Portland Veterans Job Fair

This event took place on May 9, 2019 at University Place Hotel and Conference Center in Portland, OR.

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 Portland 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
Government 86 38%
Management/Supervision 68 30%
Project / Program Management 59 26%
Education / Training 52 23%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 50 22%
Business / Strategic Management 47 21%
Quality Assurance / Safety 46 20%
Law Enforcement / Security 44 19%
Administrative / Clerical 44 19%
Manufacturing / Operations 44 19%
Human Resources 42 19%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 40 18%
Electronics 37 16%
Construction / Trades 34 15%
Marketing / Product Management 33 14%
Customer Support / Client Care 31 14%
Aviation / Aerospace 29 13%
Sales / Business Development 28 12%
IT / Software Development 28 12%
Engineering 25 11%
Medical / Health 24 10%
Biotech / R&D / Science 24 10%
Field Service 24 10%
Part-time 20 9%
Editorial / Writing 19 8%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 19 8%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 18 8%
Creative / Design 17 7%
Other 17 7%
Legal 12 5%
Food Services / Hospitality 10 4%
Retail 7 3%
RecruitMilitary has held 12 events in Portland, drawing 1,629 attendees and 276 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

There were a lot of great candidates, and even more with untapped potential. It was great to utilize the skills and abilities of the candidates in ways they hadn't yet thought of. This is (personally) my first event with RecruitMilitary, however, my company has previously participated in events and my experience is similar to others. Great job! Great experience, from the pre-communications all the way down to contact during and after the fair. Nice!
Portland Career Fair -- Staffing Recruiter
This was an excellent event and the best in Oregon!
Portland Career Fair -- Insurance Recruiter
Today's event was a success. The candidates were highly educated, highly qualified, and prepared for success.
Portland Career Fair -- Non Profit Recruiter
Very nice, helpful, kind, genuine people who are there to truly help liaison employment for veterans.
Portland Career Fair -- Insurance Recruiter
he overall atmosphere was energetic and lively, and all of the recruiters were helpful and willing to talk even if they didn't have anything specific for my skill set.
Portland Career Fair -- Navy E-3
Everyone was friendly. Easy to access by public transportation, which is awesome. I enjoyed the event!
Portland Career Fair -- Navy E-3
This is a 'best of' experience for the job seeker and employer. If you are serious about finding employment or getting your company prime exposure you need to attend this event.
Portland -- Services recruiter
Quality of veterans was outstanding - as was your team!
Portland -- Insurance recruiter
The recruiters were very engaging and provided loads of information and feedback. I went to every table and enjoyed talking to each employer.
Portland -- Air Force E-4
Location was convenient and I appreciated the helper walking around to guide job seekers to the right employer.
Portland -- Army, Navy, National Guard, and Reserves E-8

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