Minneapolis Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on August 2, 2012 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

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We’re preparing for the Minneapolis All Veterans Job Fair on October 13, 2016. Register for the event today!

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. ”

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. ”

RecruitMilitary Hosts a Hiring Our Heroes Event in Minneapolis

“NBC 11 (KARE) - RecruitMilitary is hosting "Hiring Our Heroes - Minneapolis," a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses.”

Job Fair Helps Local Veterans Transition from Battlefield to Boardroom

“ABC 5 (KSTP)/ ABC 6 (KAAL) - What veterans say they often need help with, is translating their military skills to the professional world. From CenterPoint Energy, Siemens, General Electric, Phillips Medisize, Mayo Clinic, TCF Bank, to Minneapolis Police, some 60 companies were on hand looking for a few good men and women.”

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 Minneapolis Veteran 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 206 41%
Project / Program Management 130 26%
Law Enforcement / Security 118 23%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 118 23%
Business / Strategic Management 113 22%
Manufacturing / Operations 108 21%
Education / Training 107 21%
Human Resources 86 17%
Sales / Business Development 84 16%
Quality Assurance / Safety 83 16%
Customer Support / Client Care 81 16%
Administrative / Clerical 80 16%
Marketing / Product Management 75 15%
Construction / Trades 75 15%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 74 14%
Aviation / Aerospace 68 13%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 65 13%
Other 60 12%
IT / Software Development 52 10%
Medical / Health 49 9%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 49 9%
Electronics 42 8%
Engineering 41 8%
Part-time 40 8%
Creative / Design 35 7%
Retail 30 6%
Food Services / Hospitality 29 5%
Legal 29 5%
Biotech / R&D / Science 27 5%
Editorial / Writing 22 4%
RecruitMilitary has held 7 events in Minneapolis, drawing 1,458 attendees and 354 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 499 Registered Attendees
  • 255 Soldiers
  • 77 Sailors
  • 59 Marines
  • 57 Airmen
  • 37 Spouses
  • 7 Others
  • 2 DoD Civilians
  • 2 Merchant Marines
  • 55 Exhibitors

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Much better variety and number of exhibitors than a similar competitor event that I attended that was mostly small colleges/universities. This was a great opportunity to have the opportunity to speak with recruiters of various industries.
K.S., Navy Veteran - E-9, past Minneapolis attendee
This group of exhibitors were great to talk with. It gave me a ray of hope that I could find a job.
M.R., Marine Veteran - E-5, past Minneapolis attendee
One of the best. Really appreciated the caliber of the attendees.
D.E., HR Manager, Retail Industry, past Minneapolis Exhibitor
This event was top notch. Directors were informative and friendly. Speakers were down to earth and encouraging. Job seekers were skilled and ready to work. Thank you! We look forward to the next steps with each solider we met.
C.D., Branch Manager, Staffing Industry, past Minneapolis Exhibitor
Well run, good turnout, lots of good talent.
Recruiter, Transportation Industry, past Minneapolis 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
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
It felt great to be involved in a RecruitMilitary career fair. Better organized than other career fairs I've attended.
8-7-14 Minneapolis Career Fair -- Engineering recruiter
Great event! Great People! Will definitely participate again.
8-7-14 Minneapolis Career Fair -- Services recruiter
In a word, Fabulous! I was impressed by the eagerness of all who attended. Top Notch!
8-7-14 Minneapolis Career Fair -- Manufacturing recruiter
Recruiters are eager to meet you and hear your story. Dive in.
8-7-14 Minneapolis Career Fair -- Branch/Rank not provided
This career fair was a life saver for me! I was released from a job 2 days before attending the fair and was hired by an exhibitor from the event the very next day! I cannot express my gratitude towards those who contributed to making this career fair possible. Thank you SO MUCH!
8-7-14 Minneapolis Career Fair -- Marine E-4
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)

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