Want a FEMA Job? Speak to Agency Recruiters During Virtual Job Fair Sept. 12

US Military drive in a FEMA vehicle while delivering supplies to people affected by a hurricane in Puerto Rico.
Department of Homeland Security personnel deliver supplies to the Santa Ana community residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico on Oct. 5, 2017. The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 that 54 percent of FEMA personnel were not qualified for their position in October 2017, a month after the Category 4 storm hit the U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has scores of job openings nationwide, and it’s hosting a virtual job fair to fill them.

On Sept.12, job seekers can log into the FEMA job fair between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern time to chat directly with recruiters. All-day attendance isn’t required. 

Before joining the event, applicants must first register on CareerEco’s website to secure their spot. Creating an account takes only a couple of minutes. To stand out, however, candidates should include their resume and a cover letter in their profile before Sept.12 so that FEMA recruiters can easily access that information when the event starts.

(The Penny Hoarder has you covered if you need help writing a resume or crafting a cover letter.)

More than 130 job openings at FEMA are listed on USAJobs.gov. Positions are available in communications, emergency management, engineering, human resources, information technology, public affairs and more.

FEMA is a federal agency that assists the public before, during and after natural disasters and security-related threats. The agency operates in 10 regional areas, covering all states and U.S.-owned territories.

New to virtual fairs? You’re not alone. CareerEco’s CEO Gayle Oliver-Plath spoke to us about the best ways to prepare for a virtual job fair.

Here are the big takeaways:

  1. Do your homework.

    Just because the job fair is online doesn’t make it any less crucial that you make a good impression. Come to the fair prepared with tailored questions for the hiring manager.

  2. Take care of tech beforehand.

    Is your account properly registered? Are your web browser and flash player up to date? Documents organized and ready to go? Don’t forget the motherlode of all tech issues: WiFi. Hardwire your computer with an ethernet cable if worse comes to worse.

  3. Be interview-ready.

    If all goes well, a hiring manager might ask to interview you on-the-spot. So be dressed to impress. Make sure you are in a well-lit, distraction-free area where you can chat. It’s OK if that’s not the case, too. Explain that you are not in the best environment for an interview, and offer alternative times when you are available.

Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He specializes in ways to make money that don’t involve stuffy corporate offices. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.