Seattle / Tacoma Area Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on November 17, 2016 at Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, WA.

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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 349 45%
Management/Supervision 251 32%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 200 25%
Project / Program Management 175 22%
Law Enforcement / Security 167 21%
Quality Assurance / Safety 161 20%
Aviation / Aerospace 153 19%
Manufacturing / Operations 153 19%
Education / Training 137 17%
Business / Strategic Management 133 17%
Administrative / Clerical 130 16%
Human Resources 127 16%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 126 16%
Field Service 111 14%
Construction / Trades 106 13%
Customer Support / Client Care 106 13%
Electronics 105 13%
IT / Software Development 99 12%
Medical / Health 95 12%
Engineering 90 11%
Marketing / Product Management 87 11%
Sales / Business Development 76 9%
Other 76 9%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 69 8%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 68 8%
Creative / Design 62 8%
Biotech / R&D / Science 62 8%
Part-time 55 7%
Food Services / Hospitality 48 6%
Retail 44 5%
Editorial / Writing 38 4%
Legal 32 4%
RecruitMilitary has held 23 events in Seattle, drawing 7,327 attendees and 848 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 770 Registered Attendees
  • 379 Soldiers
  • 116 Sailors
  • 69 Airmen
  • 32 Marines
  • 21 Others
  • 14 Spouses
  • 9 Coast Guardsmen
  • 2 DoD Civilians
  • 2 Merchant Marines
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.
Seattle Career Fair -- 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 Career Fair -- 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 Career Fair -- 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 Career Fair -- 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 Career Fair -- Attendee
AWESOME event! Top-notch candidates, set-up, and logistics!
Seattle Career Fair -- Education Industry Recruiter
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.
Seattle Career Fair -- Transportation & Logistics Recruiter
Email blasts and media presence were important to us. We received coverage on the local news!
Seattle Career Fair -- Education Industry Recruiter
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
Far superior to other job fairs......the candidates were well prepared, had command presence and asked smart questions.
Seattle Career Fair -- Law Enforcement and Security Recruiter
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

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