Dallas Opportunity Expo

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

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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.”

A Career Day: Job Fair Held for North Texas Veterans

“CW-33 (KDAF)- NewsFix We all know how hard it is to land a job these days, from countless resumes and cover letters, to job searches, folks put in a lot of work just to get work. But for others finding a job means more than just another paycheck.”

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. ”

Irving's RecruitMilitary Considered Biggest in U.S.

“The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas was the site of what organizers describe as the largest RecruitMilitary event ever. The event is held across the country and helps connect veterans and their spouses with jobs.”

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. ”

Veterans Seek Work at Irving Job Fair

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

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...”

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 34 events in Dallas, drawing 16,748 attendees and 1,852 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 1249 Registered Attendees
  • 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
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
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
This was my first one but it won't be my last! The organization was superb. The information provided was expansive and met all my needs on a timely basis.
Financial Services Recruiter -- 3/6/14 Dallas Career Fair
Worthwhile use of my time. Superior talent.
Manufacturing Recruiter --3/6/14 Dallas Career Fair
I was at the expo yesterday and today I have a phone interview thanks to RecruitMilitary.
3/6/14 Dallas Career Fair -- National Guard E-4
Thanks. It changed my life over night.
3/6/14 Dallas Career Fair -- Army E-4
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
The candidate attendance was great. I had people at my booth the whole time.
7-17-14 Dallas Career Fair -- Services recruiter
It was a great fair with a great variety of companies. My spouse and I both got hired on the spot.
7-17-14 Dallas Career Fair -- Army E-4
I have been to many military job fairs in the past from New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. I have to say this one is by far the best one that I have ever had the pleasure of attending.
7-17-14 Dallas Career Fair -- Marine & USAF E-5
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)
Be open to all kinds of possibilities. I currently work as a video editor, but got offers from the VA and Border Patrol because of my background both in and out of the service.
8/27/15 Dallas Career Fair attendee (Army E-2)
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