Volunteer Spotlight: Jonathan
Job searching can be equal parts strategy, discipline and desire. Jonathan Childs, Hire Heroes USA volunteer, helps clients not only zone in on the next step in their career, but also provides the direction and guidance necessary to make veterans not feel as alone in the process.
“This has become my passion working in workforce development. I wanted to give back, so I started researching opportunities to volunteer and I found Hire Heroes USA. While I never served, I wanted to give back to those who have served and keep us safe,” said Jonathan.
Jonathan calls upon his background in education and career counseling to help guide his clients towards their career goals. He works at the American Job Center in Meriden, CT as a Facilitator and career coach where he designs and facilitates workshops for unemployed and underemployed individuals as well as provide career coaching for job seekers. The time he’s spent giving back to Hire Heroes clients has been invaluable.
“It’s been a wonderful experience getting to know and helping so many different and talented individuals. In addition, working with the staff has been great, well organized, and professional which makes it a nice working relationship. I would encourage anyone to volunteer with this organization.”
With an extensive track record of success helping people cope with change, overcome barriers and find employment, we asked what one piece of advice would be for those that are looking to make a career shift.
“If I had one piece of guidance to offer it would be for people to network, and have informational interviews to tap into the hidden job market where 80% of the jobs are not posted. Also, be creative in your job search efforts!”
Johnathan’s enthusiasm and dedication to his clients is evident in the way he provides tangible and actionable assistance. We are thankful for the time and efforts that he has given to the Hire Heroes USA volunteer team.
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.