Fort Walton Beach/Eglin Veterans Job Fair

Emerald Coast Convention Center

1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Fort Walton Beach/Eglin Veterans Job Fair

May 23, 2019 11:00 AM May 23, 2019 3:00 PM

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For multiple event discounts, call 800-226-0841

  • Exhibitor


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    • Exhibition Booth
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
    • * $795 special for certified small-businesses
      (50 or fewer employees)
    • * $595 special for veteran-owned small-businesses
      (50 or fewer employees)
    • * $795 special for local public safety organizations
    • * $995 special for US Government Entities
  • Targeted


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    • Exhibition Booth ($1,295 value)
    • 2 Representatives
    • Pre-event Targeted Email
      ($795 value)
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
    • * $1,395 special for US Government Entities
  • Branding


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    • Exhibition Booth ($1,295)
    • 4 Representatives
    • ½-page Ad in Search & Employ® ($1,995 value)
    • An Ad in our Monthly “VetTen” Email ($1,095 value)
    • Featured in Pre-Event Marketing ($500 value)
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
    • * $2,795 special for US Government Entities

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    • Exhibition Booth
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide

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Additional Representatives Policy

Your booth purchase includes representatives. The attendance of any additional representatives will require a $50 fee per additional representative which will allow us to provide the appropriate accommodations for the number of recruiters that attend the event on behalf of your organization. If your organization has any additional representatives show up on the day of the event without paying the fee in advance, you will be invoiced $50 for each representative, on the day of the event.

Cancellation Policy

RecruitMilitary does not offer refunds. If an exhibitor is unable to attend a Veteran Opportunity Expo (“Expo”) for which it has already registered, RecruitMilitary will make every effort to allow the exhibitor to attend a future Expo, provided the exhibitor attends the Expo within twelve months of the Invoice Date. However, to qualify, RecruitMilitary must receive a cancellation request at least ten business days' prior to the date of the Expo for which you were registered. Unpaid invoices must be paid whether or not the exhibitor attends the event for which it originally registered. Cancellation requests must be sent via e-mail to, and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. If a cancellation request is received fewer than ten business days before the Expo, or if the exhibitor does not show up at the Expo at all, then that exhibitor will not be entitled to transfer its registration to a new Expo.

At a Veteran Job Fair, you can begin the selection process with what is normally one of the final stages of a face-to-face meeting with the candidate. We present these events in cooperation with leading corporations, news media, industry associations, veterans organizations, and government agencies. All Veteran Job Fairs take place in major military markets. To attract job candidates to the fairs, we promote the events intensively to our huge database of registered candidates, and we run display ads in major newspapers in the areas where they will take place.

Why Hire Veterans?

If you are not familiar with hiring veterans, we would like to share three reasons why military personnel will make great employees for your organization:

  • Well-trained. Veterans possess skills that are critical for an organization to succeed. They are trained to be mission-oriented and to work as a team. They possess critical skills for organizational success including discipline, responsibility, respect, and unparalleled work ethic.
  • Skills that overlap. Veterans have been trained in specific skills that greatly overlap civilian work. Whether driving an 18-wheel tractor-trailer or leading an organization in an executive position, the military provides people with the training to be successful in trades, as well as the experience and conditioning required for management positions.
  • Diverse backgrounds. The military employs a highly diverse workforce. Approximately 45% of our candidates are women and/or ethnic minorities, enabling you to connect with skilled and diverse candidates through our events.

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Venue Information

  • The Job Fair will take place in the Emerald Ballroom. Loading dock is in back of building or you may use the main entrance. From the main entrance follow signs toward the right. The Emerald Ballroom will be the last ballroom on the left. From the parking garage underneath the building, take the North elevators and follow signage to the first ballroom on the right.

  • Exhibitors are encouraged to begin arriving for setup at 9:00am.

  • Exhibitors will have an 8'x30" table with linen and two chairs.

  • Exhibitors needing electricity should contact RecruitMilitary to make advance payment and should provide their own power strips and extension cords. Outlets near the exhibitor table will NOT be live without advance notification and payment.

  • Coffee will be available beginning at 9:00am in the area designated as "Exhibitors Only."

  • Lunch will be served from 1:30-3:00pm in the "Exhibitor Only" area.

  • WiFi is complimentary. No password is required.

Shipping Instructions

Due to limited storage space at the venue, only items received the DAY PRIOR to the event can be stored.

For DAY PRIOR arrivals, please ship to:

Emerald Coast Convention Center
ATT: Rachel Borgie
1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
HOLD for May 23, 2019 RecruitMilitary Job Fair

Exhibitors are responsible for scheduling the pickup of their items no later than EOD Thursday, May 23, 2019. Items remaining at the venue are not the responsibility of ECCC or RecruitMilitary.

RecruitMilitary Shipping Policy: Any fees incurred by RecruitMilitary at those events for which venues charge to receive and/or ship out packages will be passed on to the client/exhibitor. These fees are the sole responsibility of the client/exhibitor.

Parking Information

Parking is complimentary. Two parking facilities are available -- one is located just outside of the main entrance to the Emerald Coast Convention Center and the other is a garage located beneath the venue.

Please follow the signs inside the facility to the Emerald Ballroom. If entering from the outside lot, turn right after entering the building and the Emerald Ballroom will be the last ballroom on the left.

If entering from the parking garage North elevators, the Emerald ballroom will be the first one on the right after exiting the elevators.

The Hire More Heroes Act is misguided. There is no veterans’ unemployment crisis.

“Americans may be shocked to learn that there is no veterans’ unemployment crisis. The unemployment rate in 2014 for post-9/11 veterans was 7.2 percent, the lowest level in seven years of tracking these veterans. ”

What Government Should Actually Do To Support Veterans' Employment

“The latest crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs has called into question again the proper role of government in the care of our veterans. Whereas healthcare is clearly in shambles, veterans’ employment is another realm in which well-meaning government involvement has been inefficient at best and ineffective or counterproductive at worst. ”

Employment and Returning Veterans

“Peter Gudmundsson talked about the availability of jobs for returning service members.”

Beyond Altruism

“Among the fondest memories Peter Gudmundsson ’85 has of his three years as an active-duty U.S. Marine officer was the time in 1987 when, off the coast of Vietnam, he stood on the deck of a U.S. Navy ship looking up at the Soviet planes flying overhead. What was particularly memorable, he says, was not the plane flying overhead, but the reaction of the men in his platoon”

Money For Lunch

“Money for Lunch host Bert Martinez interviewed Peter Gudmundsson. Discussed veteran hiring.”

Helping veterans overcome job search challenges

“Mike Rollins is featured on America Now. Recently, America Now visited a RecruitMilitary job fair held at the Hurst Conference Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. ”

TN veterans face tough battle to find employment

“By Naomi Snyder Terry Pack was an aircraft mechanic serving in the Army in Iraq, spending two of the last six years in combat overseas. Now that he's done his service for the country, he can't even get a job doing oil changes at Sears. "It's tough,'' said the unemployed Clarksville veteran, who was honorably discharged in January. "I've been looking for any job." A congressional hea...”

Veterans and Jobs

“Matt Murphy, RecruitMilitary's Senior VP of Business Development and Sales is a guest on Washington Journal to talk about a recent report that shows the jobless rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is over eleven percent. He talks about connecting employers, educational institutions, and franchisors to veterans because of their character, skills and training, diversity, and securi...”

When attendees registered for the Fort Walton Beach/Eglin Veterans Job Fair, we asked them to let us know what fields they are interested in. The table below is a breakdown of those interests.

Interest Attendee Count Percentage
Management/Supervision 15 50%
Government 14 46%
Education / Training 12 40%
Project / Program Management 12 40%
Human Resources 10 33%
Business / Strategic Management 8 26%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 8 26%
Marketing / Product Management 8 26%
Aviation / Aerospace 7 23%
Administrative / Clerical 7 23%
Customer Support / Client Care 7 23%
Quality Assurance / Safety 7 23%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 5 16%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 5 16%
Medical / Health 5 16%
Sales / Business Development 5 16%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 4 13%
Other 4 13%
Law Enforcement / Security 4 13%
Manufacturing / Operations 3 10%
IT / Software Development 3 10%
Retail 3 10%
Field Service 2 6%
Biotech / R&D / Science 2 6%
Creative / Design 2 6%
Construction / Trades 2 6%
Part-time 2 6%
Legal 1 3%
Electronics 1 3%
Engineering 1 3%
Food Services / Hospitality 1 3%
Editorial / Writing 1 3%
RecruitMilitary has held 3 events in Pensacola, FL, drawing 722 attendees and 92 exhibitors.

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