Norfolk Area Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on May 9, 2013 at Nauticus - Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center in Norfolk, VA.

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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
  • USAA
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Newport News Ship Building
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • Schlumberger
  • The Home Depot
  • Military Sealift Command
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • First Command Financial Planning
  • C.R. England, Inc.
  • State Farm
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


  • 7-Eleven
  • Airstreams Renewables
  • American Income Life Insurance Company
  • Apex Systems
  • Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corp.
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance
  • Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
  • Bryant and Stratton College
  • CarMax
  • CE Power Solutions
  • Cellular Sales of Virginia, LLC
  • Centura College
  • Commonwealth Building Materials, Inc.
  • Detroit Stoker Company
  • EKS Group, LLC
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Georgia College of Construction
  • Hampton Roads Transit
  • Heavy Construction Academy
  • Navy Exchange Service Command
  • Niagara Bottling, LLC
  • Office Pride
  • PAL Services, Inc.
  • PSE & G
  • Smithfield Foods
  • Strayer University
  • The Art Institutes
  • The Dwyer Group
  • Tri-County Aerospace, Inc.
  • Trident University International
  • U.S. Army
  • United Rentals, Inc.
  • Veteran Tech Brigade

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 targeting veterans short on opportunities

“Dozens of companies took part in a veterans job fair today, but as it turns out, barely any were willing to hire people on the spot. And many of the available positions aren’t based in Hampton Roads. The event was held at Nauticus today. NewsChannel 3 found out of the 53 companies taking part, only two were willing to hire on the spot. ”

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. ”

Military job fair held in Virginia Beach

“CBS 3 (WTKR) Norfolk - Hundreds of retired military and their spouses were in Virginia Beach for a “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair at the Sandler Center.”

Here’s the Good News: Lots of jobs available for Veterans at Recruit Military job fair

“Veterans already face challenges finding work when they come home from war–and sometimes, military job fairs don’t help matters. This week, you are in luck. NewsChannel 3 found one job fair where companies are indeed hiring for jobs open right now–and lots of them.”

Military job fair in Virginia Beach draws hundreds

“Brice Maccubbin, left, formerly of the Air Force and recently a civilian contractor for the Navy, talks with Boeing recruiter Donna Sinclair.”

Hiring vets: Congress catching up to Virginia

“Penny was among dozens of job seekers who attended a veterans job fair at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, part of a nationwide campaign by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and RecruitMilitary. ”

Military job fair in Virginia Beach tomorrow

“Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”

Hiring event for military veterans

“More and more veterans are finding themselves unemployed and in desperate need of a job. Today, a group called Recruit Military held a free hiring event to get Hampton Roads veterans back to work. They have served us for years - former military who used to wear uniforms, now wearing suits, desperate to impress a new employer. "I'm looking for mechanical work, which goes back to my mili...”

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...”

Military veteran job fair to be held in Norfolk

“Reporter: Marie Coronel As an army recruiter, it's Ed Tucker's job to convince others to join the armed forces. But after nearly 20 years the tables have turned: now Ed will have to convince employers to give him a job. "Of course I'm nervous," he said. Tucker will retire from the army this summer and wants to find a new career. But, looking at new options also comes with more quest...”

Norfolk Job Fair Targets Veterans

“Marie Coronel reporting: Quiana Crittenden has worked her way up the ranks from enlisted to officer. But now, after 12 years in the military, she's looking for her first civilian job. Crittenden says, "It's overwhelming. Even though I have a bachelor's degree in math. I was an officer in the Navy. It's still just as difficult if I had only served three months in the military." So she's...”

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...”

Service members are in demand in the private sector

“By Philip Walzer When Robert Walker left the Army in 1996, he didn't know "where to go or what to do." Walker got three job offers: two in trucking, one in hazardous waste. He ruled out trucking because of his bum knee, so he moved to Missouri to handle hazardous waste. Today, Walker would find lots more help. A burgeoning number of recruitment companies have sprouted to place transiti...”

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 19 events in Norfolk, drawing 7,250 attendees and 804 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 952 Registered Attendees
  • 496 Sailors
  • 206 Soldiers
  • 86 Airmen
  • 62 Marines
  • 31 Spouses
  • 26 Coast Guardsmen
  • 11 Others
  • 6 DoD Civilians
  • 1 Merchant Marine
The participating exhibitors were there to engage the job seekers in conversation 100%. Whether it be in actual current available opportunities or near future work. Business cards seem to be exchanged at a high rate for excellent connectivity after the event. A very big plus in my personal opinion.
Veteran Job Seeker -- Past Norfolk Career Fair
There was a wide variety of employers and educational institutions in attendance. Well worth the time to attend!!
Veteran Job Seeker -- Past Norfolk Career Fair
An excellent opportunity to network before separation from the military and understand the expectations of employers.
Veteran Job Seeker -- Past Norfolk Career Fair
The Expo had well known companies that wanted to hire veterans.
Veteran Job Seeker -- Past Norfolk Career Fair
The best. A very fun yet professional atmosphere! A great way to hire our heroes and help them transition into the civilian world.
Recruiter, Telecommunications Industry, past Norfolk Exhibitor
Great as usual. RecruitMilitary did an outstanding job.
Recruiter, Transportation Industry, past Norfolk Exhibitor
I’m a six year Navy veteran and a recent college graduate. I have been looking for work for nearly two months, and I can assure you that I have had more success at this job fair than with my entire two months of filling out applications over the internet.
Navy Veteran, past Norfolk attendee
The recruiters were open and well informed about their organization's mission capabilities and future employee needs. I was impressed by the extent of the recruiter’s ability to summarize my capabilities and work them into a possible fit within the recruiter’s organization. Well done recruiters and RecruitMilitary!
Navy Veteran, past Norfolk attendee
I have been to a lot of career fairs, and I would rate this one the best. The communication and organization of this event was well worth my effort to attend. The staff had a warm and friendly approach to the attendees and the positive attitude made all the difference. After attending this career fair, I feel more confident in re-joining the work force and becoming a productive citizen. Semper Fi.
Marine Veteran - E9, past Norfolk attendee
This is our best event for hiring local workers in the Norfolk area.
Recruiter, Defense Industry, May 2013 Norfolk Exhibitor
Recruit Military does an excellent job of attracting well-prepared and engaged candidates who offer specific skills and overall positive qualities in a potential job candidate.
Recruiter, Transportation Industry, May 2013 Norfolk Exhibitor
This event was a successful one due to the multitude of the people and experience of the individuals. I was quite pleased with the outcome.
Recruiter, Aviation Industry, May 2013 Norfolk Exhibitor
The Expo was a great place where you can meet employers and recruiters. It was really great to turn in your résumé directly to someone other than submitting to the Internet.
Veteran Job Seeker -- 5/9/13 Norfolk 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
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
More than just a meet-and-greet, vendors came with positions they needed filled!
5/15/14 Norfolk Career Fair -- Navy E-6
You had more variety of exhibitors than most veteran job fairs.
5/15/14 Norfolk Career Fair -- Navy E-6
It was military oriented and the corporate recruiters focused on understanding that we still speak military, even after years of retirement. That was helpful. I was surprised to have several on the spot job interviews and was glad I was prepared.
5/15/14 Norfolk Career Fair -- Army W-4
1-10...I give it a 10! More qualified candidates than other job fairs.
Education recruiter -- 5/15/14 Norfolk Career Fair
Do not know how you could improve it...that says a lot.
Franchisor recruiter -- 5/15/14 Norfolk Career Fair
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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