Virtual Career, Education Far
Fort Hood is hosting a virtual career and education fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Jan. 26. (Photo Credit: Graphic courtesy Fort Hood SFL-TAP) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Following a successful virtual Mega Career and Education Fair in October, the Fort Hood Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program will once again host the biannual event here virtually.

“At a virtual fair you have the ability to visit all the employers, whereas at a face-to-face event, you are limited to time and fighting the crowds,” Jerry Hernandez, transition services specialist for the SFL-TAP program, said. “This is a great opportunity to explore a new job, career or higher education.”

The Mega Career and Education Fair will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 26. Hundreds of employers and colleges are already registered for the event, which is designed to help Soldiers, families, retirees and others find their next career path. SFL-TAP also partnered with the Fort Hood Soldier Development Center to provide opportunities for those seeking a higher education.

Job-seekers can register in advance at, upload their resumes and create their own virtual profile for employers to see. Those who registered during the career fair in October do not need to register again. Hernandez said those who have pre-registered will be sent a list of employers prior to the event.

“I would suggest anyone seeking a job to see what the organization has to offer and tailor their resume for that position,” Hernandez said.

On the day of the event, job-seekers should also be prepared to conduct a virtual interview with potential employers. Hernandez recommended people prepare for a virtual interview just as they would a person-to-person interview.

“Dress accordingly, and research the company and the job position,” he added.

Job-seekers should also determine where the virtual interview will be held and ensure the background is clutter free. Distractions such as children or animals should also be considered when preparing for a virtual interview.

The virtual platform will allow job-seekers more time to discuss positions with the employers, without feeling rushed by a large line waiting to speak with the employer. When a job-seeker visits a virtual “booth,” he or she signs in at the booth and the employer will contact them.

Employers are offering more than 100,000 positions in a variety of career fields.

“As usual, we have first responders, manufacturing, security, mechanics, transportation, human resources, program managers, logistics, engineering, electronics and many, many more jobs available,” Hernandez said.