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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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. ”

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 aimed at unemployed military men and women

“Reporter Elizabeth Dinh It's the first handshake that could mean the beginning of a new chapter. At least, that's how some men and women saw it at Thursday's Recruit Military job fair for military men and women. Lt. Colonel Vincent Telfare said "I know the economy's hard right now and a lot of people are looking for jobs, so I figured I'd get started early." Talking to employers lik...”

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...”

Bay area veterans struggle to find work

“Ellen McNamara Reporting - Hundreds of military veterans hoping to land a job took their resumes to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Recruit Military organized Thursday's job fair so that local and national employers could meet with potential candidates. Click on Full Story below to watch the Video. Even with years of military experience, many who return home cannot find jobs. Acc...”

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%
Other 169 14%
Maintenance / Installation / Repair 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 19 events in Tampa, drawing 7,893 attendees and 722 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
  • 62 Exhibitors

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 Expo Attendee
Many different opportunities not only for jobs, but education as well.
Tampa Expo Attendee
The RecruitMilitary Expo provides you with a sense of appreciation for your service to country and your fellow Americans. I felt welcomed and very much at home. My positive experiences have caused me to spread the word.
Tampa Expo Attendee
The RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo allowed job seekers to get face-to-face value with the hiring managers.
Tampa Expo Attendee
I did make several positive contacts with potential employers. So much better speaking to a company representative versus completing applications via the Internet.
Tampa 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
Outstanding job all the way around. It was executed very well and was very worth our time.
1/16/14 Tampa Career Fair -- Manufacturing recruiter
Busy and robust event. Worth the time and investment.
1/16/14 Tampa Career Fair -- Government recruiter
Four of the people I spoke with today could come work for me tomorrow! Great event!
August 2014 Employer -- Financial Services recruiter
Extraordinary event. Exceptionally organized with a commitment to supporting the veteran.
Tampa 8/28/14 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 8/28/14 Career Fair -- Transportation & Logistics recruiter
There are more opportunities available to military veterans and spouses than I had realized.
Tampa 8/28/14 Career Fair -- USAF Spouse
Vendors were all excited about the chance to work with veterans. In fact, many were veterans themselves.
Tampa 8/28/14 Career Fair -- Marine E-6
The Career Fair gave me great visibility to potential employers and allowed me to meet with some excellent resources whom I would not have been able to otherwise.
Tampa 8/28/14 Career Fair -- Air Force / Air National Guard E-3
This was an excellent Career Fair! Almost all of the companies that participated (I'd say 90%) were willing to take the candidate's resume and communicate in depth with each candidate. That was exactly what I was looking for! This Career Fair was the best I've been to. Good job in putting this all together! A+++
Tampa 8/28/14 Career Fair -- Army E-4
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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