Hiring Our Heroes Sitrep Podcast
Episode 147: A Smile Attracts Employers – LinkedIn Tips from Sarah Roberts, Head of Military and Veterans Programs at LinkedIn

Episode 147: A Smile Attracts Employers – LinkedIn Tips from Sarah Roberts, Head of Military and Veterans Programs at LinkedIn

October 8, 2019

Listen in as Sarah Roberts, head of Military and Veterans Programs at LinkedIn, offers her tips for leveraging LinkedIn Premium and explains why service members should wear a smile -- not their military uniforms -- in their LinkedIn profile pictures.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to leverage LinkedIn in your job search
  • The most underutilized tool on LinkedIn Premium
  • Common mistakes transitioning service members make when using LinkedIn
Episode 146: Talking about the M-TEN Program

Episode 146: Talking about the M-TEN Program

October 3, 2019

Johnnie Garlington, Senior Manager of Technical Training and T-10 at Toyota Motor North America, and Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce share how the M-TEN program provides career opportunities for transitioning service members, reservists, and veterans as automotive technicians at one of 1,500 Toyota or Lexus dealerships in the United States. 

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The application process and eligibility requirements for the Military Technician Education Network program
  • How 480 hours of skills-based training at a Toyota designated training facility coupled with a structured 1,520-hour dealer apprenticeship puts veterans on the pathway to a rewarding career
  • Why service members with an aptitude and a passion for automotive technology should consider this opportunity
Episode 145: Serving a Military Community that Deserves an Opportunity

Episode 145: Serving a Military Community that Deserves an Opportunity

September 4, 2019

Our employment partners often look for innovative practices to improve their military talent hiring and retention rates.

During their searches, they may find an employer that implemented a program equally beneficial to their company. In this case, the two companies may choose to collaborate through a mutually beneficial partnership. 

On this episode of the Hiring Our Heroes Sitrep podcast, Jim Beamesderfer, Vice President of Veterans Initiatives at Prudential Financial, discusses Prudential’s partnership with Salesforce. Listen in as Beamesderfer explains how companies, like Prudential, struggle to find job candidates with Salesforce training and how military spouses and veterans can connect with the Vetforce Alliance to receive free Salesforce training.

Episode 144: What Is the Definition of a Military Community? Listen in to Find Out!

Episode 144: What Is the Definition of a Military Community? Listen in to Find Out!

July 30, 2019

For those of us who have lived on a military installation or for those of us who have worked on one, it's quite possible that you picture a military community as the homes and buildings within the gate. Maybe you consider a military community the family you have curated across many moves, deployments, and duty assignments.

It turns out, concerned citizens and co-workers with no direct affiliation to the military can become just as much a part of your military family as those you served with or lived next door to.

Tim Tarchick, VP at Bank of America Merchant Services wants to share with you how to make that happen. Email him directly (he really wants you to!) at Timothy.Tarchick@bankofamericamerchant.com. 

Episode 143: Spectrum’s Military Hiring Mission – One Veteran at a Time

Episode 143: Spectrum’s Military Hiring Mission – One Veteran at a Time

July 24, 2019

Spectrum, the nation’s second largest cable operator, is on a mission to hire veterans and military spouses.

Up until recently, recruiting and hiring veterans, National Guard members, Reservists, and military spouses has been done through an organic approach at Spectrum. Currently, 10% of its workforce has an affiliation to the military community.

Now, Spectrum is developing corporate initiatives to retain their military talent, even if you are a military spouse moving with your active duty service member to a new location. Their company culture is one that allows veterans and military spouses to thrive at Spectrum.

Listen in as Brian Armstrong, Manager of Military Programs and Recruitment at Spectrum, offers his advice on networking as a job seeker and discusses an innovative way to connect with his team.

Episode 142: Military Spouse Professional Network Volunteers Make All the Difference

Episode 142: Military Spouse Professional Network Volunteers Make All the Difference

July 16, 2019

The Fort Bliss Military Spouse Professional Network boasts nearly 1,500 like-minded professional military spouse members. These members share tips, tricks, job openings, or even just an ear to fellow members. The work that is done through these networks would not happen were it not for our fantastic volunteers. Listen in as two volunteers at the Fort Bliss Military Spouse Professional Network share their experience as MSPN members, volunteers, and military spouses.  

Episode 141: Making the Most out of Your Fellowship

Episode 141: Making the Most out of Your Fellowship

July 9, 2019

Our CFP program managers wear many hats.

They inform company executives about the values that military talent will bring to their organizations. They coach transitioning service members during the interview process. Program managers match fellows with corporations and work to ensure that this relationship is a symbiotic one for both parties. They also provide a listening ear when fellows are experiencing doubts about their upcoming separation from the military.

On this episode of the Sitrep podcast, we learn how program managers help transitioning service members make the most out of the Corporate Fellowship Program.

Listen in as Carla Miller, CFP program manager for El Paso and San Antonio, explains how networking, mentoring, and giving back are the three principles of our Corporate Fellowship Program.  

Episode 140: Every One Out of the 100,000 Matters

Episode 140: Every One Out of the 100,000 Matters

June 27, 2019

Hiring Our Heroes, in collaboration with Starbucks, launched the Hiring 100,000 Military Spouses campaign a year ago. This three-year hiring initiative calls for companies and businesses, of all sizes, across America to make a collective commitment to hire 100,000 military spouses.

Listen in as Brian Alvarado, Military Spouse Program Senior Manager of Operations & Programs, explains the goals of this ambitious hiring initiative and how companies can join the coalition

Episode 139: Where Are You Going to Be When Opportunity Knocks?

Episode 139: Where Are You Going to Be When Opportunity Knocks?

June 19, 2019

You never know when a life-changing opportunity will present itself. Being prepared for the off-chance occasion that opportunity will be knocking on your door is key to a successful transition. Through our many workshops and unique programs like our Corporate Fellowship Program, Hiring Our Heroes has a wealth of resources to ensure you are prepared. Listen in as our Executive Director at Hiring Our Heroes shares his personal transition and what it's been like watching the Corporate Fellowship Program develop into a highly sought-out program.   

Episode 138: Career Summits Reach 100 Events

Episode 138: Career Summits Reach 100 Events

June 12, 2019

Since Career Summits began, less than five years ago, we have held nearly 100 events reaching thousands of service members, military spouses and veterans. Join Hiring Our Heroes Executive Director, Chuck Hodges and Director of Career Summits, Marnie Holder as they discuss the progression and changes of the events over the years and what they are looking forward to in the coming years.