Oakland Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on November 29, 2012 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA.

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Featured Exhibitors

  • The Home Depot
  • DeVry University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • G4S Secure Solutions (USA)
  • Lowe's


  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System
  • HighCom Security Services
  • United Spiral Pipe
  • Oakland Police Department
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Sleep Train, Inc.
  • Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
  • Amtrak
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • MassMutual San Francisco
  • Verizon Communications
  • San Francisco Police Department - Recruitment Unit
  • Snap-on Tools
  • Military Sealift Command
  • The Art Institutes
  • Argosy University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
  • HSS-Hospital Shared Services
  • Oaksterdam University
  • Citigroup
  • Brandman University
  • Northern California College of Construction
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance
  • RAI Services Company
  • CalPERS

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. ”

Oakland Job Fair Connecting Veterans With Employers

“RecruitMilitary hosted a job fair for veterans and military spouses at the O.co Coliseum on May 30, 2013.”

San Jose Job Fair Combats High Unemployment Among Veterans

“By Mike Colgan Many of the more than 300 veterans attending a job fair Thursday in San Jose were young people who had recently served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The high unemployment rate is even worse for young veterans. Some estimates put the jobless rate among veterans under 25 around 26 percent. Coast Guard veteran Josh Callandry spent the last year and a half as a stay-at-home...”

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...”

RecruitMilitary has held 14 events in Oakland, drawing 3,110 attendees and 439 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 695 Registered Attendees
  • 191 Soldiers
  • 119 Sailors
  • 103 Airmen
  • 86 Marines
  • 30 Coast Guardsmen
  • 14 Spouses
  • 11 Others
  • 3 DoD Civilians

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by Toyota

Exhibitor Registration
The particular advantage at RecruitMilitary is that the exhibitors took the time to speak with you (the applicant) about your goals and their corporate needs rather than just take your resume.
Oakland Expo Attendee
This event was well executed and very high energy. The people were friendly, and I felt we were meeting candidates that were actually interested in finding positions. "Funnest" job fair I have participated in!
HR Manager, Retail Industry, past Oakland Exhibitor
Veterans are always more prepared and more professional than candidates at other fairs. The media coverage was outstanding and so was the turn-out. I look forward to the next event.
Recruiter, Financial Services Industry, past Oakland Exhibitor
This event allowed me to talk face-to-face with HR representatives from some of the companies with whom I had already applied. They were able to give me up-to-date feedback and a direct contact for future correspondence. In addition, they were able to give me feedback on their future hiring plans.
Navy Veteran - O4, past Oakland attendee
It was worth the visit. Unlike other job expos I’ve attended in the Bay Area, most company’s reps seemed very motivated to get prior service military employees, and if you are prior service looking for work you should be there.
Marine Veteran - E-6, past Oakland attendee
Great experience. Lots of different fields for employment.
Air Force Veteran - E-7, past Oakland attendee
Excellent! Candidates were better prepared than at other military events I've attended.
Recruiter, Telecommunications Industry, May 2013 Oakland Expo
This was my first Recruit Military Job Fair. It was such a positive experience I found myself looking forward to the next one already.
Recruiter, Transportation and Logistics Industry, May 2013 Oakland Expo
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
Very nice event... as always! We do RecruitMilitary fairs all over the country.
Law Enforcement and Security recruiter --5/1/14 Oakland Career Fair
Go!!! It is a very good resource.
5/1/14 Oakland Career Fair -- Marine E-6
It was great to see that so many employers are eager to hire veterans into their company. Looks like they know the value a veteran has to offer.
5/1/14 Oakland Career Fair -- USAF 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)