Hiring Our Heroes, NASWA, and DirectEmployers Sign Agreement to Help Bridge Gap Between Employers and Veterans—The Partnership Will Enable Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and Military Spouses to More Effectively Search Jobs Through Hiring Our Heroes Online Tool
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), and DirectEmployers Association (DirectEmployers), signed an agreement today that will allow Hiring Our Heroes to better leverage the open data of more than one million job listings currently available in the National Labor Exchange (NLX). Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses will benefit from our ability to more effectively design new search and job application functions in our Hiring Our Heroes online tool, Fast Track.
“Through this innovative partnership, we will be able to better guide our military men and women toward the more than one million available jobs in the National Labor Exchange,” said Eric Eversole, executive director of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president at the U.S. Chamber. “This is public and private sector collaboration at its best and will help veterans and service members make more informed decisions about career opportunities, and to do so earlier in the transition process.”
The partnership will seek to use the existing public-private partnership between NASWA and DirectEmployers, known as the National Labor Exchange (NLX). In 2013, the NLX included close to 9 million individual jobs from approximately 340,000 employers of all sizes. With this agreement, military job-seekers will have an improved job search experience through the Hiring Our Heroes Fast Track site, an online job search tool that identifies the fastest growing job markets in America and the top industries driving that growth. Job-seekers have the ability to search both by geography and industry.
“As a veteran myself, I understand the challenges that transitioning military personnel and their spouses face when searching for civilian employment. Our Association is honored to support this effort to find meaningful employment by providing our nation’s heroes with a direct connection to military-friendly employers,” said Bill Warren, executive director of the DirectEmployers Association.
Employers using the Hiring Our Heroes Fast Track site will be able to list jobs by directly posting in state job banks which link into the NLX, or have their jobs electronically acquired by the NLX from their corporate career website at no cost. The redesigned Fast Track site is scheduled to launch the week of March 31, 2014.
“We are excited about this partnership as it brings together and expands significant resources of three major organizations, working in collaboration, to assist our nation’s veterans return to work,” said Mark Henry, president of NASWA.
Hiring Our Heroes launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. And as a direct result of more than 690 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, 21,600 men and women have been hired by more than 1,500 businesses.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy and the global business environment.
At some point, everyone on the path to a meaningful career is going to face rejection.
Rejection might feel like a personal attack—it might make you doubt yourself or want to give up.
We have an incredible suite of tools to help you find the career opportunities you deserve.
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We’re so excited to announce our new career tool just for military spouses!
Career Spark is a powerful tool that will empower military spouses by helping them overcome the common roadblocks spouses face starting and building a strong career.
We couldn’t have done it without Toyota and support from Blue Star Families.
Try it now: http://mycareerspark.org/
Are you planning to attend an upcoming Hiring Our Heroes event?
Make sure you come prepared!
- Check out the employer list so you know what veteran-friendly employers will be there—and what career opportunities they have for you.
- Translate your military experience into skills employers are looking for! We teamed up with Toyota to make the Resume Engine exclusively for veterans - try it now: https://resumeengine.org
- Register for an employment workshop before the hiring fair so you’re ready to walk up to employers with a smooth elevator pitch—and a plan.
Visit http://hiringourheroes.org to see the full list of our upcoming fairs!
We have a great group of military spouses in DC today trying out #careerspark - we can’t wait to launch this powerful tool for spouses!
Our Director of Events, Retired Army National Guard veteran Lt. Col. Kathryn Poynton was featured in the Detroit News about the Hiring Our Heroes employment workshop and hiring fair in Detroit on Saturday.
Kathy explained that, for many attendees, this was the first civilian job interview they’d had—and many came in nervous.
“They’re out of their comfort zone, they’ve taken off the uniform and put on suits and they’re thinking, ‘what’s next?’ — but everyone here is here for them, so they have nothing to worry about.”
Thank you Kathy—and to all our incredible event staff and volunteers who made this event such a huge success.
Read the full piece here!
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Today in 1945 the Battle of Iwo Jima began.
The five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II.
Pictured: U.S. Marines raise the flag on Iwo Jima in Joe Rosenthal’s famous photograph.