Tampa Veteran Job Fair

This event took place on January 16, 2014 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.

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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

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • USAA
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Capital One
  • Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb


  • Department of Veteran Affairs/VESO
  • Everglades University
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • The Home Depot
  • John Grubbs Family Planning
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • LaSalle Computer Learning Center
  • The City of Lakeland
  • The Entrepreneur Authority
  • VetCor Services
  • Amscot Financial, Inc.
  • US Army Recruiting Command
  • First Command Financial Planning
  • Bank of America
  • Keiser University
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • The Mosaic Company
  • Centers for Technology Training
  • Florida Army National Guard
  • Argosy University
  • Home Builders Institute
  • CarMax
  • Heavy Construction Academy
  • TravelCenters of America / Petro Stopping Centers
  • SCC Soft Computer
  • The Art Institutes
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center
  • Georgia College of Construction

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.”

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. ”

Veterans search for opportunity at Tampa job fair

“News 10 (WTSP) - Every person at the Recruit Military job fair has served their country and many of them have found the transition into the civilian workforce a tough one. They have the work ethic and the discipline, it's the skills they acquired in the military that don't necessarily translate into civilian life.”

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...”

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 support@recruitmilitary.com.

RecruitMilitary has held 18 events in Tampa, drawing 7,453 attendees and 672 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 954 Registered Attendees
  • 390 Soldiers
  • 227 Airmen
  • 150 Sailors
  • 115 Marines
  • 37 Spouses
  • 18 Coast Guardsmen
  • 10 Others
  • 6 DoD Civilians
  • 1 Merchant Marine
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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