New Orleans Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on February 21, 2013 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

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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

  • DeVry University
  • Veterans Administration, National Vets Employment Program
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • The Home Depot
  • Prudential Financial
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Military Sealift Command
  • SGS North America Inc.
  • Oklahoma College of Construction
  • Heavy Construction Academy
  • American Income Life Insurance Company
  • Union Institute & University


  • MasTec
  • Tire Kingdom
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
  • Royal Honda
  • City of New Orleans
  • GAF Building Materials
  • Enterprise Products
  • Schlumberger
  • CarMax
  • Danos & Curole
  • Baker Hughes
  • CN Railroad
  • PEC Premier
  • Bottom Line Equipment, LLC
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Bond Lighting and Protection Services
  • Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP
  • Malin Integrated Handling Solutions
  • Walgreens
  • WyoTech

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. ”

Job fair held at Superdome to help Veterans find new jobs


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. ”

Thursday job fair held to connect veterans with employers

“NEW ORLEANS - Hundreds of veterans and military spouses will be connected with employers on Thursday. A special hiring fair is being held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome specifically for transitioning service members and their families.”

Local Businesses Participate In A Job Fair For Unemployed Veterans

“After years in the military, hundreds of veterans are now stuck looking for a job. ”

Hundreds pack job fair for veterans

“The unemployment rate for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is 13 percent, much higher than the national average for non-military members. The number is even more staggering among 18 to 24-year old veterans. One-third of them are unemployed.”

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 14 events in New Orleans, drawing 4,056 attendees and 474 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 670 Registered Attendees
  • 186 Soldiers
  • 121 Sailors
  • 79 Airmen
  • 57 Marines
  • 20 Spouses
  • 19 Coast Guardsmen
  • 14 Others
RecruitMilitary has been a great resource to find qualified candidates for positions within our company. We are at a 100% retention rate for associates hired from this event. Awesome resource to find great associates.
HR Manager, Retail Industry, past New Orleans Exhibitor
We received a lot more candidates than previous military job fairs I have attended. The entire event was well organized and received a lot of media.
Recruiter, Food Manufacturing Industry, past New Orleans Exhibitor
Good recruitment opportunity. RECRUITMILITARY really reaches out to the market to provide good prospects. Well organized with very supportive staff.
Recruiter, Transportation Industry, past New Orleans Exhibitor
Very impressive. Beyond what I expected.
Recruiter, IT Industry, past New Orleans Exhibitor
Typically at events like these participants are gathering give-aways. Not true in this case, many of the individuals we talked to were seriously interested in pursuing careers. This was a great event. The participants were professional.
Store Manager, Retail, past New Orleans Exhibitor
Excellent Expo!! I have received communications from potential employers and it's only been 4 days!!
Past Veteran Attendee in New Orleans
The event was great. The range of vendors was awesome. I really enjoyed the event.
Past Veteran Attendee in New Orleans
It was great to talk to local companies I would not have otherwise heard about or thought about.
Past Veteran Attendee in New Orleans
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
We look forward to continuing our partnership with RecruitMilitary. We have several solid applicants being considered and one hire in progress as we speak.
Construction Recruiter -- 2/6/14 New Orleans Career Fair
I haven't had the pleasure of attending a military career fair before, but we do plan on attending from this point forward. The military had lots of talented and experienced men and ladies.
Non-Profit Recruiter -- 2/6/14 New Orleans Career Fair
The outcome of each meeting was highly productive and interest toward hiring me to fill open positions was very encouraging. It was a great day indeed to attend a fantastic New Orleans Recruit Military Expo/Veteran Career Fair.
2/6/14 New Orleans Career Fair -- Navy W-3
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
Four of the people I spoke with today could come work for me tomorrow! Great event!
August 2014 Employer -- Financial Services recruiter
It was a great event. Our company met a lot of amazing people.
9/18/14 New Orleans Career Fair (Construction/Building Supplies recruiter)
Veterans, please don't be hesitant about career fairs such as this one. Your dream job may be there!
9/18/14 New Orleans Career Fair (Army E-5)
I ended up with a few good leads mainly because of the information you posted about meeting everyone. The hints you put out and all related tips paid off. Thank you!
9/18/14 New Orleans Career Fair (Army O-5)
The experience was fruitful knowing that major companies were there with real intentions of hiring military for real world work! Thank you isn't enough!
9/18/14 New Orleans Career Fair (Army National Guard E-5)
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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