How to Prep and Attend a Cleared Job Fair

Posted by Rob Riggins

TASC at a Cleared Job FairA Cleared Job Fair gives you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with potential employers, network with other job seekers, attend career seminars or have your resume reviewed, and to enjoy cookies and brownies.

What should you keep in mind as you prepare and attend a Cleared Job Fair?

Before the Cleared Job Fair

Polish your elevator speech. You must concisely communicate your career goals and relevant experience to an employer. Practice!

Research the employers and the positions they’re filling. Research the companies just as you would for an interview so you can ask relevant questions and better target your interest. Check out the positions they’re seeking to fill and determine if any are a good fit for you.

Bring hard copies of your resume. Please bring 25 or more to be safe. Be sure your resume highlights your accomplishments, is easy to read, and free of typos and grammatical errors. If there are specific positions you’re interested in, tailor your resume for those jobs.

Dress the part. Wear what you would wear to an in-person interview. If you’re in the military your uniform or cammies are fine.

During the Cleared Job Fair

GD-IT recruitersTalk to as many employers as you can. Go beyond the well-known employers. You may be surprised at what you find. Take advantage of the face-to-face networking opportunities.

Attend career seminars or resume reviews. Take advantage of the career seminars or resume reviews that are offered. Network with the job seekers around you.

Be positive. You’re probably nervous but a smile and a firm handshake go a long way. Smile and offer your hand when you introduce yourself.

Close the deal. Make sure you get the recruiter’s name and contact information. Ask “When will I hear from you if you’re interested?”

Network with other job seekers. Take advantage of your time in line waiting to speak to a recruiter. Or when you’re getting a cup of coffee. Talk to the job seekers around you.

Be flexible. All recruiters are different so you will see a variety of responses to your elevator speech and your approach depending on the recruiter and their needs. Learn from these interactions as you go along. If a recruiter isn’t interested don’t take it personally.

After the Cleared Job Fair

Send a thank you to the recruiters you spoke to. Email is OK. Just do it and you’ll stand out from the crowd. Connect with the recruiters you met on LinkedIn and Twitter as well.

Connect and follow up. Connect on LinkedIn or via email with the other job seekers you met. You may be able to help each other in the future.

It takes effort, but follow these guidelines and you’ll have a much better job fair experience.


This entry was posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:33 am

10 thoughts on “How to Prep and Attend a Cleared Job Fair”

  1. Can we send our resumes and it might be reviewed as I live in Colorado Springs and it is not easy to attend a meeting there without having a job. I wish we were given the same opportunity to those who live near by. Thanks.

  2. Runak thanks for your question. The cleared facilities employers who attend Cleared Job Fairs receive every registered job seeker’s resume. So even if you are unable to physically attend, the employers will receive a copy of your resume. Good luck!

  3. The Weather Channel just indicated (1:00pm EST) that we are supposed to get 8-12 inches of snow on Monday. Do these events ever get cancelled because of weather? If so, when are they rescheduled for? Is there a POC that we can call to see if the event is still happening? THANKS! Frank Lee

  4. Frank, It’s highly unlikely that we would cancel Tuesday’s Cleared Job Fair. You can check with Customer Service late in the day Monday if you have any questions. They’re at 703-871-0037, Option 4. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday!

  5. What is the likelihood of a person getting a job at their first job fair? As it stands, I am on a bit of a timer and having a if I don’t have a job soon I may have an even more difficult time getting employment in the future.

  6. Shelby, We do have job seekers walk away with offers at each of our Cleared Job Fairs. It all depends on your skill sets and whether those skills are in high demand. It’s best to approach any job fair as a networking opportunity to meet with job seekers, recruiters and hiring managers. A chance to make face-to-face connections to move your job search forward.

    1. So, in other words, I should look at this more as a way to help increase networking and less to find a job?

      1. Networking is most likely how you will find a job, so the two go hand-in-hand. Just manage your own expectations as to whether you will walk away with an offer based on your skills and experience and the demand for those skills in the marketplace.

  7. Hello,
    I was wondering if this fair was open to people who had a clearance before, but have been out just long enough for it to expire? Any of the employers able to sponsor people back in. I have 17 years cleared, TS/SCI with full lifestyle poly and 4 -5 years out of the industry to raise my children.

    Thank You For Your Time,

    Deborah Martin

    1. Hey Deborah, Our Cleared Job Fairs are for job seekers with a current or active security clearance. The November 18 Poly Only event is for job seekers with an active polygraph. Unfortunately since you’ve been out of the cleared world for 4-5 years your clearance and polygraph have expired.

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