Hire Heroes USA Volunteer to Attempt Playing 100 Holes of Golf for Heroes

Hire Heroes USA Volunteer to Attempt Playing 100 Holes of Golf for Heroes

Alpharetta, Ga. — June 26, 2015 — For the eighth continuous year, Mr. Carl Meyer will celebrate Independence Day and show his respect for the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our Armed Forces by attempting to play “100 Holes for Our Heroes,” benefiting Hire Heroes USA. Hire Heroes USA is a national nonprofit organization that is committed to helping transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses obtain civilian employment.

The 8th Annual 100 Holes for Our Heroes will be held on July 4, 2015, at Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, WI. The entire event is planned and executed solely by Mr. Meyer, and features an attempt by the longtime golfer to play at least 100 holes in a single day. Mr. Meyer is a dedicated supporter, volunteer, and advocate of Hire Heroes USA. To date, his determination, strong dedication to our nation’s veterans, and hard work has raised over $360,000 for Hire Heroes USA. This year, Mr. Meyer’s fundraising goal is set at $70,000.

“We are blessed to live in the USA, and we would not enjoy our freedoms if it were not for the selfless acts of the servicemen and women who ensure them every day,” said Carl Meyer, 100 Holes for Our Heroes founder. “Hire Heroes USA provides much needed employment transition assistance to those most deserving of our country’s support.”

Funds raised will go toward the programs and services provided by Hire Heroes USA, including individual career coaching provided through remote service delivery regardless of geographic location of transitioning service members, veterans and spouses; and Transition Workshops, conducted on or near military installations throughout the US and in Europe. Hire Heroes USA staff  teach how to effectively identify personal goals, formulate job search strategies, create effective civilian resumes, and excel in job interviews.

“This event has been absolutely critical to our success helping veterans,” said Brian Stann, Chief Executive Officer of Hire Heroes. “Carl Meyer is a pioneer for this organization, assisting us from the beginning and raising annual donations that have helped us grow our service capacity to transitioning service members, veterans and spouses nationwide.”

Meyer has already raised over $42,000 for this year’s event. Through the donations of individuals, corporations, and sponsors, he hopes to reinforce the importance of giving back to the men and women who serve in the military. More information about the event, including how to donate or become a sponsor, can be found  online.

About Hire Heroes USA: Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, Hire Heroes USA has built a national reputation of excellence for helping veterans find jobs: now at the rate of more than 50 veterans confirmed hired every week. Thanks to the tax free contributions of generous donors and funders, Hire Heroes USA provides career-coaching services at no cost to any transitioning service member, veteran or spouse who registers. Comprised of former military and business professionals, the Hire Heroes USA team effectively trains veterans in the skills of self-marketing, then supports their career search until they find good jobs with great companies. Signature services also include group workshops and connecting the job seeker with veteran-friendly companies and employment opportunities through the Hire Heroes USA Job Board. For more information visit http://www.hireheroesusa.org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Carl Meyer

The Wetrich Group
Executive Vice President

Five Helpful Tips for Your Civilian Job Search

Ways to Avoid Common Mistakes in Your Military to Civilian Employment Transition

As with any major change, making a successful transition from military to civilian employment requires thoughtful planning and preparation. While this list is not all encompassing, the following five tips are intended to help you eliminate several common barriers that may be standing between you and your new civilian career.

1. Google yourself.

Many companies conduct social media background checks on candidates they are considering for open positions. This can be done formally, for a nominal cost to the potential employer, or informally, by a recruiter or hiring manager as they consider your application. Either way, most companies view your online presence and social media pages before making a decision about you as a potential employee. It is imperative that your social media pages portray you in a positive light. Hiring managers often cross-reference your resume or application with your LinkedIn profile. Therefore, it is important to maintain the information on your LinkedIn profile as you would your resume. Include a professional photograph and update your LinkedIn profile regularly to highlight new positions, experiences and acquired skills.

2. Create a professional email address.

List a professional email address on your resume, cover letter, and job application. We recommend using Gmail, as it is considered the current industry standard. Use of other email addresses, such as those ending in ‘@aol.com’ or ‘@hotmail.com,’  indicate that you are out of touch with the current business environment, as most businesses no longer utilize these platforms. We also recommend that your email address be some variation of your first and last name, for example: johndoe@gmail.com or jane_doe@gmail.com.

3. Check your voicemail.

It may not seem like a significant factor, but your voicemail can hinder your ability to obtain employment. Consider implementing the following suggestions:

  • Make sure your voicemail box is set up to receive messages. Otherwise, a hiring manager may not be able to reach you. Some hiring managers will follow up via email, but others will not entertain your application further if they cannot reach you via phone.
  • Avoid using the standard greeting. Instead, customize your greeting to showcase your professionalism. Remember to annunciate and record your greeting in a quiet environment. For example, “Hi, you have reached Ashlee Schrafft. I am unavailable at the moment but please leave a message and I will return your phone call as soon as possible.”
  • Check your voicemail on a regular basis. Technology is not always reliable, so it is important to check your messages regularly even if you do not see a voicemail notification.

 4. Avoid polarizing words.

Negative stereotypes projected specifically on combat veterans are an unfortunate reality, and it is important to be aware of them. Words such as “combat,” “weapon,” “terrorism” and “hostages” should be avoided in verbal and written communication between you and a potential employer. Consider using alternatives such as “high-stress situation,” “equipment” or “critical mission.”

5. Learn to speak Civilian.

When writing a resume, cover letter or speaking with a potential employer, be conscious of the terms you use to describe military experience. Most civilian hiring managers will not understand the acronyms and military terms you are accustomed to using in conversation. For example, a civilian hiring manager will most likely not understand when you explain your MOS as a 92A. Instead explain, “I am a Logistics Specialist.”

At Hire Heroes USA, we specialize in translating military experience into civilian terminology. Our Veteran Transition Specialists can help you craft a civilian resume that effectively translates your military skills and achievements, in addition to helping you articulate your value proposition to civilian employers. Our services are tailored to your individual needs, all at no cost.

Other resources that may help translate your military experience: