Seattle / Tacoma Area Veteran Job Fair

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

1500 Broadway

Tacoma, WA 98402

Seattle / Tacoma Area Veteran Job Fair

November 17, 2016 11:00 AM November 17, 2016 3:00 PM

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For multiple event discounts, call 800-226-0841

  • Exhibitor

    $1,295

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    • Exhibition Booth
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
    • * $795 special for certified small-businesses
      (50 or fewer employees)
    • * $495 special for veteran-owned small-businesses
      (50 or fewer employees)
  • Targeted

    $1,695

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    • Exhibition Booth ($1,295 value)
    • 2 Representatives
    • Pre-event Targeted Email
      ($795 value)
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
  • Branding

    $3,495

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    • Exhibition Booth ($1,295)
    • 4 Representatives
    • ½-page Ad in Search & Employ® ($1,995 value)
    • An Ad in our Monthly “VetTen” Email ($1,095 value)
    • Featured in Pre-Event Marketing ($500 value)
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide

Select an Educator Package

For multiple event discounts, call 800-226-0841

  • Educator

    $1,795

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    • Exhibition Booth
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
  • Educator Advantage

    $2,195

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    • Exhibition Booth ($1,795 value)
    • 2 Representatives
    • Listing in Exhibitors Guide
    • School name listed in the Search & Employ education directory in the next two issues

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Veteran Opportunity Expo Cancellation Policy

RecruitMilitary does not offer refunds. If an exhibitor is unable to attend a Veteran Opportunity Expo (“Expo”) for which it has already registered, RecruitMilitary will make every effort to allow the exhibitor to attend a future Expo, provided the exhibitor attends the Expo within twelve months of the Invoice Date. However, to qualify, RecruitMilitary must receive a cancellation request at least ten business days' prior to the date of the Expo for which you were registered. Unpaid invoices must be paid whether or not the exhibitor attends the event for which it originally registered. Cancellation requests must be sent via e-mail to expos@recruitmilitary.com, and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. If a cancellation request is received fewer than ten business days before the Expo, or if the exhibitor does not show up at the Expo at all, then that exhibitor will not be entitled to transfer its registration to a new Expo.

At a Veteran Job Fair, you can begin the selection process with what is normally one of the final stages of a face-to-face meeting with the candidate. We present these events in cooperation with leading corporations, news media, industry associations, veterans organizations, and government agencies. All Veteran Job Fairs take place in major military markets. To attract job candidates to the fairs, we promote the events intensively to our huge database of registered candidates, and we run display ads in major newspapers in the areas where they will take place.

Why Hire Veterans?

If you are not familiar with hiring veterans, we would like to share three reasons why military personnel will make great employees for your organization:

  • Well-trained. Veterans possess skills that are critical for an organization to succeed. They are trained to be mission-oriented and to work as a team. They possess critical skills for organizational success including discipline, responsibility, respect, and unparalleled work ethic.
  • Skills that overlap. Veterans have been trained in specific skills that greatly overlap civilian work. Whether driving an 18-wheel tractor-trailer or leading an organization in an executive position, the military provides people with the training to be successful in trades, as well as the experience and conditioning required for management positions.
  • Diverse backgrounds. The military employs a highly diverse workforce. Approximately 45% of our candidates are women and/or ethnic minorities, enabling you to connect with skilled and diverse candidates through our events.

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Venue Information

*The Job Fair will take place in the Ballroom. Please enter the venue through the south doors.

*Coffee will be available beginning at 9:00am in an area of the Ballroom marked with RecruitMilitary Exhibitors Only signage.

*Lunch will be served from 1:30-3:00pm in the same area.

*FREE WiFi is available.

Shipping Instructions

You may ship packages and boxes for the Job Fair to arrive no earlier than Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Please ship to:

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (GTCTC)
Attn: Nicole Smith
1500 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
RecruitMilitary Event 11/17/2016
(Your Company Name)

Please be sure to schedule pickup of your items immediately following the event.

Parking Information

Approximately 670 parking spaces are available at the rates below to guests of the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Located on the second floor of the facility, these parking lots can be accessed off Market & Seventeenth Street.

Parking rate: $5 up to 4 hours and $10 all day.

There are more than 1,000 additional parking spaces within walking distance, and the free light rail train connects thousands of additional parking options.

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”

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. ”

Seattle employers compete for job seekers leaving the military

“The job fair was sponsored by Microsoft and produced by RecruitMilitary, a for-profit company run by veterans that organizes job fairs for veterans across the U.S. The employers with booths at the Seattle Center job fair appreciate the value of job-seekers with a military background.”

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...”

When attendees registered for the Seattle / Tacoma Area Veteran Job Fair, we asked them to let us know what fields they are interested in. The table below is a breakdown of those interests.

Interest Attendee Count Percentage
Government 39 35%
Management/Supervision 31 27%
Project / Program Management 23 20%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 22 19%
Quality Assurance / Safety 18 16%
Business / Strategic Management 18 16%
Human Resources 18 16%
Law Enforcement / Security 17 15%
Education / Training 15 13%
Aviation / Aerospace 15 13%
Other 13 11%
Electronics 12 10%
Manufacturing / Operations 12 10%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 11 9%
Administrative / Clerical 11 9%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 10 9%
IT / Software Development 10 9%
Field Service 10 9%
Engineering 10 9%
Medical / Health 9 8%
Construction / Trades 9 8%
Customer Support / Client Care 9 8%
Sales / Business Development 8 7%
Marketing / Product Management 8 7%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 7 6%
Creative / Design 7 6%
Biotech / R&D / Science 5 4%
Retail 5 4%
Part-time 4 3%
Food Services / Hospitality 4 3%
Legal 3 2%
RecruitMilitary has held 21 events in Seattle, drawing 7,001 attendees and 793 exhibitors.

Who’s Registered?

I firmly believe that the companies recruiting at the RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo have a solid commitment to helping the transitioning military community. It’s a wonderful organization that is truly helping create a bridge from military service to the business community.
1LT Geoffrey P. Oakley
From start to end, my total experience was very positive! I followed the online directions to the event without a hitch. The parking was affordable and access was excellent. The event was well organized, spacious, and thoughtfully laid out. Lastly, the exhibitors present were engaging, very informative and offered careers that can benefit from military training!
Seattle Expo Attendee
I was very impressed with the diversity of companies that were present and the energy they brought to the event.
Seattle Expo Attendee
The Opportunity Expo was a great venue to pair military job seekers with companies targeting them. I enjoyed the chance to engage with so many companies in one venue. Plus, it’s nice to talk to military recruiters who “speak the language” and helped translate my military experience into civilian jobspeak.
Seattle Expo Attendee
From my contacts with vendors at the expo, I have already scheduled one interview, and am expecting a call for a second with a different company.
Seattle Expo Attendee
The RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo showcased a strong variety of employers looking to fill both local and national positions, and were very engaging and shared their wealth of knowledge with jobseekers. I look forward to attending other RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expos.
Seattle Expo Attendee
It’s good to be at an event where the exhibitors understand the value of the veteran’s skills.
Seattle Expo Attendee
From beginning to end, the expo was a very positive and beneficial experience! It was well organized, every one was helpful, attentive and genuine. I was able to make a few contacts with employers and leave resumes. I left with a new sense of hope!
Seattle Expo Attendee
I was most impressed with the attitudes of all the exhibitors. They made it a point to talk to you like you were already a part of their team. I was most impressed with Amazon and AutoNation. I landed interviews with both. Well worth my effort, and I highly recommend it to anyone that has served our country to attend.
Seattle Expo Attendee
The companies’ representatives were very helpful and energetic. They were very willing to answer my questions and if there was a possible fit for my skill set, they encouraged me to apply and directed my to the correct web site.
Seattle Expo Attendee
The participating Exhibitors seemed to genuinely want prior military personnel. They didn’t just tell us to go on some website; they listened, advised and even took hard copies of our resumes. I walked away feeling like I had some real leads. I haven’t felt this positive about prospective employment for a couple of years.
Seattle Expo Attendee
Quality and caliber of individuals much better than other job fairs.
Store Manager, Retail, past Seattle Exhibitor
Well planned and executed. This event attracted a very diverse and competent workforce for employers to select from.
Recruiter, Food Industry, past Seattle Exhibitor
AWESOME event! Top-notch candidates, set-up, and logistics!
Recruiter, Education Industry, past Seattle Exhibitor
Glad I went, and wouldn’t hesitate to attend another. There’s no telling who might stop by the booth. There was enough talent to keep me interested.
Recruiter, Transportation & Logistics, past Seattle Exhibitor
Email blasts and media presence were important to us. We received coverage on the local news!
Recruiter, Education Industry, past Seattle Exhibitor
For those in the military and veterans, definitely a better opportunity to talk to people more familiar with your military background than a normal local job fair.
Army Veteran, past Seattle Expo 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
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
This was an excellent event. Please invite us for next year.
6/5/14 Seattle Career Fair -- Retail recruiter
Far superior to other job fairs......the candidates were well prepared, had command presence and asked smart questions.
6/5/14 Seattle Career Fair -- Law Enforcement and Security recruiter
It's an outstanding place for starting a new career. I highly recommend this expo.
6/5/14 Seattle Career Fair -- Army E-4
The recruiters were positive and motivated to speak with veterans. They seemed very prepared for who they were meeting.
6/5/14 Seattle Career Fair -- Marine E-5
I would not have had such an opportunity to communicate with so many companies any other way. This gave me options and opportunity. Thank you.
6/5/14 Seattle Career Fair -- Army spouse
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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