Top Jobs & Training Programs for March 2022

Top Jobs & Training Programs for March 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, Advanced Technology Services, Inc. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Luis

Volunteer Spotlight: Luis


 When Luis Cruz retired from the Department of Defense after nearly 40 years of public service, he knew that his commitment to serving others would continue on. Since March 2020, Luis has volunteered more than 25 hours with Hire Heroes USA, providing veterans and military spouses with in-depth career counseling, resume reviews and mock interviews to prepare them for success in their career transitions.

Throughout his career, Luis experienced outstanding leadership and guidance from supervisors who were invested in his success, and he has used this as a model for how to pave the way for others. 

“My career mentor stressed that his mentorship was not free. His ‘payment’ was for me to pay it forward and mentor someone else,” explained Luis. “I casually asked how could I mentor someone when I was new to the organization and his reply was, ‘There’s someone who came into the organization a day, a month or longer after you did and also needs help.’  This has been my mantra for years during and after my professional career.”

In his work with Hire Heroes USA clients, Luis provides insight into many facets of his extensive government career, including his experience as a Senior Executive Service (SES) member of an Employee Resource Group designed to help professionals attain career advancement. In this role, he taught courses on resume writing and interviewing to support employees in reaching their professional goals. 

When asked about the key tips he would share with job seekers, he said, “[I emphasize] the importance of a strong resume which highlights the client’s strengths and skills. Given technologies used to scan resumes, I stress proper grammar and tailoring a resume using keywords specific to a vacancy announcement.”

Luis has guided many clients through this process, often staying in touch with them long beyond their initial call. In 2021, he worked with a jobseeker throughout a nine-month period as she navigated the federal application process, providing ongoing resume revisions and interview preparation. In September, Luis got the good news that his mentee was selected for a GS-13 position with USCYBERCOM.

Luis described his volunteer role with Hire Heroes USA as the most rewarding pursuit he’s taken on since his retirement in 2016. Not only can he utilize his prior career experiences, but he has since found new ways to pay it forward to military families. “My participation with Hire Heroes USA was the catalyst to complete two professional certifications in career coaching. These certifications have enhanced my ability to better serve our veterans.”


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 February 2022

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

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Showing Up for Salary Negotiations

Showing Up for Salary Negotiations

Wendy DeCesare
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    As a job seeker, much of your focus is on getting a job offer. But what happens once that offer comes in? Negotiating your salary is a critical component in your interview process and can be a make-or-break moment. 

    Employers often expect you to negotiate your offer, but don’t assume making it to the negotiation table means they cannot rescind the offer of employment. How you navigate this conversation is crucial to building an effective relationship with your future employer. It signals how you feel about your worth in this role, what you value within the compensation package and how you will handle essential conversations in the organization.

    You want this to be a win-win for you and the organization. Remember that you’ll be engaging with both hiring managers and HR professionals, so be prepared to speak with others beyond your initial interview. HR professionals are typically trained in navigating these conversations, so how will you bring your best and reinforce your value? The following steps will help you show your value in the salary negotiation!

    Preparation Increases Confidence

    The salary negotiation conversation is not only about how you feel, but also about the perception of confidence by others. Do you know how to communicate your self-confidence effectively? One note: confidence should not be confused with arrogance. Here is an article from Glassdoor that discusses powerful language for salary negotiations. Between preparing thoroughly and using the right language, you are sure to present a confident delivery.

     Research is Key

    #1. Your approach to the salary negotiation requires an understanding of your worth and what outcome you want from the negotiation. You will need to define the following for yourself:

    • o What is the value of your skills for this organization? How experienced are you, how unique are your skills and how much impact will your strengths bring to the role?
      Take the time to research salaries for similar skillsets and write down what you learn.
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    • o  What aspects of the compensation package are most important to you? Remember base salary is only one piece of the puzzle; there may be other items to negotiate in the total package – time off, health insurance, signing bonuses, performance bonuses, retirement plans, stock options, relocation costs and other creative compensation elements.
      Identify your top three priorities and negotiate to prioritize those in your final compensation package.

    #2. The second key component to your research is knowing the current market value for the role. Salaries vary based on location so ensure you are focusing on where the position is located to get the most accurate information.
    Research average salaries for the role based on your location and average salaries for this organization using sites like Glassdoor.com, Salary.com, and LinkedIn.

    Wish, Want, Walk

    This is a phrase coined by Meggie Palmer, Founder and CEO of PepTalkHer.  This is a powerful concept to be sure you are accepting roles that align with your value and support your career growth.

    • o The Wish number is on the high end, the figure you wish you could get but is a stretch. Don’t discount your wishes – go for it!
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    • o The Want figure is well within your range and is the number you should be getting paid based on your current value.
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    • o The Walk figure is one that you will not accept. It is the number in which you walk away from the offer to find better alignment with your value.

    If you are prepared, have done your research and understand your priorities, it will allow you to have clearly defined and realistic Wish, Want, and Walk numbers.

    Negotiating salaries can be nerve wracking, but you don’t have to do it alone. Hire Heroes USA is here to assist you.  If you’re a current client, simply reach out to your Transition Specialist for advice or to be connected with a professional mentor in your field. You can also use your MyTrak portal to watch informational sessions such as, “Prepare for Success: Interviewing and Salary Negotiations” for more information.


    Wendy DeCesare is the California Area Manager for Hire Heroes USA. If you’re interested in receiving free career support with Hire Heroes USA, click here to learn more.

    Volunteer Spotlight: Sara

    Volunteer Spotlight: Sara


     

    As a military spouse, Sara Mills knows first-hand the challenges and triumphs that come with a military lifestyle – especially when it comes to searching for a new career.

    “I’ve often met others in the midst of career transitions, whether it’s a service member getting ready to retire or a fellow spouse in the midst of a PCS,” Sara explained. “With a background in HR, I’ve always felt called to help in this arena and was looking for a meaningful way to serve the military community.”

    When Sara found out Hire Heroes USA was seeking volunteers that could support veterans and military spouses remotely, she knew it was the perfect opportunity to pay it forward. Sara’s professional experience spans a decade of civil service in various human resource roles, and she offers extensive knowledge about the federal employment process specifically.  “I have experience explaining the ins and outs of the notoriously daunting federal hiring process to hiring managers, and now I’m able to leverage that into helpful suggestions for veterans and military spouses.” 

    When working with clients, Sara’s best piece of advice is to stay persistent. “Applying for a job takes hard work and intentional effort,” she said. “Putting in the time to craft the best resume, sometimes over and over again, and over-prepare for an interview can only work in your favor.”

    Sara has assisted clients in a variety of ways during her time as a Hire Heroes USA volunteer, but one mock interview stands out as her most memorable conversation with a client.

    “I wasn’t sure [at first] the questions I came up with would resonate, but it seemed to get the gears turning in the way I’d hoped,” she explained. “I believe if nothing else, they left the conversation feeling more prepared and empowered.” 

    In a job market that can feel overwhelming to many military families, Sara has a strong handle on how to build meaningful rapport with veterans and military spouse job seekers and help them leverage their unique skills and backgrounds into future career moves.

    “I love to hear their stories and learn about how they’ve gotten to this particular point in their career,” Sara shared. “It’s incredible to meet such hard-working and inspiring people and to be a part of their career journey, even if just in some small way.”


    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 breaks record, sets new standard for veteran employment services

    Hire Heroes USA breaks record, sets new standard for veteran employment services

    More than 12,500 veterans and military spouses secured employment with the assistance of Hire Heroes USA in 2021,
    the highest recorded in the organization’s history


    Veterans nonprofit Hire Heroes USA set its sights high for 2021 with the goal of providing free employment services to more veterans and military spouses than ever before. That goal was far exceeded, confirming 12,594 transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses who found meaningful careers with Hire Heroes USA’s support, a 99.3% increase over the past five years. That number marks the 12th consecutive year of growth in annual hire totals.

    “2021 was a year of unprecedented impact for Hire Heroes USA,” said Hire Heroes USA CEO Andrew Sandoe. “When a man or woman takes an oath to protect our nation and the Constitution, the nation owes a debt of gratitude and obligation when they leave service. I am so proud that we helped deliver on that covenant.”

    BY THE NUMBERS                            

    12,594  total clients hired

    $62,839 average salary for those hired

    Hire Heroes USA provides career services via phone and virtual settings to military-connected job seekers, allowing us to seamlessly continue services despite the pandemic and regardless of a client’s geographic location. Our team also addressed changes in the workforce by providing relevant resources such as virtual mock interviews, remote job search strategies and career counseling to empower clients to take charge of their career goals in today’s evolving market. 

    “Military families often face structural headwinds as they negotiate the civilian job market. Since 2005, Hire Heroes USA has been here to help and empower these families at every step of their employment journey,” Sandoe said.

    While the veteran unemployment rate has notably decreased since its peak in 2020, we expect demand for employment services to continue an upward trend in the coming year. With a decrease in active duty service member registrants in 2021 due to military re-enlistments during the pandemic, we will likely see those numbers return as they resume their career transitions to enter the civilian workforce this year. 

    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 63,000 Hire Heroes clients have found success in their job search.

    All Hire Heroes services are being offered online or over the phone to accommodate clients in all geographic locations. 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.

    Hire Heroes USA Announces Addition of Chief Development Officer

    Hire Heroes USA Announces Addition of Chief Development Officer

    Hire Heroes USA is excited to announce the addition of Nadine Bullock-Pottinga to our executive leadership team.

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (Jan. 7, 2022) – Veterans nonprofit organization Hire Heroes USA announced an expansion of its organizational leadership on Friday, with the addition of Nadine Bullock-Pottinga as Chief Development Officer.

    Hire Heroes USA Chief Development Officer Nadine Bullock-Pottinga

    Ms. Bullock-Pottinga has 17 years of professional experience in the nonprofit space, including more than a decade of leadership success with the United Way of Shenandoah Valley, the NFL’s Washington Football Team’s Charitable Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Additionally, she has held other influential positions with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and Youthworks in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minn. Under her leadership, those organizations experienced growth in fundraising and most importantly, a profound impact on the communities they serve.

    “The commitment of this organization to serving the needs of veterans and their spouses is exemplary. I’m honored to have been chosen to help contribute to the organization’s growth and success in the future,” Bullock-Pottinga said. “I feel a strong connection to military families and their spouses, and I look forward to connecting more military members and their spouses to meaningful job opportunities.”

    She joins Hire Heroes USA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sandoe and Chief Operating Officer Ross Dickman to complete Hire Heroes USA’s executive leadership team.

    “We strive to reach every veteran or military spouse who asks for help in their civilian career search,” said Hire Heroes USA CEO Andrew Sandoe. “Nadine’s perspective and experience will allow us to amplify our impact, reaching more veterans and military spouses than ever before. I am grateful that we are adding such an outstanding individual to our team.”

    Bullock-Pottinga joins Hire Heroes USA in a period of tremendous growth in the veteran hiring space. In 2021, Hire Heroes USA recorded its 12th consecutive year of growth in annual hires, helping more than 12,500 transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses secure employment with average salaries exceeding the national average. As the labor market continues to evolve, Hire Heroes USA remains committed to offering free career services to all service members, veteran or military spouses.

    About Hire Heroes USA

    Hire Heroes USA empowers US military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Our organization 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 and military spouses annually. Hire Heroes USA prioritizes transparency, earning 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. For more information about our organization, visit hireheroesusa.org.

    Top Jobs & Training Programs for January 2022

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

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    Volunteer Spotlight: Gary

    Volunteer Spotlight: Gary


    “If I can assist a service member’s transition, help plan and establish reasonable expectations, I feel that I have helped service members transitioning into new careers more than they understand,” said veteran and Hire Heroes USA volunteer Gary Duff. 

    Veteran and Hire Heroes USA Volunteer Gary Duff.

    For individuals like Gary, compassion for the military community comes naturally. After navigating his own career transition when he left the Army, Gary recognized he had learned a lot and was eager to share the most helpful insights with other veterans. An internet search led him to Hire Heroes USA.

    “I had just transitioned from a contract position as an instructor training soldiers into a cyber security role,” Gary explained. “I no longer had the same interaction with the military community. During my time as a civilian DoD instructor, I found that I enjoyed providing younger enlisted soldiers with insights and lessons learned during my military [career] and my experience transitioning to a civilian career. I wanted to continue that knowledge sharing.”

    In his volunteer sessions with Hire Heroes clients, Gary focuses on offering a fresh perspective and practical advice. “I learn something new from each person that I speak to,” he said. “I take the information they have shared with me and try to apply it to future conversations I have with other clients.” 

    While each client’s journey to a meaningful career is unique, there are steps that can point veteran job-seekers in the right direction. If he had to distill it down to two words of advice, Gary would say network and research. “There are many career opportunities that a member of the military has not been exposed to yet,” he said. “I always take the approach of, ‘If I were to do it over, knowing what I know now, I would have taken these steps or taken this career path.’” 

    No matter your industry of interest, networking can help you connect to productive advice and potential opportunities. “Find a veterans employment group local to your area and get involved,” Gary advises. “Networking is a great opportunity to learn about other career paths that you may not have previously been exposed to, provides an opportunity to meet new people and opens the doors to possible employment through non-conventional means.” Even if you feel your options are limited within your community, organizations like Hire Heroes USA host virtual events so you can continue to grow professionally. 

    Wherever you are in your civilian job search, volunteers like Gary can help you plan for success. And if you’re a professional looking to give back, virtual volunteering is an impactful option. “I am always asking coworkers to get involved,” said Gary. “I feel that sharing experiences, providing professional guidance and assisting transitioning service members into a meaningful career is very rewarding. If I had known or had this service while I was transitioning out of the military, I would have made use of it and told all my peers as well.”


    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 December 2021

    Top Jobs & Training Programs for December 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.

    View jobs from our featured employer this month, Greyhound Lines, Inc. 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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