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Frequently Asked Questions For Job Seekers



1. Do I have to register for an Expo in order to attend and is there a cost to attend? Where can I find a list of employers before the Military Career Expo?


2. Should I bring and distribute my DD214 along with my resume?


3. How many copies of my resume should I bring to the Career Expo?


4. Why do I have to submit my resume/build a profile on an employer’s website?


5. How do I decide what to wear to the Career Expo?


6. Is it OK to bring my children with me to the Military Career Expo?


7. Are you serving beverages, refreshments and/or lunch to jobseekers?


8. Are employers also interested in hiring my spouse who is qualified to apply for their job openings?


9. Some companies are interested in hiring me, so what else should I do after the Military Career Expo?


10. How do I decide which employers to talk to?


11. What’s the best time to arrive at the Military Career Expo?


12. How long should I stay at the Career EXPO?


13. Is it OK to call employers to follow-up after the Career Expo?


14. I need a certain salary range. Should I discuss salary with employers at the Expo?


15. Some of the employers have long lines. Is it OK to just leave my resume on their table?


16. My friends and I are attending the Expo together. Is it OK to stay together during the Expo?


17. I am qualified for more than one job some companies have to offer. How do I address this fact to employers?


18. Why do I have to search for a job now, when I have 6 months or so left in the military?


19. I am in the Reserves/National Guard. Do I bring this up with employers at the Expo?


20. What do I do if I see there are only a few companies offering jobs in my career field?


21. I see there are Schools here at the Expo - why are they here - I am looking for a job, not to go to school?


22. There are 50 companies here and no jobs - why?


23. Why are there no local employers? I don’t want to move and you should have local companies here to hire us!


24. In your program there are many companies in the back of the program not in attendance - why?


25. How many people actually get hired at your Career Expos?




1. Do I have to register for an Expo in order to attend and is there a cost to attend? Where can I find a list of employers before the Military Career Expo?

NCOA Career Expos are FREE to jobseekers. Registration is NOT required to attend the Expo, however, In order to obtain a list of employers for an NCOA Career Expo you need to register as a jobseeker. Go to [INSERT LINK TO JOBSEEKER PAGE], click on the Register to Attend button which will take you to the event calendar and then click on the date of the event you wish to attend. This will open a new window where you need to complete the registration process. After you have completed the registration process you will receive an email confirming your registration. You will receive a second email five business days prior to the event with the list of exhibitors scheduled to attend. Please note that there are often companies that sign up to attend after the list has released (even up to the day before the event.)

Occasionally a company will appear on the list, but their representative is unable to attend on the day of the event due to unforeseen circumstances (travel issues, illness, etc.). Please understand that these circumstances are beyond our control and that of the company scheduled to attend.

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2. Should I bring and distribute my DD214 along with my resume?

We do not advise the distribution of your DD214 during a Career Expo. Due to the sensitive information contained in your DD214, it should only be provided to an employer during the actual hiring process.

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3. How many copies of my resume should I bring to the Career Expo?

Typically, 10-15 copies of your resume are enough. Just be sure you are providing a copy only to companies you are serious about working for and you should have plenty for the day.

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4. Why do I have to submit my resume/build a profile on an employer’s website?

This is how employers track individual candidates and the information is also used to fulfill OFCCP requirements for federal government contractors and some private companies. Every company has their process for reviewing candidates and hiring. We recommend that you take advantage of the chance to talk with the recruiters, learn about those processes, and that you follow any advice you are given about being more visible as a candidate.

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5. How do I decide what to wear to the Career Expo?

If you are active duty, National Guard, or Reserve, you are welcome to wear your ACUs.

Other options are:

Interested in a position in finance/administration/HR, etc. - business attire is recommended (suit in navy blue, gray, black);

Looking for something in manufacturing/technical/mechanical, etc.- business casual (khaki , dress slacks, polo shirt, oxford shirt/blouse; no low necklines.);

Other tips: purses should be small and business appropriate; we do not recommend you bring a briefcase, but a leather portfolio would be useful.

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6. Is it OK to bring my children with me to the Military Career Expo?

A Career Expo should be treated as one would a job interview. Therefore, children accompanying you to a career fair are not appropriate.

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7. Are you serving beverages, refreshments and/or lunch to jobseekers?

No food or beverages are supplied.

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8. Are employers also interested in hiring my spouse who is qualified to apply for their job openings?

Yes, employers are aware that spouses are also seeking employment.

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9. Some companies are interested in hiring me, so what else should I do after the Military Career Expo?

You definitely want to follow up with a “Thank You” note in the form of an email to the employers you are interested in pursuing. This is not only the proper follow-up etiquette, but it’s also an acknowledgement of your continued interest in working for their company. If you have been asked to apply on-line, do that first and include that fact in your thank you note.

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10. How do I decide which employers to talk to?

We suggest that you visit every table at the Career Expo because the only way to be sure what a company is hiring for is to ask the recruiter. For example, many health care companies that operate hospitals hire food service personnel or helicopter pilots, not just medical professionals. Many companies hire drivers or security personnel.

We also recommend that you review list of employers you receive prior to the event. After making a list of your priorities, take some time to study each company’s website with emphasis on their mission, locations and job openings. Prior to the event, list the companies in order of those you want to talk to most.

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11. What’s the best time to arrive at the Military Career Expo?

The Expos are 10AM to 2PM. Make it a priority to arrive by the time the doors open at 10:00. You want to give the best impression possible to employers. You want to give yourself the most time possible to visit with every exhibitor. If you cannot come at the start, it is best to arrive no later than noon to ensure you have at least 2 hours in the room.

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12. How long should I stay at the Career EXPO?

A Career Expo is never an “in and out” type of event. As a jobseeker, the best approach is to set aside the day (10AM to 2PM) to visit with as many employers as you can, hopefully all of them. Keep in mind, just because the name of a company might be to you, doesn’t mean they don’t have a career that would match you skills/experience/interests. Remember, this is an incredible networking opportunity to meet company representatives and learn about their available opportunities.

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13. Is it OK to call employers to follow-up after the Career Expo?

If an employer has given you specific instructions to call, then you want to do just as they have instructed. Typically, the method of following up with an employer is via email.

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14. I need a certain salary range. Should I discuss salary with employers at the Expo?

We know you might be excited about working for a particular company. Your excitement will have you asking yourself, “What about salary and benefits?” Well, the best advice we can give is to just avoid asking. Discussions of salary and benefits will generally come later in the hiring process.

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15. Some of the employers have long lines. Is it OK to just leave my resume on their table?

You should never just leave your resume on an employer’s table. There is no point of reference for the employer to match to your resume. Employers typically have a specific place to store this valuable information after talking with job seekers and they might even make notes on resumes to refer back to later.

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16. My friends and I are attending the Expo together. Is it OK to stay together during the Expo?

It’s great that you would attend an Expo with friends. However, you want to make certain you are properly addressing your purpose for attending in the same manner as you would a job interview. In other words, you want to approach employers individually - represent yourself. You and your friends can meet up here and there to compare notes, share experiences and offer advice, but the goal is to independently pursue employment.

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17. I am qualified for more than one job some companies have to offer. How do I address this fact to employers?

When you speak with employers about their opportunities and your qualifications and skills, make sure you point out the specific job titles you would like to apply for. If there are additional steps you should take when applying for more than one position, the employer will typically provide you with those instructions. Don’t be shy about asking questions or clarifying if you want to make sure you understand what to do.

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18. Why do I have to search for a job now, when I have 6 months or so left in the military?

Finding a career takes hard work and there are no guarantees. Getting offered a position is usually the result of how hard you put in the work to make it happen. Additionally, many mid to large size companies have a long hiring / vetting process. Sometimes a candidate will go back for 2 or more interviews over a period of weeks. Start early.

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19. I am in the Reserves/National Guard. Do I bring this up with employers at the Expo?

There is a time when you will need to share this information with employers. You will have to use good judgment as to when it is appropriate to bring this in to the discussion. In other words, while you are having a preliminary discussion with an employer, you want to focus on your “Elevator Pitch” to get a job offer. Once you get to the stage where the discussion is moving into the subject of the hiring process, then you definitely want to have a clear confirmation that your commitment to the Reserves/National Guard and your commitment as an employee of their company do not conflict.

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20. What do I do if I see there are only a few companies offering jobs in my career field?

These companies should be at the top of your list of employers to talk with about you experience and about their opportunities. However, you should take the time to visit with all of the exhibitors in the room (even the schools are hiring.) You can’t tell from the name or industry of a company what positions they may have available now or may have opening soon. Plus this is time to network and you never know who else a recruiter might know and can connect you with in your field.

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21. I see there are Schools here at the Expo - why are they here - I am looking for a job, not to go to school?

Great question! While most attendees are just like you - attending our Expo to find quality employment, there are others who see a great advantage to having the opportunity to visit with an educational entity one-on-one. It has been our experience from years of hosting these Career Expos is that attendees learn during the process of talking with employers that they lack the needed education requirements needed for the a specific position. The opportunity to learn more about continuing education is right in front of you at our Expo. In addition, the schools attending our events are required to offer employment with their institution so whay not find out what they may have to offer?

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22. There are 50 companies here and no jobs - why?

At every Expo we host there are hundreds if not thousands of jobs available from our employers. That said, there may not be a job at the expo that meets your interests or matches your skills. If that is the case, talk to the recruiters anyway. They may have what you are looking for in the future or just keep getting experience talking to recruiters and practicing your approach as you search for the best job for you.

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23. Why are there no local employers? I don’t want to move and you should have local companies here to hire us!

We do reach out and try to bring in as many local employers as possible. Smaller companies sometimes do not have the budget or staff to attend an event. Your should definitely reach out to the LVER in your area or meet with the LVER attending our event.

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24. In your program there are many companies in the back of the program not in attendance - why?

Our Expo Sponsors choose which events they attend for a variety of individual reasons. The good news is that by attending our Expo and receiving a copy of the Career Expo Guide you now have the contact information for some great companies who want to hire military. In addition, many of our Sponsors list their number one military recruiter for you to email directly. This information is only available by attending one of our Expos in person.

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25. How many people actually get hired at your Career Expos?

We have received many thank you emails from people who have attended our Expos and have obtained quality employment. However, the employment process takes more than one day and in fact can take several weeks to complete. You can look at the quality of companies who are sponsors in our Career Expo program and you will see they are the leaders in the country with programs to hire our veterans and their spouses.

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