“It may be that somebody is under-employed and wants more,” said Walker, an Army vet. “It may be that this gives something of a better opportunity. It is also a great chance for networking, even if you already have a job.”
According to surveys taken by RecruitMilitary of attendees at its job fairs, about 25 percent of those who attend the events get a job offer or at least a second interview, Walker said.
There are about 750,000 veterans in Georgia, according to the state's Department of Veterans' Services.
On average, vets are doing slightly better than other Americans in the workplace, according to the most recent data from the government.
In that survey, the median earnings of a working male veteran was $50,000. For a female vet, the median income was about $40,000.
The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free to veterans and their spouses. Companies that participate pay a fee, Walker said. Vets who want to register in advance can register online.
Among the companies are Arrow Exterminators, the Atlanta Police Department, Kroger, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Oracle, the U.S. Postal Service and WellStar Health System.
In the United States: about 18.6 million
In Georgia: about 750,000
Current: 3.8 percent
High, January 2011: 9.9 percent
Low, May 2000: 2.3 percent
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis