilled Trades virtual career fair event and/or the resume database is open to active / guard / reserve military members, veterans and military spouses who have recent 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, avionics, welding, fabrication, coating/painting, electrical, maintenance, HVAC, plumbing, pipe fitting, construction, operations, production, rigging, security / law enforcement, 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.
If you are not sure if your background would be considered “skilled trades”, send a quick email to skilledtrades@TheValueOfaVeteran.com and ask.
Is there a cost for service members to participate in either the virtual career fairs or the resume database?
There is no cost for service members to participate in either the virtual career fairs or the resume database.
What info will I need to provide to register?
Service members are asked to provide the following information when creating their profile:
- Basics: name, current location, email, phone number
- A current resume (not mandatory, but helpful)
- Service, branch, grade/rank and separation/retirement date (active or veteran)
- A short description of any relevant skilled trades experience, licenses or certifications you may hold
- Indication of whether you are interested in participating in a registered apprenticeships
- LinkedIn profile URL (if you have one)
- 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”)
For the virtual career fairs, do I have to register in advance or can I just sign up on day of event?
In order to receive the link to register for the virtual career fairs, you first have to create a profile in the Military Skilled Trades database. After the profile is submitted, you will receive communication about registering for the career fairs. Because it is two separate registrations (two different platforms), we ask that you create the initial profile at least 24 hours in advance of an event so we have time to get you the career fair link and you have time to create the log in for the virtual event.
You can create your profile at any time prior to an event – there is no reason to wait. Advance registration allows us to communicate better with you and prepare you for any event you may decide to attend. For example: those registering in advance will be the first to learn of new employers attending an event. Early registrants will also learn if there are employers who will be conducting on the spot interviews during a specific event.
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.
Why do I have to register in two places?
The resume database and the virtual career fair platforms are separate and info is not passed from one to the other. So, while we ask many of the same questions for registration on both the resume database and the virtual career fair sites, the info is seen by different employers under different conditions.
All participating employers have access to the database and are posting all of their jobs there. Only employers participating in a specific event have access to your info in the virtual career fair platform, and only if you actually click on (enter) their booth. Having your info right in front of them when you are in their booth just makes it easier for them to have a productive conversation with you during the event. Employers may post a short list of hot jobs in their virtual booth, but their full list will be in the database, so the database is where you should look and apply for jobs.
Why am I asked for a Skype ID in the virtual career fair registration process?
Most recruiters will tell you that they prefer to speak to job seekers face-to-face. This is especially true with military job seekers, as it often takes a full conversation to understand the full extent of the skills you have.
All virtual career fair platforms operate by chat – you type in responses to questions asked by recruiters. However, most people talk faster than they type! So, in order to create more of a “face-to-face” option, we ask you to provide a Skype ID as part of your profile so that a recruiter or hiring manager can contact you directly via Skype and have that direct verbal conversation with you while you are participating in the fair.
You can create a Skype ID for free here. Include that ID in your virtual career fair sign up profile and the recruiter will see it and can use it to initiate a Skype-to-Skype call with you. Then, make sure you have Skype downloaded on your phone, tablet or computer and log in to it once you’ve logged in to the virtual platform on the date/time of the virtual event.
How do virtual career fairs work?
Virtual career fairs allow job seekers to meet with employers without the need to travel or take significant time off of work. They also are held monthly, so you don’t have to wait very long for an opportunity to meet with employers, and you can attend as many virtual fairs as you like.
At any point before a virtual career fair, you should create a profile in the database. From there you will receive your link to register a separate simple profile on the virtual career fair platform. On the day and time of the designated event, simply log in to your virtual career fair platform profile. You will see the logos of all the employers who are participating in that day’s event. Click on any logo and you will see information the employer has provided for you, such as a company description, list of hot jobs, videos, etc. You will also see a button that says “Chat with a Recruiter”. Click that button and you will see how many job seekers are queued ahead of you in line to speak with recruiters (you may get right in or you may have to wait a few minutes). If you have to wait, we suggest visiting other employer booths and clicking the same button so you are queued up in several lines simultaneously.
Pro Tip: scroll to the end of the list of employers and start your chats there, and then work your way back to the employers at the top of the list.
Once you reach the front of the line with a given employer, you will see an alert to click over to that company. From there it is a chat exchange with that recruiter. Some recruiters prefer to do face to face conversations rather than only chat, so be prepared and open to accepting an invitation to a Skype session.
How can I best prepare to meet employers during the virtual career fairs?
The most important thing you can do is create your database profile so you will receive the links to the virtual career fair. The database is where all the employers can see your details (not just employers participating in a specific event), where employers are posting the majority of their jobs (not just the 5-10 hot jobs you might see listed at the virtual event), and where you can create job alerts and apply for positions.
We will alert you when new employers have registered to attend an upcoming virtual event, so you have time to do some research.
We will also notify you if an employer is conducting face-to-face interviews at a particular event.
Other than doing some research on participating employers, we suggest joining the virtual career fair early while the recruiters are “fresh” and ready to speak with you. Unlike base mega-fairs or other large military career fairs, these events are smaller and more concentrated with jobs that need your experience, so you can reasonably expect to speak with every participating employer in about 90 minutes.
Upload a copy of your resume so the recruiter can look at it while he/she is chatting with you.
While you can participate in a virtual event from any device (smart phone, tablet or computer) that has internet access, we recommend you find a spot with strong internet access so you don’t drop connection in the middle of a chat. Also, finding a spot that is quiet and not heavily trafficked will help you have a better conversation if the recruiter or hiring manager wants to connect with you in a Skype or Facetime session rather than strictly chat.
What option do I have if I cannot participate in a virtual event?
If you do not have have reliable Internet access, due to geography or deployment constraints, we ask that you create a profile in the Military Skilled Trades database and upload a resume (if you have one). The database is routinely screened by participating employers that are seeking your skills. If a recruiter sees a potential match between your experience + geographic preference, he/she will reach out to you directly via email to discuss further.
The Value Of a Veteran does not recruit (“head hunt”) on behalf of any employer. All employers are responsible for their own recruiting.
How do I register for a virtual event or for inclusion in the resume database?
Creating a profile in the Military Skilled Trades database is the first step if you want to attend a virtual event or if you just want employers to find your profile in the database. After you create your profile you will receive periodic updates via email notifying you of upcoming virtual events (with link to register for an event) and alerting you to new employers who have joined the program and are posting jobs and searching for specific skills.
Military, Veterans and Spouses – Veterati, in partnership with Military Skilled Trades, is pleased to offer you free access to mentors who can:
- Review and critique your resume
- Help you develop an elevator pitch
- Offer advice on how to stand out at a networking event
- Provide tips for maximizing your participation in a career fair
- Advice on which license or certification you should select for your industry
- Much more!
Simply create a profile at Veterati.com and indicate what advice you are seeking. Veterati will match you to one of hundreds of mentors who will help you. Talk to as many mentors as you wish and ask as many questions as you need to.