MOAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation join efforts for Military Spouse Career Events
Alexandria, Va. — U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida will kick off the 2015 Military Spouse Symposium “Keeping a Career on the Move®” as the keynote speaker Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 9:05 a.m. The award-winning professional-development conference, hosted by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), is open to all military spouses, service members and veterans and will begin at 9 a.m. (Registration opens at 8:15 a.m.). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Networking Event and Hiring Fair will follow. All events will be held at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Fla.
The “Keeping a Career on the Move®” Military Spouse Symposium builds the bridge to the workforce by offering military spouses the opportunity to engage in discussion with installation, community, state and federal representatives; local and national employers; and other military spouses. JPMorgan Chase & CO. is the gold sponsor and Mercer is the silver sponsor for this event.
“Tampa Bay is a patriotic community that works every day to support all of our military families,” said Castor, who represents MacDill Air Force Base and surrounding communities. “Our military families face so many challenges during and after their service to our nation, including shifting careers of spouses and different schools for kids. Supporting our military families in every aspect of their lives upholds the values of our country and our community. That is why this program coming to our community is so valuable.”
Castor is the first woman to represent Florida’s 14th Congressional District in the U.S. Congress and is serving her fifth term.
Symposium attendees can choose from a variety of workshops provided by MOAA’s award-winning Transition Center and designed for the local area. Concurrent workshops include:
• Résumé Writing Strategies for Military Spouses,
• The “Dollars and Sense” of Working Outside of the Home,
• Networking Your Way to Employment,
• LinkedIn Strategies, and
• Transition: Life Beyond the Military.
During lunch, military spouses will lead a “Real Spouses, Real Stories” discussion. Attendees will hear from fellow military spouses who have navigated a wide variety of industries and strategic volunteerism opportunities to keep their careers on the move.
Following the afternoon breakout sessions, at 1:30 p.m., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes’ Military Spouse Programs will host a military spouse networking event. The event will provide spouses with the opportunity to network with recruiters from national and local businesses, community leaders, local professionals and senior military spouses.
The hiring fair Thursday, Oct. 15 — open to active duty, Guard and Reserve servicemembers; veterans; and Gold Star Spouses — will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Job seekers can register for the fair at hiringourheroes.org.
For more information and to register online, go to www.moaa.org/spousesymposium. Attendees have the opportunity to receive free résumé critiques, professional LinkedIn photos and Stella & Dot accessories. Business attire is highly recommended.
Download the MOAA Military Career Events mobile application (search for MOAA Career in the app store on a smart device) for all of the pertinent details regarding the symposium.
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with more than 390,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more information, visit www.moaa.org or www.voicesfortroops.org/.
About Hiring Our Heroes:
Since Hiring Our Heroes began in March 2011, more than 1,500 companies have hired 27,200 veterans and military spouses as a result of 900 hiring events. In March 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. This milestone was achieved in June 2015 when more than 500,000 veteran and military spouse hires were confirmed.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.