U.S. Chamber and RecruitMilitary Collaborating on Veteran Hiring Event in Houston on December 8
Houston, TX (PR Log) November 4, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the military-to-civilian recruitment firm RecruitMilitary will collaborate on a hiring event for military veterans at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, on Thursday, December 8. This event, the Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo, will be part of a nationwide initiative to increase the hiring of veterans by producing special career fair hiring events. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and will be sponsored by CenterPoint Energy.
The RecruitMilitary-U.S. Chamber initiative will help Corporate America respond to a challenge issued on August 5 by President Barack Obama. Speaking at the Washington Navy Yard, the President challenged businesses to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013.
On March 24, the U.S. Chamber had already launched “Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes,” a year-long effort to help veterans and their spouses find employment by means of veteran hiring events. The U.S. Chamber has scheduled more than 100 Hiring Our Heroes events across the nation through March 2012.
Already scheduled to attend the Houston event are AutoNation, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Belhaven University, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, CA Technologies, CCS Midstream Services, Carmax, CenterPoint Energy, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, DeVry University, Dover Fluid Management/Cook Compression, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), FFE Transportation – Group 1201, First Investors Corporation, Georgia College of Construction, Gerdau, Goodman Manufacturing Company LP, Grand Canyon University, Griffith University, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Invista, Jones International University, Marathon Oil, McLane Advanced Technologies, Mustang Cat, My Computer Career, Nalco Energy Services – Downstream, National Oilwell Varco, the National Veterans Employment Program (NVEP) of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Plastipak Packaging Inc., Redstone College, St. Thomas University, SGS North America Inc., Snap-On Tools, Strayer University, Texas Memory Systems Inc., The Art Institutes, The Kroger Company, The Ocean Corporation, Troops to Teachers, United Health Group, United Petroleum Transports, Walgreens, and World Inspection Network International.
To maximize the number of employers participating in this event as well as the job opportunities for veterans and military spouses, RecruitMilitary is offering companies that are members of the U.S. Chamber and local chambers a 10% discount on the cost of their exhibition booths. RecruitMilitary will offer further price reductions for small businesses (businesses that have less than 50 employees), and even lower rates for veteran-owned small businesses.
The U.S. Chamber (http://www.uschamber.com) is the world’s largest business federation, representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. The Chamber’s mission is “to advance human progress through an economic, political, and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility.” More than 96% of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or less. The Chamber’s strategic partners in its Hiring Our Heroes initiative include the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS; http://www.dol.gov/vets) and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR; http://www.esgr.org).
RecruitMilitary (http://www.recruitmilitary.com) is the leading for-profit company dedicated exclusively to connecting veterans to great career opportunities in Corporate America. RecruitMilitary has scheduled more than 60 Veteran Opportunity Expos for 2012. From 2006 through 2012, the company will have produced more than 420 events in over 50 cities. RecruitMilitary produces its Expos in cooperation with The American Legion.
The company also offers employers search licenses to its database of more than 450,000 registered veteran job seekers, retained hiring services, and online and print advertising space. RecruitMilitary distributes more than 36,000 copies of each issue of Search & Employ®, its bimonthly print magazine, to over 220 military bases throughout the world, National Guard and reserve units, and job seekers who attend its Expos.
RecruitMilitary is based in Loveland, Ohio (Greater Cincinnati), and was founded in 1998 by Drew Myers, a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps. All of the company’s owners, officers, and senior account executives have served in the armed forces.
About RecruitMilitary: RecruitMilitary connects employers, franchisors, and educational institutions with job seekers who have military backgrounds—men and women who are transitioning from act\ve duty to civilian life, veterans who already have civilian work experience, members of the National Guard and reserves, and military spouses.