Tampa Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on August 28, 2014 at Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL.

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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. ”

65 local companies look to hire veterans at local job fair Thursday

“More veterans than ever are looking for work these days. Hire Our Heroes wants to get them working at a job fair scheduled Thursday specifically for vets. "I pray my vehicle never goes down. I pray my health never goes bad," said retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Kelvin Bailey. ”

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. ”

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...”

Job fair for veterans today

“Janie Porter Reporting - Military members and their families are invited to a free job fair at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, formerly known as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than ten companies and agencies that are currently hiring will be there, including Bank of America, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Hillsborough C...”

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 Tampa 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 610 51%
Project / Program Management 339 28%
Logistics / Transportation / Warehouse 338 28%
Law Enforcement / Security 319 26%
Education / Training 306 25%
Human Resources 295 24%
Administrative / Clerical 291 24%
Business / Strategic Management 290 24%
Customer Support / Client Care 286 24%
Quality Assurance / Safety 277 23%
Manufacturing / Operations 234 19%
Aviation / Aerospace 202 16%
Sales / Business Development 199 16%
IT / Software Development 198 16%
Marketing / Product Management 173 14%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 169 14%
Other 169 14%
Banking / Real Estate / Mortgage 167 14%
Accounting / Finance / Insurance 161 13%
Medical / Health 159 13%
Electronics 153 12%
Construction / Trades 152 12%
Part-time 142 11%
Food Services / Hospitality 115 9%
Retail 114 9%
Engineering 106 8%
Biotech / R&D / Science 78 6%
Creative / Design 75 6%
Legal 71 5%
Editorial / Writing 66 5%
Management/Supervision 49 4%
Field Service 19 1%
RecruitMilitary has held 21 events in Tampa, drawing 8,819 attendees and 847 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 1191 Registered Attendees
  • 426 Soldiers
  • 255 Airmen
  • 163 Sailors
  • 123 Marines
  • 40 Spouses
  • 22 Coast Guardsmen
  • 8 Others
  • 4 DoD Civilians
  • 1 Merchant Marine

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Capital One

The RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo is everything you’re looking for from a job fair!! Come early and expect to stay the day. There are plenty of opportunities available.
Tampa Career Fair -- Veteran Job Seeker
I did make several positive contacts with potential employers. So much better speaking to a company representative versus completing applications via the Internet.
Tampa Career Fair -- Veteran Job Seeker
Busy and robust event. Worth the time and investment.
Tampa Career Fair -- Government recruiter
Extraordinary event. Exceptionally organized with a commitment to supporting the veteran.
Tampa Career Fair -- Information Technology recruiter
The venue was beautiful and staff very accommodating. Thank you! It is always great and uplifting to meet the men and women who serve our country!
Tampa Career Fair -- Transportation & Logistics recruiter
Vendors were all excited about the chance to work with veterans. In fact, many were veterans themselves.
Tampa Career Fair -- Marine E-6
This Career Fair was the best I've been to. Good job in putting this all together! A+++
Tampa Career Fair -- Army E-4
I've given up attending other non-military events except yours. Always an excellent turnout of quality candidates.
7/21/16 Tampa Career Fair -- Law Enforcement and Security Recruiter
Excellent service and support. Very impressed as the candidate participation and support personnel were very professional and customer focused.
7/21/16 Tampa Career Fair -- Aerospace Recruiter
This was my first career fair. It was an amazing event. I left with four job leads and made connections with several other companies. Attending one of these events is a must for serious career seekers!
7/21/16 Tampa Career Fair -- Navy E-7

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