Volunteer Spotlight: Andrea

Volunteer Spotlight: Andrea

Since she was young, Andrea Kislik understood the importance of serving others. Whether it was a community service event or an opportunity to volunteer, Andrea wanted to help. When COVID-19 sent veteran unemployment to its highest recorded rate and canceled in-person events, she was compelled to join the Hire Heroes USA volunteer team.

“I saw a post on LinkedIn about virtual volunteering with Hire Heroes USA. I quickly realized this was a safe way for me to volunteer and make a positive impact in the world,” Andrea said.

Andrea Kislik, Hire Heroes USA volunteer

From her very first call with a Hire Heroes USA client, it was clear that Andrea cared deeply about the person on the other end of the line. She used her personal experience of changing careers and shifting industries multiple times to inform and inspire veterans and military spouses going through a similar transition.

“When speaking with clients, I talk about my experience of feeling lost and confused and how I moved on to bigger and better opportunities,” she said.  “I can relate to the concerns of uncertainty the clients have about retiring and transitioning from military to civilian positions.” 

Since Andrea started as a volunteer with Hire Heroes USA, she has taken extra steps to ensure success for her clients. She attended her first Volunteer Advisory Committee meeting in January and takes diligent notes during each of her phone sessions with clients.

It’s part of the reason why so many of the veterans and spouses who speak with her find success in their job search. 

“I often smile and cry at the same time when reading emails I receive from clients,” Andrea said. “I have spoken with sixteen clients and each client is unique in their own way. Many of my clients have started new positions. I always enjoy hearing about their new work experiences and how thankful the client is for my advice.”

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.

Digital Marketing Coordinator Job Description

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Digital Marketing Coordinator will create design solutions to have an outsized impact on the lives of veterans and military spouses who trust Hire Heroes to support their search for meaningful and lasting careers. The coordinator will leverage feedback, learnings, and observations derived from daily interactions with our digital presence and will use expertise to grow a national brand and deliver a social good every single day.
Using considerable marketing experience and unique approach, the coordinator will work with the Marketing and Communications team to create and execute digital brand, web, and communication strategies, but may also be called upon for other tasks based on skillset. Ideal candidates for this role should be innovative, flexible, agile, creative, and show a high level of initiative.
– Monitor digital marketing strategies and activation plans across all media channels, with an emphasis on owned challenges, to drive awareness, consideration and adoption of services
– Manage search engine optimization (SEO) and conversion rate optimization (CRO) efforts 
– Define success metrics for the site’s content strategy, ensuring that relevant data is collected in analytics and used correctly to improve search results 
– Leverage web and visitor analytics to monitor monthly site performance, improve the site’s organic search results through tactics such as white-hit link acquisition, retarget visitors, and help the site achieve its business goals 
– Develop and edit compelling visual assets for the web, digital advertising and images for Hire Heroes social media channels and email newsletters 
– Ensure final graphics and layouts are visually appealing and on-brand, reviewing products for errors before submitting for review 
– Perform other tasks as directed
Desired Skills & Experience
– Three+ years of experience as a digital marketing professional
– Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field such as Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design, UX/UI Design or Advertising
– Familiarity with HTML, CSS and WordPress, with experience helping to build or guide cutting edge responsive frameworks
– Certifications in Google Analytics and/or Google Adwords is a plus
– Graphic Design experience/portfolio a plus/working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud

About Hire Heroes USA:
Hire Heroes USA empowers US military members, veterans and military spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Hire Heroes’ services are provided at no cost to clients.
Be the Nation’s preferred veteran employment service organization through a relentless focus on personalized career coaching that improves clients’ quality of life and strengthens the US economy.
Integrity, Passion, Effectiveness, and Collaboration
Hire Heroes USA empowers service members, veterans, and their spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. As the nation’s leading veteran employment organization, Hire Heroes USA offers 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 annually. We are their partner in success.
Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, Hire Heroes USA has built a national reputation of excellence. Prioritizing transparency, Hire Heroes USA earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the GuideStar Platinum Seal. Funded exclusively through public donations and private grants, we provide our services at no cost to clients.
Hire Heroes USA is an equal opportunity employer with a diverse workforce. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, domestic violence victim status, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other protected factor. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, training, leaves of absence, and termination. Sexual harassment or harassment based on other protected group status, as defined by law is also prohibited.

Hire Heroes Employer of the Year: Amazon

In partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Hire Heroes USA is proud to recognize the 2020 Employer of the Year: Amazon. The selection process for this year’s honor took into account each employer’s involvement within the military community, as well as their track record of actively interviewing and hiring veterans and military spouses. Since day one of our partnership, Amazon has made a significant impact on the lives of veterans and military spouses through their unwavering commitment. 

2020 brought some of the most precarious situations, many of which were unprecedented for our country. Amazon acted quickly and purposefully, establishing a series of webinars to provide strategic guidance on “full-cycle career hunting” with Amazon. Topics included resume best-practices, interview tips and many heartfelt testimonials from the military community at Amazon. These webinars were made available to transitioning military members, veterans and their spouses and facilitated opportunities in Operations, Robotics and Information Technology. Amazon’s military and military spouses virtual hiring initiatives rose far above entry-level opportunities and yielded over 5,000 registrants across a six month series. Month after month, Amazon’s webinars broke organizational records for attendance and empowered thousands of veterans and military spouses to successfully navigate their career search. 

Amazon didn’t stop at webinars – the Amazon Military Affairs team diversified and reimagined recruitment tactics to reach candidates through creative advertisements, targeted messaging and direct talent pipelining. Throughout 2020, approximately 1,244 Hire Heroes USA clients were sent directly to Amazon and Amazon Web Services recruiters for mid-level management roles and 43 of those individuals were hired for positions with compensation ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 with full relocation benefits. In total, nearly 400 Hire Heroes USA clients were hired by Amazon into roles across the organization from Operations Management to Software Engineering, Human Resource Management, Project Coordination and more. 

Hire Heroes USA is grateful for our continued partnership with Amazon and we look forward to assisting more veterans and military spouses in their search for fulfilling careers in 2021.

Top Jobs & Training Programs for February 2021

Top Jobs & Training Programs for February 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, Travelers, and several training program partners of Hire Heroes USA, please download the document below.

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