Called the H.E.R.O. initiative
Mayor Greg Stanton is launching a program to help unemployed veterans find work.
The Phoenix H.E.R.O. will help veterans find work, educate city government and companies on hiring unemployed veterans and have targeted job events to recruit veterans.
The initiative is based on four principles: Hire, Educate, Recruit and Organize (H.E.R.O.).
“This is not simply a job fair or one-time event,” Stanton said in a statement. “This is something the city is going to do until we find jobs for our unemployed vets. It’s the least we can do for their service to our country and risking their lives to keep us safe.”
As part of the initiative the city, in partnership with community veterans’ organizations will:
Hold workshops with veterans on:
- Resume writing and translating military skills into civilian term
- Career counseling
- Helping veterans understand what employers, including the city, are looking for and how to tailor their resumes accordingly
- Educate city supervisory staff on the advantages of hiring veterans through a three-day training for newly promoted supervisors
- Begin offering specialized counseling for returning veterans who have difficulty acclimating back into the work environment
- Give veterans priority at the city’s One-Stop Centers. These centers offer a multitude of career services (resume prep, career development, etc.). Any veteran wanting these services can go to the front of the line.