By Whitney Delbridge Nichels, Warrior Care and TransitionAugust 24, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program recently wrapped up its inaugural "Hire a Soldier" campaign which sought to match Soldiers in transition with career experts and employers looking to hire Soldiers transitioning from the Army.
The campaign, which ended August 11th, included a Twitter chat, several Facebook live presentations and a contest to recognize the best career advice for a transitioning Soldier.
According to SFL - TAP communications specialist Jenny Hale, the events were a great success.
Hale says the Twitter Chat reached almost four million Twitter followers in a single day. Additionally, the hashtag #HireaSoldier became a national trending topic on Twitter and spread to secondary platforms like LinkedIn and Instagram.
Two of the Facebook Live videos reached over 20,000 people, with others ranging from over 11,000 to over 16,000. The videos have also received thousands of views since they were posted.
The campaign featured several partnering organizations - including Army Warrior Care and Transition, Veteran's Affairs, the Army Partnership for Youth Success and the Department of Labor. Each group provided advice on resume building, interview tips and the do's and don'ts of standing out in the job market.
A number of employers also shared advice with Soldiers on how to get hired - including Blanchard Cat, Waste Management and Holland.
"While the campaign may be over, the mission to connect transitioning Soldiers with companies is continuing," Hale said.
That mission is a top priority for WCT's Career and Education Readiness division.
"We are partners with SFL - TAP and we value what they bring to the CER program," said CER Division Chief Nancy Adams. "We're always looking for employer partnerships and stand ready to stay connected to the employer community to help them with any questions they may have about working with disabled veterans."
Employers interested in connecting with Soldiers and veterans through CER can click http://wct.army.mil/documents/brochures.html#TOOLKIT for more information.