Hire Heroes USA assists record number of veterans and military spouses in 2020

Hire Heroes USA assists record number of veterans and military spouses in 2020

More than 11,500 veterans and military spouses found meaningful employment after working with Hire Heroes USA in 2020

Veterans nonprofit Hire Heroes USA tallied a record number of confirmed hires in 2020, despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hire Heroes USA assisted 11,580 transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses in finding meaningful employment in 2020. That number marks a new annual hire record, and it marks our 11th consecutive year of growth in annual hire totals.

“Despite a global pandemic and other external challenges, Hire Heroes USA had the most successful year in our organization’s history in 2020,” said Andrew Sandoe, Hire Heroes USA CEO. “This is only possible because of the dedication of our team members, who serve as a vital resource for military families in such an uncertain time.”

BY THE NUMBERS                            

  • 11,580 total clients hired.
  • $60,915, the average salary for those hired.
  • 200,333 phone calls to our clients.
  • 15,893 resumes written.
  • 74 events held for our clients.

Through the challenges associated with a sudden transition to a fully remote work environment, Hire Heroes USA continued providing important career services to our clients at a time when the veteran unemployment rate hit a record 11.7 percent in April 2020.

I’m extremely proud of each of the 11,580 veterans and spouses who took on the challenge of last year and persevered. They have each found a renewed sense of purpose and continue to serve as leaders in their communities. We are excited to continue serving these veterans and military families in need,” said Hire Heroes USA COO Ross Dickman.

As we look ahead to 2021, more challenges await military families. Veteran unemployment remains at levels that are nearly double the rate at the end of 2019, and our data shows women veterans, military spouses and junior enlisted veterans earn lower salaries and have higher rates of underemployment compared to other transitioning service members and veterans.

About Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USA is a nonprofit organization that empowers US military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. We offer personalized one-on-one coaching, professionally revised resumes, mentoring, workshops, a job board, career fairs and more, to tens of thousands of job-seeking veterans and military spouses annually. Funded exclusively through public donations and private grants, we provide our services at no cost to clients. 

Since Hire Heroes USA’s founding, more than 52,000 Hire Heroes clients have found success in their job search.

All Hire Heroes services are being offered online or over the phone during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes our volunteer services, which allow professionals to mentor and guide clients during their job search. Hire Heroes USA prioritizes transparency, earning a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the GuideStar Platinum Seal. For more information about our organization, visit hireheroesusa.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen

Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen

When the coronavirus pandemic first disrupted our lives and put millions of Americans out of work, Ellen Sanders immediately began searching for ways to help. As a highly experienced human resources professional with a strong passion for serving others, she was a natural fit to be a standout mentor to veterans and military spouses. 

“I am passionate about Human Resources and I use my platform to coach others into finding their career goals and providing the tools and resources to assist them in finding their career paths and employment opportunities,” Ellen said.

Hire Heroes USA Volunteer Ellen Sanders

“As a public servant, I have a responsibility to reach back and help others the way that someone reached back and helped me.”

Her father and brother both served in the armed forces, so it’s a responsibility Ellen takes to heart. In the nine months since she joined as a volunteer with Hire Heroes USA, she dedicated more than 29 hours to empowering our clients, giving them the confidence needed to meet and exceed their initial expectations.

“I share with my clients the importance of knowing their worth and value to themselves, their families, and their employers,” Ellen shared. “It builds up their self-esteem. The clients then apply for higher-paying jobs that they initially felt they did not qualify for.”

Ellen offers more than inspiration to our clients. She’s worked in human resources for the government at both the state and federal level for more than 30 years, providing her with extremely valuable insights to pass along. She’s always willing to share that experience and best practices with our clients to equip them with the tools to find success.

“The most rewarding part of being a volunteer with Hire Heroes USA is knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of veterans and their spouses, who have sacrificed so much to serve our country.”

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of veterans and military spouses, please click here to learn more about volunteering with Hire Heroes USA.

Top Jobs and Training Partners- January 2021

Top Jobs & Training Programs for January 2021

Every month, Hire Heroes USA selects several job openings from our job board to highlight. These job openings are posted by partnered employers who are looking to hire veteran and military spouse talent. To view the list of top jobs, our featured employer this month, WWE, and several training program partners of Hire Heroes USA, please download the document below