Top Jobs & Training Programs for December 2022

Top Jobs & Training Programs for December 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, Tailored Brands. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jonathan

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.

Top Jobs & Training Programs for November 2022

Top Jobs & Training Programs for November 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, Bish’s RV. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Michael

Volunteer Spotlight: Michael

Confidence and determination are two qualities that every job seeker needs in order to find success in that next career step. Hire Heroes USA volunteer Michael Frank not only helps his clients gain the confidence they need during the application and interview process but also ensures them they have the ability to obtain that job that may feel out of reach. 

“Just because you don’t meet all of the ‘requirements’ listed on a job posting doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply. Employers will rarely find a candidate that meets every requirement but what they are looking for is someone who has shown a capacity and willingness to learn,” said Michael. 

Even though Michael had a smooth transition from the military into the civilian workforce, he had a strong desire to help others in their career transitions. With a background in Cybersecurity, he has been able to offer first-hand knowledge on entering into that career field specifically.

“Cybersecurity is a growing field and is very friendly to veterans and military spouses. I’ve been able to help people who are interested in breaking into the field by laying out tactical steps to build the knowledge base and resume needed to get a foot in the door.”

Michael calls upon both his technical and military background to offer sound advice to veterans looking for that next point of direction. He’s committed to helping clients grow professionally and remains connected to many of them even after they’ve moved into their next career. He knows that support during major life events, like job changes, can be paramount. 

“We’ve all had different experiences in the military that have affected us in our own ways. We all know that transitioning out can be a challenging and lonely time. Those of us that had positive experiences know that it doesn’t happen alone. Volunteering with Hire Heroes USA is an opportunity to give back to the next wave of transitioning veterans and military spouses to achieve similar success.”

Michael’s professionalism and determination to provide support to veterans and military spouses make him an incredible asset to the volunteer team. He’s positively contributing to that next group of transitioning job seekers and embodying what it truly means to turn around and help the next one in line. 


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.

Contractor vs. Employee: Understanding the Differences

Contractor vs. Employee: Understanding the Differences


The modern work era affords job seekers multiple opportunities for employment that meet their specific needs. Two employment pathways are the traditional employee vs. the independent contractor. Independent contractors represent approximately 1 in 10 workers according to NPR. Employees who take this path want to supplement income, have better job flexibility and desire to gain career experience for career success. Let’s begin by exploring some of the key differences between independent contracting and a regular employee.

What is an independent contractor?

An independent contractor, according to the IRS, is considered self-employed and is subject to Self-Employment Tax which is made up of Social Security and Medicare taxes currently at the rate of 15.3%. Types of independent contractors include consultants, freelancers, trade workers, artists, entrepreneurs and contract to hires. 

The contract and tax laws

A contract is a document that outlines the specific details of the work to be completed and is signed before beginning work with a client. The contract should contain the company name, payment, expenses, length of the project, termination practices, and relationship of the parties. For taxes as an independent contractor, you are paid by the client without any taxes withheld and are responsible for setting aside money for the tax amount owed when you file your annual tax return. The amount you owe is based on your total income from all contracts in that calendar year. Speaking with a tax professional is recommended to help you determine how much money you might owe for your tax return and what tax considerations you need to take into account. The IRS has a helpful website for choosing a qualified professional.

Health insurance and additional benefits 

Unlike employees receiving insurance and benefit options from their employer, independent contractors must seek these out on their own. The Health Insurance Marketplace is the most accessible place to find coverage with options based on estimated yearly earnings. Additionally, if your spouse has health insurance and you recently left a job and became self-employed, you can get added to their health insurance coverage as a special enrollment due to a Qualifying Life Event (QLE).  Most independent contractors do not have benefits including 401K matching, paid time off, short-term disability, and unemployment benefits. However, you can negotiate for additional benefits when outlining the specifics of the contract with the client. 

Pros to independent contracting 

  • Be your own boss – You have the ability to control when, where, and how the work gets done while the client controls what that work is. This also means that you own the rights to the final project. 
  • Set your schedule – Independent contractors often determine their own schedule and decide how many hours are worked. Deadlines and client priorities will contribute to scheduling work hours. 
  • Higher pay – Most companies pay more for contract employees versus full-time employees since they aren’t paying for health insurance, unemployment compensation, and 401K matching and other full-time employee expenses. 
  • Business expense deductions – You can often deduct purchases associated with your home office and other business expenses on your yearly tax return that typically aren’t eligible as an employee of a company. Several items that can often be deducted include credit card debt interest, vehicle maintenance and mileage, gifts for clients, meals with clients and vendors, training, business travel expenses, retirement savings, health insurance, equipment and supplies, and home office deductions
  • Gain industry experience – If you’re unsure if an industry is right for you, being a freelancer or independent contractor is a great way to begin without any full-time work obligations. You may also be able to work for several clients at the same time and gain more exposure in your desired industry.
  • Remote work – Due to the nature of independent contracting roles, you can often work from anywhere.

Cons to independent contracting

  • Taxes – As discussed earlier, taxes calculations are different for independent contracts and this can be overwhelming to some.
  • Unemployment benefits – Unlike traditional employees that are out of work, independent contractors typically aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. 
  • Tools & equipment – You can negotiate what equipment the client will provide as a part of the contract, but they aren’t required to provide anything unless specified in the contract. 
  • Professional development – While most full-time employees are offered on-the-job training and professional development, independent contractors will be responsible for paying for any professional development or training required of the job. 
  • Pay – Depending on the length of your contract, you may need to consistently market yourself for the next contract in order to sustain steady income or you could be left with gaps in employment as contracts end. 

There are many considerations prior to making the decision to become an independent contractor. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons, explore options with different companies and speak with individuals who have navigated the process before you. If you’ve already registered with Hire Heroes USA and would like more information about contract work, log into your MyTrak and submit a Volunteer Request to speak with an industry professional.


Taylor Jernigan is a Talent Development Professional and volunteer at Hire Heroes USA. Hire Heroes USA provides free job search assistance to U.S. military members, veterans and their spouses, and we help companies connect with opportunities to hire them. We have a proven track record of success helping over 70,000 veterans and military spouses get hired since the company was founded. The services never expire. Sign up today at www.hireheroesusa.org

Top Jobs & Training Programs for October 2022

Top Jobs & Training Programs for October 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, New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Phylicia

Volunteer Spotlight: Phylicia

Time is considered one of the most valuable resources of the 21st century. When volunteer Phylicia Taylor was looking for an organization to donate her time to, she considered factors such as the population she wanted to serve and making a difference in people’s lives without the geographical location being a factor.

“I love that I can provide services to our clients regardless of where I am. I have taken client meetings while traveling for work and even when heading out of town for vacation because everything is coordinated online, and client meetings are conducted over the phone. This allows me to volunteer consistently without my busy schedule interfering.”

When Phylicia began serving at Hire Heroes, she quickly provided a value-add to clientele, making a noticeable difference in their lives. She called upon resources and information that she had acquired in her professional career to give clients insight into their career trajectory, interview preparation and even business start-up guidance. 

“As a college professor at Florida A&M University in the School of Business, a licensed Gallup Strengths coach, and a small business consultant, I use my knowledge to direct clients in developing a plan that will allow them to achieve their goals.”

Phylicia aims to provide tailored services to meet her client’s needs. Her desire is to ensure they walk away from their conversation more confident and prepared to meet their professional goals. Some of the most important guidance she offers her clients in the job search process are: 

“Trust but verify! When pursuing anything new, it is important to always do your research, even when consulting with experts. We often blindly trust the information provided by those in our networks and on the Internet. Still, verifying the information you receive by cross-checking multiple sources, like news outlets, published research journals, and government websites are imperative. Doing so will ensure upfront that clients are making the most informed decision and one that is best for their dreams and goals.”

Hire Heroes is extremely grateful to have Phylicia’s dedication and professional experience on the volunteer team. The impact that she has on her clients is genuine and she’s truly making a difference in each of the lives of the military spouses and veterans to whom she dedicates her time.


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 & Training Programs for September 2022

Top Jobs & Training Programs for September 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, CorTech. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Denise

Volunteer Spotlight: Denise

‘Paying it forward’ is a consistent value of the volunteers on the Hire Heroes USA team. This month’s volunteer spotlight, Denise Bitler, embodies an attitude of gratitude and giving back to those who have afforded her the freedom to pursue her passions. 

“The most rewarding part of volunteering with Hire Heroes USA is knowing that I am making a difference in the life of someone who has sacrificed so much for me and our country. What keeps me involved is the relationships that I have developed with these amazing clients.”

Denise utilizes over 30+ years in HR, resume writing and interview preparation to provide veterans and military spouses a sense of confidence and empowerment in their career search. Given that she’s conducted thousands of corporate interviews over the course of her own career, she brings a unique perspective to the transition journey. She knows what recruiters desire in a candidate and when asked the best piece of advice she had for a job seeker, her response was: 

“Before you begin your job search, be sure to identify your personal value proposition-what makes you unique and the best person for the job. You should then make sure that all of your career collateral (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, etc.) shares and supports that value proposition.”

With a rich history in a career where Denise went above and beyond to support her employees, it’s no surprise that she excells in building relationships and having client interactions that have a lasting impact. One particular client she served made an exceptional impression on her: 

“I worked with one serviceman who had just retired from the military and had no concept of how to create, use, and effectively manage a LinkedIn profile. We created and optimized his profile, I taught him how to find people, join groups, and build his network. About 2 months after we finished working together, he emailed me so excited to share he had started work at his dream job. His excitement and pride really made my day.”

By giving of her time and knowledge, Denise is extending  the warmest ‘thank you’ to all of the veterans and military spouses she has assisted in their career transition journeys. We are incredibly thankful to have her expertise and heart on 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.

Rent-A-Center Announces New Partnership and $100,000 Donation to Hire Heroes USA

Rent-A-Center Announces New Partnership and $100,000 Donation to Hire Heroes USA

Partnership reinforces commitment to veterans affairs through helping veterans find jobs

PLANO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rent-A-Center, Inc., a leader in the lease-to-own industry, proudly announces a new partnership and $100,000 donation to Hire Heroes USA, an organization dedicated to support veterans and military spouses get hired and retain their jobs.

Rent-A-Center supports charities and organizations that align with its community pillars: disaster relief, family and youth empowerment, hunger relief, and, as of this year, veterans affairs. Rent-A-Center’s desire to help veterans thrive aligns perfectly with Hire Heroes USA’s vision and principles. Because employment assistance is one of the top services requested by transitioning military members, Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the workforce following their time spent in the military. With over 1,400 volunteers at Hire Heroes USA and over 65,000 jobs found for veterans, Hire Heroes USA is the most effective veteran employment nonprofit in the country.

Through this partnership, Rent-A-Center is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in veterans’ lives.

 

“Rent-A-Center’s embodiment of our mission – to improve the quality of life for our customers and coworkers – along with our commitment to veterans’ organizations through the years has led to this wonderful partnership with Hire Heroes USA,” said Ann Davids, EVP – Chief Customer Officer/Chief Marketing Officer. “We are thrilled to help them in their efforts to empower our veterans and their families through meaningful employment opportunities.”

This spring, Rent-A-Center celebrated this new partnership by holding a reception for its employees who are veterans at its Field Support Center in Plano, Texas, and presenting a check for $100,000 to Hire Heroes USA’s CEO, Andrew Sandoe. During the ceremony, Rent-A-Center CEO Mitch Fadel spoke to the importance of supporting veterans affairs and organizations such as Hire Heroes USA, before presenting the check to Sandoe.

“We are thrilled to partner with Rent-A-Center,” said Sandoe. “Thank you so much for your commitment to America’s veterans. Working together, we will be able to help thousands of veterans, not just in the current year, but moving forward.”

About Rent-A-Center:

Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ: RCII) is a leading provider of technology driven, flexible, no debt obligation leasing solutions that offer underserved consumers access to and potential ownership of high-quality durable goods that enhance the quality of life. The company’s omni-channel model utilizes proprietary data and technology to facilitate transactions across a wide range of retail channels including its own Acima virtual lease-to-own platform, Rentacenter.com, e-commerce partner platforms, partner retail stores, and Rent-A-Center branded stores. For additional information about the Company, please visit our website Rentacenter.com or Investor.rentacenter.com.