Columbia Veterans Job Fair

USC Alumni Center

900 Senate Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Columbia Veterans Job Fair

September 19, 2019 11:00 AM September 19, 2019 3:00 PM

Employer Packages


For multiple event discounts, call 800-226-0841

  • Exhibitor


    • 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


    • Exhibition Booth ($1,295 value)
    • 2 Representatives
    • Pre-event Targeted Email
      ($995 value)
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
    • * $1,395 special for US Government Entities
  • Branding


    • Exhibition Booth ($1,295 value)
    • 4 Representatives
    • ½-page Ad in Search & Employ® ($1,995 value)
    • An Ad in our Monthly “VetTen” Email ($1,595 value)
    • Featured in Pre-Event Marketing ($500 value)
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
    • * $2,795 special for US Government Entities

Educator Packages


For multiple event discounts, call 800-226-0841

  • Educator


    • Exhibition Booth
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide

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

  • Exhibitor set up is between 9:00am and 10:30am.

  • The Job Fair will take place in the Grand Ballroom.

  • Coffee and water station will be available at 9:00 a.m.

  • The Exhibitors lunch will be served from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in an area marked with "RecruitMilitary Exhibitors Only" signage.

  • Clients requiring access to electric should contact RecruitMilitary in advance to make payment and should bring their own power strip and extension cords. Without prior notification and payment, there is no guarantee electric will be provided.

  • WiFi is complimentary for attendees. USCGUEST is the WiFi Network name.

Shipping Instructions

You may ship packages and boxes for the Job Fair to arrive no earlier than Monday, September 16, 2019. Please ship to:

USC Alumni Center
900 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Attn: Christine Foxworth

HOLD for RecruitMilitary Event 9/19/2019
(Your Company Name)*

Your company will be fully responsible for contacting your own carrier to pick up your equipment no later than end of day, Friday September 20, 2019.

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 available in the adjoining parking garage on Park and Pendleton Streets. The garage is managed by the City of Columbia who charges hourly rates for parking. My Carolina's entrance from the Park Street garage is on the 2nd floor. Street level entrances are on Senate Street.

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 Columbia 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 9 25%
Management/Supervision 6 17%
Human Resources 5 14%
Customer Support / Client Care 5 14%
Medical / Health 5 14%
Administrative / Clerical 4 11%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 4 11%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 4 11%
Part-time 3 8%
Engineering 2 5%
IT / Software Development 2 5%
Other 2 5%
Project / Program Management 2 5%
Education / Training 2 5%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 2 5%
Quality Assurance / Safety 1 2%
Electronics 1 2%
Law Enforcement / Security 1 2%
Business / Strategic Management 1 2%
Food Services / Hospitality 1 2%
Marketing / Product Management 1 2%
Legal 1 2%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 1 2%
Construction / Trades 1 2%
RecruitMilitary has held 4 events in Columbia, drawing 961 attendees and 150 exhibitors.
Top notch, everything was great! I've already referred colleagues to look into RecruitMilitary job fairs in their area. I was highly impressed with the friendliness and caliber of organizations that were present.
Columbia Career Fair -- Non-Profit Recruiter
Awesome! Attending these events puts the human-to-human contact back into recruiting. In fact, I will be sharing RecruitMilitary info with 150-200 corporate partners next week.
Columbia Career Fair -- Manufacturing Recruiter
Being a veteran myself, this is exact type of career fair that I attended to obtain my present job. Quite pleased and impressed.
Columbia Career Fair -- Education Recruiter
Plenty of vendors with a wide variety industries and educational institutions attending. Worth the time.
Columbia Career Fair -- Attendee
Great event!! Would recommend to all my veteran brothers and sisters.
Columbia Career Fair -- Army E-9
I love the event and the atmosphere. Very organized. It's a great way of getting information out to veterans and their families about career opportunities after the military.
Columbia Career Fair -- Government Recruiter
I'm very impressed -- nice facility, good kick-off, well marketed. I think the flow of this job fair was nice. It had professional staff and professional level candidates, and was also diverse. Therefore, I rank this event fairly high.
Columbia Career Fair -- Financial Services Recruiter
Very well organized. Started on time with a good briefing by a well-spoken, high-energy person who represents you well!
Columbia Career Fair -- Army E-9
I obtained more than 3 interviews from my visit to the job fair.
Columbia Career Fair -- Navy O-4

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