Houston Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on August 9, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX.

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Featured Exhibitors

  • Goodman Manufacturing Co.
  • Ryder System, Inc.
  • Capital One
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Chevron Corporation
  • The Home Depot
  • Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club
  • The Kroger Co.
  • The Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • FMC Technologies
  • Veterans Administration, National Vets Employment Program
  • State Farm
  • DeVry University
  • Grand Canyon University


  • Airstreams Renewables
  • Allstate
  • AutoNation
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance
  • Bank of America
  • Baytown Police Dept
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP
  • CarMax
  • Chesapeake Energy Corporation
  • Dashiell Corporation
  • Department of the Interior Office of Natural Resources Revenue
  • Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration
  • Elevated Technical Staffing, Inc.
  • Enterprise Products
  • Grocers Supply
  • H&E Equipment Services, Inc.
  • Harris County Sheriff's Office
  • HCA HealthCare
  • Houston Fire Department
  • Houston Police Department
  • InSphere Insurance Solutions
  • Kaplan College
  • Konecranes, Inc.
  • Life In the Trinity Ministry
  • Link Staffing Services
  • Logix Communications
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Mustang CAT
  • My Computer Career
  • Navy Recruiting District
  • OMNI Energy Services Corp.
  • Precision Drilling
  • Precision Well Logging, Inc.
  • Quality Connector Systems, LLC
  • Red Rock College
  • Reynolds & Reynolds
  • Scott-Macon Equipment
  • Silver Eagle Distributors
  • St. Thomas University
  • Strayer University
  • Texas Army National Guard
  • The Joe Marsh Group
  • Tire Kingdom
  • Troops to Teachers
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Union Institute & University
  • University of Texas MD Anderson
  • WGU Texas

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.”

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. ”

Recruit Military hosting all-veterans career fair on August 7 at Minute Maid Park

“MyFox Houston (Fox26) - Jarod Myers was interviewed on the early morning news program.”

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. ”

Job fair helps veterans find employment

“Houston NBC 2 (KPRC) - Seventy-two companies and organizations set up inside Minute Maid Park Thursday, looking to hire military veterans from every branch. ”

RecruitMilitary Helps Veterans With Employment

“Houston KUHF 88.7 FM - For veterans, the transition from the military to a civilian job can be difficult. Post-9/11 veterans face an especially high unemployment rate. Job fairs that are tailored to veterans can help. ”

Veterans job fair huge success

“Houston CW 39 (KIAH-TV) - More than 800 former veterans and their families filled Minute Maid Park at the Hiring Our Heroes event in hopes of landing their next job. Job fairs catering to our country’s veterans have become more frequent recently, and for good reason. The men and women who risked their lives to fight for us, shouldn’t have to be fighting for a job too. ”

Veterans get exclusive access to job fair

“Houston ABC 13 (KTRK) - A lot of Americans are struggling to find jobs, but the search can be especially challenging for veterans adjusting to life out of uniform. On Thursday, they took a step forward at a job fair with employers looking for their unique skills. ”

Companies set up shop to hire our heroes: Military veterans crowd Minute Maid Park

“KPRC-TV NBC 2 - Dozens of companies and organizations set up shop at Minute Maid Park for a chance to hire military veterans from every branch. Hundreds of military men and women stood in line at the park Thursday for a chance to apply for a job.”

Veterans meet potential employers at Hiring Our Heroes job fair

“After serving a tour of duty and coming home to parades, many veterans fight another battle -- unemployment. It is estimated that the unemployment rate for military veterans is 12.1 percent nationwide.”

Event Helps Vets Find Jobs

“Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo in San Diego draws more than 500 veterans and military spouses to network with 50 organizations that were on site.”

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 31 events in Houston, drawing 14,788 attendees and 1,778 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 1094 Registered Attendees
  • 424 Soldiers
  • 211 Sailors
  • 138 Marines
  • 129 Airmen
  • 31 Coast Guardsmen
  • 18 Spouses
  • 16 Others
  • 3 DoD Civilians

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by Wal-Mart/Sam's Club, Capital One, and Ryder System, Inc.

There were a good number of major employers from industries that are relevant to Houston and significant players in healthy industries.
Houston Expo Attendee
The event thoroughly catered to military personnel; i.e. all vendors had a working knowledge of military skills sets and how to apply them to civilian career fields.
Houston Expo Attendee
This event allows for a rare opportunity to meet face to face with companies looking to hire. I distributed resumes and already received an email this morning from an employer looking to potentially bring me on to their staff.
Houston Expo Attendee
The clients know that the job seekers are motivated former military and have life experiences that the non veteran employee cannot compete with.
Houston Expo Attendee
Any veteran in the need of a job should go.
Houston Expo Attendee
The employers all seemed more eager to help you figure out how you could fit into their company. Other career/job fairs the employers just tried to figure out why you didn’t fit their company.
Marine, E-5, Houston Expo Attendee
This is a very good event here in Houston. It’s well orchestrated and the potential for job seekers and providers is very good.
USAF veteran, Houston Expo Attendee
I really appreciated the event. I have had contacts with 3 companies in the Oil and Gas industry. Make sure you come prepared with resumes and look sharp.
Army, E5, Houston Expo Attendee
Blows away the competition. Very good event! Very impressive group of potential candidates. Excellent accommodations.
Veteran Recruiting Manager, Transportation Industry, past Houston exhibitor
Great candidates. Professional presence at the event, friendly and helpful staff, good communication throughout the day.
Recruiter, Retail Industry, past Houston exhibitor
RecruitMiltary events are 1st rate. They attract a good candidate field which is essential to filling needed talent.
Recruiter, Logistics Industry, past Houston exhibitor
This event was by far the best that our company has participated in.
Human Resources Manager, Energy Industry, past Houston exhibitor
The team does a good job of promoting the event, attracting a variety of military talent and hosting it in a known location
Recruiter, Energy Industry, past Houston exhibitor
This event exceeds other job fairs in the caliber of job seekers that turn out. The skills we found at this event were precisely the ones we need.
Recruiter, Oil & Gas industry, August 2013 Houston Career Fair
This is by far the best job fair that I have ever attended.
Recruiter, Environmental Services industry, August 2013 Houston Career Fair
It was refreshing not having to try to work into the conversation that I am a veteran.
Veteran Job Seeker -- 3/27/14 Houston Career Fair
A majority of the exhibitors had personnel present that were prior service and could help translate military skill sets in person.
Veteran Job Seeker -- 3/27/14 Houston Career Fair
This was hands-down the best job fair that I have ever attended.
Veteran Job Seeker -- 3/27/14 Houston Career Fair
The expo was a great event. Although it looked crowded, you could maneuver fairly easy around the area! This expo is a great opportunity to make an impression on a company you always wanted to work for. Thanks to RecruitMilitary for hosting it and Chevron for sponsoring it.
Veteran Job Seeker -- 3/27/14 Houston Career Fair
Honestly I don't see how you can make it better besides guaranteeing jobs on the spot.
Veteran Job Seeker -- 3/27/14 Houston Career Fair
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
It was awesome - we are in the process of hiring 4 individuals.
Healthcare recruiter, 3/27/2014 Houston Career Fair
Exceeded all expectations and just simply gets better each year.
Education recruiter, 3/27/2014 Houston Career Fair
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
My experience with RecruitMilitary has been outstanding. I would highly recommend RecruitMilitary to others employers as well as veterans.
8-7-14 Houston Career Fair -- Government recruiter
Very good event and aimed at a very good demographic. Will be attending more in the future. Much better than other job fairs! The skill sets of the candidates were a very close match to what we like to see in employees.
8-7-14 Houston Career Fair -- Energy & Utilities recruiter
Really impressed as always!!!! The other events don't or can't match up to what Recruit Military does. Every event is thought out, planned, and properly executed with a variety of "this & that" for everyone there!!! "Great job" goes out to the staff!!!!
8-7-14 Houston Career Fair -- Education recruiter
It was the best career fair I have been to. I had an interview conducted at the job fair and already scheduled for a follow up interview and screening.
8-7-14 Houston Career Fair -- Navy 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)
A great place to speak with prior military hiring managers. This advantage definitely provides a competitive edge in the current job market.
6/24/15 Houston Career Fair (Army E-4)
The sheer size and number of companies involved definitely increases the networking opportunities as well as chances to land an interview. It was the biggest and best job fair I've attended so far. Highly recommend attending the next one.
6/24/15 Houston Career Fair (USAF E-6)
It was amazing! I met a wide variety of different companies and had success setting up four interviews before leaving the career fair.
6/24/15 Houston Career Fair (Navy E-4)
The US Military has produced some great candidates for the employment pool. The skill set and professionalism instilled in these applicants make a great match for our organization.
6/24/15 Houston Career Fair (Law Enforcement and Security recruiter)
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