“Hiring Our Heroes” Hiring Fair, July 10, in Los Angeles

BACKGROUND: The U.S. and Los Angeles Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor, are co-hosting a “Hiring Our Heroes” hiring fair July 10, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Sony Pictures Studios, in Los Angeles. This hiring fair is exclusively designed to connect both veterans and military spouses to 21st century job opportunities with nearly 200 Fortune 500 companies. KEY MESSAGES: A “Hiring Our Heroes” hiring fair will be held on July 10, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Sony Pictures Studios, in Los Angeles. The companies and corporations participating have been screened to ensure they have the right kind of job and career opportunities for military spouses and veterans. We are engaging our nation's employment leaders with this message: Military spouses are your best choice for your next hire! AUDIENCE: Service members, family members, installation command and staff Federal agencies, corporate and NGO partners STRATEGY: Align use of DoD internal communications and external resources to deliver messages. Use emerging and social media platforms to promote to internal community. Use partnerships with public and private organizations to engage target audiences. For more information contact: Office of Strategic Outreach Military Community & Family Policy Bruce Moody (703) 692-4408 bruce.moody@osd.mil Barb Goodno (703) 571-2376 barbara.goodno@osd.mil Beth Riffle, Director (703) 695-3265 Beth.Riffle@osd.mil HASHTAG: #MILFAM

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Talking Points: “Hiring Our Heroes” Hiring Fair, July 10, in Los Angeles
A “Hiring Our Heroes” hiring fair will be held on July 10, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Sony Pictures Studios, in Los Angeles. Military spouses from the active, National Guard, and Reserve ranks from all Services, including the Coast Guard, are eligible to attend this free event. Register at http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=971904 o Select “Military Spouse Registration” in the drop-down menu. It’s first-come, first-served, and only 500 spouses and 1,000 veterans will be permitted to participate in this event. Participating spouses should bring 30 copies of their resume. Those without a resume are invited to visit their local spouse employment specialist, or Military OneSource or call 1-800-342-9647 to speak with a spouse career consultant who can assist with writing a resume. The companies and corporations participating have been screened to ensure they have the right kind of job and career opportunities for military spouses and veterans. Only those companies who have jobs immediately available are being allowed to attend. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be following up with these companies to determine how many resumes from military spouses they collected, how many job offers were ultimately made, and how many jobs were accepted by military spouses. We are engaging our nation's employment leaders with this message: Military spouses are your best choice for your next hire! They are skilled and diverse o Military spouses bring hard-to-find values and skills to a wide range of fields, including education and training, health care and financial services  95% of 1.3M spouses are women, 50% are age 30 and under They are educated and motivated o Military spouses are better educated than their civilian counterparts and are actively pursuing careers  84% have some college/25% have a bachelor’s degree/10% have an advanced degree  85% want or need to work*/26% unemployment rate – 1 in 4 are unemployed and actively seeking work. This represents 91K active duty spouses who are searching but cannot find a job.** Military spouses earn 25% less than their civilian counterparts** Military families relocate 14% more frequently than civilian families*** DMDC, Dec. 2010, ** Segal, UMUC, Nov. 2010, *** Current Population Survey, 2007-2009 They are team oriented and have a strong work ethic. o Military souses possess sought-after traits that distinguish them as outstanding employees.  They are tech-savvy, adaptable and resilient, strong leaders, team players, mature, effective under pressure.

Suggested Press Release: “Hiring Our Heroes” Hiring Fair, July 10, in Los Angeles
A “Hiring Our Heroes” hiring fair will be held on July 10, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Sony Pictures Studios, in Los Angeles. This hiring fair is exclusively designed to connect both veterans and military spouses to 21st century job opportunities with nearly 200 Fortune 500 companies. Military spouses from the active, National Guard, and Reserve ranks from all Services, including the Coast Guard, are eligible to attend this event. Admission is free. Register at http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=971904. Select “Military Spouse Registration” in the drop-down menu. Registration is first-come, first served. Only 500 spouses and 1,000 veterans will be permitted to attend. It is highly recommended that those interested in attending register by June 13. The U.S. and Los Angeles Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor, are co-hosting this event. Companies and corporations participating have been screened to ensure they have the right kind of job and career opportunities for military spouses and veterans. Only those companies who have jobs immediately available are being allowed to attend. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is following up with these companies to determine how many resumes from military spouses they collected, how many job offers were ultimately made, and how many jobs were accepted by military spouses. Participating spouses should bring 30 copies of their resume. Those without a resume are invited to visit their local spouse employment specialist, or Military OneSource or call 1-800-342-9647 to speak with a spouse career consultant who can assist with writing a resume.