Dallas Opportunity Expo

This event took place on March 1, 2012 at Irving Convention Center in Irving, TX.

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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.”

Hiring vets is not charity work — it’s good business

“Peter Gudmundsson wants to tamp down the idea that hiring veterans is your patriotic duty. The 50-year-old CEO of RecruitMilitary believes that tapping this growing pool of skilled, disciplined and hardworking workers is simply good business sense.”

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. ”

Veterans Seek Work at Irving Job Fair

“NBC 5 (KXAS) Dallas/Ft. Worth - Veterans looking for work got some help on Thursday.”

Hundreds expected at turn out for Irving job fair today for veterans

“The Dallas Morning News - Before the doors to the job fair opened this morning, a few hundred veterans were already milling around in the lobby. The fair is one of many that RecruitMilitary and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce put on across the country, with the goal of reducing high unemployment levels among veterans. About 90 companies recruited at the event at the Irving Convention Center. ”

Specialized Job Fairs Help Veterans Find Work After Their Service

“Returning to civilian life is tough enough for veterans. Finding a job can be even a bigger challenge.”

Unemployed veterans converge on Irving Convention Center

“Military families reunited with loved ones, back from tours of duty overseas, are finding a new battle on the home front - landing a job.”

Job Expo Focuses on Veterans, Military Spouses

“Hundreds of veterans looking for jobs attended a job expo in Las Colinas on Thursday. Veterans said they were grateful for the opportunity to meet many potential employers. "There is some difficulty translating what you've done in the military and how companies can take advantage of it," veteran P.J. Preddy said.”

KLUV 98.7 FM Speaks to RecruitMilitary about upcoming event: Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo - Dallas

“Mike Rollins, RecruitMilitary Event Director discusses Dallas Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo on KLUV 98.7 FM's Community Corner segment with Kathy Jones. ”

Career Fair Held For Military Veterans

“Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo being held at the Irving Convention Center. Interviewed in the story is Mike Rollins of RecruitMiltiary, GameStop, and several veterans...”

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...”

Helping Jobless Vets

“CNN Host Fredricka Whitfield One in nine Iraq and Afghanistan vets is out of work. Fredricka Whitfield talks with Rick Jones about how RecruitMilitary's website and career fair events are helping veterans and military spouses find jobs in the current economy. CNN's Josh Levs shows viewers how to navigate the RecruitMilitary website and points out key features most useful to veteran job seek...”

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 Dallas Opportunity Expo, 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 693 55%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 430 34%
Law Enforcement / Security 381 30%
Project / Program Management 374 29%
Quality Assurance / Safety 357 28%
Customer Support / Client Care 343 27%
Manufacturing / Operations 335 26%
Administrative / Clerical 315 25%
Aviation / Aerospace 308 24%
Business / Strategic Management 301 24%
Education / Training 297 23%
Human Resources 292 23%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 257 20%
Sales / Business Development 231 18%
Marketing / Product Management 210 16%
Electronics 200 16%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 196 15%
Other 191 15%
Medical / Health 189 15%
IT / Software Development 187 14%
Construction / Trades 179 14%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 175 14%
Part-time 155 12%
Retail 144 11%
Engineering 136 10%
Food Services / Hospitality 98 7%
Creative / Design 82 6%
Biotech / R&D / Science 80 6%
Editorial / Writing 75 6%
Legal 58 4%
RecruitMilitary has held 28 events in Dallas, drawing 13,291 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 1249 Veterans
  • 528 Soldiers
  • 247 Airmen
  • 243 Sailors
  • 161 Marines
  • 35 Spouses
  • 17 Others
  • 11 Coast Guardsmen
  • 70 Exhibitors

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

It was by far one of the largest military job fairs I’ve ever attended. There is nothing else like it. Large, varied selection of recruiters who are willing and actively looking for veterans!
Dallas Expo Attendee
RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expos always have an extensive variety of exhibitors.
Dallas Expo Attendee
This was an outstanding event, I would recommend anyone looking for high caliber candidates to attend. There were a wide variety of candidates with relevant experience which helped me develop a good pool from which to make offers.
HR Manager, Grocery Industry, past Dallas Exhibitor
Excellent. There was a full range of skills and experience.
HR Manager, Telecommunications Industry, past Dallas Exhbitor
Great experience – got to meet and network with other vets, and we managed to guide each other through to viable employers! I’m so glad I got linked into this event.
USAF veteran - E7, past Dallas attendee
There were more companies that were a better fit for me than at other military recruiting events.
Army Veteran - E5, past Dallas attendee
It was a positive and very real job opportunity experience versus the usual “Can I sell you something” venue.
Coast Guard veteran - E5, past Dallas attendee
This is one of the best Job Fairs that I have been too. Frankly I stopped going to the others.
Navy veteran - O6, past Dallas attendee
One of the best I have attended in several years. Well organized, well promoted and very effective.
Recruiter, Business Services industry, past Dallas Exhibitor
Far better than other job fairs. Excellent attendance and really interested Veterans. Excellent venue and support, as well as support from RecruitMilitary!
HR Manager, Construction Industry, past Dallas Exhibitor
This was a well executed, professional, high traffic event. I will certainly attend the next one.
Recruiter, Logistics Industry, past Dallas Exhibitor

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