Frequently Asked Questions – click on any question to see the answer
Do I have to be a currently enrolled student to participate?
Student Veteran Career Conferences and the resume database are open to currently enrolled or recently graduated (within last 12 months) student veterans and military students (Active Duty, Army ROTC, Guard or Reserve) and military spouses pursuing a degree.
Is there a cost for students to participate?
No – there is no cost for students to participate in either the physical conferences or the resume database. Students do incur any transportation/lodging costs to get to a physical event if they choose to attend an event in person.
What info will I need to provide to register?
When you register for a physical event or the resume database you will be asked to provide the following information:
- Basics: name, school mailing address, permanent mailing address, email, phone number, college/university name, degree program, anticipated graduation date
- A current resume
- Service, branch and grade/rank
- Active security clearance (yes/no) and, if yes, what level of clearance
- Indicate whether you are seeking an internship or job
- LinkedIn profile URL
- Open to relocate (yes/no) and, if yes, to which region(s) (check from list)
- Self-identify if you meet one of the “protected veteran” categories for federal contract compliance tracking (optional question but highly recommended as many of our employers are federal contractors)
When and where are the physical events being held?
In 2018 we will conduct 7 regional physical career conferences, all taking place on Saturday’s in September and October. The event begins with information sessions in the morning followed by the career fair. The complete schedule can be found on the Career Fairs page.
Why should I attend a career fair in person?
You can make a more memorable impression with a recruiter in person than your resume ever can. University recruiters see thousands of resumes and speak with hundreds of interested students over a 6-8 week period. As someone with military service, you have the opportunity to impress them in person with your poise, maturity and examples of leadership experience. Plus, if you have traveled some distance to meet this employer in person at one of our 7 regional career fairs, you are demonstrating an additional level of determination to succeed.
What should I wear to a career fair?
While a 3-piece suit would be excessive, dressing appropriately makes a good first impression.
Men: Sleeved dress shirt (golf-type shirt OK), non-denim pants and shoes that are not sneakers, flip flops or sandals.
Women: Sleeved dress or dress shirt (or a sleeved sweater or blazer over a sleeveless shirt/dress), non-denim pants or skirt, shoes that are not sneakers or flip flops. Open-toed shoes OK.
What if I am looking for internships?
If you are seeking internships, we recommend you register as soon as possible. Many employers will begin marketing their 2019 internships during the summer of 2018. Typically there is a short window to apply (often only 2-4 weeks) in early September and decisions made by November. So if you wait until a physical career fair, you may miss the deadline to apply.
Get ahead of the game and create a profile now so you can learn of the opportunities and the application process early.
Are the internships offered by employers paid or unpaid?
The vast majority of internships offered by participating employers are paid.
Did you know:
- Some employers only hire new college graduates that have completed an internship at their company?
- You have a 70% chance of receiving an offer if you complete one internship with a company and that chance increases to 90% if you complete a second internship with the same company
What should I do if there is no physical event in my area or if I am not available to attend the event in my region? What if I am graduating before a physical event occurs or if I have already graduated?
We provide a option where you can register and submit a resume for consideration at any point during the year – you do not need to wait until the fall to submit a resume. As employers are reviewing these resumes continuously throughout the year, we strongly encourage you to submit your resume as soon as you discover this site,even if you are planning to attend a physical event in the fall. Employers will individually reach out to any student/grad whose degree, military skills and geographic preferences meet an open need or to alert you to internship opportunities that are opening up.
While most companies will be recruiting for 2019 internships and new hires in Fall 2018, there is typically a second round of recruiting that happens in the Spring. So, no matter what time of year you find this program, it is still a great time to create a profile.
How do I register for the resume database and/or a physical event?
You can create a profile in the database by clicking the hyperlink. You will receive periodic updates about events occurring in your region, and when new employers have been added to the list of participating employers.
How likely am I to get an internship or job if I participate in either the resume database or the career fairs?
No career fair or resume database can guarantee you an internship or job.
Every employer participating in this event has a different set of needs. Where there is a match between their needs and your degree + military skills + geographic specifications, it is likely you will receive at least an exploratory call/email. We encourage you to respond to those calls/emails as quickly as you can to show your interest in learning more about the opportunity(ies) for which the recruiter thinks you are a match.
Students, Spouses and Cadets – Veterati and SVA, in partnership with Student Veteran Career Conferences, are 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 degree or certification you should select
- Much more!
Simply create a profile at Veterati.com/SVA 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.