Dallas Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on November 14, 2013 at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX.

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Featured Exhibitors

  • Santander Consumer USA, Inc.
  • USAA
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • Schlumberger
  • Texas Instruments
  • DeVry University
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • American Income Life Insurance Company
  • The Home Depot


  • ADT Security
  • Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • ATDS Truck Driving School
  • AutoNation
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance
  • Bank of America
  • Bering Optics
  • Brazos Forest Products, Inc.
  • CarMax
  • City of Plano
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Dallas Independent School District
  • Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • DHL Express
  • Don Davis Auto Group
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Equipment Depot
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • First Command Financial Planning
  • Global Technical Services
  • Goodman Manufacturing Company
  • Heavy Construction Academy
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • IBA
  • Johnston Technical Services, Inc.
  • Kwest Group, LLC.
  • Lennox International, Inc.
  • Level 3 Communications
  • Lincoln College of Technology
  • Maalt Transport
  • Maxim Medical Services, Inc.
  • MediaTech Institute
  • Medical Sales College
  • My Computer Career
  • NetVersant Solutions, LLC.
  • Niagara Bottling, LLC.
  • Oklahoma College of Construction
  • Plastipak Packaging
  • Precision Well Logging, Inc.
  • Primerica Financial Services
  • Prudential Financial
  • Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Republic Services
  • Rooms to Go Furniture Corp.
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Switch Commerce
  • T A Operating Group
  • Texas Engineering Extension Service
  • The Art Institutes
  • The Entrepreneur Authority
  • The Kroger Co.
  • The Lane Construction Corporation
  • The Mission Continues
  • TigerDirect
  • Tire Kingdom
  • Trident University International
  • Trinity River Authority of Texas
  • Wade College
  • Walgreens
  • Washington National

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.”

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.”

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...”

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 36 events in Dallas, drawing 18,004 attendees and 2,040 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 997 Registered Attendees
  • 391 Soldiers
  • 200 Sailors
  • 163 Airmen
  • 113 Marines
  • 23 Spouses
  • 3 Others
  • 3 Coast Guardsmen
  • 2 DoD Civilians
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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