Greater Seattle Veterans Job Fair

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

1500 Broadway

Tacoma, WA 98402

Greater Seattle Veterans Job Fair

May 25, 2017 11:00 AM May 25, 2017 3:00 PM

Veteran and Spouse Registration

The list is not final until the day of the event. Check back regularly for additions.

Featured Exhibitors

  • DAV
  • City of Seattle
  • City of Seattle-City Light Dept
  • Department of Veteran Affairs (VESO)
  • Farmers Insurance
  • First Command Financial Planning
  • GardaWorld
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • KeyCorp
  • Love's Travel Stops
  • Oracle Corporation
  • PepsiCo
  • Portland General Electric
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Tempress Technologies
  • The Home Depot
  • United States Postal Service
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Waste Management
  • Weyerhaeuser Company

Exhibitors

  • AHBL, Inc.
  • Airstreams Renewables
  • ASML
  • BECU (Boeing Employees Credit Union)
  • Boots to Shoes Foundation
  • City of Phoenix
  • City University of Seattle
  • Colonial Life
  • DeVry University
  • Dunbar Armored, Inc.
  • Edward Jones
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • HDR, Inc.
  • Heavy Construction Academy
  • Heavy Equipment College of California
  • HouseMaster Home Inspection
  • Indeed, Inc.
  • Manheim
  • McMenamins
  • Mr. Rooter Plumbing
  • New York Life
  • Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Public Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Railworks Corporation
  • SEFNCO Communications
  • The Entrepreneur's Source
  • The Home Depot - Merchandising Team
  • Turner Construction Company
  • UW Physicians
  • Washington Army National Guard
  • Washington Liftruck/Forklift Services of Oregon
  • Washington National Guard - Employment Transition
  • West Coast Heavy Equipment

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Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center Information

The job fair will take place in the Ballroom. Please enter the venue through the south doors.

Parking Information

Approximately 670 parking spaces are available at the rates below to guests of the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Located on the second floor of the facility, these parking lots can be accessed off Market & Seventeenth Street.

Parking rate: $5 up to 4 hours and $10 all day.

There are more than 1,000 additional parking spaces within walking distance, and the free light rail train connects thousands of additional parking options.

Recruit Military hosts job fair Wednesday

“If you’re looking for a job in the new year, here’s your opportunity to network and find out what opportunities are out there for transitioning service members, military spouses, family members or veterans.”

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. ”

Seattle employers compete for job seekers leaving the military

“The job fair was sponsored by Microsoft and produced by RecruitMilitary, a for-profit company run by veterans that organizes job fairs for veterans across the U.S. The employers with booths at the Seattle Center job fair appreciate the value of job-seekers with a military background.”

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 23 events in Seattle, drawing 7,767 attendees and 881 exhibitors.

Who’s Registered?

From beginning to end, the expo was a very positive and beneficial experience! It was well organized, every one was helpful, attentive and genuine. I was able to make a few contacts with employers and leave resumes. I left with a new sense of hope!
Seattle Career Fair -- Attendee
I was most impressed with the attitudes of all the exhibitors. They made it a point to talk to you like you were already a part of their team. I was most impressed with Amazon and AutoNation. I landed interviews with both. Well worth my effort, and I highly recommend it to anyone that has served our country to attend.
Seattle Career Fair -- Attendee
The participating Exhibitors seemed to genuinely want prior military personnel. They didn’t just tell us to go on some website; they listened, advised and even took hard copies of our resumes. I walked away feeling like I had some real leads. I haven’t felt this positive about prospective employment for a couple of years.
Seattle Career Fair -- Attendee
AWESOME event! Top-notch candidates, set-up, and logistics!
Seattle Career Fair -- Education Industry Recruiter
Email blasts and media presence were important to us. We received coverage on the local news!
Seattle Career Fair -- Education Industry Recruiter
Far superior to other job fairs......the candidates were well prepared, had command presence and asked smart questions.
Seattle Career Fair -- Law Enforcement and Security Recruiter
Great venue, quality candidates. The quality of candidates was better and more abundant than other fairs.
11/17/16 Seattle Career Fair -- Insurance Recruiter
I was impressed with how well it was conducted. We enjoyed meeting military candidates and were able to identify several individuals interested in our program.
11/17/16 Seattle Career Fair -- Construction / Building Supplies Recruiter
The facilitator did an excellent job recommending that job seekers stop by every booth. I took this advice to heart, stopped at a booth I had seemingly no background for and got a phone interview three days later.
11/17/16 Seattle Career Fair -- Navy 0-5
It was nice to have a career fair specific to military personnel. Knowing most of the recruiters were military was a relief. (Air National Guard E
11/17/16 Seattle Career Fair -- Air National Guard E-6
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