Hiring Our Heroes Program
Did you know that approximately 80% of jobs are filled by referrals. It’s safe to say the who you know method of recruiting holds true in the civilian working world. That’s why organizations focus their efforts on supporting the military community in transitioning from military service back to civilian life.
Today, we’ll point out one initiative that works tirelessly to offer transitioning service members much-needed resources, information, and guidance when it comes to job hunting strategies and workforce solutions. That initiative is Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), established in 2011 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The mission at Hiring Our Heroes is to “connect the military community – service members, military spouses, and veterans — with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce.” They focus on bridging the military-civilian gap by offering top-notch programs. In this article, you’ll learn the following career services by HOH:
- Hiring Events
- Internships and Fellowship Programs
- Career Summits
- Career Forward
- Military Spouse Resources
- Personal Branding Resume Engine
- Job Board
HOH Hosted Hiring Events
Do you know how this dynamic program got its start? Hiring events!
HOH-sponsored hiring events connect military job seekers from around the world with American companies hiring for local, national, and remote opportunities.
Since its inception, HOH has hosted more than 1,400 hiring events in more than 50 countries. Many of the events take place on military installations, but they are also offered online. And if you plan to attend, Hiring Our Heroes will even help you prepare.
Each registrant is partnered with an HOH Career Connector who will review your resume, provide tips for making the most of your job search, and share employment resources.
Want to sign up for a hiring event? Visit the HOH 2022 Events Calendar.
Learn more about how Hiring Our Heroes went from grassroots to household name in 10 years.
Internships and Fellowship Programs at Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes’ internship programs range from 6 to 12 weeks and connect service members, military spouses, and military caregivers with companies like Amazon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and a host of others that provide experiential opportunities with the goal of hiring. Programs include:
The Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program includes an innovative 12-week program that provides transitioning servicemembers with professional training and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce. The professional development prepares candidates for a smooth transition into meaningful civilian careers. 90% of fellows receive a job offer after/during their fellowships.
The Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Fellowship Program (MSFP) connects career-ready military spouses to exceptional professional opportunities. This cutting-edge program provides military spouses with professional training, networking, and hands-on experience in the civilian workforce. The MSFP has an 88% job offer rate from over 150 companies, with an average starting salary of $65,000.
The Hiring Our Heroes Caregiver Fellowship Program is a 6-week experience that provides caregivers of wounded warriors the opportunity to obtain professional training, networking, and hands-on experience.
Wondering where these fellowships and internships are held? Check out the Hiring Our Heroes locations across the nation!
Hiring Our Heroes Career Summits
The HOH career summits connect transitioning servicemembers, veterans, military spouses, and military caregivers with military-ready employers. These interactive on-base events feature local, regional, and national employers and typically include workshops, panel discussions, and a career fair.
Check out the 2022 Events Calendar for more information.
Career Forward at HOH
If you’re looking for reskilling and upskilling opportunities, Career Forward is for you!
Career Forward is a 3 to 6 month, part-time, learner-to-earner program that helps transitioning servicemembers (within one year of separation), military spouses, and veterans “level up” in their careers.
Through Career Forward, you can gain skills through a Google Career Certificate in data analytics, IT support, project management, or user experience (UX) design.
Once you’ve earned your certificate, you will gain access to support such as interview prep and workshops. Additionally, you’ll connect with ready-to-hire employers such as Verizon, Google, and Booz Allen Hamilton, just to name a few.
Apply to be a Career Forward Learner today.
Resources for Military Spouses at HOH
HOH has two primary initiatives specifically for military spouses:
- Military Spouse Professional Network: The MSPN provides military spouses with career development and networking opportunities in more than 55 military communities across the globe. The network gives the spouses access to local business leaders, peers, mentors, and support.
- AMPLIFY: AMPLIFY is a 2-day event that leads a cohort of military spouses through intensive career preparation, professional development, and networking. Event attendees walk away with a polished resume, professional photo, an impressive LinkedIn profile, and a professional network for a lifetime.
Supporting military spouses in their employment endeavors are just as important. As stated in a recent article by the Federal News Network, military spouse unemployment is an issue for 43% of active-duty families. And according to research from the Department of Defense and Hiring Our Heroes Foundation, unemployment rates for military spouses far exceed that of the national average.
Read more from the recent news article surrounding the Military Spouse Hiring Act, a proposed bill that gives incentives to employers for hiring spouses of U.S. Armed Forces members.
Personal Branding Resume Engine by Hiring Our Heroes/Toyota
Toyota, in its partnership with Hiring Our Heroes, developed a “Personal Branding” initiative that is free to use for both veterans and military spouses. It includes an innovative resume-building engine that translates military skills into language that potential employers can understand.
The Personal Branding Resume Engine will translate your military record into a strong resume that civilian employers can understand. Once you complete your resume, you can make it viewable by thousands of employers using the Resume Engine to look for qualified job candidates.
Job Board at Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes has an amazing job board. At the time of this writing, there were over 21,000 jobs posted on its site.
Check out the HOH job board to see if there’s a job opening for you.
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Dr. Phillip Gold is President/CEO of Empire Resume and has vast experience writing resumes for both professionals and service members transitioning from the military into civilian roles. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and was responsible for leading nuclear missile security. Phillip is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and holds a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University, an MS in Instructional Technology, an MBA in Finance, and a Ph.D. in Finance.