HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --
The 49th Wing hosted its first Hiring Our Heroes transition summit Aug. 9, at the base theater and community activity center.
The Hiring Our Heroes summit was created to help Airmen transition into civilian life by offering them an opportunity to work on their resumes, practice interviews and meet potential employers.
“Hiring Our Heroes is targeting transitioning service member who are within 180 days of separating,” said Genevieve Melon, community readiness consultant for the 49th Wing’s Airman and Family Readiness Center, here. “It is open to active duty, veterans and spouses too.”
The first part of the transition summit was in the base theater. Col. Joseph Campo, 49th Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Sarah Esparza, 49th Wing command chief, provided opening remarks.
Along with many workshops offering advice on professional growth, photographs for an online profiles and mock interviews were held in separate rooms.
"LinkedIn is where individuals can start their networking process,” said Melon. “It’s a profile with your experience, professional experience and a headshot photograph. You can connect with employers and other professionals.”
The final part, a hiring fair, was held at the base Community Activity Center and included more than 40 employers.
“We had cyber security, foreign service officers, U.S. State Department, aeronautical systems, logistics, renewable energy, intel communications, local employers, many law enforcement opportunities and the railroad, because they’re the two major ones -- lots of Federal employment opportunities,” said Melon.
With a goal of 100 visitors, approximately 140 people made an appearance at the transition summit. Melon feels the first Hiring Our Heroes that Holloman hosted was a success.
“This is an additional service offered to participants, and that’s why I was very excited to be able to nominate Holloman to host this first ever Hiring Our Heroes,” said Melon.