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Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign 2020: Events

Whether you are an employer, Veteran or public job seeker, the Maine Hire-A-Vet Committee is offering weekly presentations in areas of resume writing, interviewing, Veteran and Employer resources throughout the campaign. All events will be virtual and pre-registration is required. Questions regarding the campaign should be sent to MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov.  We look forward to having you participate in our first virtual Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign.

Please Note: To register for any workshops or presentations listed below, please email us at MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov. Participants can sign up for more than one session or presentation.

Events Schedule

September

Tuesday September 15, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Campaign Kick-Off Opening Ceremony via Zoom

  • Opening Remarks – Leo Deon, Campaign Co-Coordinator
  • Playing of the National Anthem
  • Guest Speakers
  • Gold Sponsor Remarks
  • Veteran Hires Remarks
  • Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign Information
  • Conclusion

Tuesday September 15, 2020
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Virtual Hiring Event

Wednesday September 23, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: Applying for State Government Employment - State of Maine Human Resources

  • Jessica Crosby, Meghan Jellison, Karen Butterfield will provide insight and useful information when applying for State Government jobs. This would be useful for any job seekers considering career opportunities in the State of Maine.

Wednesday September 30, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Presentation: Resume Writing for Veterans – Maine Department of Labor

  • Mark Cafiso, Veterans Representative and Kristin Wheelock, Employment and Training Specialist will provide useful tips for job seekers on how best to prepare and present a resume that will get an employer’s attention.

Wednesday September 30, 2020
1:00 pm
Virtual Hiring Event Veterans Education & Transition Services 
Veterans Education & Transition Services is not-for-profit an organization who works with the Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE) matching military veterans and family members with careers within this industry. A representative from a (PGANE) company will be available to answer questions and review resumes. To register please send your full resume to jon@vets2techs.com  An email with the event login information and time will be provided.

11:15 am – 12:15 am
Presentation: Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing – Northern Light Health

  • Kendra Jewett, Recruiter, Northern Light Health will be presenting The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviews. This presentation is intended to help showcase strengths, interests, and abilities to potential employers through the interview process. The strategies shared highlight ways to display personality and uniqueness while maintaining professionalism and allowing those employers to see you as a part of their organization. These techniques enable success in phone screenings, in-person and virtual interviews.

October

Wednesday October 7, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: Walgreens HERO Program – Walgreens Human Resources

  • Kaitlyn Souther, Human Resource Generalist, will deliver the Walgreens HERO Program. A program designed with veterans in mind. The program merges the opportunity to continue to enhance leadership experiences in the civilian world, while pursuing a bachelor’s degree to help Veterans achieve their educational and occupational goals.

Friday, October 9, 2020
1:00 pm

Virtual Hiring Event Veterans Education & Transition Services 

Veterans Education & Transition Services is not-for-profit an organization who works with the Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE) matching military veterans and family members with careers within this industry. A representative from a (PGANE) company will be available to answer questions and review resumes. To register please send your full resume to jon@vets2techs.com  An email with the event login information and time will be provided.

Wednesday October 14, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: Applying for Federal Jobs/Veteran Special Hiring Authorities – US DOL

  • Heidi Ortiz, DOL Veteran’s Employment Manager and Marisela Rosales, Recruitment Coordinator, will present “Applying for a Federal Job/Veteran’s Special Hiring Authorities”/Writing a Federal Resumes. The process of applying for federal employment will be covered as well as an overview of the USAJobs website. Tips and resources for writing a federal resume will be addressed. Note-This will be on the MS TEAMS platform.

Friday, October 16, 2020
1:00 pm

Virtual Hiring Event Veterans Education & Transition Services 

Veterans Education & Transition Services is not-for-profit an organization who works with the Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE) matching military veterans and family members with careers within this industry. A representative from a (PGANE) company will be available to answer questions and review resumes. To register please send your full resume to jon@vets2techs.com  An email with the event login information and time will be provided.

Friday, October 23, 2020
1:00 pm

Virtual Hiring Event Veterans Education & Transition Services 

Veterans Education & Transition Services is not-for-profit an organization who works with the Propane Gas Association of New England (PGANE) matching military veterans and family members with careers within this industry. A representative from a (PGANE) company will be available to answer questions and review resumes. To register please send your full resume to jon@vets2techs.com An email with the event login information and time will be provided.

Wednesday October 21, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: Volunteers of America – Northern New England

  • Volunteers of America is committed to promoting the well-being of all veterans and their families, whether they are newly transitioning from military to civilian life or have long been returned but are struggling with homelessness, unemployment, mental health and substance use challenges, suicide risks, and the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and sexual trauma. Michael Merrill, Program Director for Volunteers of America Norther New England Veteran Services will highlight the programs and support services they provide to area Veterans and discuss what services are available.

Wednesday October 28, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: Suicide Prevention Awareness for Veteran Population – NAMI Maine

  • Presented by Hannah Longley, LCSW Director of Community Programs, NAMI Maine. This session will provide general and basic information on suicide, suicide prevention and awareness with a focus on the Veteran population.

 


November

Wednesday November 4, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: Boots to Business Program – U.S. Small Business Administration

  • Economic Development Specialist, William Card with the Small Business Administration will be presenting on their Boots to Business Program. Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - CANCELLED

Presentation: Military Talent Source

  • This event has been cancelled.

Wednesday November 11, 2020 - Veterans Day

  • No scheduled activities

Wednesday November 18, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: VA Homeless Veteran Program – Veterans Administration

  • Kylie Higgins, the new VA Maine’s Homeless Community Employment Coordinator will present on the topic of Veteran homelessness. The program is to assist Veterans that are either homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve gainful employment by collaborating with community agencies and employers as part of their recovery process and reintegration into the community.

Wednesday November 25, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: Veterans Inc – Nicole Murch

  • Veterans Inc. is a non-profit Veteran Service Organization serving our homeless or at risk of being homeless Veterans throughout New England. Nicole Murch, HVRP Grant Lead will discuss services and programs available to qualified Veterans in the Maine area.

December

Wednesday December 2, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: USERRA Round Table Discussion – Employers

  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Facilitated by Debbie Kelly, Maine Director US DOL VETS; Dennis Wellman, ESGR Maine Committee Chair; and Bethanie Mazzaro, ESGR Volunteer Support Technician. This session will provide an overview of USERRA, resources available and an opportunity to ask questions.

Wednesday December 9, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: USERRA Round Table Discussion – Service Members/Veterans

  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act Facilitated by Debbie Kelly, Maine Director US DOL VETS; Dennis Wellman, ESGR Maine Committee Chair; and Bethanie Mazzaro, ESGR Volunteer Support Technician. This session will provide an overview of USERRA, resources available and an opportunity to ask questions.

Wednesday December 16, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: Veteran Hiring for Employers-Basic Training – MDOL Veterans Representatives

  • Local Veteran Employment Representative Leo Deon will present on strategies and tactics useful to employers looking to hire Veterans. Topics be addressed include military culture & values, decoding the military discharge document (DD 214) in addition to interviewing Veterans. This is a “must attend” presentation for any business seeking to hire Veterans.

Wednesday December 23, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Presentation: Maine National Guard Programming – Maine National Guard

  • CW4 Carlo Paratore and CW3 Todd Libby will be delivering information about the history and mission of the Maine Army Guard. Benefits of belonging and then some mission specific technical experts from the field will give their perspective on being part of the Maine National Guard Team.

Wednesday December 24, 2020

Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign 2020 Concludes