Call of Duty Endowment’s Memorial Day Campaign with Partner Hire Heroes USA

Written by Call of Duty Endowment on May 29, 2012 – 12:14 pm –


Until 12pm PT on Friday, June 1st the Call of Duty Endowment is commemorating veterans this Memorial Day by donating $1 to Endowment partner Hire Heroes USA every time someone “shares” our image on Facebook.


This year marks the 3rd anniversary of our partnership with Hire Heroes USA, raising $36,000 just last year to help veterans and their spouses with transition assistance, job search assistance and job placement services. To show your support and appreciation for our veterans, click here to visit the Endowment’s Facebook page, and then click on our “I’m Honoring Our Veterans” image to “share” it with your network.

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C.O.D.E. and Hire Heroes U.S.A. Launch Memorial Day Campaign to Support Jobs for Veterans

Activision’s Call of Duty Endow­ment and Hire Heroes USA Launch Memo­r­ial Day Cam­paign to Sup­port Jobs for Veterans


3rd annual Face­book cam­paign raises aware­ness and sup­port for vet­eran employment;
For every image “share” on Face­book, the Endow­ment will donate $1 to Hire Heroes USA


WASHINGTON – May 24, 2012 – The Call of Duty Endow­ment today kicked off its third annual Memo­r­ial Day cam­paign to raise aware­ness for the issue of vet­eran unem­ploy­ment and engage the pub­lic in a week-long Face­book cam­paign.  From Thurs­day May 24 through Fri­day June 1, for every per­son who shares an image designed for the 2012 Memo­r­ial Day cam­paign, which reads “Honor Our Vets,” the Call of Duty Endow­ment will donate $1 to Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA), an orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides job train­ing pro­grams and cor­po­rate engage­ment for US mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and assists them and their spouses with career place­ment.  Last year, the cam­paign raised $36,000 for Hire Heroes USA, and the 2012 cam­paign is set­ting a new goal of at least 50,000 “shares,” trans­lat­ing to at least $50,000 raised for HHUSA. 

To secure the dol­lar dona­tion from the Endow­ment, one sim­ply needs to “share” the Memo­r­ial Day image via their net­work either through the Call of Duty Endow­ment Face­book page or through another friend’s post­ing.  Fans have from Thurs­day, May 24 until Fri­day, June 1 at 11:59PM PST to share the image and add to the grant for HHUSA. Continue reading “C.O.D.E. and Hire Heroes U.S.A. Launch Memorial Day Campaign to Support Jobs for Veterans”

Philips Becomes Corporate Partner of Hire Heroes USA Leveraging Military Veteran Recruitment Platform



Contact: Megan Whitson, 678.248.8126
Contact: Lisa Chartier,  978.659.3197


ATLANTA, Ga. (May 21, 2012) – Hire Heroes USA announced its new corporate partnership with Philips North America (NYSE: PHG), to facilitate the creation of employment opportunities for veterans and transitioning members of the armed services. Philips is a diversified health & well-being company focused on improving lives through the introduction of sustainable, timely innovations and a market leader in healthcare, lighting and lifestyle solutions.  Hire Heroes USA uses a personal approach to prepare veterans for the civilian job market through strategic job search, self-marketing and resume revision.  As part of this process, Hire Heroes USA hosts an online job forum, allowing veterans to apply for jobs posted by Hire Heroes USA’s corporate partners.  As a corporate partner of Hire Heroes USA, Philips will gain access to the talented pool of veteran job seekers Hire Heroes USA has assessed and coached. Continue reading “Philips Becomes Corporate Partner of Hire Heroes USA Leveraging Military Veteran Recruitment Platform”

Put Together Your Portfolio

Gather the following documents and put them into your portfolio:

  1. The job description or advertisement
  2. Copies of your resume and cover letter
  3. A list of professional references and/or letter of recommendation prepared on a separate sheet of paper. Be sure to have complete names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses so that the employer can easily contact your references. Continue reading “Put Together Your Portfolio”

Ace the Interview: Guidelines for Making a Great Impression

Practice Good Nonverbal Communication: It’s about demonstrating confidence – standing straight, making eye contact and connection with a good, firm handshake. That first impression can be a great beginning – or quick ending – to your interview.



Dress for the Job or Company: Today’s casual dress codes do not give you permission to dress as “they” do when you interview. It is important to look professional and well-groomed.  Whether you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the position you are seeking. If possible, call to find out about the company dress code before the interview. Continue reading “Ace the Interview: Guidelines for Making a Great Impression”

Top 10 Interview Questions and Sample Answers

1. Tell me about yourself. Be brief! Keep this answer to 30-45 seconds max or you will lose the employers attention very quickly. Remember, ‘tell me about yourself’ doesn’t mean they want your life story. Summarize your skills and experience in a way that make you stand out and show why you are the best person for the job.

Sample Answer: “Hello, my name is Brian Murphy. I am a law enforcement professional with a degree in criminal justice and active Top Secret security clearance. My qualifications include fifteen years of experience in international and homeland security and outstanding leadership capability managing large security teams. My experience also includes knowledge of patrol, search and rescue and investigative and criminal procedures.  I am a sharpshooter with expert marksman qualifications as well. I would like to discuss how I can bring these skills and experience to your company.”

2. What about this job interests you? The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you’ve given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening. Be clear about why you are interested in the job and the value you can bring to their organization.

Sample Answer: “I’ve applied to companies where I know I can get excited about what the company does.  Your company is one of my top choices.  This job is really attractive to me because it combines my interest and experience in logistics and security with work in a more global business environment.”

3. What are your career goals and where do you see yourself five years from now? The key here is to focus on your achievable objectives and what you are doing to reach those objectives.

Sample Answer: “Within 5 years, I would like to become the very best mechanic your company has on staff. I want to work toward becoming the expert that others rely on. Hopefully, this will allow me to take on greater responsibilities with the company if the opportunity arises. I am also working towards additional certifications in the field to enhance my career potential.”

4. Why are you leaving the military? or  Why are you leaving your current job? When answering this question, always focus on the positive:  You are looking for a new challenge, more responsibility, more experience or a change of environment.  Never be negative about your former or current employers or talk about negative experiences you had there.

Sample Answer: “I feel that the time is right for me to transition the outstanding skills and experience I obtained during my last four years in the military to the civilian job market. I received great training and/or education in the Army and have been given job assignments that have enhanced my technical skills, leadership ability and taught me how to meet deadlines and multi-task in a very fast-paced and often stressful environment. I can bring these same skills to your organization.”

5. What are your strengths? This is one question that you know you are going to be asked so be prepared! Concentrate on discussing your main strengths. List three or four proficiencies such as your ability to learn quickly, determination to succeed, positive attitude, your ability to relate to people and achieve a common goal, etc.

Sample Answer: “I have very good organizational and time management skills, but my greatest strength is my ability to effectively handle multiple projects and deadlines.”

Sample Answer: “My strength is my flexibility to handle change. As a front line manager at my last job, I was able to turn around a negative working environment and develop a very supportive and productive team.”

6. What are your weaknesses or areas you would like to improve? This is another frequently asked question.  Everyone has weaknesses, but when answering this question in a job interview, stay away from personal qualities and focus on professional traits. Describe what steps you taken to overcome your weaknesses so that you can demonstrate areas of improvement.

Sample Answer: “I am always working on improving my communications skills to be a more effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters which I find very helpful.”

Sample Answer: “Sometimes I have trouble delegating duties to others. This has sometimes backfired because I’d end up with more work than I could handle.  I’ve since taken courses in time management and learned more effective delegation techniques and I’m happy to say that my last several team projects were a great success.”

7. What are your salary expectations? Do your research and know your bottom line. Research the industry standard for the positions you are applying for in your geographic area. Whenever possible, try to defer the salary question on the first interview so that you don’t under or over sell yourself.  If pressured, be prepared to give the employer a salary range.

Sample Answer: “I’m sure that your company offers a fair, competitive salary for someone with my education / training, skills and experience. I am also willing to negotiate for the right position.”

Sample Answer: “I will need more information about the job and the responsibilities before we can discuss salary, but it would be great if you could give me an idea of the salary range you have budgeted for this position.”

8. Have you ever had a conflict with a superior or colleague? How did you handle it? Almost everyone has been in this situation.  If you say no, intervieweres will usually dig deeper until you can give then an answer.  The key is to show how you reacted to the conflict and what you did to resolve it.

Sample Answer: “I think that everyone at some point has had a conflict at work whether it’s with a supervisor or co-worker. I’ve found that when I’m in a difficult situation, it helps to communicate with the other person, understand their perspective and try to work out a collaborative solution whenever possible.”

9. Why should we hire you? Be prepared for this question because this answer will sell your story. Know clearly what you bring to the organization such as your knowledge, skills, experience, education/training and personal qualities that demonstrate why you are the best person for the job. Be able to show how you add value to the company. Always qualify your answers with quantifiable results you have achieved in previous jobs or assignments. This will add tremendous credibility!

Sample Answer: “I think I am a great match for this position. My degree in management coupled with more than 10 years of experience managing 100+ employees and delivering top notch training, helped me to improve staff productivity by 30% and reduce employee turnover. I believe that I can do the same for your organization and would be a great addition to your team.”

10. Do you have any questions? Always be prepared to ask the interviewer a few questions as well. This helps to demonstrate your preparation and interest.

Sample questions might include:

How would you describe a typical week/day in this position?
Is this a new position? If not, what did the previous employee go on to do?
How would you describe the company’s management style?
Who does this position report to? If I am offered the position, can I meet him/her?
How many people work in this office/department?
Is travel expected in this position? If so, how much?
What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
What would you say are the best things about working here?
Would you like a list of references?
If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?

At the end of an interview, thank the interviewer for their time and ask them about next steps and when you can expect to hear back from them.

These tips are designed to help you ace your job interview, but you need a great resume to get your foot in the door. Hire Heroes USA has seen great success when utilizing our professional resume template for military to civilian resumes. To access this template, please click on the button below. If you would like further assistance with the content of your resume, Hire Heroes USA is here to help.

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Interview Follow-Up

Always follow-up by sending a brief thank you note after the interview. Thank the interviewer for their time and tell them how much you appreciated the opportunity to interview for the position. Reinforce why you be a good match for the company and that you look forward to hearing back from them. This will keep your name in the forefront, and this simple act of courtesy will help put you ahead of your competition!

Registration Opens for Annual 7-Eleven Franchisee Association Convention

HONOLULU — Online registration is now available for the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees’ (NCASEF) 37th National Convention and Trade Show, which will be held July 8 – 12, 2012 in Honolulu, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The theme of this year’s convention, “Islands of Opportunity,” is meant to reflect the optimism of the franchisees, their families, and the vendors who will attend this year’s convention. Continue reading “Registration Opens for Annual 7-Eleven Franchisee Association Convention”

5th Annual Rockstar Energy Drink MAYHEM Festival Announces VIP Charity Ticket Auctions That Will Put Fans Onstage With Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead Or Anthrax

For more info, please contact Greg Gura, Philanthropy Project Manager
Rockstar Energy Drink MAYHEM Festival
Tel: 818-508-1243, Email:


5th Annual Rockstar Energy Drink MAYHEM Festival Announces VIP Charity Ticket Auctions that will put Fans Onstage with Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead or Anthrax – Proceeds to Benefit ‘Metal of Honor’


May 10, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – The 5th Annual Rockstar Energy Drink MAYHEM Festival, featuring headliners Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead and Anthrax, is proud to announce the 2012 VIP Charity Ticket Auction that will put fans onstage with their favorite bands. Proceeds will benefit Metal of Honor and Living The Dream Foundation.

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7-Eleven Franchisees Support Hire Heroes

7-Eleven Franchisees Support Hire Heroes
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“The franchisees of 7-Eleven, their families, employees and all of our customers recognize what our servicemen and women do for our country and we are honored to be able to give back to them,” says the national chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees. Continue reading “7-Eleven Franchisees Support Hire Heroes”