Nashville Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on January 24, 2013 at LP Field in Nashville, TN.

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Our events average over 50 exhibitors, and the list is not final until the day of the event. Check back regularly for additions.

Featured Exhibitors

  • HCA HealthCare
  • Goodman Manufacturing Company
  • The Home Depot
  • Verizon Communications
  • Military Sealift Command
  • C.R. England, Inc.
  • Georgia College of Construction
  • Union Institute & University


  • DeVry University
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Phoenix of Tennessee
  • The Kroger Company
  • Amazon
  • Cumberland Machine Company, Inc.
  • National Veterans Employment Program, United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Hoeganaes Corporation
  • Ryder System, Inc.
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc.
  • Research Electronics International
  • Nashville Electric Service
  • Roof Doctors LLC
  • American Income Life Insurance Company
  • Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP
  • Oberto Brands
  • UBS Financial Services
  • University of North Alabama
  • U. S. Security Associates, Inc.
  • Heavy Construction Academy

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.”

The four myths and opportunities of hiring veterans today

“In an era when “support our troops” bumper stickers are common and billboards and radio advertisements abound with rallying calls to give veterans a job, it is not surprising that many employers are overwhelmed and confused. Good intentions permeate most efforts to employ veterans at the national, state and local levels.”

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 for veterans being held at LP Field today

“NBC 4 (WSMV) Nashville - The Hiring Our Heroes event will host 28 companies looking for new employees. Businesses scheduled to attend include Amazon, Verizon, insurance companies and several colleges. ”

Job fair helps provide Smooth Takeoff

“Ft. Campbell Courier - Veterans, service members preparing to leave the U.S. Armed Forces and many military Family members are looking for a Smooth Takeoff, something that will help them transition into the civilian job sector. One opportunity for a Smooth Takeoff is coming to Nashville from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Jan. 24 at L.P. Field.”

Career fair offers opportunities for returning vets

“By Juanita Cousins A group of Nashvillians that often struggles with the transition from Humvees and rifles to sedans and pens may receive a boost this week. The Nashville RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo takes place tomorrow at LP Field. Five hundred veterans and military service members and their family members are expected to gather for the career fair designed to match them w...”

Veterans have harder time finding jobs: Job training, other programs are available

“By Getahn Ward America's military veterans may rate as heroes willing to put their lives on the line during wartime, but at home they face a higher-than-average unemployment rate and a tough time transferring the skills they learn in the service to the private sector. And with more veterans seeking jobs after returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — and federal government efforts t...”

Nashville jobless numbers improve - 52 Tennessee counties see gains in December

“By Randy McClain A job fair for men and women with military backgrounds hosted by RecruitMilitary LLC. was held Thursday afternoon at LP Field, near downtown Nashville, on Thursday. Unemployment figures for December show that in the Nashville metropolitan area, roughly 3,500 more people had jobs in December than a month earlier. Gains were slight in December, but at least the jobless num...”

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

RecruitMilitary has held 17 events in Nashville, drawing 5,826 attendees and 508 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 898 Registered Attendees
  • 462 Soldiers
  • 93 Sailors
  • 88 Airmen
  • 60 Marines
  • 20 Spouses
  • 6 Coast Guardsmen
  • 5 Others

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Ryder Corporation

Good way to learn how the civilian market works. Seemed the employers knew this would be a learning experience for the military members.
Nashville Expo Attendee
I was very impressed with the variety of companies exhibiting and the staff they brought to the event to answer specific hiring questions. It was very well organized and my husband and I both made some excellent contacts.
Nashville Expo Attendee
I thought the EXPO had a great variety of vendors. There was everything from entry level manufacturing/sales/security/etc… to experienced professionals within IT, Marketing, Healthcare, Human Resources, etc…
Nashville Expo Attendee
RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo provides information for all military related participants – spouses, retirees, active duty, all services and components.
Nashville Expo Attendee
My wife and I spoke with a wide variety of exhibitors/recruiters; all took time to understand our backgrounds and goals, then explained how they could help us. We value this consultative approach and were very pleased.
Nashville Expo Attendee
Well organized and the recruiters were very willing to help get you started in the application process.
Nashville Expo Attendee
We had prepared to talk to about 180 applicants, and we went well over 200. Excellent turn out and location. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
E.W., Recruiter, Government Agency, past Nashville Exhibitor
It is night and day how much better this was compared to other military or general job fairs.
T.S., Recruiter, Security Industry, past Nashville Exhibitor
RecruitMilitary has always had exceptional job expos and this one was no different.
A.K., HR Manager, Healthcare Industry, past Nashville Exhibitor
I believe that we found 3 candidates that most likely will be hired. We are booked for at least 15 more Expos!
A.M., Recruiter, Manufacturing Industry, past Nashville Exhibitor
I landed a better paying job than I thought I would get at your Expo in Nashville! Thanks for what you all are doing!
Nashville Veteran Attendee
I hadn’t worked in 2.5 years when I attended the event. It was a good experience with a variety of types of employers, positions and fields requiring varied levels of experience. I enjoyed it. I interviewed with and have been hired on a temp to perm basis by UBS Bank. Thank you!
Military Spouse
Prior to attending the event in Nashville hosted by RecruitMilitary, I struggled to land a job despite numerous resumes I had posted. Thanks to the event, I now have a career position as a cell phone tower technician. Thanks RecruitMilitary!
Nashville Veteran Attendee
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
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
I was very impressed with the organization and the setup of the job fair. As a spouse it was nice to find that everyone involved was as welcoming to me as to my veteran husband.
1/23/14 Nashville Career Fair -- Military spouse
The event was a great experience & we enjoyed interacting with all of the veterans. We were impressed with the education/experience that the veterans possessed.
8-14-14 Nashville Career Fair -- Financial Services recruiter
Four of the people I spoke with today could come work for me tomorrow! Great event!
August 2014 Employer -- Financial Services recruiter
It was very well organized and the exhibitors were really interested in helping you secure a job. I already have a phone interview lined up as a result of the job fair.
8-14-14 Nashville Career Fair -- Branch/Rank not provided
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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