Columbus Veteran Job Fair

The Fawcett Center

2400 Olentangy River Road

Columbus, OH 43210

Columbus Veteran Job Fair

March 30, 2017 11:00 AM March 30, 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)
    • * $495 special for veteran-owned small-businesses
      (50 or fewer employees)
  • Targeted

    $1,695

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    • Exhibition Booth ($1,295 value)
    • 2 Representatives
    • Pre-event Targeted Email
      ($795 value)
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
  • 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

Select an Educator Package

For multiple event discounts, call 800-226-0841

  • Educator

    $1,795

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

    $2,195

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    • 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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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.

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Venue Information

  • Exhibitor set up is between 9:00am and 10:30am
  • The Opportunity Expo will take place in the Grand Ballroom.
  • Coffee and other refreshments will be available at 9:00am in the Exhibit Room near the registration tables.
  • The Exhibitors lunch will be served in the Clinton Room near from 1:30-3:00pm
  • Clients requiring access to electric should bring their own power strip and extension cords.
  • Complimentary WiFi is available. Use network WIFI@OSU and accept the terms. No passcode is required.

Shipping Instructions

Shipping into the venue is permitted providing the items do not arrive prior to Monday, March 27, 2017. If multiple items are sent, please number them "1 of 3", "2 of 3", etc. Address packages as below:

HOLD FOR: GUEST NAME
RecruitMilitary Veteran Job Fair
Event date: 3/30/2017
The Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210

Client is solely responsible for labeling the items post event, and for scheduling the pickup of those items before 4:30pm on Friday, November 4th. Neither The Fawcett Center nor RecruitMiitary will be responsible for materials left after Thursday, March 30, 2017, nor will they accept any liability for materials delivered to the venue.

Parking Information

  • Parking is complimentary. To obtain free parking, attendees are required to print a provided event permit and place it on their front vehicle dashboard upon arrival. If a permit is not printed prior to their arrival, additional permits are available inside the facility. If a permit is not placed in a dashboard window, guest is at own risk for a parking violation ticket and could be responsible or any associated fees. A permit will added to this site prior to the event date.

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.”

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 Columbus 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
RecruitMilitary has held 10 events in Columbus, drawing 2,237 attendees and 449 exhibitors.
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
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)

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