There are many companies that prefer to hire veterans. Many of them come together at career fairs to make contact with job seekers. A career fair is a great place to gather information about a potential employer and to make contacts that can lead to a job. Always have professional copies of your resume. Do a little research about the companies that will be at the career fair. This will give you a better feel as to what you have to offer a potential employer. Prepare a brief introduction for yourself that will give helpful background information. Be positive, smile and have lots of energy. Dress to impress. Treat the job fair as if it were an interview.
Many veterans have never had to apply for a job. A job fair is an excellent opportunity to see what jobs are available and what companies are looking for.
Often people go to job fairs and leave with a first or second interview. You have the opportunity to learn about the companies that are hiring but to also get your name out there to meet the hiring managers that will be doing the hiring for their companies. You are more likely to get considered for the job when you have met the hiring managers face to face. So smile and be friendly. Look them in the eye and be professional.
There are job fairs in all large cities around the country and are often post on websites and at labor offices.