Army News Service
WASHINGTON – With millions of job listings, and advice for job seekers, the "Hero 2 Hired" website is a tremendous resource for veterans and their spouses, said a top enlisted adviser.
Sgt. Maj. Wayne Bowser Sr. wants to make sure the military community is familiar with the site, H2H.jobs.
"H2H. jobs," he enthusiastically tells audiences, encouraging them to repeat, with gusto, the name several times.
Bowser, senior enlisted adviser for Family and Employer Programs and Policy in the Pentagon's Office of Reserve Affairs, said he wants veterans and their spouses to be familiar with the site and to use the tools and resources available, with good reason.
"Right now, so many folks are either underemployed or unemployed," he said. "This is a very unique time. There couldn't be a better time for Hero 2 Hired."
Bowser and his team crisscross the country with a unique tool – the Hero 2 Hired Mobile Job Store – a truck that rolls into career fairs and other events to bring the resources straight to the fingertips of the military community.
"We take the mobile job store across the nation better than 200 days a year," he said. "We take it around East Coast, West Coast, anywhere where we can find service members and spouses looking for jobs."
The mobile job store contains computer terminals where users can access the H2H.jobs website. H2H staff members are on hand to answer an assortment of questions and to give advice on navigating the site, how to apply for jobs and where to find career tips, Bowser said.
Access to the site is open to current active-duty service members or Reservists from any branch, members of the National Guard, veterans and spouses.
Registered users can apply directly to any of the more than 3.7 million jobs on H2H.jobs, Bowser said.
The initiative is part of the Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.
More than 19,000 individual employers are on the site, Bowser said, and those employers made the commitment to help service members and spouses find jobs.
People are often surprised to learn about H2H.jobs, he said. They will say they had no idea so many resources were available to them for free, with just a click of a mouse.
Hero 2 Hired also has a mobile app and a static display, as well as small kiosks that are deployed to Reserve units in every state and the U.S. territories, he added.
Even if a person has a job, it is beneficial to know the site, Bowser said, in case his or her employment situation changes.
The website contains a wealth of information, including tips for a successful job interview, thousands of resume templates and videos with great career advice, Bowser said.
"Some of the videos may be 30 seconds long, some interviewing-skill videos may be three minutes long," he said. "We have different professors from around the nation who took the time to put together video skits so that folks can see it and use it as a resource."
Hero 2 Hired, which is less than two years old, has been a huge success, said Bowser.
"It's growing every single week," he said.