Frequently Asked Questions – click on any question to see the answer
Who is eligible 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.
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.
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 applications are due 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 register 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
Is there any money available to cover my travel expenses to get to a physical career fair?
Student veterans who are part of an established Student Veterans of America chapter can have the chapter apply for a Chapter Grant. The chapter can then, at its discretion, use an awarded grant to rent a passenger van to travel to event or to issue travel stipends to student veterans who need assistance covering plane/train/mileage costs, lodging, meals and other miscellaneous travel expenses.
Chapters are encouraged to apply for these grants well in advance (2 months) of a physical career fair, to allow time for SVA to process the application and to allow students to book planes/trains as early as possible to get the lowest fares and stretch the grant dollars further.
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.
How do I register for the resume database and/or a physical event?
There is one link for students to register for the resume database and/or any physical event on the “registration” page.
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.