Seattle Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on November 14, 2013 at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA.

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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

  • USAA
  • BNSF Railway
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Amazon
  • UTC Aerospace
  • Military Sealift Command
  • Bank of America
  • DeVry University
  • The Home Depot
  • Prudential


  • Walmart
  • Veterans Employment Service Office
  • Starbucks Coffee Co.
  • GCG
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • BlackRock, Inc.
  • Walgreens
  • The Mission Continues
  • Snohomish Fire District 1
  • University of Phoenix
  • Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Auto Warehousing Company
  • West Coast Training
  • Seattle Goodwill
  • Farmers Insurance District Office
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • T-Mobile
  • Medical Sales College
  • Port of Seattle
  • Argosy University
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • WyoTech
  • Fred Meyer
  • Griffith University
  • Trident University International
  • Air Force Recruiting
  • Niagara Bottling, LLC.
  • First Command Financial Planning
  • AutoNation
  • The Art Institutes
  • American Income Life Insurance Company
  • Northern CA College of Construction
  • Sleep Train, Inc.

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”

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...”

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 20 events in Seattle, drawing 6,692 attendees and 743 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 928 Registered Attendees
  • 393 Soldiers
  • 230 Sailors
  • 78 Airmen
  • 51 Marines
  • 27 Coast Guardsmen
  • 22 Spouses
  • 4 Others
  • 1 Merchant Marine

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by SAP

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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