ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A new mobile job search center will set up in the Main Exchange parking lot next month and is expected to make the job hunt a little easier for APG community members.

Soldiers transitioning from active duty, veterans mired in the job hunt, and military Family members seeking employment can take advantage of the Hero2Hired Mobile Job Store services, which will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 4.

Hero2Hired is a Yellow Ribbon reintegration program that connects job-seeking vet and Family members with meaningful employment. The H2H Mobile Job Store (MJS) is an extension of that program.

MJS is an expandable mobile center with three computer stations that connect job seekers to the H2H.jobs website, a multimedia system stacked with job assistance programs, and a lounge area where MJS staff members can answer questions and provide assistance.

Retired Col. William "Butch" Hensel, executive director, Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), said H2H MJS is one of several initiatives put in place to combat the steady increase in the number of service members who come home to no jobs.

Recalling when he left the service as a mechanic, Hensel said times have changed.

"I didn't know how to write a resume or sit down to an interview. This walks you through the process. It's non-threatening when a computer is asking you questions but it helps you think fast and prepares you for the real thing.

"We're showcasing a very unique system," he added. "You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by attending."

The MJS is offered to each state with ESGR program, he said, noting that the unit will stop at seven sites in Maryland.

Hensel, retired Sgt. Maj. Wayne Bowser, and an H2H rep will walk Soldiers and spouses through the H2H process, Hensel said.

"It's a very unique system offering one-on-on assistance," he said, adding that employers are also welcome to attend and can post job openings for free. The MJS is equipped with a built-in resume creator and a computerized interview assistant.

Each visitor to the H2H MJS receives a jobseeker packet loaded with application and resume tips, and interview do's and don'ts. Helpful tips include how to find jobs using USAJobs and RESUMIX.

After leaving APG the center moves on to Fort Detrick on Tuesday, March 5; the Patuxent Naval Air Station on Friday, March 8; and to Camp Fretterd National Guard Armory in Reisterstown, Saturday and Sunday, March 9 - 10.

In conjunction with the H2H event, APG Army Community Service will host an Employment Resource Day & Expo for job seekers inside the Main Exchange lobby area adjacent to the parking lot.

Job training, educational, recreational and other resource information will be available. Participating organizations include Harford County Government Department of Human Resources; Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of Workforce Development & Adult Learning; Susquehanna Workforce network; APG Civilian Personnel Advisory Center and veteran representatives; APG Nonappropriated Fund Human Resources; ACS Employment Program; Burris Logistics; the Army Substance Abuse Program; Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Freedom Federal Credit Union and others.

This event is open to active duty military, retirees, veterans, National Guard, Reserve and their Family members.
For more information, contact Marilyn Howard, ACS employment readiness program manager, at 410-278-9669/7572 or marilyn.e.howard.civ@mail.mil.