Chicago Veterans Job Fair

Soldier Field

1410 Museum Campus Drive

Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago Veterans Job Fair

April 20, 2023

11:00 AM
April 20, 2023 3:00 PM Central

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  • Exhibitor

    $1,495

    • Exhibition booth
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in exhibitor list
    • Unlimited manual job postings on RecruitMilitary job board for up to 30 days
    • * $960 special for certified small-businesses
      (50 or fewer employees)
    • * $960 special for veteran-owned small-businesses
      (50 or fewer employees)
    • * $960 special for local public safety organizations
    • * $960 special for US Government Entities
  • Targeted

    $2,295

    • Exhibition booth
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in exhibitor list
    • Unlimited manual job postings on RecruitMilitary job board for up to 30 days
    • Pre-event Targeted Email ($1,295 value)

Educator Packages

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  • Educator

    $2,195

    • 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.

Soldier Field

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Venue Information

BEFORE THE EVENT

  • Attending Representatives should log in to their Event Portal prior to event day to ensure they have access.

  • Organizations' Attending Representative(s) will receive an email the morning of the event to begin event check-in. The check-in process is electronic and your event pass will be displayed on your phone. We strongly recommend arriving with your device fully charged.

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

  • No outside food & beverage may be distributed without prior approval. Please reach out to RecruitMilitary for approval process.

  • We always encourage all attendees to check back 24-48 hours prior to the event to view the most up to date instructions/directions.

AT THE EVENT

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

  • Exhibitors set up is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please enter the stadium through Gate 38 near the parking garage at the North end of the stadium.

  • Each Exhibitor will have a 6' or 8' table draped with linen and two chairs.

  • Coffee will be available at 9:00 a.m. in an area marked with RecruitMilitary "Exhibitors Only" signage.

  • There will be two assigned windows of time for the Exhibitors lunch. Each exhibitor will receive their assigned time at check-in.

Shipping Instructions

Due to security restrictions the venue cannot accept shipped items in advance of the event. All items should be sent to Exhibitor's hotel.

RecruitMilitary Shipping Policy: In ALL situations, exhibitors are responsible for management and payment of their own shipping needs. Any fees incurred by RecruitMilitary for shipping associated with an exhibitor will be passed on to that exhibitor for payment. These fees and management of the shipping process are the sole responsibility of the client/exhibitor.

Parking Information

Parking is currently $25 per car.

See Parking Map HERE.

Upon arrival, please follow the signs directing cars to the United Club levels of the North Garage. Enter the stadium through the United Club entrance. Attendants will be on-site to assist with directions.

Public transportation is also available. Take the train to Roosevelt and State station then take the #146 bus toward Museum Campus (Soldier Field)

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.

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 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 10 30%
Management/Supervision 9 27%
Project / Program Management 8 24%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 7 21%
Administrative / Clerical 6 18%
Business / Strategic Management 6 18%
Quality Assurance / Safety 6 18%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 6 18%
Customer Support / Client Care 6 18%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 5 15%
Human Resources 5 15%
Sales / Business Development 4 12%
Medical / Health 4 12%
Biotech / R&D / Science 4 12%
Creative / Design 4 12%
Education / Training 4 12%
Law Enforcement / Security 4 12%
Marketing / Product Management 4 12%
Engineering 3 9%
Other 3 9%
Field Service 3 9%
Manufacturing / Operations 3 9%
Construction / Trades 3 9%
Electronics 3 9%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 2 6%
IT / Software Development 2 6%
Part-time 2 6%
Retail 1 3%
Aviation / Aerospace 1 3%
Editorial / Writing 1 3%
Food Services / Hospitality 1 3%
Legal 1 3%

Who’s Registered?

Well executed, good candidate mix. Relevant, engaged candidates.
Chicago Career Fair -- Manufacturing Recruiter
Best one so far. Venue was wonderful, candidate pool was diverse and expansive. Excellent event -- well organized, well staffed.
Chicago Career Fair -- Government Recruiter
I loved the increase in companies involved. You're doing a great job for the vets.
Chicago Career Fair -- Army E-6
Excellent opportunity to obtain employment.
Chicago Career Fair -- Air Force E-5
Excellent opportunity to meet / interview prospective job applicants with needed skills.
Chicago Career Fair -- Law Enforcement and Security recruiter
One of the best job fairs I've ever attended.
Chicago Career Fair -- Army E-7
Awesome location, more organized than most, and a huge selection of employers. It's a fabulous opportunity!
Chicago -- Pharmaceuticals recruiter
Bigger turn out than a general job fair. Received many qualified candidates and a decent amount of applicants.
Chicago -- Transportation / Logistics recruiter
The job fair was great. I got an interview and job offer from a company I wouldn’t have thought I would seek employment from but for the job fair.
Chicago -- Army E-4
The variety of job options that were available was a positive.
Chicago -- Army National Guard E-6

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