4 Tips to Study for MOAA’s Academia, Nonprofit, and Research Job Fair

4 Tips to Study for MOAA’s Academia, Nonprofit, and Research Job Fair

Chances are, if you’re interested in a career in an education-related field, you’re no stranger to homework.


So it’s likely you’ll set aside time to prepare for MOAA’s upcoming virtual career fair focusing on academia, nonprofit, and research fields – digging into possible employers, retooling your application materials, and giving your LinkedIn profile a fresh coat of cyber-paint.


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However, some areas of preparation are more likely to be overlooked. Here’s a quick to-do list before taking part in MOAA’s event, or before any upcoming virtual career fair.


1. Take a Test Drive

Don’t wait until the day of the event to learn how the virtual platform works. Even if you’ve participated in a previous virtual career fair, it’s possible you’ll face a new interface or a new version of software. Struggling to enter a chat room may not be the best start for your online interactions.


Most job fairs (including MOAA’s) allow registrants to familiarize themselves with the platform prior to the event, or at least check out a video of the system in advance.


2. Be Ready to Sell Yourself

Knowing more about your prospective employer is critical before a job fair, but knowing how to present your own background is just as important. Many job-seekers think they’ve completed this task after putting together a résumé and practicing answers to some stock interview questions, but there’s more to it.


Don’t neglect the elevator pitch – 30 seconds outlining your key qualifications and what they could mean to your next employer. This first impression can be the first step to a successful interaction.




3. Look the Part

Yes, you’ll be in front of a screen. But appearance still matters – be sure your virtual setup is well-lit and your background is professional.


Not sure what to wear? Styles vary widely by the individual, but if you’re looking for some general tips, look no further than this special MOAA interview with Project Runway star Tim Gunn from 2020.



4. Use MOAA’s Resources

This is far from MOAA’s first go-round on the virtual career fair circuit. Be sure to look at previous tips for standing out at such events, including a full list of do’s and don’ts.


Academia-inclined job-seekers may benefit from this first-person look at the considerations behind a university career from Capt. Alexander Whitaker, USN (Ret), a Life Member of MOAA. If you’re a logged-in Premium or Life member, you can watch multiple webinars about working a career fair in MOAA’s webinar archive.


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Kevin Lilley
Kevin Lilley

Lilley serves as MOAA's digital content manager. His duties include producing, editing, and managing content for a variety of platforms, with a concentration on The MOAA Newsletter and MOAA.org. Follow him on Twitter: @KRLilley