By Mr. Mike Bowers (Leonard Wood)April 16, 2015
A hiring fair, employment workshops and networking events are part of the Fort Leonard Wood Missouri Soldier for Life Transition Summit scheduled May 5 to 6. The summit is open to all service members.
More than 100 local and national employers are expected to attend the Hiring Fair slated May 6.
Job seekers or attendees are encouraged to register at http://HIRINGOURHEROES.org. Preregistration is not a requirement to attend.
At 9 a.m. May 5 in the Pershing Community Center, there will be leadership professional development with command teams that focuses on the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program.
Command teams will be joined by senior officials and business leaders to form the nucleus for panel discussions entitled "Perspectives on Transition from the National Level" and "Employers on Best Practices."
A social networking event is slated at 4 p.m. for military leaders, employers, service members and spouses who expect to transition out of the military within the next 12 months.
"The social will be an ideal time for transitioning service members to make connections, expand their networks and receive career advice from senior leaders and business executives," said Michael Martin, Directorate of Human Resources, Military Personnel Division chief.
Abrams Theater will be the site of day-two activities. A panel discussion on "Perspectives on Transition from the National Level" begins at 10 a.m. The panel focuses on transitioning service members, their spouses and veterans. It will be followed by a panel titled "Conversation with Employers on Best Practices."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes, will moderate both panels.
Six employment workshops are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the USO and Nutter Field House. The summit will culminate with a hiring fair from 1 to 5 p.m. in Nutter Field House, where national, state and local employers will conduct interviews and make on-the-spot-job offers.
Summit presenters will concentrate on developing strong recruitment strategies, dispelling myths about veteran hiring and encouraging participants to share their own company or community's best practices, according to Martin.
Hiring Our Heroes was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to assist veterans and transitioning service members and spouses to find employment.
"The Transition Summit provides an opportunity to synergize commitment to the transition process and to connect veterans, service members and Families with national employers and jobs," Martin said.
Martin said that the two-day summit will inform military and civilian leaders on the importance of the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program to our nation and will provide service members and their spouses an opportunity to network with employers and to potentially obtain employment prior to separating from the military.
"One of the great advantages of working with Hiring Our Heroes is that they will bring with them a network of employers from across the nation to our hiring fair," Martin said.
"These employers come to the table with job vacancies in a wide variety of professions. They have partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and come to these summits because they are committed to hiring veterans, service members and their spouses," he added.
For questions about the summit, call the SFL-TAP Office at 573.596.0131, ext. 60175.