2016 is an exciting year full of opportunities like never before to connect with industry professionals. In order to create a more focused career fair experience, the Department of Career Services will be offering industry-specific Virtual Career Fairs (VCFs) throughout the year. This format allows students and alumni to connect with recruiters who are hiring within an industry. A VCF offers many benefits for students and alumni, including access to our university job board, career coaching opportunities, and the opportunity to connect with recruiters in real time.
A VCF is a virtual platform where students and alumni can interface with employers, while remaining in the comfort of their own homes. Much like a traditional career fair, students should come prepared to meet with recruiters from prospective employers and to market themselves as top-notch candidates. It is important to thoroughly research the employers who attend the VCF and find out important information such as what positions are available, the company’s mission, and the company’s current news. Students and alumni also have the ability to upload their resumes to the university job board, giving employers an opportunity to review those resumes ahead of time. Make sure to fully complete your CareerLink Profile so that when you apply to positions, potential employers can learn more about you.
How to Get Prepped
The Department of Career Services also offers prep clinic opportunities designed to share information specific to each VCF held throughout the year. Career coaching staff will provide guidance for preparing for the VCF, including what is expected of you, what to expect of employers, and how to make meaningful connections with recruiters.
Feel like you may need an extra edge? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our Career Services staff will provide you with the personalized guidance needed for the VCF. The industry-specific VCFs are scheduled throughout 2016. Be sure not to miss your opportunity when your industry is highlighted. Visit the Career Services VCF page to keep up to date on each upcoming event and look for emails inviting you to attend the VCF associated with your industry. We look forward to “seeing” you at the next event.
In addition, the Department of Career Services and the Community Engagement team invite you and a guest to join American Military University/American Public University students, alumni, and faculty from the National Capital region at our Career Workshop and Networking Reception Event on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Waterview Conference Center located in Arlington, VA. For full event details and to register to attend, please visit www.apus.edu/events.