Video contest for veterans and active duty service members transitioning to the workforce
New York, February 4, 2016 —Hiring America, the nationally syndicated television program designed to help U.S. Veterans leaving the military prepare for new careers, today announced the “Helping Heroes Do Great Things” video contest.
The campaign invites veterans, their families or friends to submit a three-minute original video which explains and shares the experience of transitioning from active duty to civilian life, and provides positive advice to fellow veterans. “Helping Heroes Do Great Things” is a partnership of Hiring America and Lenovo, the world’s leading PC company, and runs through May 15th.
Three selected winners will receive Lenovo technology to support their career efforts. The first place prize is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2-in-1business laptop; second place is the Lenovo S500z all-in-one desktop; and third place is the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet with keyboard.
“We’re committed to assisting veterans as they transition from service careers to the civilian workforce,” said Bill Deutch, executive producer and creator of Hiring America. “This campaign will focus attention on this very critical need, but also the opportunity our transitioning servicemen and women offer employers.”
“Lenovo is the perfect partner for ‘Helping Heroes Do Great Things,’” Deutch said. “The company offers technology devices any veteran would want or need to take the next step in their vocational and personal life, and is very supportive of military service members and their families.”
For a complete list of contest rules and regulations, visit the official “Hiring America/Lenovo” contest home page at www.hiringamerica.net/Lenovocontest. The 10 submissions that receive the highest number of “Likes” on the Hiring America Facebook page will become contest finalists. A special panel of military, career, Human Resources and celebrity judges enlisted by the sponsors will make the final determination of the top three winners.
“Everyone at Lenovo is grateful for the service and sacrifice of those who represent our nation’s military,” said Scott Ottman, vice president, Lenovo North America Inside Sales and Sales Operations. “We are proud to sponsor ‘Helping Heroes Do Great Things,’ and to support Hiring America and its efforts on behalf of active military service members, veterans and their families.”
The Hiring America program airs in 195 markets across the nation, and on the Armed Forces Network globally. Each episode features a guest interview of a veteran who has successfully transitioned from active duty to a civilian career. The show also offers valuable career-related information to help veterans and their families. Learn more at the Hiring America (www.hiringamerica.net), and follow on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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About Hiring America: Hiring America is the first employment TV program for transitioning veterans and their families. Our mission is to help veterans and members of the Armed Forces connect with companies that have jobs available and organizations that support the military community.
Each participating company and organization is carefully selected to participate on the show. Hiring America looks for companies with strong veteran hiring initiatives and organizations whose mission is to provide services that facilitate the transition process. Our goal on each episode is for the viewer to have the ability to access companies and organizations that are actively hiring veterans today. Hiring America is your advocate in the world of veteran employment. For more information about the show, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Lenovo: Lenovo (HKSE:992) (ADR:LNVGY) is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services cover PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.
A collection of some great and helpful websites for vets.
1) GI Jobs
GI Jobs has a lot of great online tools for vets. They have hotlists for veteran career and education opportunities, a pay calculator that will help you figure out what salary you’ll need in your civilian job to equal your military pay, and they also have a job board that lets you search by location and your military specialty.
Interested in a federal career after your service? Use this website for finding resources and information to help you on your way. This site isn’t just for veterans; they also support service members still in transition, as well as family members of active duty military and Veterans.
A division of the US Department of Veteran affairs, The Veteran Employment Center helps you to translate your military occupational codes into civilian skill equivalents for a powerful resume, and to help you learn about potential related civilian career paths. They offer tools like a military job translator – a tool that will help you to find career options that best utilize your training, experience and capabilities. They also help out with building a great resume – which can be a stressful endeavor. They will help you create an online profile so that employers can find you more easily, as well as helping you create a downloadable resume for you to use offline.
Publishing your profile on the VEC website instantly connects you to thousands of employers looking to hire Veterans, transitioning Servicemembers as well as family members. You can search the Veterans Job Bank of over 1.5 million jobs, in addition to all federal jobs – including status positions reserved especially for Veterans. Find out about employers that have a good history of hiring veterans, and get connected to other informational resources like their new DoD SkillBridge pilot program that promotes civilian job training for transitioning Servicemembers.
LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for hearing about job openings, and helping you appear in search results when potential employers are seeking out people with your skillset. LinkedIn also provides a free 1-year Job Seeker Premium subscription ($360) and courses at Lynda.com to all U.S. Veterans and Service Members! Lynda.com is a really valuable offering – they have courses in design, photography, web, 3D animation, business and more. This is a great offering that you should definitely take advantage of.
Hire Heroes works to help veterans find jobs, with more than 60 veterans confirmed hired every week. Their services are provided at no cost to the transitioning military member, veteran or spouse. They provide workshops, career coaching and employment counseling.
Veterans are individually partnered with a Veteran Transition Specialist who works with the veteran to create a tailored civilian resume and translate military experience into civilian terminology. They help you learn effective job search strategies, as well as networking and interviewing techniques. Perhaps most importantly, they help you get connected with companies who want to hire veterans. Check out theirworkshops to find one near you:
The place to go once you have your resume in order, Hire Veterans connects veterans with employers and job opportunities – you can apply right on their site. They offer Employers access to your resume and they offer you the good and relevant jobs by companies in the USA and abroad.
“HireVeterans.com has established its brand as a top e-recruiting site for the veterans of our armed forces.”
Part of Military.com, they are the largest military and veteran membership organization with 10 million members. Come here to search job listings, learn about military-friendly employers, get help building your resume, and check out their articles about career advice.
8) Vet Jobs
Vet jobs is one of the leading military related job boards on the Internet. They work to assist employers in identifying transitioning military and veteran candidates. In 2000, The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States sponsored and purchased ten percent of the company.
“The VetJobs vision is to meet the shortage of qualified candidates in the civilian sector with highly trained veterans who can offer employers technical skills, management expertise and most importantly, leadership.”
Fastport is a veteran focused job hunting service, helping you find great trucking jobs, without having to dig through hard to navigate listings. They’ve created FASTPORT’S Job Maps, that shows you a snapshot of the jobs that match your experience best, and the ones that go through your hometown. As you review search results, you can pick favorites – the more you do, the better the system will be able to show you jobs that you could be interested in. They also offer a live chat option on the website, to get help from someone in real time! Worried about what the job will actually be like? Read reviews from past and current employees of that job, and see for yourself. Once you find a job you’re interested in, you can reach out and apply right on the site.
10) Military Hire
A military hiring network, militaryhire.com is another resource to connect you with veteran friendly employers. Once you post your resume, you can search for jobs and narrow down your search terms so that you only see jobs you might be interested in. You can click to apply to these jobs right on the site, and you can set up an automated search that will let you know when a job that fits your search terms has been posted.
There are many great sites for helping veterans on their job hunt. Job Hero.com has a really great career guide page – there you can find even more resources available to you on your hunt for the perfect job for you.
11) Hire Purpose
Developed in 2011 by a group of veterans, Hire Purpose has been addressing the gaps that exist within the process of transitioning military servicemen and women to civilian careers. In order to help get more successful results, you can find help for building your resume, interview tips, explore and discover new career ideas – even browse open jobs and apply for them right on the site. They even follow up with employers on your behalf, and are there with a real person to speak with you for support if you need it.
12) Rally Point
The main goal of Rally Point is to help service members lead more successful and fulfilling lives. They provide a platform that helps you to build out your professional network and connect with your peers, as well as allowing you to explore career opportunities both within the military sector and in the private sector. Founded by military veterans at Harvard Business School, Rally Point is a prestigious military network and veteran support tool. You can create a profile that highlights your military career, and allows you to get involved in conversations in the community – on anything from sharing your experiences while in the military, to discussing good job-hunting skills.
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A day to honor American veterans of all wars, dedicated to the cause of world peace.
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War I was officially declared over, but it wasn’t until 1919 that it was first observed as a legal holiday! Eventually, the day would come to be known as Veterans Day, but at the time, it was dubbed Armistice Day (armistice meaning truce).
Why was Armistice Day changed to Veterans Day?
World War II saw the greatest mobilization of armed services in history (over 16 million served), and the Korean War saw over 5 million men and women deployed. At the urging of the public and numerous veterans service organizations, the name was officially changed to “Veterans Day,” a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day Wasn’t Always November 11th
In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed. The act stated that the observance of certain holidays are to be on Mondays (the idea was to give federal employees more three day weekends to encourage travel and activities that could stimulate the economy). So, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. However, the date change wasn’t received very well by the public, so after a reconsideration of the significance of the day, it was moved back to its original date, effective November 11, 1978.
Veterans Day and Memorial Day: The Difference
Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the men and women who gave their lives while in service.
Veterans Day Observed Around the World
On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., and on the same day, unidentified soldiers were laid to rest at at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and in Westminster Abbey in London.
Countries also commemorating the veterans of World Wars I and II on or around November 11:
- France, Belgium, Israel, Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
- Hong Kong holds a multi-faith service at the Cenotaph in Hong Kong.
- South Africa pays tribute on the nearest Saturday and Sunday to November 11th.
- Australia, Barbados, India, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Bermuda, Mauritius, observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
- Canada has Remembrance Day (also called *Poppy Day).
*Red poppies became a symbol of World War I after appearing in the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.
A Very Big Thank You…
By 2016, the US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that there will be 21.4 million military veterans living in the United States. That is a lot of hands to shake, and thank yous to give, so today, we wholeheartedly celebrate and thank all veterans for their honorable service.
Here at Hiring America, we are dedicated to helping veterans find jobs, and telling the stories of the companies who are actively recruiting and hiring veterans in the USA.
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Hiring America—the nation’s only television program devoted to helping veterans leaving the military find good jobs –is now being carried by 195 TV stations nationwide – the largest number in its two-year history. And it’s able to do it via the production support of the VFW.
“We’re really proud to be providing vital information and advice on employment, careers, new job opportunities , interviewing techniques and tips to the men and women of the armed forces,” said Bill Deutch, executive producer and creator. “And our audience keeps growing as vets, their families, friends, well-wishers and potential employers follow the show, he lamented. But we couldn’t do it without the help of friends like the VFW.”
With major cuts in U.S. military having been in place over the past few years—and with the downsizing of military personnel—literally thousands of career veterans have been asked to make the transition from the armed services to civilian life. And there are more to come.
They will be looking to parlay their military experience into civilian jobs—and the conversion more often than not isn’t easy. But there is something very different out there via Hiring America—and it’s available to just about all of them.
“The VFW is once again delighted to support Hiring America in its mission of helping our veterans prepare for and find good jobs” related _Adjutant General John E. Hamilton. “And it’s wonderful to see the increased interest among television outlets—and viewers– across the nation in recognizing the practical needs of our military personnel as they prepare for life outside the military. We believe the show—and its content—reflect the strengths and goals of our organization.”
Again hosted by television news reporter Gigi Stone—whose credentials include Good Morning America and ABC News—the 30-minute programs cover a wide spectrum of guests–those with expertise and knowledge in career counseling and guidance; CEOs and other business executives with real world experience and success stories; and former veterans and military personnel in the news.
“There’s a lot of similarities between what [servicemen and women] do in the military and what the trucking industry does, and that’s regardless of what their military occupation or specialty is,” says Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT.
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Devin Tanner describes working as an over-the-road truck driver for TMC Transportation on the TV show Hiring America.
As fleets and trucking companies struggle to get and keep the drivers they need, many have been looking to lure U.S. military veterans into the fold — and they’re doing everything they can to make the connection. In one of the latest examples of reaching out to this community, trucking-specific hiring technology company FASTPORT has partnered with Hiring America, a TV show that helps veterans transition to civilian jobs.
Why this focus on veterans? Fleet companies say it’s a good mutual fit. In reporting on this topic, Fleet Owner has heard that veterans have built-in advantages when it comes to operating commercial vehicles and adapting to the truck driver lifestyle. It’s a highly regimented, structured job that often requires some time away from home, for example, and it could put you behind the wheel of serious machinery.
And veterans are familiar with those kinds of job parameters, notes Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT. “They’re used to working around equipment that moves. They know how to train and be trained and the importance of staying current in their skill set,” he says on an episode of the show. “They’re mission-oriented; they know how to achieve an objective; they work outside in all kinds of terrain and weather conditions.
Original source: https://m.fleetowner.com/fleet-management/truck-driver-shortage-are-military-veterans-solution?NL=FO-01&Issue=FO-01_20151013_FO-01_240&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_2&utm_rid=CPENT000002882462&utm_campaign=3579&utm_medium=email&elq2=1775e7111cc54d76ad23cfe806b53045
The job market is tough and many people are having a hard time getting a job but veterans are finding themselves in a particularly tough go of the job market. The training they received in the service oftentimes don’t translate well into the civilian marketplace. So what can a veteran do? In this week’s show Michael S. Robinson talks about what help is available out there: government services & retraining, employment oppurtunities, small business services, government incentives to businesses who hire veterans and more. He leads the discussion with co-host Robert Piechota, director of the Small Business Development Center at Brooklyn and their guests: Bill Deutch, creative executive producer Hiring America; Claire Scanlon, VP, Bank of New York Mellon; and Bob Jones, chairman & CEO, Veterans Sourcing Group.
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In the summer of 2011, Bill Deutch, an entrepreneur living in New York, had the idea of producing a local TV program to help transitioning military veterans find employment. However, it wasn’t until a meeting at WRAL with Station Manager Jim Rothschild that it shifted from merely an idea to one that could actually happen.
Considering the importance of the military community in our viewing area, Jim said that this was precisely the type of program that WRAL wanted to support. WRAL offered to provide studio space and technical support to produce the show, and with WRAL’s commitment and Bill’s persistence and drive, “Hiring America” launched in syndication in the fall of 2013. It is on more than 30 television stations in key military markets and on the Pentagon Channel.
With the help of WRAL-TV News Production Manager James Ford and WRAL-TV Crew Chief Stuart Todd, the first thirteen episodes of the program were shot in WRAL’s mini-studios and featured executives and employees from local companies and organizations such as Lenovo, Novozymes, and the USO of North Carolina, each with a story to tell. Nationally, “Hiring America” attracted the support of corporate sponsors such as Edward Jones, Wells Fargo, AT&T, and Target, and recently joined forces with the largest military organization that supports veterans, the VFW.
The crew from “Hiring America” was back at WRAL last week shooting segments with North Carolina representatives from Lenovo, Sears, and Wells Fargo and featuring those companies’ military hiring initiatives.
WRAL airs “Hiring America” at 5:30am leading into the Saturday morning news. The program is available in more than 25 million homes over local stations, and can be seen by all 2.6 million men and women on active duty around the globe and in 30 million cable and satellite homes on the Pentagon Channel.
The first-ever national television program dedicated to jobs and career direction for returning U.S. military veterans has returned for second season. Hiring America, the highly successful syndicated television show, is currently being broadcasted on the global “Pentagon Channel” and 35+ local market television stations in major U.S. cities (many of which have high concentrations of military instillations).
The show is being supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the nation’s largest and most influential veterans organization with more than 1.9 million VFW and Auxiliary members worldwide.
News reporter Gigi Stone—whose credentials include Good Morning America and ABC News—has returned as the second season’s host of the 13-week series The 30-minute programs will include guests on career counseling and guidance, success stories on making the transition, and former veterans and military personnel in the news.
“The VFW is extremely proud of our record in supporting America’s returning veterans,” VFW Adjutant General John Hamilton, said. “ For generations, we have strived to meet the needs and represent the best interests of veterans and their families,” he said. “Our involvement in being an official partner in Hiring America is a new dimension, new vista in demonstrating that support.”
The show was created by Entrepreneur, Bill Deutch, who also serves as executive producer.
“I can’t think of any more worthwhile endeavor than supporting and helping the men and women of our military,” Deutch said. “I’m also very grateful to the VFW and the rest of our sponsors for making a second season of Hiring America possible.”
“At the end of the day, if we help make the transition easier for just one veteran—make it possible for him or her to succeed in civilian life—Hiring America will have done its job,” he added.
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