Columbia Veterans Job Fair

USC Alumni Center

900 Senate Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Columbia Veterans Job Fair

September 21, 2017 11:00 AM September 21, 2017 3:00 PM

Select an Employer Package

For multiple event discounts, call 800-226-0841

  • Exhibitor

    $1,295

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    • 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

    $1,795

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    • Exhibition Booth ($1,295 value)
    • 2 Representatives
    • Pre-event Targeted Email
      ($795 value)
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
    • * $1,395 special for US Government Entities
  • Branding

    $3,495

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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
    • * $2,795 special for US Government Entities

Select an Educator Package

For multiple event discounts, call 800-226-0841

  • Educator

    $1,795

    Select Package
    • Exhibition Booth
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
  • Educator Advantage

    $2,195

    Select Package
    • Exhibition Booth ($1,795 value)
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
    • School name listed in the Search & Employ education directory in the next two issues

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Payment Information

Additional Representatives Policy

Your booth purchase includes representatives. The attendance of any additional representatives will require a $50 fee per additional representative which will allow us to provide the appropriate accommodations for the number of recruiters that attend the event on behalf of your organization. If your organization has any additional representatives show up on the day of the event without paying the fee in advance, you will be invoiced $50 for each representative, on the day of the event.

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 support@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.

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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 Ballroom 1A 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 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 18, 2017. Please ship to:

USC Alumni Center
900 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201


HOLD for RecruitMilitary Event 9/21/2017
(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 22, 2017.

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 42 34%
Management/Supervision 33 27%
Administrative / Clerical 26 21%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 24 19%
Human Resources 22 18%
Project / Program Management 20 16%
Medical / Health 19 15%
Law Enforcement / Security 17 13%
Business / Strategic Management 17 13%
Manufacturing / Operations 17 13%
Education / Training 17 13%
Customer Support / Client Care 16 13%
Quality Assurance / Safety 16 13%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 15 12%
IT / Software Development 14 11%
Sales / Business Development 14 11%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 12 9%
Field Service 11 9%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 11 9%
Marketing / Product Management 10 8%
Aviation / Aerospace 10 8%
Construction / Trades 9 7%
Part-time 8 6%
Food Services / Hospitality 7 5%
Electronics 6 4%
Retail 6 4%
Other 5 4%
Engineering 4 3%
Creative / Design 3 2%
Editorial / Writing 2 1%
Biotech / R&D / Science 2 1%
Legal 1 0%
RecruitMilitary has held 2 events in Columbia, drawing 616 attendees and 69 exhibitors.

Who’s Registered?

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.
9/22/16 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.
9/22/16 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.
9/22/16 Columbia Career Fair -- Education Recruiter
Plenty of vendors with a wide variety industries and educational institutions attending. Worth the time.
9/22/16 Columbia Career Fair -- Attendee
Great event!! Would recommend to all my veteran brothers and sisters.
9/22/16 Columbia Career Fair -- Army E-9

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