San Diego Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on August 15, 2013 at Hotel del Coronado in Coronado (Greater San Diego Area), CA.

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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

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Goodman Manufacturing Company
  • Amtrak National Passenger Corp.
  • Military Sealift Command
  • Baker Hughes
  • Alcoa, Inc.
  • The Home Depot
  • First Command Financial Planning
  • DeVry University
  • C.R. England, Inc.


  • Able-Disabled Advocacy/VetWorks
  • Adomani, Inc.
  • Airstreams Renewables
  • American Income Life Insurance Company
  • BGA Insurance
  • California College San Diego
  • Cask, LLC.
  • CDG, a Boeing Company
  • CHORE Masters, LLC.
  • College of Instrument Technology, CIT
  • Dunn-Edwards Corp.
  • General Atomics
  • Griffith University
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Mastec Network Solutions
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
  • New York Life
  • Next Level Financial
  • Northern CA College of Construction
  • San Diego Kid's Rentals
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Sleep Train, Inc.
  • Southern California University of Health
  • Southwest Carpenters Training Fund
  • The Arc of San Diego
  • The Art Institutes
  • Trident University International
  • USAA
  • Vigor Industrial

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.”

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”

KSON John and Tammy Employment After Deployment

“KSON-FM (97.3 and 92.1) in San Diego is doing a segment called Employment After Deployment. They will be “featuring” a different unemployed veteran each week on their station. I have provided them with several veterans, pre-registered for the San Diego event. ”

KSON John and Tammy Employment After Deployment

“KSON-FM (97.3 and 92.1) in San Diego is doing a segment called Employment After Deployment. They will be “featuring” a different unemployed veteran each week on their station. I have provided them with several veterans, pre-registered for the San Diego event. ”

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. ”

Special job fair for veterans in Coronado

“CORONADO (CBS 8) - Local veterans and military spouses gathered at the Hotel Del Coronado day for a special job fair aimed at getting them back to work.”

Local Veterans Brand Themselves for Employment

“NBC 7 (KNSD) - Job fair for veterans focuses on branding their military skills. ”

Hiring Heroes Aims to Help Veterans

“Sgt. Rick Gomez tells NBC 7 reporter Lea Sutton about looking for work as a former active duty Marine.”

Veteran Job Fair

“Military Veterans face big changes when they leave the service. One of the biggest changes is finding a job. ”

Companies Seek Military Vets: Career fair in Liberty Station offers job opportunities to veterans

“By Sarah Grieco Military veterans seeking employment can attend a free career fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Corky McMillin Companies Event Center in Liberty Station on 2875 Dewey Rd. The career fair comes at a time when unemployment rates for young veterans are particularly high. A study performed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that male veterans younger than 2...”

Military Sealift Command to Sponsor Jobs and Education Event for Veterans in San Diego on June 24

“San Diego, CA (PR Log) June 9, 2010 – RecruitMilitary, a military-to-civilian recruiting firm based in Cincinnati, has announced that Military Sealift Command (MSC) will sponsor a RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo in San Diego on June 24. At this event, MSC and other employers as well as franchisors and educational institutions will interview job seekers who have military backgrounds”

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 30 events in San Diego, drawing 12,144 attendees and 1,128 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 992 Registered Attendees
  • 508 Sailors
  • 219 Marines
  • 149 Soldiers
  • 61 Airmen
  • 36 Spouses
  • 10 Others
  • 5 DoD Civilians
  • 4 Coast Guardsmen
The job opportunities available were of a higher caliber than most other local job fairs. The event was well organized and executed crisply.
San Diego Expo Attendee
Whether you are looking for local employment or you are open to relocating, there are employment opportunities waiting for you at the RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo.
San Diego Expo Attendee
This event was jam packed with exhibitors. It was very well communicated. I believe I received at least 3 emails and a telephone call reminder. This event brought different exhibitors which was great.
San Diego Expo Attendee
Our organization has participated in several RecruitMilitary events in San Diego, and they have been well organized and the quality of the participants has been very good.
Recruiter, Defense & Aerospace Industry, past San Diego Exhibitor
Without question the RecruitMilitary events are by far the most engaged and targeted events a firm can attend.
Recruiter, Education Industry, past San Diego Exhibitor
It was the most organized, efficient, well spaced, easily accessible event I’ve been to in 6 months.
HR Manager, Pharmaceutical Industry, past San Diego exhibitor
Given the success we have had in the past at various RecruitMilitary career fairs across the country, our expectations have been set high for any events we decide to attend. And in typical fashion, the most recent RecruitMilitary event we attended ended up exceeding our expectations in every way, and then some.
Recruiter, past San Diego Exhibitor
Great way to get face to face time with recruiters. Very professional staff as well.
Air Force Veteran - E5, past San Diego attendee
Attending the RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo opened my eyes to many new opportunities that I did not realize I qualified for. I stood beside a Navy captain that was amazed that a certain employer was looking for someone like him. Shortly after that, one of my junior sailors set up 2 interviews. They had something for everyone.
Navy Vetera - E6, past San Diego attendee
Make sure to talk to all of the vendors. I found opportunities were I didn’t expect them.
Marine Veteran, E-8, past San Diego Attendee
You will be pleasantly surprised by the opportunities you will be exposed to. The represented employers are serious about hiring
Navy Veteran, O-5, past San Diego 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
We attend nearly 100 events per year and RM events are always our favorite. RecruitMilitary events in San Diego are always exceptional.
Energy & Utilities Recruiter -- 2/27/14 San Diego Career Fair
Good crowd. It attracted quality people and sincere inquiries. Great in comparison to other job fairs.
Education Recruiter -- 2/27/14 San Diego Career Fair
Good variety. More exhibitors than most other job fairs & expos.
2/27/14 San Diego Career Fair -- Marine E-5
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
Dress well, be enthusiastic, energetic, and engaged. Stop at as many booths as possible. Even if you believe the booth may not be for you, you truly never know.
8-14-14 San Diego Career Fair -- Navy 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 wonderful event. By far one of the best military events I have been to and I have been to a dozen over the course of 2 years.
8-14-14 San Diego Career Fair -- Staffing recruiter
The diversity of companies and their willingness to talk to candidates was excellent. Everyone was extremely helpful and friendly.
8-14-14 San Diego Career Fair -- Marine E-6
Successful career fair event. I got a call the next day by a Sr. Recruiter for potential job opportunities. Thanks to DAV and RecruitMilitary staffs. Bravo Zulu!!!
8-14-14 San Diego Career Fair -- Navy / 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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