Top Jobs & Training Programs for July 2022

Top Jobs & Training Programs for July 2022

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.

View jobs from our featured employer this month, Delicato Family Wines. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

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Importance of Career Development

Importance of Career Development

Why is professional development or additional training important? You have the skills (and maybe a little more) to get the job, right? Isn’t that enough? The short answer is simply, No.

Two generations ago, careers were generally static, lacking any real change or growth other than from “worker bee” to “manager”, but the career landscape is much different now. Today’s employers have realized that employees are much happier, and therefore more likely to stick around if there are opportunities to learn and grow professionally. As a result, many employers now look for candidates who have a proven record of continuing education or training. Just as there isn’t a static option for living organisms (they are either growing or are in a process of decline) – the same is true for careers and employees.  

There are several avenues to demonstrate your professional growth: education, training/certification, and/or professional development.

Education – degree plans through higher education institutions. These options take longer to complete and should be carefully considered. A bachelor’s degree is often stated as an entry-level qualification for jobs or for promotion to management. Be sure to carefully consider whether your career path will truly benefit from graduate or post-graduate education before investing the time and resources; is the cost worth the result or is another avenue more effective?

Training/Certification – The more advances there are in technology of all kinds, the more important current training is. Technology that was state of the art and considered cutting edge just 5 years ago is nearly or completely obsolete now. This trend will only become stronger as advancements continue. Even roles that are not technology-based, such as administration or human resources, see changes and improvements in processes or laws. Many credentials require continuing education units or courses to maintain or renew the credential to ensure an equitable minimum level of expertise.

Professional Development – These are valuable opportunities to invest in yourself and your own growth. You can “upskill” (add to skills that you already have and position yourself for promotion) or you can “reskill” (refresh or update skills you already possess). If your employer offers specific training courses or has a fund to pay for the training you choose, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity so you can continue to demonstrate your value as an employee and your investment in your own growth.

Hire Heroes USA has partnered with many different Training Partners to provide vetted options to support you in your career growth. All of our partners provide some means for lowering the cost barrier to education or training from accepting a variety of VA funding options to providing scholarships. If you would like more information on a specific topic or training partner, you can submit a training request through your MyTrak portal or email trainingprogram@hireheroesusa.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Linda

Volunteer Spotlight: Linda

Veterans and military spouses can sometimes lose sight of their value and worth when they’re transitioning from one career to the next. Translating military experience or explaining resume gaps as the result of frequent moves can feel overwhelming. Volunteers like Linda Davidson see each challenge that clients face as an opportunity for growth. Linda also treats each conversation with veterans and military spouses as a long-term connection in the making. 

“Your military experience, adaptability and work ethic make you a valuable and talented candidate in the workforce,” Linda said. “Use what you have and what you know to make changes in our world beyond your military service.”

She enjoys building a relationship with each client while providing encouragement and practical strategies for success in their new civilian role. Linda has more than 30 years of experience in HR management, staff development and career coaching. Her passion for helping to develop clients’ potential is evident in her approach.

“Veterans and their families have so much to offer employers and they seem to always make an impact when they meet people face to face.  It is a great way for them to find their next chapter in their journey.” 

Linda has logged more than 65 hours as a volunteer, providing invaluable guidance, staying connected to her clients and tracking their development over the course of their careers. Linda understands the need for a support system when big changes like career transitions occur in our lives. 

“It takes a village, and I believe that we are that village.  Employers, neighbors, family and friends, we can all do something.” 


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.

Alumni Spotlight: Brandon

Alumni Profile: Brandon


Each quarter, we highlight a different member of our alumni community. When you’re a Hire Heroes USA alumnus, we celebrate your victories and help you find long-term success in your civilian career. This quarter, meet Bandon.


 

Military Connection: Brandon grew up in Cumming, Ga. where he attended high school with his future wife. Upon graduation he joined the Marine Corps serving over five years as an IT Specialist. After service, he decided to attend college at Kennesaw State where he majored in Information Technology. 

Career Background: While attending Kennesaw State after he left the Marines, Wal-Mart hired Brandon as a technician. He then secured a position as an Information Technology Specialist with the Southern Dental Alliance for the remainder of his time in school. One year after graduating with his bachelor’s degree, he started his current position as a System Engineer for the Universal Alloy Corporation. Brandon is also leader in his community with F3, a men’s fitness group made up of more than 2,000 local members. Addditionally, he volunteers with Holiday Lights of Hope and Wreaths Across America. 

Experience with Hire Heroes USA: Brandon joined the Marine Corps right after high school, so he was unfamiliar with how write a resume, network or prepare for an interview. He registrered for our services in 2019, when he was ready to begin searching for a new position after graduation. He participated in several mock interviews to prepare for new positions and learned how to network to further his career. 

Alumni Involvement: Brandon used his networking skills to leverage our Alumni network to find his current position. He also utilized our partnership with Coursera to take courses to advance his career. 

Most Important Career Advice: Bandon encourages other veterans and military spouses to take time to think about their future career when they transition. He advises others to research potential carers and to not accept the first opportunity that comes along. Above all, consider taking a position that is the right fit for you, your family and your aspirations. Additionally, make an effort to connect within your community and support system upon separation. 

Brandon and his family

Professional Goals: Brandon has aspirations to become Senior Systems Engineer or move into Management. He is working on these goals by researching technical certifications and pursuing promotions. 

What are you most proud of since leaving the military? Brandon worked his way through college to earn his degree and advance his career, but his family is his primary motivation for his success. Brandon is proud of his family. He and his wife (who also happens to be a Transition Specialist at Hire Heroes USA) adopted a beautiful baby girl. 


If you’re a Hire Heroes Alumnus and you’d like to learn more about additional services, volunteer opportunities or if you’d like to share your story, visit the Alumni page and email Matt Kohler to get started: mkohler@hireheroesusa.org.

Top Jobs & Training Programs for June 2022

Top Jobs & Training Programs for June 2022

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.

View jobs from our featured employer this month, Vytex Windows. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

Click here to download the newsletter.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Karen

Volunteer Spotlight: Karen


Hire Heroes USA Volunteer Karen Adams

When making any career transition, support and guidance from experienced mentors can make a tremendous impact. It’s why Hire Heroes USA Volunteer Karen Adams is an outstanding member of our volunteer team. As a recruiter, she knows exactly how to coach candidates to succeed in networking, interviewing and salary negotiations.

In this month’s volunteer spotlight, we asked Karen several questions about her experience as a volunteer and why she chose to help the military community.

How did you learn about Hire Heroes USA and what made you want to volunteer?

“In August of 2020, I was wishing there was a way I could help out the community during the height of the pandemic while remaining safe. Late one night, I did a google search looking for virtual volunteer opportunities and stumbled across Hire Heroes USA. Their mission statement spoke volumes to me and I felt that my seven+ years of recruitment experience would aid me in supporting their mission.”

What has been the most rewarding part of being a volunteer with Hire Heroes USA?

“With my recruitment experience, I have some insights on how to have a successful job hunt in various types of markets. I have supported efforts in many industries ranging from healthcare, technology, manufacturing and more. I am constantly seeking other people’s perspectives on the job market and incorporating that information into my coaching sessions.”

If you had to pick just one piece of advice, what’s the most important thing you share with our clients?

“Make sure you know your market rate before going into an interview. Research to see how much similar companies are paying, or what is being reported as a salary with the organization you are interviewing with. When they ask what is the salary rate you are targeting, rebuttal by asking them to share their budget for the role. Always have a number in the back of your mind in case they aren’t comfortable sharing the budget. Also, don’t forget that interviews are two-way streets – not only are they trying to find a good fit for their opening, you are also trying to find a good fit.”

What has been the most rewarding part of being a volunteer with Hire Heroes USA?

“Transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce is a massive undertaking and is something the military does not prepare you for. Being able to help educate veterans and their spouses on how to have a successful job hunt is extremely rewarding. I really enjoy being able to close the gap and provide tips and tricks to land their dream job.”


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.

Hire Heroes USA Announces Partnership with Unite Us To Expand Resource Network for Military Families

Hire Heroes USA Announces Partnership with Unite Us To Expand Resource Network for Military Families

Hire Heroes USA Announces Partnership with Unite Us To Expand Resource Network for Military Families

ALPHARETTA, Ga – Hire Heroes USA, a veterans nonprofit organization, announced it is expanding its partnership with Unite Us, the nation’s leading technology company connecting health and social care services, to address the unmet needs of individuals and their families through a secure coordinated care network. This network of services will benefit transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses in need.

Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans, and military spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. With more than 65,000 confirmed hires, 40,000 jobs on its job board, and more than 1,450 volunteers, it is the country’s most effective veteran employment nonprofit, enabling the military community to transfer their skillsets into successful civilian careers.

Unite Us and Hire Heroes USA began working together in 2018 with the AmericaServes networks, and have since expanded to statewide coverage across 36 states and Washington D.C. Over the last four years, Hire Heroes USA has received more than 200 requests from veterans and their families for assistance, and has successfully connected them to the Unite Us network.

“Partnering with a coordinated care network such as Unite Us enables us to connect Hire Heroes USA clients with essential resources. This helps them return their focus to the job search. With the recent expansion of the Unite Us network, we can help even more military families in new locations,” said Sandy Kaider, manager of referral and training partners at Hire Heroes USA.

This partnership will now provide increased access to six new networks and seven additional states, which will be added each month incrementally beginning Tuesday, May 3. Network services include access to income support, transportation, housing and more.

“Our partnership with Hire Heroes USA will connect veterans, transitioning service members, and their dependents to much-needed services across the nation,” said Adrienne Sherk, senior director of community-based organization partnerships at Unite Us. “As a veteran myself, I’m grateful for organizations like Hire Heroes USA, as they work to ensure our military community members and their families have access to the resources they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Unite Us is honored to support Hire Heroes USA and their efforts to connect the military community to a national network that will empower them to succeed,” she added.

“Hire Heroes USA assists service members, veterans, and military spouses across the U.S. as they search for new careers. Our clients often have needs that fall outside the scope of their career search, but these critical needs impact their lives and professional goals,” said Kaider. 

Nonprofits, community-based organizations, and other providers seeking to connect their clients and patients to Hire Heroes USA’s services within Unite Us’ network should click this link and complete the form: https://uniteus.com/contact/

About Hire Heroes USA 
Hire Heroes USA is a nonprofit organization that empowers U.S. military members, veterans, and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Hire Heroes USA offers individualized career coaching, professionally written resumes, mentoring, workshops, a job board, career fairs, and more to thousands of job-seeking veterans and military spouses annually. Funded primarily by public donations and private grants, services are always free to clients. Hire Heroes USA prioritizes transparency, earning a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and the GuideStar Platinum Seal.

In 2021, Hire Heroes USA helped 12,594 service members, veterans, and military spouses find gainful employment. Since Hire Heroes USA’s founding, more than 65,000 Hire Heroes USA clients have been hired into rewarding careers. For more information about this organization, visit hireheroesusa.org.

About Unite Us
Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This HITRUST-certified, social care infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Military Appreciation Month: Meet Louis

Military Appreciation Month: Meet Louis

When Louis separated from the Air Force, his experience reflected that of many transitioning service members: he didn’t know where to begin in his civilian career search.

As he looked toward his civilian life, his biggest concern was finding a career related to his military experience. Louis specialized in aircrew operations during his four years in the Air Force, but he couldn’t find work that matched his previous experience.

Louis also felt the required transition programs he attended did not give him adequate preparation. “I didn’t feel prepared nor comfortable to go out and find a job. It felt more like a checklist item to check off than quality coaching,” Louis explained. “Before Hire Heroes USA, I was unable to create a quality resume, and I had no direction on where to look for quality careers. I was undervaluing experience, my skill sets and my ambitions.”

Once Louis signed up for services with Hire Heroes USA, his life changed. “I was given the tools to market myself—build a strong resume, find the opportunities that were right for me and I received coaching for interviews. The culmination of the assistance provided through Hire Heroes USA enabled me to find multiple life-changing opportunities.”

Louis’ Transition Specialist Mike was integral to his success. “I can’t express how grateful I am to have worked with my Transition Specialist. Mike asked the right questions—he helped me draft a resume, gave me resume/application/interview advice, and helped me realize that my experience was not only marketable, it was valuable,” said Louis. “Mike encouraged me every step of the way. His guidance put me on a trajectory that has altered my life immensely.”

Thanks to Louis and Mike’s partnership, Louis accepted a role as a Purchasing Support Specialist at General Atomics. Finding a rewarding civilian career has provided Louis with a new purpose and a positive outlook on this new chapter.  


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Volunteer Spotlight: Tim

Volunteer Spotlight: Tim


For Hire Heroes USA volunteer Tim Bridges, every conversation with a service member, veteran or military spouse is an opportunity for an authentic and meaningful connection.  Since starting as a volunteer more than four years ago, Tim has devoted 128 hours to Hire Heroes USA and worked with clients at every phase of their career journey. Read on to learn more about his commitment to serving the military community and empowering them to secure the career of their dreams. 

How did you learn about Hire Heroes USA and what made you want to volunteer?

Tim Bridges, Hire Heroes USA Volunteer

“I was speaking to a group in 2017 as I was close to retiring and mentioned my desire to volunteer. A former F-18 pilot who worked at Boeing commercial airplane services was in the audience, had utilized HHUSA himself and suggested I consider it. I’ve always admired those who serve this country’s military.”

What has been the most rewarding part of being a volunteer with Hire Heroes USA? What keeps you involved with our organization?

“The most rewarding part of volunteering is when a client tells me they’ve gained an insight or perspective they had not considered, and it has eased their mind or helped them pursue a career.  What keeps me involved is the amazing and interesting work I learn veterans do for the US. [I’m] able to speak with such disciplined, motivated and varied individuals such as a nuclear power plant technician who supported the US efforts to help Japan’s Fukushima incident, a 1-star Brigadier General, a Coast Guard communications person, and a non-US individual who helped the US overseas and joined the military and became a US citizen.”

How do you apply your own professional experience to your interactions with clients?

“In the case of clients seeking employment, I use my experience on interview panels, as a manager, and as an individual contributor serving (successfully and unsuccessfully) senior managers, to shape the best of what a veteran has to offer into what might resonate with decision-makers for the job the veteran is seeking. Perhaps more importantly, I try to add an honest and forthright perspective on their personal situation as it relates to transitioning from a structured life in the military to a less structured life in private industry. The goal is to help a client accept and deal with potential differences in job expectations.”

If you had to pick just one piece of advice, what’s the most important thing you share with the clients you work with?

“I very much tailor advice to the client’s situation, desires, and personality traits, so each engagement is very different.  But a core tenet to all engagements is to be true to yourself in order to find the right fit for a career.  Also, focus on transitioning to civilian employment first, even an imperfect job [can be] a step to finding the “perfect” job.”

Is there one particular client interaction that sticks with you?

“There was a client in the San Diego area who had a bit too much enthusiasm, confidence and directness, and was not getting follow-on interviews, despite clear knowledge of the subject matter.  I really resonated with the client’s style, but I observed that some interviewers may perceive the energy in unintended ways when comparing to other candidates.  I suggested dialing it back a bit and letting the interview panel lead the dialog a bit more. Just soften the edges, but keep the enthusiasm, confidence, and direct answers, and let the interviewer draw it out of you a bit more, rather show it all at once. The very next job interview, [the client] landed the job and phoned me to say my suggestion was the reason. I’ll always remember this interaction.”

How would you encourage others to support veterans and military spouses in finding professional success?

“I would suggest seeking to understand that veterans chose a different path than others and often do so early in life. That path is quite structured, perhaps lower in monetary compensation and one of great service and sacrifice for our country.  Transitioning from that path to an unstructured civilian profession with unfamiliar expectations can be a challenge, especially when doing so at an age that may be older than others entering a profession.  So, I think it’s worthwhile for those of us who started building a civilian career earlier, in a free country, to help veterans succeed similarly. If we do this well, others considering a military service path will see it and be more likely to serve in this necessary capacity for our country, keeping us strong.”

What else would you like to share about your volunteer experience with Hire Heroes USA?

“I like Hire Heroes USA’s focus on the veterans, personal engagement in the process and trust in the volunteer / client one-on-one connections.  Hire Heroes allows the interactions to be real, organic and meaningful so lasting benefits arise from the interaction. There is very little bureaucracy!”


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.