San Antonio Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on September 12, 2013 at Norris Conference Centers – San Antonio in San Antonio, TX.

Interested in attending our next event in San Antonio?

We’re preparing for the San Antonio All Veterans Job Fair on September 3, 2015. Register for the event today!

The list is not final until the day of the event. Check back regularly for additions.

Featured Exhibitors

  • USAA
  • General Dynamics C4 Systems
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas
  • Schlumberger
  • American Income Life Insurance Company
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Goodman Manufacturing Company
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Chesapeake Energy Drilling Division
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • The Home Depot

Exhibitors

  • Troops to Teachers
  • International Academy of Design and Technology
  • Silotech Group, Inc.
  • Sam's Club
  • Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Argosy University
  • State Farm Insurance
  • GC Services
  • Precision Well Logging, Inc.
  • Grande Truck Center
  • GE Oil and Gas
  • Battlefields to Oilfields
  • Equipment Depot
  • Aldez Containers, LLC
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Gunn Automotive Group
  • Robert Half International
  • Methodist Healthcare Systems
  • Texas Army National Guard
  • Coleman Corporation
  • Newpark Resources, Inc.
  • DaVita, Inc.
  • Medical Faculty Assoc.
  • Maalt Transport
  • Sanderson Farms
  • West Business Services LP
  • Walgreens
  • Texas Engineering Extension Service
  • Baytown Police Department
  • The Art Institutes
  • Silver Eagle Distributors
  • First Command Financial Planning
  • Modern Woodmen of America
  • Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol
  • Strayer University
  • United Parcel Service
  • Oklahoma College of Construction
  • AutoNation
  • Heavy Construction Academy
  • Roadmaster Drivers School

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”

Companies seek to employ veterans. Vets often struggle with transitioning into civilian employment

“ABC 12 (KSAT)"There's not a lot of correlation to when (veterans) enter into the civilian world again of, 'How do I write a resume?'" said Steve Balczo, of RecruitMilitary. "Getting rid of the acronyms that we use in the military, and breaking it down so that the civilian corporations can read a resume and understand the strengths and talents of these veterans."”

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. ”

Vets now battling unemployment

“By Patrick Danner Enrique Alcantara served 12 years in the Marines, including two tours in Iraq, but those credentials can't seem to help him find a job. “I've been applying and sending my résumé everywhere,” said Alcantara, 35, who estimated he's handed out 150 résumés since becoming unemployed in April. Alcantara was among almost 400 military veterans and their spouses who ...”

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 support@recruitmilitary.com.

RecruitMilitary has held 11 events in San Antonio, drawing 6,480 attendees and 613 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 936 Registered Attendees
  • 421 Soldiers
  • 271 Airmen
  • 96 Sailors
  • 66 Marines
  • 55 Spouses
  • 11 Coast Guardsmen
  • 10 Others
  • 5 DoD Civilians
  • 1 Merchant Marine
Exhibitor Registration
Awesome. Best hiring fairs that are on the market today.
Recruiter, Aerospace & Defense Industry, past San Antonio Exhibitor
Another very good event. We are getting resumes from quality candidates. We are already attempting to get some of these candidates to Dallas for interviews.
Recruiter, IT Industry, past San Antonio Exhibitor
Right up there in the Top 3! It was organized and publicized. THANK YOU!
Human Resources, Government Agency, past San Antonio Exhibitor
Far exceeds other job fairs for the value provided.
HR Manager, Distribution Industry, past San Antonio Exhibitor
This was the best job fair I have been to! I left feeling positive about my military experiences, and the companies looked for ways to fit me into their organizations! Thank you!!!! I only want RecruitMilitary job fairs from now on!
Air Force Veteran E-8, past San Antonio attendee
Overall, it was the best job fair I have seen in the San Antonio area.
Navy Veteran - E-7, past San Antonio attendee
Hands-down the best job fair I have ever been to.
Air Force Veteran - O-4, past San Antonio attendee
The expo is the best one that I have attended since retiring from active duty in Nov 2009. The employers actually had HR available to set up interview appointments for employment.
Navy Veteran - E-7, past San Antonio attendee
We have attended the last few years and each year it appears that the candidates are getting better and better.
Recruiter, Manufacturing Industry, May 2013 San Antonio Expo
It was a great experience with excellent Military candidates. It was a pleasure to meet such deserving men & women that have served our country with such honor.
Recruiter, Transportation & Logistics Industry, May 2013 San Antonio Expo
I highly commend RecuitMilitary for working to help us veterans attain employment after serving our country. THANK YOU!!!!!
Veteran Job Seeker -- 5/30/13 San Antonio Career Fair
I received multiple job offers as a result of the job fair!
Veteran, Navy E-4, Sep 2013 San Antonio Attendee
Thank you, I received a job interview within a week and was offered a job on the spot. I’m now working for Performance Technologies, a Chesapeake Energy company.
Veteran, Marine E-3, Sep 2013 San Antonio 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
Definitely a "Top-Shelf" event.
Manufacturing Recruiter -- 1/9/14 San Antonio Career Fair
The event was well advertised and organized. We had a constant stream of applicants throughout the day.
1/9/14 San Antonio Career Fair -- Government Recruiter
As always, top notch and very pleased!
1/9/14 San Antonio Career Fair -- Financial Services Recruiter
This was a good opportunity to meet company representatives face-to-face and make connections that cannot be made through the standard electronic job search.
1/9/14 San Antonio Career Fair -- National Guard O-3
I was very impressed and came away with lots of ideas to improve our presentation and to draw more job applicants.
Defense industry recruiter -- 5/8/14 San Antonio Career Fair
Exactly what we have come to expect -- Excellent! Always well attended and always well planned.
Telecommunications recruiter --5/8/14 San Antonio Career Fair
This is by far one of the better Job Fairs that I have attended in San Antonio.
5/8/14 San Antonio Career Fair -- Navy E-7
This was probably the best event I have attended in the last 3 years. Lots of opportunities and companies with real jobs looking to hire and not just companies selling stuff or services.
5/8/14 San Antonio Career Fair -- Navy E-6
It was a great event. There are a lot of unemployed vets out there. Thanks for the support. (USAF E-7)
5/8/14 San Antonio Caraeer Fair -- USAF E-7
Four of the people I spoke with today could come work for me tomorrow! Great event!
August 2014 Employer -- Financial Services recruiter
Definitely be prepared to find your next employer because most of the employers were ready to hire.
9/11/14 San Antonio Career Fair -- Navy E-6
Very good event. High quality folks looking for employment opportunities. You guys run the best Job Fairs in the San Antonio area.
9/11/14 San Antonio Career Fair (Financial Services recruiter)
Great candidates and great atmosphere. My feet were on fire by the end of the fair, but it was worth every bit of the pain to have the opportunity to help fellow Vets.
9/11/14 San Antonio Career Fair (Healthcare recruiter)
This is an outstanding career fair and I would highly recommend it to my brothers and sisters-in-arms.
9/11/14 San Antonio Career Fair (Veteran job seeker)
Very military friendly exhibitors. Very welcoming attitudes.
9/11/14 San Antonio Career Fair (USAF E-7)
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)