Chicago Veteran Job Fair

Soldier Field

1410 Museum Campus Drive

Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago Veteran Job Fair

October 6, 2016 11:00 AM October 6, 2016 3:00 PM

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    • * $795 special for certified small-businesses
      (50 or fewer employees)
    • * $495 special for veteran-owned small-businesses
      (50 or fewer employees)
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    • Pre-event Targeted Email
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  • 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

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  • Educator

    $1,795

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  • Educator Advantage

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    • School name listed in the Search & Employ education directory in the next two issues

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Veteran Opportunity Expo 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 expos@recruitmilitary.com, 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.

Soldier Field

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Venue Information

  • Your representatives should arrive at the venue at about 9:00 a.m. Please enter the stadium through Gate 38 near the parking garage.

  • The Job Fair will take place in the 1st Floor United Club.

  • Coffee and other refreshments will be available at 9:00 a.m.

  • Lunch will be served from 1:30-3:00 in an area of the event space

  • 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 pay for it in advance, to ensure an outlet in the area of their booth is live, and should bring their own power strip and extension cords.

  • WiFi is available through Boingo at a rate of $1.99 per device.

Shipping Instructions

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS: Due to a Bears game the Sunday prior to the job fair, the stadium will not have sufficient storage space to allow for shipments into this event. Please arrange to have any necessary items shipped to and from your hotel

Parking Information

Parking is available in the North Garage at a rate of $19 per car for up to 4 hour and $22 per car for more than 4 hours. Please follow the signs directing cars to the level of the North Garage connected to the United Club. Enter the stadium through the United Club entrance.

ARRIVING FROM THE LOOP North Parking Garage: Travel southbound on Lake Shore Drive (or southbound on Columbus Drive), and move toward the right lanes as you approach Soldier Field. Proceed to the 18th Street exit, which is the first exit on the right after you pass Soldier Field. Note: Please note that you can only exit 18th Street from the far right lane of southbound Lake Shore Drive. If you miss the 18th Street exit, you will have to go all the way to 31st Street to turn around. When you exit at 18th Street, turn left at the bottom of the exit and go under the viaduct. Continue on 18th Street which becomes Museum Campus Drive. Continue North on Museum Campus Drive (on the east/lake side of Soldier Field) through the Waldron Drive intersection and past the ADA & Taxi drop-off turn-around. Keep on Museum Campus Drive past the Soldier Field loading dock entrance. Take the first left after the loading dock into the North Parking Garage.

ARRIVING FROM THE NORTHERN SUBURBS North Parking Garage: Take the Edens Expressway (I-94) eastbound until it merges into the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94). Continue on the Kennedy past the Loop to the Taylor Street/Roosevelt Road exit. Take this exit to Roosevelt Road, which is the second stoplight off the exit, and turn left onto Roosevelt Road. Follow Roosevelt Road to Columbus Drive; take a right onto Columbus Drive. Follow Columbus Drive until it merges into southbound Lake Shore Drive. Stay in the right hand lane and proceed to the 18th Street exit, which is the first exit on the right after you pass Soldier Field. Note: Please note that you can only exit 18th Street from the far right lane of southbound Lake Shore Drive. If you miss the 18th Street exit, you will have to go all the way to 31st Street to turn around. When you exit at 18th Street, turn left at the bottom of the exit and go under the viaduct. Continue on 18th Street which becomes Museum Campus Drive. Continue North on Museum Campus Drive (on the east/lake side of Soldier Field) through the Waldron Drive intersection and past the ADA & Taxi drop-off turn-around. Keep on Museum Campus Drive past the Soldier Field loading dock entrance. Take the first left after the loading dock into the North Parking Garage.

ARRIVING FROM THE WEST North Parking Garage: Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) eastbound until it becomes Congress Parkway. Continue on Congress Parkway until it dead ends at Columbus Drive (Buckingham Fountain will be directly in front of you). Turn right onto Columbus Drive. Follow Columbus Drive until it merges into southbound Lake Shore Drive. Stay in the right hand lane and proceed to the 18th Street exit, which is the first exit on the right after you pass Soldier Field. Note: Please note that you can only exit 18th Street from the far right lane of southbound Lake Shore Drive. If you miss the 18th Street exit, you will have to go all the way to 31st Street to turn around. When you exit at 18th Street, turn left at the bottom of the exit and go under the viaduct. Continue on 18th Street which becomes Museum Campus Drive. Continue North on Museum Campus Drive (on the east/lake side of Soldier Field) through the Waldron Drive intersection and past the ADA & Taxi drop-off turn-around. Keep on Museum Campus Drive past the Soldier Field loading dock entrance. Take the first left after the loading dock into the North Parking Garage.

ARRIVING FROM THE SOUTH North Parking Garage: Travel northbound on Lake Shore Drive, and move toward the right lanes as you approach Soldier Field. Proceed to the 18th Street exit. When you exit at 18th Street, turn right at the bottom of the exit. Continue on 18th Street which becomes Museum Campus Drive. Continue North on Museum Campus Drive (on the east/lake side of Soldier Field) through the Waldron Drive intersection and past the ADA & Taxi drop-off turn-around. Keep on Museum Campus Drive past the Soldier Field loading dock entrance. Take the first left after the loading dock into the North Parking Garage. Note: Please note that if you miss the 18th Street exit, you can turn right at Waldron Drive. As you head east on Waldron Drive take a left at Museum Campus Drive and continue to the North Garage.

Here's What Veterans Want in Their Civilian Careers

“Savvy employers know that military veterans often hold the solution to their continuing struggle to attract and retain high-quality talent. They understand that military-experienced personnel possess skills, attitudes and abilities beyond those of most people who have not served. Thus, veterans can add disproportionate value to any team or organization.”

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 Chicago Veteran 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 110 33%
Management/Supervision 91 28%
Customer Support / Client Care 70 21%
Administrative / Clerical 62 19%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 61 18%
Education / Training 61 18%
Project / Program Management 56 17%
Law Enforcement / Security 55 16%
Human Resources 54 16%
Business / Strategic Management 52 16%
Manufacturing / Operations 50 15%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 48 14%
Construction / Trades 44 13%
Field Service 41 12%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 39 12%
Quality Assurance / Safety 39 12%
Electronics 37 11%
IT / Software Development 36 11%
Food Services / Hospitality 34 10%
Sales / Business Development 31 9%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 31 9%
Part-time 31 9%
Medical / Health 30 9%
Retail 30 9%
Marketing / Product Management 28 8%
Aviation / Aerospace 27 8%
Other 25 7%
Engineering 24 7%
Creative / Design 16 4%
Legal 14 4%
Biotech / R&D / Science 10 3%
Editorial / Writing 9 2%
RecruitMilitary has held 19 events in Chicago, drawing 5,138 attendees and 883 exhibitors.

Who’s Registered?

  • 324 Registered Attendees
  • 107 Soldiers
  • 55 Sailors
  • 45 Marines
  • 31 Airmen
  • 7 Spouses
  • 3 Coast Guardsmen
  • 1 Other
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
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)

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