The National Guard Announces First Virtual Career Fair

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Online event replicates the attractions of a real-world career fair

Inside the National Guard Virtual Career Fair

This gives us an opportunity to explain the mission of the National Guard and the many benefits associated with service to everyone from coast to coast, while they are logged in to their computers at home, school, or even their local coffee shops.

The National Guard will host its first Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, February 11, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern Time). The online event, which replicates the attractions of a real-world career fair, will allow those interested in serving their community and country to interact with National Guard representatives and other guests without the travel or pressures of a face-to-face meeting.

The event is open to everyone with an interest in serving their country through part-time military service in the National Guard. All States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories, will be represented.

"The young men and women who want to serve their communities and their country get most of their information online,” said Chief Warrant Officer Bonny Bell. "This gives us an opportunity to explain the mission of the National Guard and the many benefits associated with service to everyone from coast to coast, while they are logged in to their computers at home, school, or even their local coffee shops.”

A December 2009 Pew Internet Research survey showed that an incredible 93 percent of 18-29 year olds use the Internet. The virtual career fair environment combines all of the communication elements young adults already use, such as chats, avatars, information downloads, and video.

Attendees will move around a representation of a three-dimensional career fair campus. In the exhibition hall, they will have access to booths staffed by National Guard representatives. They will also be able to take in featured programming at the National Guard Auditorium and chat with other attendees and Guard personnel in a lounge area.

"I can't think of a more convenient, hassle-free way to learn about all the Guard has to offer,” Chief Bell said. "There are no phone calls, no pressure, and no obligation to join. Just register, log in, learn, and network.”

To participate in the inaugural National Guard Virtual Career Fair , register online at http://www.NATIONALGUARD.com/virtual, and log in to the event on February 11, 2010.

About the National Guard
With more than 370 years of service, the National Guard is the largest reserve component, as well as the oldest branch of the U.S. military. Guard Soldiers are provided with college tuition assistance and offer attractive benefits on top of paid training in over 150 career fields. The National Guard has career opportunities in every State, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories than 3,600 training locations, and more than 350,000 members.

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