Eglin AFB / Hurlburt Field Area Veterans Job Fair

This event took place on May 25, 2023 at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

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. ”

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 Eglin AFB / Hurlburt Field Area Veterans 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
Government 110 40%
Management/Supervision 108 39%
Project / Program Management 101 37%
Aviation / Aerospace 80 29%
Quality Assurance / Safety 74 27%
Education / Training 72 26%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 68 25%
Administrative / Clerical 67 24%
Human Resources 63 23%
Business / Strategic Management 57 20%
IT / Software Development 53 19%
Law Enforcement / Security 47 17%
Medical / Health 42 15%
Customer Support / Client Care 39 14%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 35 12%
Field Service 35 12%
Other 33 12%
Manufacturing / Operations 33 12%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 31 11%
Sales / Business Development 30 11%
Part-time 29 10%
Engineering 29 10%
Construction / Trades 28 10%
Electronics 27 9%
Marketing / Product Management 26 9%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 24 8%
Creative / Design 24 8%
Biotech / R&D / Science 22 8%
Retail 16 5%
Legal 13 4%
Editorial / Writing 12 4%
Food Services / Hospitality 11 4%

Who Attended?

For the candidates we need, this location was very successful. We received many great leads that we haven't had in other locations.
Fort Walton Beach -- Government recruiter
Variety of vendors -- all job types and pay grades.
Fort Walton Beach -- Military spouse
I am a huge fan of RecruitMilitary and recommend to employers at every opportunity. You all do great work! There is really nothing I would change.
Fort Walton Beach -- Non-profit recruiter
There were plenty of job exhibitors there and they all had positive job aspects for anyone that was looking for a job. Have them more often!
Fort Walton Beach -- Army E-7
This was a great opportunity to expose our organization to veterans and their families, and show them what our company has to offer them.
Fort Walton Beach -- Aerospace recruiter
Overall it was well done, professional, and we had a nice selection of interested candidates.
Fort Walton Beach -- Healthcare recruiter
Have a well written resume and your 30 second elevator speech down prior to coming. I had a few recruiters ready to set up follow-up interviews on the spot.
Fort Walton Beach -- Air Force E-7
Great experience! Networking and connecting with potential employers is the key. This event facilitated this 100%!
Fort Walton Beach -- Air Force E-7

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