RecruitMilitary to Present Jobs Expo for Veterans in Oakland on May 3
Oakland, CA (PR Log) March 30, 2012 – RecruitMilitary, a military-to-civilian recruiting firm, will present a free civilian employment, business-ownership, and education Opportunity Expo for job seekers who have military backgrounds at O.co Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics and the Oakland Raiders, on Thursday, May 3. RecruitMilitary is inviting veterans who already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, military spouses, and other military family members. Wells Fargo will sponsor the event, which will run from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo and Company (https://www.wellsfargo.com) is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, over 12,200 ATM’s, and the Internet across North America and internationally.
RecruitMilitary expects more than 30 employers, franchisors, educational institutions, and government agencies to reserve exhibitor booths in Oakland. Already signed up are The Kroger Company, The Home Depot, Wells Fargo Bank, Goodman Manufacturing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Grand Canyon University, the California Army National Guard, Health Net Inc., G4S Secure Solutions (USA), United Site Services, Verizon, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Air Force Reserve, Waste Management Inc., Bayer, Oracle, Veterans Business Outreach Center, PG&E Corporation, Columbia Southern University, Union Institute and University, Northern California College of Construction, and The Art Institutes.
“This is an especially great year to hire veterans – new tax credits for doing so apply throughout the year,” said Larry Slagel, senior vice president of sales at RecruitMilitary and a former captain in the United States Marine Corps. “The credits are available via the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (www.doleta.gov/business/incentives/opptax/), which President Obama signed into law on November 21, 2011. The credits range from $2,400 to $9,600, depending on whether the veteran has a disability and how long he or she has been unemployed – and they apply to individuals who begin to work for an employer from November 22, 2011, through December 31, 2012.”
The Vow to Hire Heroes Act also established a new target group of unemployed veterans. This group is similar to a group defined in the Recovery Act of 2009, which has expired. One major difference is that, under the Recovery Act, a veteran had to have left the service within 5 years of the hiring date to qualify. The Vow to Hire Heroes Act imposes no such limit.
“That is outstanding news for employers,” said Slagel. “Employers can now get credit for hiring highly skilled veterans who have many years of civilian work experience. Veterans like that are heavily represented at our Expos and in our database of job candidates at www.recruitmilitary.com. We have more than 510,000 men and women with military backgrounds in the database, and we add roughly 300 per day.”
RecruitMilitary has produced Opportunity Expos since 2006, and by the end of 2012 will have produced more than 420 events in over 50 cities. As a quality-improvement measure, the company regularly surveys both the exhibitors and the candidates who attend. Ninety-seven percent of the exhibitors that responded to recent surveys gave the events they attended a positive overall rating, and 47.5% of the candidates who responded said that they believed they would secure interviews as a result of attending.
The company also offers subscriptions (search licenses) to its database, job postings on its job board, retained hiring services, and advertising space in online and print media. RecruitMilitary distributes more than 36,000 copies of each issue of Search & Employ®, a bimonthly print magazine, to over 220 military bases throughout the world, National Guard and reserve units, and job seekers who attend RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expos. A PDF of each issue is linked to the RecruitMilitary website.
In November 2011, RecruitMilitary received the First Annual Lee Anderson Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber recognized RecruitMilitary as a business that has “gone above and beyond to honor the sacrifices our military families make in their service to our nation.”
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.
In February 2012, RecruitMilitary received the first annual One More Way Award from The Sierra Group Foundation. The foundation established the award to recognize people or companies whose support results in awareness and job opportunities for people with disabilities. The Sierra Group Foundation (http://www.thesierragroup.com/foundation.htm) is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to drive up employment for people with disabilities, including veterans.”
RecruitMilitary will produce the Expo in Oakland in cooperation with The American Legion (http://www.legion.org), an association of veterans who served during times of war. The Legion has 2.4 million members in nearly 14,000 posts throughout the world. Congress chartered the association in 1919. The national commander is Fang A. Wong of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Wong retired from the United States Army as a chief warrant officer in 1989. The Commander of the Department of California is Hugh E. Crooks, Jr., also an Army veteran.
RecruitMilitary has scheduled more than 40 additional events for 2012. Those events will take place in Atlanta (June 28, October 25), Baltimore (May 24, September 27), Boston (September 6), Charlotte (June 7, November 15), Chicago (October 11), Cincinnati (May 31, September 20), Colorado Springs (July 12), Columbus (August 23), Dallas (July 19, November 15), Denver (September 13), Houston (August 9, December 6), Jacksonville (June 14, November 1), Kansas City (October 11), Las Vegas (November 29), Los Angeles (June 21, October 4), Miami (August 23), Minneapolis (August 2), Mobile (May 10), New York (September 13), Oakland (November 29), Philadelphia (July 26, November 1), Phoenix (October 18), Pittsburgh (October 18), Richmond (August 16), Saint Louis (July 12), San Antonio (September 13), San Diego (September 6, December 13), Seattle/Tacoma (June 7, November 8), Shreveport (September 27), Tampa (October 4), Virginia Beach (May 17, November 8), and Washington (June 28).
About RecruitMilitary: This Cincinnati-based company connects employers, franchisors, and educational institutions with job seekers who have military backgrounds. All of the company’s owners, officers, and senior account executives have served in the armed forces. The founder and president of RecruitMilitary is Drew Myers, formerly a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Myers founded the company in 1998. The company is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber’s Veterans Employment Advisory Council, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and the Loveland (Ohio) Area Chamber of Commerce.