Chicago Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on October 11, 2012 at Macy's on State Street in Chicago, IL.

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Our events average over 50 exhibitors, and the list is not final until the day of the event. Check back regularly for additions.

Featured Exhibitors

  • The Home Depot
  • The Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Silverleaf Resorts, Inc.
  • Veterans Administration, National Vets Employment Program
  • DeVry University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Lowe's

Exhibitors

  • General Electric
  • Emerson Process Management
  • A Legacy for Learning
  • Lennox International, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club
  • Accolo
  • EMC Corporation
  • Paramount Staffing
  • Greenlee Textron
  • Argosy University
  • ContMid Group
  • Walgreens
  • SMS Assist
  • Mac Tools
  • Echo Global Logistics
  • OmniTRAX
  • Weed Man USA
  • American Legion
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • CN Railroad
  • AllScripts
  • Meijer
  • Capital One
  • Amtrak
  • Penske

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.”

The four myths and opportunities of hiring veterans today

“In an era when “support our troops” bumper stickers are common and billboards and radio advertisements abound with rallying calls to give veterans a job, it is not surprising that many employers are overwhelmed and confused. Good intentions permeate most efforts to employ veterans at the national, state and local levels.”

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...”

Common Questions

  1. What is a RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo?

    A RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo is an event where transitioning military, veterans, and their spouses can meet with recruiters from dozens of companies. These events are free for attendees. To learn more, watch this video from one of our expos in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  2. Who are the exhibitors?

    RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expos are enhanced job fairs or career fairs with four kinds of exhibitors.

    1. Employers
    2. Franchisors
    3. Educational institutions
    4. Veterans associations and service agencies
  3. What if my only interest is getting a job?

    Even if you are not here to discuss continuing education, we recommend that you talk with the education recruiters.

    • Today’s institutions deliver learning opportunities in many ways other than traditional, full-time, daytime classes on a campus. So a few minutes of conversation may lead to an unexpected continuing-education solution that is right for you.
    • In addition, most of the institutions at our Expos are also large employers and might have job openings at a campus near you.
    • We have similar advice for job seekers who have not been thinking of going into business for themselves. Franchise opportunities are available in a tremendous variety of fields. Financing may be easier than you think, with surprising discounts for veterans.
  4. Are the employers actually hiring?

    Yes, and they have a number of different priorities and requirements. As a result, their recruiters interact with job seekers in a variety of ways.

    • Some recruiters have “hot fills,” job openings that they need to fill immediately. If you happen to qualify for a hot fill, the recruiter may take you to a separate area for a one-on-one interview.
    • Other recruiters are looking for transitioning and veteran military to apply for jobs that are almost always open. That kind of recruiter might ask for a paper résumé and/or give you a business card and ask you to call.
    • Some recruiters have positions that are not available right now, but will be opening up soon. These employers want to identify candidates and get them in the pipeline now so they can fill those positions as soon as possible when they receive hiring approval.
  5. Why don’t all employers accept paper résumés?

    A federal regulation called the OFCCP Internet Applicant Rule tells certain government contractors how to gather and retain job applications via the Internet. Because of the Rule, many contractors require that applicants use their online systems and not submit paper résumés.

    • OFCCP is the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, an agency of the United States Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration. The OFCCP enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination by federal contractors.
    • Some employers that are not bound by the Rule do not accept paper résumés simply because they have put their entire application process on the Internet. One great advantage to applicants is that large employers can easily route the online résumés of desirable applicants to the appropriate divisions, offices, plants, etc.
  6. If they won’t take my résumé, shouldn’t I have stayed home and registered online?

    There is great value in the time you spend talking to recruiters, even if you can’t hand them your résumé.

    • You have a great chance to make an outstanding personal impression. A person who presents himself/herself extremely well at a booth may even get an interview for a job opening that is not on the recruiter’s list.
    • You have a chance to learn about the recruiters’ companies and their job opportunities.
    • You have a chance to network with the recruiters. You can ask a recruiter what it’s like to work at his/her company, and how best to navigate the company’s application process. You can ask the recruiter to take down your name and phone number or email address, and ask for his/her business card so that you can follow up.
  7. What if the employers are in industries that don’t interest me?

    An employer’s primary industry or company name does not necessarily indicate what openings the company is trying to fill.

    • A drugstore chain may be recruiting for positions in transportation and distribution.
    • A brewery may be recruiting for jobs in information technology.
  8. What time should I arrive?

    Feel free to try and arrive a little early to get near the front of the registration line, or you can choose to arrive a few hours after the event starts and avoid the crowd.

If you have a question that is not answered here, email us at support@recruitmilitary.com.

RecruitMilitary has held 17 events in Chicago, drawing 4,490 attendees and 711 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 670 Registered Attendees
  • 282 Soldiers
  • 152 Sailors
  • 116 Marines
  • 93 Airmen
  • 13 Spouses
  • 6 Others
  • 6 Coast Guardsmen
  • 1 DoD Civilian
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Exhibitor Registration
This was my first recruiting event, and I loved it! I received a variety of information from health care to educational benefits to employment opportunities. I can’t wait until the next one!
Chicago Expo Attendee
The variety of opportunities was unexpected. It was very beneficial for me to go.
Chicago Expo Attendee
Many of the recruiters were veterans themselves, so they had an understanding of what former military job-seekers bring to the table.
Chicago Expo Attendee
It was a definite positive experience being able to talk to recruiters from fortune 500 companies and a broad range of companies.
Chicago Expo Attendee
The recruiters were very knowledgeable and informative about career opportunities.
Chicago Expo Attendee
The number and diversity of the on-site vendors was excellent. Sometimes these events have many sponsors, but not enough actually at the event for the job-seeker to meet; not so with this one. I was pleasantly surprised and extremely encouraged that there are so many personally interested in helping us succeed!
Chicago Expo Attendee
The RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expos offer veterans a chance to be recognized for their years of experience and expertise. I really appreciate these opportunities because veterans are often overlooked for inexperienced college grads.
Chicago Expo Attendee
Overall impression—very good. We would return for another event and expand the number of job titles for which we would be recruiting.
Recruiter, Food Manufacturing Industry, past Chicago Exhibitor
Overall, good event. We look forward to attending more in the future.
Recruiter, Financial Industry, past Chicago Exhibitor
Great candidates!
Recruiter, Hotel & Tourism Industry, April 2013 Chicago event
Excellent event! I lost my job last week but because of this event, it looks like I may be back to work as early as in a few weeks, plus getting free training!
March 2014 - Veteran Job Seeker, Army National Guard - E6
It was awesome - we are in the process of hiring 4 individuals.
Healthcare recruiter, 3/27/2014 Houston Career Fair
Very well done. Much better than most.
Environmental Services recruiter, 4/3/14 Chicago Career Fair
Thank you for putting this fair together! It truly was a breath of fresh air to talk to employers who are interested in veterans and are fellow vets themselves!
4/3/14 Chicago Career Fair, Marine veteran
Great event! So organized. Great candidates!
Energy & Utilities recruiter, 4/3/14 Chicago Career Fair
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
Four of the people I spoke with today could come work for me tomorrow! Great event!
August 2014 Employer -- Financial Services recruiter
Do your research and dress for the occasion. Bring at least two different resumes, one which targets the job you are trying to land. The other should be a more broad based, generic one highlighting all of the jobs skills you have.
Nov 2014 Attendee -- Navy E-7
The recurring role of "talk to everyone" is extremely important and should be embraced by each job seeker. Please continue to stress the importance of networking, not only with the recruiters but with fellow job seekers to increase the likeliness of finding a hidden opportunity.
1-15-15 San Antonio Career Fair attendee (Army O-3)