Fort Walton Beach/Eglin Veterans Job Fair

This event took place on May 17, 2018 at Emerald Coast 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 Fort Walton Beach/Eglin 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 149 44%
Management/Supervision 123 36%
Project / Program Management 90 26%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 84 25%
Quality Assurance / Safety 71 21%
Aviation / Aerospace 67 20%
Education / Training 66 19%
Human Resources 64 19%
Law Enforcement / Security 61 18%
Administrative / Clerical 51 15%
Customer Support / Client Care 47 14%
Manufacturing / Operations 46 13%
Business / Strategic Management 46 13%
Field Service 43 12%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 42 12%
IT / Software Development 38 11%
Medical / Health 36 10%
Other 31 9%
Electronics 30 8%
Construction / Trades 30 8%
Marketing / Product Management 28 8%
Engineering 28 8%
Part-time 28 8%
Sales / Business Development 26 7%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 23 6%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 22 6%
Creative / Design 22 6%
Food Services / Hospitality 18 5%
Editorial / Writing 16 4%
Biotech / R&D / Science 15 4%
Retail 12 3%
Legal 7 2%
RecruitMilitary has held 3 events in Pensacola, FL, drawing 722 attendees and 92 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 334 Registered Attendees
  • 163 Airmen
  • 77 Soldiers
  • 34 Sailors
  • 12 Marines
  • 5 Spouses
  • 2 Others
  • 1 DoD Civilian
  • 1 Coast Guardsman

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