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*Service Members, Military Spouses and Caregivers: Register here for Career Opportunity Day
The USO, in partnership with Hire Heroes USA, hosts transition workshops for wounded, ill and injured service members, their spouses and caregivers, and recently medically seperated veterans. The workshops focus on resume writing, mock interviews, professional work practices and translating prior military experience into a civilian career. As a follow up to the workshops the USO, in partnership with Hire Heroes USA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, host Career Opportunity Days for wounded, ill and injured service members, their spouses and caregivers, and recently medically seperated veterans. These non-traditional career fair type events match employers with participants in advance based on interest and background. Employers are asked to provide position descriptions of available jobs along with the geographic location of each to aid in better matching of candidates to employers. Employers conduct mock interviews and provide feedback and interview tips. Career Opportunity Days are limited to 10-15 employers and 40 - 60 wounded, ill and injured service members, their spouses and caregivers, and recently medically seperated veterans to ensure the size and magnitude of these events provide an environment conducive to one-on-one interaction and networking. In 2011, six Career Opportunity Days were held with nearly 300 attendees. This year, the USO will host 22 workshops and 14 Career Opportunity Days.
No more than 15 employers with active employment opportunities and up to 40-60 wounded, ill, or injured service members making the transition to a civilian career, as well as their spouses and caregivers, and recently medically seperated veterans. To attend participants must have previously completed either a Hire Heroes USA transition workshop or another employment preparation program. All attendees should be prepared with resumes.
Career Opportunity Days are high-touch, non-traditional career fairs. Employers are provided resumes in advance for those that have pre-registered. One-on-one mock interviews are scheduled based on the both on based the employer and participant's interest.
This interaction gives the employer a unique opportunity to get to know the prospective candidates. We match attendees with employers based on their military specialty, previous experience, and geographic interest for relocation. Employers are given interviewees resumes in advance, except for in cases when participants do not pre-register.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 (If you were planning to attend the October 24 COD, please consider attending this event now.)
6550 Loisdale Rd
Springfield, VA 22150
WHAT TO BRING: Each employer should have at least 2 employees attend, one to staff the table and the second to conduct mock interviews. Please bring a basic table top company display along with any literature.
8:00-9:00am Employer Set Up and Participant Registration
9:00am Employer Tables Open for Networking
9:15-9:30am Welcome & Introductions
10:00am Mock Interviews Begin
12:00–12:30pm Networking Lunch and Google Tablet Raffle
12:30pm Mock Interviews Continue
2:00pm Closing Remarks