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Your Job Search is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Posted by BPW Foundation Contributer on June 13, 2014

The first in the series The Strength of Your Service…and Beyond 

By Chris Rath

Before my first marathon, I could not fathom running 26.2 miles.  Training for a long distance takes preparation, commitment and tenacity.  Your job search requires the same philosophy.  Finding a new job does not typically happen overnight neither does running a marathon with no training.  Here are tips to running one of the biggest races of your life – finding a job to your second career.

  1. Set a goal.  Right, it’s to find a job.  But not so fast.  Is your goal to find a job or a career? Are you looking for something long term or short term? What is your target industry or company size? Just as in race training, I had to plan for my pace, water breaks, etc.  So, take time to make a plan to help you focus and measure your process so you can make adjustments and move forward.
  2. Rely on a support system. For me, having running buddies and my family’s support got me through the long haul.  The same can make a tremendous difference in your search.  Build upon your existing network and reconnect. If you do not have a mentor, consider someone who has recently separated find military-friendly organizations who offer mentoring through free career mentors and professional resources. Your support system will only continue to grow with people who want to help you.
  3. Practice.  Marathon training often includes a few shorter races to help you prepare for race day.  Preparation for your job search activities should also be done.  As many of you are aware, have a good elevator speech and prepare for common interview questions.  But, take it one step further and continue to evaluate and refine.  Use your support system to work out the bugs so you can feel more relaxed and competitive on interview day.
  4. Change it up.  Conditioning through a variety of exercises better prepared me.  Some days I ran intervals; other days I ran hills – all with the same goal of helping me finish the race successfully.  The same goes for your resume.  While many of you know that refining and tailoring your resume is a constant process, it does get time consuming.  But remember, the end goal is to get you through finish line…with a new job!
  5. Take it easy. Don’t give up.  Stay positive.

To learn more about job searching for your second career, look for more installments of our series, “The Strength of Your Service…and Beyond.”

christine RathChris Rath leads the Veteran Recruiting Program for Booz Allen Hamilton, a publicly traded strategy and technology consulting firm based in Mclean, VA.  The program is focused on employment opportunities for former military, transitioning military, military spouses, guard and reservists.  Candidates may connect with me, other Booz Allen employees/recruiters, and transitioning military colleagues through our Booz Allen Transitioning Military Recruiting LinkedIn Group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=5144107&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp

Booz Allen is an Employer of Choice for former military personnel, who make up a third of our workforce. We’re committed to supporting veterans, Reservists, National Guardsmen and women, and other employees with military backgrounds through outreach, training programs, and our Armed Services Forum, which provides support, camaraderie, and resources for employees formerly or currently serving our nation.

Visit www.boozallen.com/careers/transitioningmilitary to find out more about these and other unparalleled opportunities for transitioning military personnel and veterans, and to learn about webinars and other upcoming events.

Joining Forces Mentoring Plus offers free unlimited personal career and employment coaching and professional guidance – including working women mentors – for women veterans, female military spouses, caregivers of wounded warriors and survivors of fallen soldiers.  Visit www.JoiningForcesMentoringPlus.org. Volunteer women employees from partners including Booz Allen Hamilton and others are waiting to share their expertise and experience with you!

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Honoring Our Fallen Sisters This Memorial Day

Posted by Crystal Williams on May 22, 2014

Memorial Day is one of our nation’s most solemn and revered holidays— we extend our sincere gratitude to these servicemen and women in uniform who gave their lives so we might live in freedom. We honor their memory and pray for peace.

This is also a day when we would like to bring special attention to the sacrifice of our fallen sisters who have died during the war on terror. Since the war began there have been over 157 service women who have bravely perished in defense of our great country. A complete list of the fallen servicewomen can be found by visiting Women in Military Service in America (WIMSA) we invite you to take a moment and remember these women and consider making a donation to WIMSA Memorial to honor them.

We also encourage you to visit the Washington Post’s Faces of the Fallen. Faces of the Fallen provides information about each U.S. service member who died as a result of the War on Terror. Please take a moment to remember and honor these mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, and friends this Memorial Day.

 

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Pictures taken from Washingtonpost.com Faces of the Fallen

Research by Magda Jean-Louis, Greg Linch, Whitney Fetterhoff and Mary Hadar.

Application design and development by Sisi Wei, Jeremy Bowers and Wilson Andrews.

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You Are Invited To Celebrate Women’s History — Make Women’s History Event Tuesday – March 18, 2014 at The United States Navy Memorial

Posted by Crystal Williams on February 26, 2014

Honorary Chair, First Lady Michelle Obama

In celebration of Women’s History Month 2014, we invite you to join Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation to honor the achievements, dedication to duty, and patriotism of women veterans, military/veteran spouses, female caregivers of wounded warriors, and women who have lost a loved one serving our nation.

We are pleased to recognize the vital contributions made by 

Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® Champions:

Angel Outreach Award: Courtney Banks Spaeth, 
Founder & CEO of NSAWW

Innovative Programming Award: Alliant Credit Union

Action with Compassion Award: Booz Allen Hamilton

 Grassroots Award: BPW North Carolina

Career Development Panel, Tools & Resources for the Civilian Workplace

Learn about tools and resources valuable in identifying a career path and pursuing the route to success in the civilian workplace

Career Development Panel, Social Media Strategies for Career Success
Find out how to use social media to support you as you explore industries and opportunities, create your online brand, and cultivate networks

Cocktail & Networking/Awards Reception

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Date:
Tuesday – March 18, 2014
Time:
Career Development Panels: 4-6 pm
Cocktails, Networking Reception & Awards Presentation: 6-8pm
Location:
The United States Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
Register: Register before March 13th (Space is limited)
Join as an Event Sponsor! Please contact Mary Ann Sack
masack@bpwfoundation.org
 
 
Moderated by Erika Gonzalez,
NBC4 News Anchor
 
Guest parking available at reduced $8 rate at PMI Parking (D Street NW, between 8th and 9th Streets; Entrance next to the Caucus Room Restaurant). Please bring your ticket to the event for validation.
 EVENT-SPONSOR_STARSMARCH5

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At the crossroads where I am and where you are

Posted by YWM on January 22, 2014

By Jacque Hillman, President BPW/Tennessee

Jacquemug-HillHelenGroupToday, I’m president of Business and Professional Women of Tennessee, an entrepreneur with two companies, and I’m on a mission. But in 1969, at age 21, I took my husband, a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, to board a plane leaving for Vietnam. He became a forward observer calling in artillery strikes.

Two years later he came home with a Bronze Star for valor and nightmares about incoming rockets. Other than malaria, he was not wounded, except in his soul. My husband wrote about calling in artillery strikes on Viet Cong families in clearings when the men came out from the jungle. He wrote: “If there is a hell, I’m going there.”

We were fortunate that he had a scholarship for Tulane University Law School. I had a degree in English and secondary education and a teacher’s license. So we became civilians. Yet as a former military wife, I looked at everyone with “new” eyes – no time for whiners and complainers.

I heard people complain about the golf course fairways or food in the school cafeteria. I listened to the good church women who wanted to install carpet in the minister’s bathroom and were miffed that his wife thought it was silly. My reaction was “Get real.”
War and military service changes everything – it changes everyone. How can it not? How can you see what you see, hear it, feel it, and not be changed?

My first marriage made it 18 years and died for various reasons – mostly we grew apart. It happens. Today I’m happily married (25 years in May) to an Air Force veteran. My first husband is happily married and has a two-week old baby! Yes, life happens.
Everyone starts over at some point. As we begin 2014, it is time for fresh starts.

Many women military veterans – YOU — are returning home and need jobs. You need help. You come home to people who cannot possibly understand where you’ve been or what you’ve done. You look at them with “new” eyes. You wonder how to begin, where to begin.

As BPW/TN president and a Jackson Area BPW member, I said, “It’s time for a change.”

So my amazing convention team and I have redesigned our convention June 13-15 in Jackson, Tenn., to offer YOU — women veterans — a full day of meetings with representatives of colleges, universities and colleges of applied technology, two days of business session training that will help your resume. We will have veterans’ representatives present from our counties to help you with whatever questions you may have. We have sponsors for our state convention who want to help you find jobs. We’ll teach you how to network, how to write a resume, how to ace an interview and more.

Want to become an entrepreneur? We’ll help you do that. Serving on the Entrepreneur Development Center board in Jackson. I see enterprising people with great ideas get started. That’s what you need, isn’t it? A start?

I’m an alumnus of the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy where leaders in eight states learned about just what you face in the Delta Region to get started. It’s hard to get your business started in rural Tennessee if you still have dial up or you can’t get connectivity where you are. Some folks in business assume we all have the same resources. It’s hard to do homework in school if you don’t have a computer. This is real.

I will be writing blogs each week on points that will help you. If you live in Tennessee, we have women who are eager to become your mentors. Check us out at bpwtn.org.

All you have to do is reach out. You see, there are people like me who know where you’ve been. And we just want to get you where you need – and want — to be.

Contact me anytime.

Jacque is a senior partner in The HillHelen Group LLC media services and the owner/designer of Reconfigured Art Jewelry.

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CAREER MENTORING FOR WOMEN COPING WITH THE DEATH OF A SERVICE MEMBER

Posted by YWM on January 16, 2014

Surviving spouses, sisters, mothers and other women grieving a loss can get career mentoring

BPW mentoring logo.cThe Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) are partnering to provide career mentoring and resources to military widows, surviving sisters, surviving mothers and other women who have lost a loved one serving in the Armed Forces.

Through BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus program , (JFMP) surviving spouses and other female family members will have access to its no-cost national mentoring program. The program uses both one-on-one contact and a sophisticated online platform of resources for this deserving cohort of women. Mentorships and resources extend beyond job attainment to support job retention and career advancement.

“Since January is National Mentoring Month we couldn’t be more excited to announce our partnership with TAPS to support military spouses, daughters, mothers, sisters and fiancées, who have tragically lost a loved one who served our country,” said BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett.

“In addition to their grief, these women now face the difficult challenge of rebuilding their lives.  Having the option of a meaningful, sustainable career is often key to this effort.”  Joining Forces Mentoring Plus provides access to free mentoring provided by volunteer working women, Subject Matter Experts for special needs, and a vast number of state-of-the-art career resources through our internet platform.

“And our unique benefit of Working Women Helping Women Work® provides these female military spouses/family members with a truly understanding helping hand,” Frett added. The program offers tailored mentoring to assist career development.

“We are so grateful to the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation for offering the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus program for free to women grieving the death of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces,” said Bonnie Carroll, military widow and TAPS founder.

Carroll said that career mentoring is often very helpful for women grieving the loss of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces. “Families of our fallen troops often change career courses completely following the death of their loved one. They have to build a new life after the deaths of their loved ones and many have to find a new direction in life. Having such a caring and supportive mentoring program available will be an invaluable resource for the families left behind by our fallen troops.”

If you are a surviving spouse, mother, daughter, sister, or other who has lost a loved one serving in our Armed Forces, you can get involved by visiting www.JoiningForcesMentoringPlus.org or contacting Helpdesk@bpwfoundation.org.

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Starting the Year Off With a KISS

Posted by Joan Grey on January 2, 2014

It happens at the beginning of each New Year. We create lists of Resolutions with firm intentions to change something about ourselves during the next 12 months. But as most of us learn within the next few weeks, keeping to those goals is a lot harder than writing them down on a sheet of paper.

To read more go to http://www.dcmilitaryfamlife.com/profiles/blogs/starting-the-year-off-with-a-kiss

Happy New Year and good luck with your Resolutions! Remember, Keeping It Simple = Success!

Alice Swan is a guest blogger for BPW Foundation and journalist for dcmilitaryfamlife.com, writing stories that touch all aspects of Military Family life. She is the spouse of BG(Ret) Robin P. Swan, with whom she shared 31 years of exciting Soldiering adventures and their now-retired Army life. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she has worked in corporate marketing, for Army Public Affairs, and like Milspouses everywhere has tackled a variety of volunteer positions and temporary jobs. She is also a proud Senior Olympian. Alice and her husband are the parents of three children: 1LT Robin, USMA Cadet Mary and Hannah.
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Woman to Woman Mentoring and Career Guidance for Military Spouses

Posted by sherrysaunders on November 5, 2013

BPW mentoring logo.cBusiness and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation was inducted as a Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partner (MSEP) at the MSEP Partner Induction Ceremony on November 5, 2013 at the Pentagon Auditorium in Arlington, VA. Signing the new MSEP Partners Statement of Support for BPW Foundation was CEO Deborah L. Frett.

“BPW Foundation is proud to join MSEP in supporting military spouses as they seek meaningful careers while balancing the challenging work-life priorities involved in living a military life,” said Deborah Frett. “Through BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®, military spouses will have access to free mentoring provided by volunteer working women, Subject Matter Experts for special needs, and a vast number of state- of-the-art career resources through our internet platform. In addition, we have special resources for the employment challenges faced by caregivers of Wounded Warriors.

“Military spouses, 95% of whom are women, are educated, committed, flexible, and capable of juggling multiple roles in transitional situations. Yet most remain un or under employed. Over the past several years, BPW Foundation has championed women veterans and military spouses in their efforts to succeed in meaningful careers. We have also found that serving both women veterans and military spouses is useful, since many military spouses are also veterans.

“Joining MSEP is a logical match of resources to support and provide the tools military spouses need to succeed as they face issues of job portability, frequent moves and often an absent spouse. And our unique benefit of Working Women Helping Women Work® provides these female military spouses a truly understanding helping hand,” Frett said.

Current MSEP partner executives, members of Congress, military service assistant secretaries, senior military spouses of the service Chiefs of Staff and military spouse employees of MSEP companies were on hand at the commitment celebration to welcome the more than 30 new MSEP partners. Also attending for BPW Foundation was Velma Hart, BPW Treasurer, BPW Foundation Trustee and a veteran. She joined Ms. Frett and the other partners at the 2013 Annual MSEP Partner Meeting after the induction ceremony.

MSEP is part of DoD’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) initiative , which seeks to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses by providing career exploration opportunities to help them understand their skills, interests, and goals; education and training to help them identify academic, licensing, or credentialing requirements that can help them reach their career goals; employment readiness assistance to optimize their self-marketing skills; and employment connections that help them find and maintain a rewarding career. MSEP, a targeted recruitment and employment solution, creates employment connections that provide companies with direct access to military spouses seeking career opportunities and spouses with direct access to employers who are actively recruiting.

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Joining Forces Mentoring Plus to Support Caregivers of Wounded Warriors

Posted by YWM on July 18, 2013

BPW JFMPlogo.lowBooz Allen Hamilton and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation have announced  a partnership to support women veterans and military/veteran spouses as they navigate the path to success in the civilian workplace. This new partnership enlists women who work at Booz Allen Hamilton to connect with women veterans and military/veteran spouses and create sustaining “high-tech, high-touch” mentoring relationships.

Booz Allen Hamilton-Joining Forces Mentoring Plus partnership will also include an important new focus on caregivers of wounded warriors. These women face unique challenges in adapting their lives—and employment—often either abandoning successful careers to become full-time caregivers to their disabled loved ones or re-entering the workforce to assume responsibility as primary breadwinners.

Booz Allen’s interest in reaching out to caregivers of wounded warriors grew out of the company’s involvement at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where employee volunteers noted the gap in support for the family members and loved ones attending to the needs of their wounded warriors. Executive Vice President Robin Portman, who serves on the Advisory Council that assisted in the development of BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® , immediately saw the opportunity to expand the program’s resources to embrace caregivers. “Military Caregivers serve our nation each day by providing round-the-clock emotional and physical care to our American heroes,” says Portman. “Booz Allen’s partnership with the BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® program will support these hidden heroes whose challenges are virtually unseen.”

“We are very excited about the range of expertise and value-added that Booz Allen Hamilton will bring to Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®, and to the women veterans and military/veteran spouses they will assist,” said Deborah L. Frett, BPW Foundation CEO. “These women veterans, military/veteran spouses, and caregivers will benefit greatly from the passion and extensive knowledge Booz Allen Hamilton women employee mentors can share,” Frett said, noting that Booz Allen’s consulting practice includes both federal and corporate clients in myriad industries. “We are proud to welcome Booz Allen Hamilton as a Leadership Partner and look forward to working with them and learning from—and alongside–them.”

Booz Allen Hamilton-Joining Forces Mentoring Plus will enlist mentors from the company’s diverse population of women employees across the country to be trained as mentors to serve thousands of caregivers and spouses who make daily sacrifices to care for and support their service members. This initiative will spotlight women among Booz Allen Hamilton’s numerous efforts to support military veterans and their families with career opportunities, community partnerships, and services tailored to meet the unique needs of the greater military community.

In addition to regular meetings with mentees, Booz Allen Hamilton mentors will utilize a custom portal within BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® internet platform, which provides mentor training and a wide range of resources, information, and subject matter experts to support them as mentors.

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CVS Caremark Joins BPW Foundation in Mentoring Women Veterans and Military Spouses on the Path to Successful Careers

Posted by YWM on July 9, 2013

BPW JFMPlogo.lowCVS Caremark has joined the growing list of companies partnering with Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® program to support women veterans and military/veteran spouses as they navigate the path to success in the civilian workplace. CVS Caremark will enlist volunteer women employees as mentors and subject matter experts for women veterans and military/veteran spouses within the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® “high tech-high touch” online community.

Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® provides free employment tools and connects women veterans of all branches, eras, ranks and military/veteran spouses with volunteer working women mentors and subject matter experts. The program, framed around “Working Women Helping Women Work®, meets these women where they are and helps them translate their military skills and build self confidence to find and keep meaningful civilian careers or start and grow their own businesses.

BPW CEO Deborah Frett welcomed CVS Caremark’s volunteer employees, noting: “Results to date validate and support the value of tapping working women’s experience and expertise. CVS Caremark volunteers will expand our pipeline of mentors for the growing number of women veterans and military/veteran spouses looking for career guidance through Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®. We are thrilled that CVS Caremark is ‘joining forces’ with BPW Foundation and look forward to the company’s important contributions to our mentoring resources.”

CVS Caremark will enlist mentors from the company’s diverse population of women employees across the country by tapping into their Colleague Resource Groups (CRG).  “VALOR, our veteran CRG along with Women Success Network and the Logistics Diversity Council are taking the lead on recruiting members to participate in this initiative.  We are excited about the partnership with BPW Foundation and look forward to adding this mentoring program to our enterprise-wide military recruitment and outreach efforts,” states Leslie Reis, Senior Manager of Workforce Initiatives.   This initiative will spotlight women among CVS Caremark’s numerous efforts to support military veterans and their families with career opportunities and community partnerships tailored to meet the unique needs of the greater military community.

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Expanded Technology and Entrepreneurship Resources for Women Veterans and Military Spouses

Posted by YWM on July 2, 2013

Dell IntelDell & Intel and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation are partnering to provide free technology assistance and entrepreneurial tools to guide and support the expanding community of women veterans and military/veteran spouses served by Joining Forces Mentoring Plu who are interested in starting and/or growing small businesses. These Dell-Intel resources will be accessible to all members of BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring BPW JFMPlogo.lowPlus® online employment mentoring platform.

Dell & Intel’s technology and entrepreneurship expertise will strengthen the “Working Women Helping Women Work®” mentoring component of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® and supplement the program’s employment/career resource library. These important new resources recognize the growing number of military women who want to start their own businesses and are looking to gain the expertise and skills needed for success. Dell & Intel will offer individualized guidance to educate and guide these women as they evaluate their job-seeking and professional hardware and software needs. Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurs will supply tools for Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® military women-launched businesses, and the company will enlist mentors and subject matter experts to advise and meet the specific needs of this targeted audience of women.

“BPW Foundation is pleased and proud to welcome Dell & Intel into the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® community,” said Deborah L. Frett, BPW Foundation CEO. “Their support of women in the workplace, as employees and employers, aligns with our goal of creating work environments that are inclusive and value the skills and contributions of working women. BPW Foundation applauds their specific focus in this partnership to help provide women veteran and military/veteran spouse entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed in their new businesses, and in their civilian lives.”

“Research indicates that women veterans’ civilian entrepreneurial career progress is hindered by obstacles they face translating their skills and their lack of hands-on career support. Similarly, military spouses’ workplace success is often compromised by frequent moves, lack of job transition guidance, caregiving and single parent childcare issues,” said Belinda Matingou, Business Development Director at Dell who focuses on diverse small businesses, including those owned by women and veterans. ”Dell is proud to support the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® online platform to build on the existing framework of Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurs that provides resources and information to entrepreneurs everywhere.”

Dell & Intel’s technology and entrepreneurship resources are an important addition to the growing list of free tools and information available to women veterans and military/veteran spouses via BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® internet platform, which connects volunteer working women mentors and subject matter experts to support success in the civilian workplace. The program’s “Working Women Helping Women Work®” philosophy builds on a workforce development model to help women veterans and military/veteran spouses navigate their individual challenges as they find and succeed in civilian careers.

BPW Foundation identified employment and career mentoring as a critical need of transitioning women veterans during its inaugural Joining Forces for Women Veterans National Summit in October 2010. First Lady Michelle Obama recognized this “mentorship gap” in the White House’s selection of BPW Foundation as the lead organization for a large-scale mentoring initiative to benefit women veterans and military/veteran spouses. BPW Foundation has since forged partnerships with more than 55 corporations and non-profit organizations to fulfill this mandate, and at the recent White House Champions for Change: Women Veterans event The First Lady recognized BPW Foundation “for the exceptional work that they do every day for women veterans.”

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