Career Fair to aid applicants in achieving goals, Sept. 12

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tim Ryan, Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Over 50 mainland and local companies, staffing agencies and academic institutions will participate in the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Career Fair at the Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center, Friday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The transitioning of careers and the uncertainty of employment are on virtually every top 10 list of life’s most stressful events.

Just as the experts seem to agree that this major life event evokes stress, they also agree that there are some common steps to reduce its effects — like welcoming change as a challenge and developing a plan to identify and secure your next career opportunity be that employment or higher education.

In developing a plan, it is necessary to 1) focus your search on opportunities aligned with your skills and interests, 2) fine-tune your resume or application by specifically targeting the position you seek, 3) connect with your contacts and expand your network, and 4) hone your interview skills by researching the organization you intend to join and rehearsing your answers to questions recruiters will most likely ask.

So, how does a career fair factor into this process, and how can it help you achieve your goals?

Soldier for Life logo

Soldier for Life logo

If you have already narrowed your search and are operating on a specific timeline, a career fair will allow you to research and target specific employers. First, devise an engagement strategy, but leave room for pop-up opportunities. Dress as if you expect an interview and be prepared to answer questions about yourself and how your skills would be an asset to the organization. Finally, remember that this is a networking opportunity.

Some employers are expecting to hire candidates immediately, and all are intending to build a referral list of highly qualified, prospective employees when the right opportunity presents itself.

If transition is just a distant thought, or if you are just testing the market, a career fair is an excellent opportunity to explore different career paths and academic fields. It will also provide insight about any unique qualifications and the competitiveness of the employment market in a given sector. Most importantly, a career fair can serve as a catalyst for you to start or polish your resume, refine your interviewing skills and develop a network for future opportunities.

The career fair is open to all active duty, Reserve and National Guard service members, family members, military retirees and veterans.

(Editor’s note: The Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program is part of the Directorate of Human Resources, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.)

• Participating Companies

The military friendly companies that are participating in the career fair are listed on the Schofield Barracks Army Career and Alumni Program Facebook page at

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