Ask these Questions & Get Results – How to Win the Virtual Career Fair

You signed up for an online hiring event, and now you are wondering what to ask. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Below are four questions you can ask campus recruiters at an Online Hiring Event. Get the answers you need and the job you want.

Step 1.: Find out what they are looking for in an employee.
“What type of traits do you feel makes the ideal candidate for this job?” I love this question because it shows you respect and value what the recruiter thinks.

Step 2. Learn About Job Specifics — get the “day in the life” picture: Get details on the daily job function.
“Can you go into a little more detail on what this person would be doing on a day-to-day basis?” Based on the recruiter’s response; ask yourself, can you imagine yourself in their work environment?

Step 3. Occupation Location: Find out the location preference for the opportunity. “Where is the office located? Which location is your opportunity?”

Step 4. Work Environment: Get a sense of the company/team environment and culture.
“Can you help me understand the team and the company culture? In this opportunity, would I be contributing more as an individual or would I be collaborating with a team?” Take on the position of an investigative journalist. Push yourself to engage and gather information. Record your findings.

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UD Lacrosse Alumnus & His Green Beret Story

Warner enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2009 after graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Political Science. He played on the men’s varsity lacrosse team for 3 seasons DSCN1977beginning in 2004. He began his military career with basic training down at Ft. Benning, GA. After 6 months, he attended Airborne Jump School to learn how to parachute from a plane. After Ft. Benning, he began his Special Forces training at Ft. Bragg, NC.

“I was selected to attend Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) or “Selection” in the summer of 2009. It was the hardest 3 weeks of my life.” Say’s Ball. Of the 357 men who tried out, only 109 made it through and were selected. He then began the Special Forces Qualification Course (Q Course). The Q Course is where a soldier learns how to become a Green Beret. They learn how to shoot, move and communicate with other soldiers in hopes of making it through the 2 year pipeline and earn their Green Beret at graduation.

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While at the Q Course, he had to go through some incredibly tough training, certainly harder then anything coach Shills had put him through. He attended an intense 6-month language school, where he learned Urdu, spoken in Pakistan. Ball, learned how to survive out in the woods and also learned how to be interrogated.
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He then attended his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) training where he learned radio/satellite communications for 6 months. After that, he participated in Robin Sage, the culmination exercise all Green Beret students must endure. Once he finished Robin Sage, he IMG_5875was awarded his Green Beret. The Green Berets were created in the early 1960s at the request of President Kennedy. Kennedy, saw the need for the creation of an elite unconventional group of soldiers that could go anywhere in the world, train up an indigenous force and then lead those local soldiers in combat against a common enemy. The Green Berets have fought in every campaign and conflict since their creation and can be found today in over 65 countries, conducting Foreign Internal Defense and joint training missions.

What you need to know about Recruiters

You will soon be entering the workforce. There are characters that will cross your path with a smile on their face and job descriptions in hand. This blog is a quick guide to help you navigate the world of recruiters. Knowing which recruiters are worth building relationships and who to avoid can determine how successful you become.

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Harnessing the alumni connection: How to ask for mentorship, advice or leads in your area of interest

Alumni from your school can be a goldmine when it comes to your job search. When reaching out to them, my best piece of advice is keep it short. A common IMG_1772mistake young people make is writing long-winded, unfocused emails when trying to make a connection. Remember what we said about first impressions. The same is true in email or direct messaging on social media. If you send that long-winded message, it sets off a little alarm, and their first impression ends up being that you are a time suck, and their reaction may be to avoid you. The kind but busy alumni may put it off until another day, because they simply don’t have time to digest it all and reply. My advice is: be specific, stick to facts, do your research, offer value and give an out. Here is an example:
Hi John, I’m on the men’s lacrosse team at University of Delaware. I’m really interested in going into digital marketing after I graduate this May. I see that you are writing a book. If you’re interested, I’m available two hours a week to proofread or handle any other mundane task you could use help with. If not, and you don’t have the time to get back to me, I completely understand.

The other route is to connect via LinkedIn, with something short like: “Hi Sharon, I’m reaching out because like you, I also played women’s soccer at Loyola. I

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saw your profile and your career path is really appealing to me. Would you recommend any blogs, books, or trade magazines to familiarize myself with your industry?” If you are new to LinkedIn, search for alumni groups associated with your sport or university. The number-one reason to join these groups is that LinkedIn will then allow you to send direct messages to others in the group even though you‘re not officially connected.
Before you reach out and introduce yourself, as I said, do your research. Make sure you have a good understanding of what the person does. A lot of that information is on LinkedIn. Go to the person’s company website, and read the “About Us” page, and also check out their products or services. Google the company and the person’s name to see if either have been in the news.

Volunteering help is a way that you can offer value when you connect, but don’t be lazy with the request. You don’t want to put them in a position where they have to come up with something you can do for them. If you do your research, you should be able to make specific suggestions about ways you could help.
Finally, giving your contact an out is a sign of courtesy and it might even create a little guilt that could work in your favor. You’re looking to make a connection and build a relationship. Establishing good relationships early on will drastically increase the number of opportunities that come your way. It’s the key to being successful. The way I look at it, you want to leverage the common bond that you have with alumni that played the same sport as you. Those are people with whom you have already have two major things in common, so build on that wisely.

UD Lacrosse Alumnus & His Green Beret Story

Warner enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2009 after graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Political Science. He played on the men’s varsity lacrosse team for 3 seasons beginning in 2004. He began his military career with basic training down at Ft. Benning, GA. After 6 months, he attended Airborne Jump School to learn how to parachute from a plane. After Ft. Benning, he began his Special Forces training at Ft. Bragg, NC.

“I was selected to attend Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) or “Selection” in the summer of 2009. It was the hardest 3 weeks of my life.” Say’s Ball.   Of the 357 men who tried out, only 109 made it through and were selected. He then began the Special Forces Qualification Course (Q Course). The Q Course is where a soldier learns how to become a Green Beret. They learn how to shoot, move and communicate with other soldiers in hopes of making it through the 2 year pipeline and earn their Green Beret at graduation.

While at the Q Course, he had to go through some incredibly tough training, certainly harder then anything coach Shills had put him through. He attended an intense 6-month language school, where he learned Urdu, spoken in Pakistan. Ball, learned how to survive out in the woods and also learned how to be interrogated.

DSCN1977He then attended his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) training where he learned radio/satellite communications for 6 months. After that, he participated in Robin Sage, the culmination exercise all Green Beret students must endure. Once he finished Robin Sage, he was awarded his Green Beret. The Green Berets were created in the early 1960s at the request of President Kennedy.  Kennedy, saw the need for the creation of an elite unconventional group of soldiers that could go anywhere in the world, train up an indigenous force and then lead those local soldiers in combat against a common enemy. The Green Berets have fought in every campaign and conflict since their creation and can be found today in over 65 countries, conducting Foreign Internal Defense and joint training missions.

After graduation, Warner was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, NC. and was assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 3124.

I’ll let Warner Ball tell this part of the story.  “My team was one of the busiest and most deployed teams in all of Special Forces. Within 3 months of my graduation, I was on a team and we were deployed to Afghanistan. My first deployment was amazing. We spent the first 2 months around the Herat area of Western Afghanistan. We worked with the Afghan Special Forces Commandos, as well as the U.S. Marine Special Operations group. We got into quite a few gun-fights during those first few months and being in my first war-time combat was absolutely scary, but incredibly exciting. The intense rush and chaos that occurs once that first bullet gets fired is like nothing you can ever prepare yourself for. I remember watching the dirt kick up around me when I was first shot at. The bullets were slamming into the ground all around us, and I couldn’t help but think why someone would be trying to shoot me! After being in country for 4 months, we were moved to a location in Badghis Province, NW Afghanistan to conduct Village Stability Operations (VSO). We literally packed all our equipment up on large trucks and moved into a valley no Americans had ever been to before. We built our own little base out from an old, abandoned Taliban hospital.

We spent the remaining 5 months in that valley where we linked up with the locals, trained and led them on countless combat operations.

After returning home from my first deployment, we quickly learned we would be sent back over to Afghanistan within a few months. During that brief time home, I attended High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) school in Yuma, AZ. Different than static line parachuting, this was learning how to “free fall” from a plane at over 20,000 ft, then pulling my own rip cord and landing in a specific area. I had around 50 jumps in my Special Forces career, and there is nothing like the feeling of jumping out the back of a plane at 20,000 feet and free falling for 45 seconds towards the Earth. I still dream about it at night.

IMG_5770My team deployed again to Afghanistan in 2012 and this time we knew we were going to be very busy fighting the enemy. We were sent to Wardak Province, just south of Kabul, one of the deadliest areas in all of Afghanistan. It seemed like every time we left our base we were getting into a gun fight. It was during this trip that my boss was shot and nearly killed by an enemy sniper. We luckily saved his life and he was just awarded the Silver Star in February. I was awarded the Bronze Star for my actions in combat during that trip and I am very proud of what we accomplished as a team. We came home beat up and exhausted, but we all made it out alive. My contract with the Army was finished in 2014, and I moved back home to Washington, DC to be with my wife.”

Ball can’t deny that he misses being in Special Forces, but deploying back to back and enduring so much combat, it is nice not having someone shoot at him or try to blow him up.

“I am incredibly proud of the men I served and fought with overseas, and they are my brothers for life. It is an honor and privilege to be a Green Beret and I am truly lucky and honored I was able to serve this great nation twice in war.”

Now officially settled into civilian life, Ball Resides in the greater Northern Virginia area where he is doing business development for Syndetix Inc, a service disabled veteran owned small business that focuses on government defense contracting.