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Military Transition to Civilian for Women Veterans

Transitioning from military service into a civilian career can present unique challenges, especially for women veterans. We connected with Bobbi Young of Inspired Growth Portal to talk about making the move to civilian life. 


Video Transcript:

Andrew: Hi, I'm Andrew with Military Hire, and this month, we are highlighting women veterans. We recently sat down with Bobbi Young, who currently works with the DoD, and is also the web guru at Vets 2 Industry. On top of that, she also has an entrepreneurial endeavor to help fellow veterans bring their businesses' websites to life with an organization called Inspired Growth Portal. So, Bobbi, who are you and what do you do?

Bobbi: My name is Bobbi Young, and I am currently a programmer with the U.S. Government, and I'm also CEO of Inspired Growth Portal, where I help veteran entrepreneurs with building their businesses online.

Andrew: How did your experience in the military influence your skill sets in your career?

Bobbi: So in the military, my skill sets was signal analysis and radar analysis. I had to look at a bunch of numbers, I had to make an assessment and I had to either submit it to somebody else for review or I had to present it in front of individuals, as a group or one-on-one. One of my other skill sets in the military was I was an instructor. I taught Self Aid Buddy Care, which was a ton of fun, and also helpful for other folks. And lastly, I was an NCO (non-commissioned officer), and I would be NCOIC (Non-commissioned Officer in Charge) of my ops floor, so I would be in charge of about 17 people for their day-to-day activities.

Now, all of those skills, I felt were very helpful when it came to me getting out of the military and to my current careers as of right now. So while I'm not doing signal analysis and I'm not working with radars anymore, instead, I'm still working with data, I'm still working with building information and ensuring that it is understandable by the people that I am presenting it to, and people who are going to be using the products that I'm building.

It's also extremely helpful with my side job, Inspired Growth Portal, because as an instructor, I have to make sure that the people who I'm teaching understand what I'm saying, so while yes, I am building them a website and I'm building them a platform to sell their business online, I'm also teaching them at the end, on how to run it themselves, so that way they are not dependent on somebody else to do those little changes.

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Links:
Learn more about Vets 2 Industry
Learn more about Inspired Growth Portal


Military Hire and Operation: Job Ready Veterans Form Alliance to Help Military Families in Transition

Military Hire and Operation: Job Ready Veterans announce a partnership of their organizations in an effort to connect veterans and their families to support veteran transition to civilian life.  

Operation: Job Ready Veterans Logo

As part of this agreement, Military Hire will provide awareness to promote the mission and message of Operation: Job Ready Veterans while connecting its customers to Military Hire job placement services, which has recently been expanded to include veterans’ direct family members.  In turn, Operation: Job Ready Veterans will provide counseling services to veterans and their families.

“Operation: Job Ready Vets’ mission is to bridge life’s transitional gaps for veterans, service members, and military families through sustainable programs and job readiness resources - positively impacting one person, one business, and one community at a time,” said Lindsey Banter,  Director of Planning & Development, Operation: Job Ready Veterans.  “We are here to support veterans and their family members with the challenges they face in transitioning from military to civilian life.”

“The alliance with Operation: Job Ready Veterans addresses major focus areas of Military Hire - family transition services and job placement,” said Military Hire COO Robert Riegle.  “As a veteran organization, we appreciate the focus Operation: Job Ready Veterans has on the family of veterans.  As Military Hire opens its job placement services of immediate family members through our site, we now have a partner who is there to support that transition with their expert services.”

Operation: Job Ready Veterans, a 501(3)c organization founded in 2007 and headquartered in Indianapolis, offers transition training titled Veterans Employment Transition Seminar (VETS) Transitioning.  Understanding the difficulty of transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce, the VETS course includes complete skills inventories, career interest and work values assessments, resume services, supportive services, networking strategies, as well as interview preparation and rehearsal sessions. Upon successful completion of the seminar, graduates and alumni have access to one-on-one and group career coaching, introductions to appropriate employment opportunities, and follow-on customized job placement services.  Once employed, VETS graduates receive additional retention services to ensure continued success for both the employer and the veteran.

Operation: Job Ready Veterans also provides employment transition assistance and customized job placement services to clients.  As a part of the alliance, these services will be made to veterans using Military Hire, allowing them to achieve their employment and career goals.  Services include pre-employment training and placement coaching, transition plan development, interview preparation and coaching, social media utilization, partnership with recruiters, networking and strategies for successful on-boarding.

Military Hire is a veteran job and services organization which has the primary goal of assisting veteran transitions from military to civilian life through job placement and awareness of other services available.  Military Hire has over 600,000 veteran members and over 25,000 companies which it serves in this initiative.

Links:
Visit Operation: Job Ready Veterans
Military Veteran, Spouse, or Family Member? Sign Up at Military Hire


Support for Women Veterans and Military Transitions: The MSI Network

Military transition for women veterans can be a challenging time. As you leave the military and enter into civilian life, you are presented with significant changes, unfamiliar situations, and so many decisions—it can be overwhelming. Lack of childcare options, financial instability, and not having a strong community and support network can add to the stresses faced by women veterans as they navigate civilian life and try to find their 'new normal' after military service.

Military Sisterhood Initiative from Challenge America on Vimeo.


Especially now, being able to connect with other women that can speak into your life and understand what you are going through is important.

The Military Sisterhood Initiative is a great place to get started. MSI is designed by and for military women. If you've worn the uniform, you are part of this tribe.

Developed and managed by Challenge America, a national veteran 501(c)3 nonprofit, MSI is a safe place to connect, to share your stories, to be encouraged, and to encourage others.

By joining MSI (membership is free), women can:

  • Create a profile and connect with other military sisters near them or across the country to build one-on-one relationships.
  • Ask for help when they need it and offer support when their sisters are in need.
  • Engage in discussions and activities around different monthly topics and weekly challenges.
  • Post and find events, resources, and stories relevant to women Veteran growth and empowerment.

Women Veterans and female active duty service members can join thousands of their Sisters on MSI by visiting www.militarysisterhoodinitiative.org and clicking "Request to Join". 

Is a Cybersecurity Career Stressful?

Handling crisis situations with a calm and measured approach and solving pop-up problems is no problem at all for military veterans. We checked in with Michael H. of BlueBridge Networks and Fortify Your Data and asked him: Is a cybersecurity career stressful? 

Video Transcript:

Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire and this month we're celebrating careers in cyber security. We got together on Zoom recently with Michael from BlueBridge Networks and Fortify Your Data regarding some topics that we thought might be of interest to you.

BlueBridge Networks is a facility-based managed IT service provider offering solutions in cyber security, infrastructure as a service, data center colocation, and cloud computing.

Andrew: So Michael, who are you and what do you do?

Michael:
My name's Michael Hudak and I am a Project Manager for BlueBridge Networks; also I run Fortify Your Data, which is a cybersecurity publication. Mostly podcasts, and then some blogs and two books. On a daily basis I will see through projects either pre-sale or post-sale, cybersecurity implementations, but also data center configurations and implementations. In some situations that will be like an intrusion detection setup; in some situations it will be putting up firewalls, but then others, it will be literally setting out SANS or building out the base infrastructure that comprises the network.

Andrew: What's it like to work in cybersecurity? Can it be stressful?

Michael: It can be (stressful) you know, I think that in my day-to-day life we support about 400 companies, and on any one day a year, somebody's going to have the worst cybersecurity event that year, and so every day we're dealing with at least two tragedies.

You have to constantly keep your expectation levels set at an even keel. A lot of people will be in a state of panic and you have to be able to be like, "look, this is everyday for me" so let's try not to...it's a significant event you know—you're not downplaying it—it is a significant issue, and a lot of people don't recognize that everyone has a major event just about every year, whether it's going to hit data or not—there is at least somebody trying to breach you. And so when there's panic and you're dealing with three different companies with three very different issues panicking and you are quarterbacking them, it can be stressful. But I think that most people that have been in it for longer than a couple years know how to breathe in that stressful environment.

Interested in cybersecurity jobs? Sign up for your free account at Military Hire to search our available jobs.

Links:
Learn more about BlueBridge Networks
Learn more about Fortify Your Data


Cybersecurity Resources for Job Seekers

Considering a career in cybersecurity?  Ex-military skills are in demand in this area, and there are many excellent resources to help military veterans learn more about what's involved. Andrew Novak asked Randy Pargman, Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense, about some of his favorites for cyber security information...


Video Transcript:

Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire, and this month we're celebrating cyber security careers. We got together on Zoom recently with our local friends from Binary Defense regarding some topics we thought that you might find interesting.

Binary Defense is a managed security services provider and software developer with solutions including SOC as a service, managed detection and response, security information and event management, and counterintelligence.

Andrew: So Randy, who are you and what do you do?

Randy: Hey, I'm Randy Pargman and I am the Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense. What that means is I get to work with a couple of awesome teams at Binary Defense.

The counterintelligence team searches for threat indicators outside of companies' networks on the Internet, on the dark web, on criminal forums; looking at what are the threats out there that might affect our clients and then warning them about those threats. We're then prepared, and stop those threats from becoming real problems.

The threat hunting team looks inside of client's networks for advanced attackers that are evading detection. They're sneaking around inside the networks trying not to be detected. The threat hunters are out there to find them and put a stop to those intrusions.

Andrew: What are your favorite resources for those interested in cybersecurity?

Randy: There are some really great resources online that people have put together to help people get introduced to the world of cybersecurity in general and jobs in particular. I want to point out just a few of those.

Darknet Diaries is a really neat podcast that tells stories about all sorts of things from the dark side of the Internet, or, in other words, criminal activities or intelligence gathering activities. It has really interesting interviews with people who've been involved on both sides—attack and defense—and you really get a well-rounded perspective about what's really out there. It's eye-opening, really, if you haven't ever considered the world of computer hacking or it's just sort of mysterious to you, it's really neat to hear first-hand from people who are involved every single day in fighting back these attacks or sometimes the people who have been involved in the attacks themselves. So Darknet Diaries is a great one!

Another really good online resource of a blog that it goes into the latest news and has some really great insight is Krebs on Security.  Brian Krebs was formerly a reporter and then went out on his own with his own blog and he covers all kinds of events that have to do with break-ins and vulnerabilities. He puts it into very easy to understand terms for someone who is not a cyber security professional, but he has enough details that the cybersecurity pros also get a lot out of his blog. So it's great to start out, and it's great to follow along with Krebs on Security.

Jason Blanchard, who works at Black Hills InfoSec, is on Twitter with the username @BanjoCrashland, and he actually has a weekly Twitch stream where he talks about getting jobs and people can actually ask for advice, and he'll give live advice. So it's really interesting to follow him and get some advice on getting into the InfoSec field.

There's another really great resource for people looking to get into the information security field on the TrustedSec blog. There's a two-part series that is written by a former Air Force servicemember about getting into InfoSec from the ground up—really learning the basics, where to go, and how to go about applying for jobs. It also has a lot of other great links to resources that are useful to read and useful to follow along as well.

Interested in cybersecurity jobs? Sign up for your free account at Military Hire to search our available jobs.

Links
Learn more about Binary Defense



Cybersecurity Trends with J. Shaffer, Binary Defense

Andrew Novak discusses current trends in cybersecurity with Jeff Shaffer of Binary Defense...

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire, and this month we're celebrating cyber security careers. We got together on Zoom recently with our local friends from Binary Defense regarding some topics we thought that you might find interesting.

Binary Defense is a managed security services provider and software developer with solutions including SOC as a service, managed detection and response, security information and event management, and counterintelligence.

Andrew: So Jeff, who are you and what do you do?

Jeff: I'm Jeff Shaffer and I am the Business Development Executive for Binary Defense.

Andrew: What are some of the latest trends you're seeing in cybersecurity?

Jeff: I would say, just from a broad view of cybersecurity...and this isn't really something that's changed...something that is always changing is the attack landscape. So it's almost like a cat and mouse game when you think about cybersecurity. You know they're trying to stay ahead of those that are trying to defend, and we're trying to stay ahead of those that are trying to attack. So it's a constant game of trying to stay ahead of whatever that is out there.

The cybercriminal world is an industry in itself, and they have full companies and organizations that are out there doing this and to be able to stay ahead of that is important, and we need individuals that are intelligent, that are driven, that are really looking to make a difference—to be part of this community, and the military is a great place to gather some of those individuals!

When you look at Binary Defense, just our company in general, there are quite a bit of individuals that were in the military like  Jarrod and myself. They have that background, and it's important because there is a definite mindset the military...you know, a career in the military or history in the military brings with it, and it's very valuable to an organization.

I think that the thing we're seeing the most is just those changes that are occurring and us staying ahead of those attacks because they are happening. I mean, you look at COVID-19 and what we've been going through—this was an opportunity for criminals!

They looked at it as an opportunity to try to take advantage of organizations because they were remote! So those were attacks, and we've seen in the news about Zoom and utilizing that as an approach for cybercriminals. So, there are all kinds of things out there that the cybercriminal community is constantly looking to take advantage of, and we're obviously looking to defend.

Interested in cybersecurity jobs? Sign up for your free account at Military Hire to search our available jobs.

Links:
Learn more about Binary Defense


Military Hire: Memorial Day 2020 Message

On this Memorial Day, we express our deepest gratitude, respect, and honor to those who have served and their families.  

Video Transcript

What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Rob: The purpose of Memorial Day is to honor the sacrifice of people that have fallen on behalf of our freedoms here in the United States of America—for people that have given the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in defense of our country—both in in combat and during peacetime as well.

Having been in the military myself for a number of years and having seen personal sacrifice, for me it's a time of reflection. It really comes down to trying to honor those that have come before us, who have given the sacrifices of their lives, and for many, you know, paid the ultimate sacrifice. But their families have too.

They've been challenged in many ways and so it's time to honor them honor the people that have fallen but also, honor those they've left behind and try to think back and reflect what you can do for those people that have come behind us. We see, for instance, at MilitaryHire.com; our relationship with AMVETS, some of the aftermath of some of the time in service that people have had, and some of the challenges that they face.

As a company we provide services to employ veterans, which is  a very important aspect to it, but then we are also partnered with people who specialize in assisting veterans that are challenged in a variety of ways. 

I try to think of those people at this time too—not just the people that have fallen and the families that have sacrificed as a result of their sacrifice, but also the people that have let been left behind and are challenged in some way and try to think of ways that we can assist them and help repurpose their lives as well.

On this Memorial Day, we want to express our deepest gratitude, respect, and honor to those who have served. 

Link:
AMVETS Heal Program


Cybersecurity Careers Pros & Cons

Military Hire's Andrew Novak interviews Randy Pargman, Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense, about the pros and cons of cybersecurity jobs...

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire, and this month we're celebrating cyber security careers. We got together on Zoom recently with our local friends from Binary Defense regarding some topics we thought that you might find interesting.

Binary Defense is a managed security services provider and software developer with solutions including SOC as a service, managed detection and response, security information and event management, and counterintelligence.

Andrew: So Randy, who are you and what do you do?

Randy: Hey, I'm Randy Pargman and I am the Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense. What that means is I get to work with a couple of awesome teams at Binary Defense.

The counterintelligence team searches for threat indicators outside of companies' networks on the Internet, on the dark web, on criminal forums; looking at what are the threats out there that might affect our clients and then warning them about those threats. We're then prepared, and stop those threats from becoming real problems.

The threat hunting team looks inside of client's networks for advanced attackers that are evading detection. They're sneaking around inside the networks trying not to be detected. The threat hunters are out there to find them and put a stop to those intrusions.

Andrew: What are the positive things about working in cybersecurity?

Randy: Some of the positive aspects of working in cybersecurity include having a real sense of doing something good in the world. At Binary Defense, all the people that I know, all of my coworkers have that drive and that passion to do what they're doing because they know that they are defending companies and people, really—ultimately the people who work at those companies—from harm.

There are people out there around the world who are trying every single day to break in and do damage. They have selfish motives to steal information or to ransom the companies that they are victimizing in order to make money for themselves or to gain information that could give their companies or their governments a competitive advantage. But those people need to be stopped. Their activities are not OK, and being in the cybersecurity field gives you that really good feeling of being on the defense of stopping people from doing harm and protecting the people who otherwise would have been victimized by these attacks.  

Andrew: What are the negative things about working in cybersecurity?

Randy:
One the downsides to working in the cybersecurity field is that it's easy to get burned out, because what you're doing is important and you have that feeling that it is really necessary to do a good job, and it also has a real time sensitivity to it. You can't recognize an attack starting at four PM on a Friday and say, "well, I'm ready to start my weekend, so I guess I'm done now. We'll let that attack go and I'll pick it up again on Monday." No! Really, when an attacker is going after a company, no matter what time of day it is, or what day it is of the week, you need to respond! And so, quite often, you end up working some long hours or some unusual times that you didn't intend to that can interfere with family responsibilities and it's also easy to just personally get sucked into it because it is so important. And, it's so interesting too! I mean, you're learning new things all the time ...and so it's easy just to continue working and working and working until you just don't have time for anything else in your life.

That's why it's really important to have a good support system, to have people around you who understand what you're doing and can give you some flexibility to do that work when you need to—but also to work for a place that understands that after you've worked really hard fighting back an attack, you need some time off too, you need to have some balance in your life.

So, to combat that negative aspect of cybersecurity, it's important to find a good company to work for and to have that balance in your own life too.

Interested in cybersecurity jobs? Sign up for your free account at Military Hire to search our available jobs.

Links
Learn more about Binary Defense.


Advice for Job Seekers During Uncertain Times

Andrew Novak of Military Hire asks COO Rob Riegle for his advice to veterans about looking for a job during uncertain times.



Video Transcript:

Advice for Job Seekers During Uncertain Times

Hi I'm Rob Riegle, I'm the chief operating officer of MilitaryHire.com, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for watching these short series of videos that we've created for you and hopefully we find value in that collectively and hopefully we can find you a job which is the entire purpose of our organization. Thank you.

Andrew: It's a pretty challenging job market out there right now. What advice would give to job seekers during this pandemic?

Rob: I think take this time, obviously, that you are at home and take a good accounting of where you're at in your professional standing—what are the things that you're lacking that you may be able to focus on during this time where we're not able to show up for purposes.

Is there training that you can take? Are there certain interview skills that you can be focusing on? Are there gaps in your resumes that you can go find data and find supporting information for some of the claims that you need to make that may entice a hiring official?

So really, take a moment and step back and kind of just review everything that you have surrounding your professional premise and your prowess and say, "Okay, I might want to add this, I think I'm going to be heading in this direction".

Also, research the job market. What are people really looking for? We already know because we have 25,000 people, hiring agencies, or organizations that have selected MilitaryHire to help them find veterans. We already know there is a huge market out there for veterans. And, quite frankly, times like these, Andrew, that's the reason why!

Veterans are resilient, most veterans aren't going to take the COVID-19 crisis with much more than a grain of salt because they've done much more difficult chores and tasks in their military lives. they've been separated from their families for very long periods of time and under some very extreme hardships. I mean, many like myself in combat, and you know, environments like that.

So as you begin to see the coronavirus move away, and we begin to return to normal life, you know, I would also remind our hiring organizations that these are people that are in our database.  These veterans have resiliency. They're used to overcoming these things and coming back and hitting the ground running.

It won't be anything, you know, really unusual for them to have an interruption in their life and then have to go back to work, so be mindful of the fact that if you are trying to bring your organization back to preeminent status, maybe you've had a downturn related to the coronavirus—we have the people that are going to help you do this the quickest—there's absolutely no doubt in my mind about that.

It's really just a taking time during this pause in our lives to to make sure that everything that we can do, we're doing—and then just be prepared for when the green light goes, that you're ready to proverbially jump and begin your new mission!


Why is a Career in Cybersecurity Fulfilling?

We're highlighting Cyber Security careers during the month of May, and Andrew Novak of Military Hire interviewed Jarrod Suffecool of Binary Defense to learn more about why Jarrod got into a career in Cybersecurity: 

Video Transcript

Andrew:
Hi, I'm Andrew Novak with Military Hire, and this month we're celebrating cyber security careers. We got together on Zoom recently with our local friends from Binary Defense regarding some topics we thought that you might find interesting.

Binary Defense is a managed security services provider and software developer with solutions including SOC as a service, managed detection and response, security information and event management, and counterintelligence.

So Jarrod, who are you and what do you do?

Jarrod: I'm Jarrod Suffecool and I am the intelligence operations lead for Binary Defense.

So for me, I definitely had a bit of a rough transition from military life to civilian life, and I know I'm definitely not alone in that boat. I know a lot of guys that kind of struggled with that change to being a civilian, and I think one of the biggest issues was just kind of that lack of purpose.

You can really see just how wide the effects of work in cybersecurity end up being, because you know the work you do to protect one specific business or one specific customer has a lot broader impacts, because as you start recognizing those different threats, those different attack types, different attackers; those sorts of things, it doesn't just end up protecting one organization. It can end up protecting an entire industry, an entire country, an entire state! I think that kind of gave a really good sense of purpose that I was missing after I left the military.

Interested in cybersecurity jobs? Sign up for your free account at Military Hire to search our available jobs.

Links
Learn more about Binary Defense.



Military Hire and AMVETS Announce a Partnership Supporting Women Veterans and STEM Opportunities

Military Hire and AMVETS announce a partnership of their organizations in multiple efforts to support veteran transitions to civilian life.  The first major initiative between the organizations is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program intended to train female veterans in the area of cybersecurity, a major focus of Military Hire and its recent partnership with CompTIA.

Military Hire and AMVETS Partnership

As part of this agreement, Military Hire will provide awareness to promote the mission and message of AMVETS while connecting AMVETS to its job placement candidate and recruiter pools.  In turn, AMVETS will provide job counseling and placement services as needed to Military Hire candidates choosing those services from the Military Hire site.

“Offering STEM opportunities to Women Veterans provides hope and inspiration to the brave women who have sacrificed and served our country courageously.  They deserve every opportunity that will catapult their careers and help secure their futures”, says Cherissa Jackson, retired Air Force nurse and Chief Medical Executive of AMVETS and creator of the Women Veteran’s STEM Pilot.

The AMVETS Women Veterans’ STEM Pilot Project is open to women veterans and will launch shortly. 

“The STEM program fits three major focus areas of Military Hire - female veterans,  cybersecurity training and job placement,” said Military Hire COO Robert Riegle.  “As a veteran, I understand the value of AMVETS and the full breadth of services they offer veterans.  Military Hire’s mission is around the veteran’s full life transition from military service to commercial life so this partnership was a fit and a true honor for us to engage.”

As part of the agreement, AMVETS job placement and counseling experts will be accessible to veterans on Military Hire to aid veterans in job search skills and placement assistance.  AMVETS also provides expertise in healthcare issues affecting veterans.   AMVETS’ award winning HEAL Program, managed by Cherissa Jackson, will help Veterans with healthcare, evaluation, advocacy and legislative concerns.  This holistic approach ensures that all the needs of the Veteran are assessed and all resources are available.

American Veterans (“AMVETS”) is a veteran service organization, with 250,000 members, representing the interests of 20 million veterans and their families. AMVETS provides services, leadership, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. These services include assistance with healthcare services to ensure veterans with medical needs receive access to quality healthcare care, including mental health and specialized services to live longer, healthier lives, employment assistance, and legislative advocacy to support veterans’ needs.

Military Hire is a veteran job and services organization which has the primary goal of assisting veteran transitions from military to civilian life through job placement and awareness of other services available.  Military Hire has over 600,000 veteran members and over 25,000 companies which it serves in this initiative.

Military Hire Message to Veterans: Stay Focused

Andrew Novak of Military Hire connects with COO Rob Riegle to hear a message to veterans about handling anxiety, uncertainty, and staying focused when facing challenges.



Video Transcript:

Military Hire Message to Veterans: Stay Focused

Hi I'm Rob Riegle; I'm the chief operating officer of militaryhire.com.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you for watching these short series of videos that we've created for you and hopefully we find value in that collectively and hopefully we can find you a job, which is the entire purpose of our organization, thank you.

Andrew: Out there in the community, who may be struggling during this difficult time?

Rob: I know where you're at. I know the challenges and the anxiety that you face when you're coming from overseas. My last tour was in Afghanistan and coming back to the United States, so I was really anxious to figure out what am I going to do? Not only am I coming back to an environment that I haven't been involved in, but I'm also, you know, coming back from an environment that's been very stressful and high anxiety, and I think you're going to see some of that in the COVID-19 realm. The thing is to just remember to stay focused.

I mean, we've been trained to overcome much, much worse than this, and again, if you are feeling like you are overwhelmed, there are resources out there. And first and foremost—reach out to your family and friends. I mean, I've had to do that on a couple of occasions where I didn't know whether or not the future was going to be what I hoped it to be or not. It's largely unpredictable, but we're here to help you, and we're not just here to help you find a job, we're here to help you. If there's anything that we can do, certainly feel free to reach out to the Military Hire team.

Don't try to fight this alone, make sure that you get as many positive people around you as you can, and I can promise you this: People like hiring officials want you! We have 25,000 companies that want you; we have 650,000 people like you that also have gone through this process with you and are active members on our job board, so just remember there is strength in numbers, and we're here for you, and we hope that we're the ones that find you the next, best career spot that you can have, and I certainly appreciate everybody taking the time to listen to us today.

A few links to veteran crisis and support programs:

VA Support Programs and Services for Veterans
AMVETS Heal Program
Veterans Crisis Line
Military Sisterhood Initiative:
Peer support network of and for women of the military.



Military Sisterhood Initiative Connects Women Veterans During COVID-19

"I couldn't make this self quarantine, without this website. It's a lifeline, to real women." -Marilyn

For women Veterans who feel isolated, online communities offer a great place to connect. The Military Sisterhood Initiative, or MSI, is one such community for women Veterans and female active duty service members.

Military Sisterhood Initiative

MSI is a private social platform forging a national peer support community for women of the military

MSI offers a safe and welcoming online space for military women to connect with their sisters, which is valuable in moments like these when face-to-face meetings are not possible.

As a private online community, MSI serves as a place to congregate, share, learn, grow, give/receive, and - once things go back to normal - find meet-up opportunities with military sisters near them.

By joining MSI, women can:

  • Create a profile and connect with other military sisters near them or across the country to build one-on-one relationships.
  • Ask for help when they need it and offer support when their sisters are in need.
  • Engage in discussions and activities around different monthly topics and weekly challenges.
  • Post and find events, resources, and stories relevant to women Veteran growth and empowerment.

Developed and managed by Challenge America, a national veteran 501(c)3 nonprofit, MSI was designed by and for military women. Zaneta Adams - Army Veteran and Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency - had the original vision for the Sisterhood and helped to put the pieces in place to make it a reality. Challenge America then partnered with Global consultancy firm, Acumen Solutions, to design the MSI platform.

Grow with the Military Sisterhood Initiative

Imagine how you can grow with the support of women like you

Women Veterans and female active duty service members can join thousands of their Sisters on MSI by visiting www.militarysisterhoodinitiative.org and clicking "Request to Join".



Military Hire: Veterans, Resilience, and COVID-19

Andrew Novak of Military Hire checks in with COO Rob Riegle to hear a message of hope to veterans during these uncertain times. 

Video Transcript:

Military Hire: Veterans, Resilience, and COVID-19

Hi I'm Rob Riegle; I'm the chief operating officer of militaryhire.com.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you for watching these short series of videos that we've created for you and hopefully we find value in that collectively and hopefully we can find you a job, which is the entire purpose of our organization, thank you.

Andrew: How is the Military Hire team helping veterans during these uncertain times (COVID-19)?

Rob: I mean obviously when you get into times like this, there are certain jobs...you know our nation's first responders are largely populated by veterans, and you know healthcare organizations that are on the front lines of this battle against coronavirus—a lot of them are  former veterans and learn their trade and their craft in the military.


The engineering that's required to make the PPE to convert the existing manufacturing base, to supporting the production of PPE like at Ford Motor Company and at GM, companies like that who that are reorganizing their production to battle this effort.

Many of the people that are on the front lines of those efforts are the same ones that are on the front lines of post 9/11 missions for counterterrorism purposes, or Ex-Vietnam veterans or even still, you know, remarkably Korean War veterans that are still in the job force... so veterans are people that are really ready and able to go.

For my veteran friends that are out there, and veteran colleagues you know, I implore you to, like you have in the past, every time there's been a challenge in your life, make sure that you reach out to your colleagues and make sure that you stay current with them. And if you are feeling like this is creating a burden for you, there are many resources out there and at MilitaryHire, you can go to our landing page and we can redirect you to some veteran crisis programs and those kinds of things.

So you know, just stay alert and try to remain optimistic. Better times are ahead of us.

I'm filming this from my laptop in my home because you know we're not able to do this in person, but this again is just an indicator of the resiliency of the veteran workforce and population.

Quite frankly, organizations that aren't taking advantage of the veteran population in hiring terms are doing themselves a great disservice because there are many veterans that are just waiting to help and some of the best employees in the world are our veterans.

A few links to veteran crisis and support programs

VA Support Programs and Services for Veterans
AMVETS Heal Program
Veterans Crisis Line
Military Sisterhood Initiative:
Peer support network of and for women of the military.



Military Hire and CompTIA Enter into Partnership Agreement

Military Hire and CompTIA Enter into Partnership Agreement to Streamline Certification and Credentials Management

April 22, 2020

Akron, Ohio – Military Hire, a SaaS Factory company, announced today that is has signed a training and certification partnership agreement with CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications and training for information technology (IT) professionals and individuals interested in joining the IT workforce.

Military Hire and CompTIA Enter into Partnership Agreement

The organizations are looking at various projects including integration of certification records for the benefit of a more streamlined and validated credentials management process within the DoD. The companies are also exploring opportunities to up-skill veteran workforce candidates.

Robert Riegle, COO of Military Hire, stated: "We see a great deal of synergy between Military Hire and CompTIA. This partnership provides extensive training, certifications, and credentials management advantages for commercial and government markets; particularly as it relates to the growing need for credentialed information security and IT technology professionals. We are excited to team with CompTIA to support the ongoing education and credentials for this highly skilled workforce.”

“Professional certifications and validated credentials continue to grow in importance and value for IT professionals in the public and private sectors and the organizations that employ them,” said John McGlinchey, executive vice president for global certification at CompTIA.

“As a veteran, finding the right job can be challenging. Working with Military Hire we can help connect them with hundreds of veteran friendly companies,” McGlinchey added. Together with Military Hire we intend to ease that burden with a system that’s easy to manage and use and comprehensive enough to meet any organization or veteran’s needs.”

About Military Hire

Military Hire has created a network where former military personnel can seek careers and utilize their professional skills. Our mission is to "Serve Those Who Served" by connecting veterans of America's armed forces with employers who value their experience and skills. The Military Hire platform has the resources needed to successfully make a veteran’s initial transition to civilian life and to make any future career change after transition. 

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.