Columbus Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on July 25, 2013 at Aladdin Shrine Event & Conference Center in Columbus, OH.

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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

  • Rolls Royce
  • Pacer International
  • General Electric
  • State Farm
  • The Home Depot
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • ETAK Systems, Inc.
  • Mission Essential Personnel
  • Pole/Zero Corporation
  • DeVry University

Exhibitors

  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Nucor Steel Marion
  • Niagara Bottling, LLC
  • WESCO
  • Charter One Bank
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
  • TruGreen
  • ProTouch Restoration
  • Rogue Fitness
  • American Income Life Insurance Company
  • Alliance Data
  • Washington National
  • The Brickman Group
  • First Command Financial Planning
  • Division 7, Inc.
  • Veterans Employment Service Office
  • Kelly Services
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Roto-Rooter
  • Sygma Network
  • Wal-Mart
  • Atrium
  • Edward Jones Investments
  • Mercy Health
  • Quicken Loans
  • Travel Solutions 24
  • Georgia College of Construction
  • The Kroger Co.
  • Air Force Reserve Command
  • Career Path Media Group, Inc.
  • My Computer Career
  • Heavy Construction Academy

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.”

65 employers focus on hiring veterans at Ohio Stadium

“COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Employers from 65 companies will be hoping to hire veterans at RecruitMilitary’s job fair on Thursday. The job fair will help veterans who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life. This is RecruitMilitary’s largest job fair in Columbus with 400 veterans already signed up.”

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. ”

Military Job Fair Caters To Hundreds Of Veterans

“COLUMBUS, Ohio - It is a job fair at the Aladdin Shrine Center, but not just any job fair. It is specifically for those who watch out for our country, military veterans. "When you hire a veteran you get someone with leadership and management skills," said Sgt. Joe Lewis. ”

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. ”

Job fairs part of nationwide effort to find work for those who served

“The Columbus Dispatch - Paquin and many veterans nationwide are looking for work, and business and veterans organizations have launched initiatives to help them. One of the latest efforts came at a veterans job fair in Columbus yesterday, organized by RecruitMilitary, a veteran-centered employment firm. ”

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 7 events in Columbus, drawing 1,302 attendees and 304 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 419 Registered Attendees
  • 205 Soldiers
  • 75 Airmen
  • 66 Sailors
  • 64 Marines
  • 3 Others
  • 3 Spouses
  • 2 Coast Guardsmen
  • 1 DoD Civilian
Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitors were open, welcoming, and interested in candidates’ life stories and bios. It was a good experience and gave me several good leads.
Columbus Expo Attendee
Great event. The RecruitMilitary staff was very helpful before and during the event and the facility was great.
HR Manager, Entertainment Industry, past Columbus Exhibitor
This job fair’s participants were of a better quality, and I strongly believe it is the result of their military training and discipline in their approach to career vs. just a job.
Recruiter, Manufacturing Industry, past Columbus Exhibitor
The best, most professional event I’ve ever attended!
Recruiter, Federal Government Agency, past Columbus Exhibitor
Great event with a wide variety of vendors that were open, receptive, and friendly to servicemembers.
USAF veteran - E-7, past Columbus attendee
I am a military spouse and the expo provided vendors that were interested in my resume as well as my husbands. Very pleasantly surprised that the vendors were interested in the spouses as well!
Army Veteran Spouse, past Columbus Attendee
Overall a great experience. I think if you missed it, you missed out.
Army Veteran - E-6, past Columbus Attendee
The Expo was a very well organized event. Lots of employers on hand with actual job openings. In fact, the day after the event I was contacted to schedule an interview.
Navy Veteran, past Columbus Attendee
I always look forward to attending the RecruitMilitary Expo! Everyone is so helpful and friendly, and the quantity and quality of candidates are always excellent!
Recruiter, Health & Medical Industry, July 2013 Columbus Expo
It was well advertised, and organized. We had several truly outstanding candidates talk to us.
Recruiter, Retail Industry, July 2013 Columbus Expo
The candidates were very professional and more prepared than previous general job fairs we have attended.
Recruiter, Staffing Industry, July 2013 Columbus Expo
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
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
This was a great event!!
7-24-14 Columbus Career Fair -- Financial Services recruiter
The Career Fair was an excellent event. Well advertised, well organized and well worth attending. Thanks!
7-24-14 Columbus Career Fair -- Marine & Army O-4
I was able to get a few interviews and I landed a job today. Thank you again for doing this for the veterans.
7-24-14 Columbus Career Fair -- Army E-4
Exhibitors were awesome!
7-24-14 Columbus Career Fair -- Army E-4
I was very impressed by the staff, the set up, and turn out. The event was very well organized and it was apparent that there was a great deal of positive marketing efforts involved.
7-24-14 Columbus Career Fair -- Transportation & Logistics recruiter
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)