Washington Opportunity Expo

This event took place on February 23, 2012 at Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.

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Featured Exhibitors

  • Microsoft Corporation
  • The Home Depot
  • Capital One
  • Department of Energy
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • First Command Financial Planning
  • Military Sealift Command
  • Veterans Administration, National Vets Employment Program
  • DeVry University
  • Grand Canyon University


  • Accenture
  • Allstate
  • American K9 Detection Services, LLC
  • Amtrak
  • AMVETS National Service Foundation
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance
  • Bechtel Systems & Infrastructure, Inc.
  • CB Richard Ellis
  • Coleman Cadillac, Inc.
  • Decisive Communications
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • District of Columbia Army National Guard
  • Drexel University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Excelsior College
  • Farmers Insurance
  • GameStop, Inc.
  • George Washington University
  • Homeland Security Solutions
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kelly Services
  • Koons Automotive Group
  • Lincoln College of Technology
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Niitek
  • Pepco Holdings, Inc.
  • PostNet International Franchise Corporation
  • Public Broadcasting Service
  • Service Disabled Veterans Business Association
  • Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.
  • Sheehy Ford & Mazda of Marlow Heights
  • Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.
  • Strayer University
  • Sullivan Cove Consultants, LLC
  • The Art Institutes
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • The Washington Group of Mass Mutual
  • Thompson Creek
  • U.S. Department of State - Facility Manager Program
  • U.S. Department of State – Job Opportunities
  • Union Institute & University
  • University of Maryland University College
  • Vocus, Inc.
  • Watkins Meegan, LLC

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.”

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. ”

Job fair helps military connect with veteran-friendly employers

“Job fair helps military connect with veteran-friendly employers ”

Job Fair for Servicemembers Thursday

“Washington, D.C. - The Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair is Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Nationals Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ”

Veterans Seek Work at Special Job Fair

“Reported by Mike Conneen WASHINGTON - With the unemployment rate above 9 percent, everyone is having trouble finding work. Even veterans, who normally find an abundance of job opportunities in the nation's capital, say it's a lot more competitive these days. Retired Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sergeant Christine Moyle says she knows "a lot of vets unemployed right now. " That was...”

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 support@recruitmilitary.com.

RecruitMilitary has held 19 events in Washington, drawing 6,060 attendees and 912 exhibitors.

Who Attended?

  • 1490 Registered Attendees
  • 623 Soldiers
  • 307 Sailors
  • 222 Airmen
  • 202 Marines
  • 54 Spouses
  • 32 Others
  • 29 Coast Guardsmen

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The event was a great experience. There were a variety of exhibitors with diverse job and education opportunities. Staff was very willing to help and assist where they can. They were very knowledgeable and provided a very positive and professional environment. Kudos to the entire experience and event.
Washington DC Expo Attendee
It was organized well. The recruiters from the different companies were very helpful. Most of them explained what I needed to do to have a good chance of my application being considered.
Washington DC Expo Attendee
I was able to make contacts with representatives from companies in this market even though I’m relocating to a different state. They were able to recommend to me the best way to apply for a job with their company while out of state, and in a few cases, who to contact and/or provided me their information to utilize them as a reference.
Washington DC Expo Attendee
This event was run very well and the logistics were extremely easy. It was well worth our time. I look forward to participating again.
HR Manager, Government Agency, past D.C. Exhibitor
RecruitMilitary put on an excellent event. They were able to attract high quality attendees AND high quality exhibitors. Having both groups is very unusual in an event of this size and investment level. They are to be commended.
HR Manager, past Washington, D.C. exhibitor
This has been one of the best events I have attended in a long time. The candidates were well prepared and presented themselves in an excellent manner. I am really excited about following up with them.
Recruiter, Telecommunications Industry, past Washington, DC exhibitor
The caliber of candidates we met was exceptional.
Branch Manager, Staffing Industry, past Washington, D.C. exhibitor
If you wanna know what’s out there waiting for you, then attend the Expo!
Army Veteran, past Washington, D.C. Attendee
I was very impressed with the number and variety of vendors. It was a great opportunity to learn about new companies that I would not have known about.
Navy Veteran, past Washington D.C. attendee
Quality of the participants was better than I expected. Nice crowd. For a small business, I sure got my money’s worth!
Recruiter, Financial Services Industry, June 2013 Washington, DC Career Fair
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 felt very important. I was greeted at the door and everyone knew who I was and where I was from. Very good support staff.
Education Recruiter -- 3/20/14 Washington DC Career Fair
Great group of military candidates!
Financial Services Recruiter -- 3/20/14 Washington, DC Career Fair
Outstanding affair. The knowledge gathered at this expo was sterling. Please add me to your list of future expos. But after yesterday, I may not need to attend another expo. Thanks for the exposure.
Veteran Job Seeker (Navy E-6) -- 3/20/14 Washington, DC Career Fair
Loved the opportunity to network, meet, greet, and receive feedback from prospective employers.
Veteran Job Seeker (Coast Guard E-7) -- 3/20/14 Washington, DC Career Fair
I received a job that very day!
1/30/14 OKC Career Fair -- Army E-6
Excellent. RecruitMilitary always does the best job of advertising and attracting candidates. The venue is great, and the support they provide on the day of the event for exhibitors and job seekers is the best I've ever seen.
6/26/14 Washington DC Career Fair -- Education recruiter
Well thought out. Well organized. Exceptional support. The best one in ten tears of recruiting.
6-26-14 Washington, DC Career Fair -- Government Recruiter
Always topnotch service from the RecruitMilitary team. We are proud to partner with RM in the efforts to recruit veterans and military spouses.
6-26-14 Washington DC Career Fair -- Financial Services recruiter
The RecruitMilitary Job fair was the most productive thing that any veteran job seeker can do. It's organized, informative, and conducive to anyone looking for a job. Highly recommended.
6-26-14 Washington DC Career Fair -- Marine O-2
This was by far the best career fair I have attended in the last 6 months.
6-26-14 Washington DC Career Fair -- Marine E-7
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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