A Virtual Approach to Recruiting Veterans and Military Spouses

CHICAGO, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — UBM Studios Milicruit, the recognized leader for virtual career fairs for veterans, today announced it will present the first event in its series of 2011 Virtual Career Fairs, which brings industry leading employers and veteran job seekers together in a fully interactive online environment. Milicruit will partner with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) to deliver the Veterans Virtual Career Fair. The event will open on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern and will be available on demand for one week.

“MOAA is pleased to team up with Milicruit once again to offer a virtual career fair to veterans and spouses from all over the world. Through the power of the Internet veteran job seekers are able to participate with nothing more than a high-speed Internet connection. We fully expect to build on the more than 13,000 attendees that joined us for the fall career fair we hosted with Milicruit,” said Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, USN-Ret, MOAA President.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans increased to 11.7 percent, up from 10 percent in November 2010. With an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent in 2010, the average annual unemployment rate for OEF/OIF veterans has nearly doubled since 2007. In December 2010, 210,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were unemployed.

“The number of veterans unemployed at this time is incredibly troubling,” said Kevin O’Brien, Vice President, Business Development, UBM Studios Milicruit. “We are thrilled to have the support and cooperation of many veteran service organizations including Military Officers Association of America, Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, Department of Labor – VETS, Veterans Affairs – Vet Success, USO, IAVA, Hire Heroes USA, Walter Reed Medical Center, and the Student Veterans of America for our virtual career fairs. Together, we have been able to bring together more than 20,000 veterans and over 100 industry leading employers in our virtual career fairs. We look forward to building on this in 2011 and beyond.”

The Veterans Virtual Career Fair is open to all active duty personnel, veterans and military spouses and will showcase dozens of industry leading employers and government agencies who are committed to helping veterans find suitable employment after serving the country.

The virtual career fair provides job seekers the ability to walk the exhibit floor; visit employer booths; view/apply for jobs; chat with recruiters; build a network of peers; and perhaps even secure a follow up video interview, all from the comfort and convenience of home.

The virtual career fair is ideal for recruiters because it offers an efficient, cost effective and eco-friendly way to recruit veteran talent throughout the United States. Employers interested in participating and veterans interested in attending the virtual career fair can register at www.veteranscareerfair.com The virtual career fair is free of charge to job seekers.

To view a video tour on how the service works click here.

About MOAA
MOAA is the nation’s largest veteran’s organization that represents active duty and retired military officers and their families. The Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award is named after U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Marix who founded MOAA in 1929 and served as its first President.

About UBM Studios Milicruit
UBM Studios Milicruit.com is a job fair for veterans/military personnel to come together in an interactive 3D virtual setting. Each year 350,000 veterans leave active duty and many of them enter the civilian job market, Milicruit.com aids them in their search by providing a virtual career fair that brings veterans and employers together. Veterans have the opportunity to register for virtual career fairs by building a profile and employers are able to fully interact with the individuals. The career fairs offer virtual booths; job postings; company videos; company presentations; live chat with company representatives; video interviewing; and resume and interview assistance. The traditional recruiting environment of veterans is costly, time-consuming and often times ineffective. Given the large number of veterans currently looking to reenter civilian life and the large number of employers seeking to hire veterans, milicruit.com allows both parties to meet and interact in an online setting. For additional information on Milicruit, visit www.milicruit.com.

About United Business Media Limited
UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM’s businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities — from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists — with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com.

Kevin O’Brien
UBM Studios Milicruit
(215) 525-5776 X101
[email protected]


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