Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide grassroots campaign that was launched to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses, find meaningful employment. So far this initiative has helped more than 20,000 men and women find employment.

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, I have the opportunity to represent Workforce Solutions at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair event being held at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base. Currently there are over 50 employers registered to attend this event. To register as either a job seeker or as an employer click on Hiring Our Heroes

I’ll be attending the fair to review resumes and conduct mock interviews – maybe I’ll have the honor of meeting you. Hope to see you there!

To help prepare for this event browse the Hiring Our Heroes website for additional information, consider attending a Workforce Solutions job skills seminar, and check the resume tips for veterans that Carolyn shares below.

””Veterans’ Resume Tips
A resume is a short account of your experiences, qualifications, and accomplishments; it must show your skills and demonstrate your successes. In other words, it is a marketing document advertising who you are. If a potential employer scans over your resume, they should be able to quickly and easily identify desirable skills and achievements. I have noticed that some veterans fail to include information concerning military experience and skills on their resumes that would qualify them for an interview.

Most employers are very impressed with applicants who have demonstrated leadership abilities, are able to work as part of a team, and those that have experience in utilizing modern technology. Veterans have this experience. Here are questions to help identify accomplishments that could be included on your resume.

LEADERSHIP:
‒ What positions of leadership are included in my experience?
‒ When have I lead by direct orders, example, delegation, motivation, or inspiration?
TEAMWORK:
‒ How have I used teamwork skills in my jobs?
TECHNOLOGY:
‒ What cutting edge technology was I trained to use?

You are now ready to tailor your accomplishments from the military to the requirements of the position you’re seeking now. Military experience and skills can be listed as work experience, under education, in core competencies, or even as a separate military experience section.

Hopefully these tips will assist you not only at the job fair, but also in your transition from military to civilian work. Thank you for your continued service!

Josie Toth and Carolyn Kennard are Regional Facilitators for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. They conduct job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region.

After serving in the military, Josie utilized Workforce Solutions’ services. Her desire to help people led to an employment counselor position with Workforce Solutions, which she held for four years, until she found her niche as a Regional Facilitator.

Before embarking on a career in workforce development, Carolyn achieved success in marketing and training with a major oil company. Carolyn holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University and an M.A. degree from Prairie View A&M University.



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