Win­ston Nicholls, a 1991 North­eastern Uni­ver­sity grad­uate and Navy vet­eran, was back on campus yes­terday — this time for a job fair specif­i­cally for vet­erans, where former mem­bers of the United States mil­i­tary spent the after­noon talking to tech­nology, engi­neering, finance and public-​​sector com­pa­nies about avail­able positions.

I’m a high school teacher and my school is closing at the end of the year, so now I’m looking for a new career for the third time,” said Nicholls, who served in the Navy from 1982 through 1986 before studying busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion at North­eastern.  “You have to sell your expe­ri­ence and show what you can bring to the table. As a vet­eran, you have a lot more to offer than a lot of other people looking for jobs.”

Although the Vet­erans Job Fair has been held in the Boston area for seven years, this is Northeastern’s first year as host, said Maria Stein, the University’s director of Career Ser­vices. The event, spon­sored by JobNet OneStop Career Center, the New Eng­land Center for Home­less Vet­erans and the VA Voca­tional Reha­bil­i­ta­tion & Employ­ment Pro­gram, drew hun­dreds of job seekers and more than 80 employers — more than double than the number at last year’s fair — to the Cabot Cage on Hunt­ington Avenue.

Vet­erans should be helped and we’re doing our best to see that they are, whether they’re our stu­dents or alums or mem­bers of the com­mu­nity,” Stein said.

As a par­tic­i­pant in the Vet­erans Administration’s Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram, North­eastern pro­vides free tuition to nearly 200 vet­erans who have served in the post-​​9/​11 era. Mem­bers of the University’s Career Ser­vices depart­ment work one on one with vet­erans to help them tran­si­tion from the mil­i­tary to North­eastern and then into a career.

We’re actu­ally seeing lots of overqual­i­fied people,” said Chris­tine Barber, a super­visor at the Vet­erans Ben­efit Administration’s regional office in Boston. “I think that’s because of the job market the way it is, where even people with this incred­ible drive and back­ground have to com­pete so hard for even entry-​​level positions.”

Bill Auger, who served in the Marine Corps from 2002 through 2006, said he is cur­rently unem­ployed and trav­eled to Boston from Ayer for the job fair with the goal of making strong con­nec­tions in the secu­rity field.

I’ve been here about a half an hour and I’ve already had some great con­ver­sa­tions,” Auger said. “I feel good about today. It’s a really com­fort­able atmos­phere where you’re really able to talk to people and make connections.”

Dan Ahmad, a recruiter for BNY Con­vergEx, which cre­ates soft­ware to run advanced finan­cial trans­ac­tions, said vet­erans “bring a cer­tain sort of dis­ci­pline that is hard to get any­where else.” This job fair pro­vided the oppor­tu­nity to meet poten­tial can­di­dates who would be pos­i­tive addi­tions to the com­pany, he said.

You can’t get that kind of person just any­where,” Ahmad said. “So when we hire a vet­eran or someone out of the mil­i­tary, you know they’re going to be a great employee,” said Ahmad.

Ted Woo, a chief U.S. Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion officer, said that North­eastern can­di­dates stand out to employers because of their “pro­fes­sion­alism and preparedness.”

They come dressed the part and are pre­pared,” Woo said. “I know I’m get­ting a higher-​​quality can­di­date. They are trained early on in what they need to do to pre­pare them­selves for the future.”