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AFRC hosts first employment launch

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Airman and Family Readiness Center will host the first event of its kind, an Employment Launch, at the Pacific Coast Club from 8:30 a.m. through 12 p.m., July 29.

The program is modeled after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 'Hiring Our Heroes' program and is designed to help veterans, spouses, and military members become competitive in today's career marketplace. It coordinates multiple workshops hosted by talent acquisition specialists from top local employers who will work with attendees on resume review, LinkedIn usage and interview attire.  

"Employment Launch was created this year based on a lot of feedback from our transitioning service members, either through retirement or through separation," said Emily Dreiling, 30th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center work life specialist. "Military members wanted more feedback on what they need to do to be successful in the employment market off base, from employers that are hiring on a regular basis."

Although former military members in the civilian sector are an oft sought after commodity, knowing how to present oneself to prospective employers remains paramount to getting hired. 

"Military personnel bring with them an understanding of how loyalty adds to team proficiency and builds trust in a work environment," said Danielle Evans, Dignity Health senior level talent acquisition specialist, and presenter for the event. "The stakeholders at Marian Regional Medical Center realize that when considering long-term investment in an employee; military personnel often outperform other candidates as proven team players."

A military lifestyle can disconnect Airmen and their families from the pulse of the outside world, and learning what an employer is looking for can be critical for future career opportunities.

"We are really trying to get people in touch with what the civilian market is asking for," said Dreiling. "That is the biggest disconnect that a lot of veterans and even military spouses have a hard time understanding - what do employers want?"

Even if retirement or separation isn't just around the corner, the opportunity to speak with multiple talent acquisition specialists in varying fields is invaluable.

"We are bringing so many members of the local community to Vandenberg to specifically assist active duty members and their families," said Dreiling. "We have representatives from Dignity Health, Starbucks, Zodiac Aerospace Corporation, American job center and two people from the civilian personnel office. It's a nice collaborative effort between the community on and off base and our office here coming together to help the military folks and their families."

For more information or to register, call 606-0039.