My Catawba County Interview w/ HKY4Vets

This blog first appeared on the My Catawba County website and is re-printed here. The organization was founded in 2016 by Nathan Huret, director of existing industry services for the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, and Lindsay Keisler, president/CEO of The Chamber. With Veterans Day right around the corner, we asked Nathan (who serves as…

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Best Practices for a Virtual Hiring Event (2/3)

As part of our upcoming Virtual Hiring Event, we are putting together a series of blog posts for our attendees – hopefully some helpful advice on how to best prepare and approach the August 26th event. In today’s post, how to best prepare for a virtual hiring event. The pandemic-riddled 2020 saw millions of Americans…

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This is your first impression – your resume (Part 1/3)

This blog post represents the first in a series of posts we will be making over the coming weeks as we gear up for our inaugural HKY4Vets Virtual Hiring Event on August 26th (info here). We hope this information is helpful to those attendees, but perhaps it might be useful to others in their pursuit…

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The Transition Toolkit: DoD’s Skillbridge Program

Having never been through it myself, I suspect one of the most worrisome periods of transitioning from years (or decades) of US military service, is getting a foot in the door BACK into the civilian job market. You’ve most assuredly got connections and have obviously served our nation courageously in numerous capacities, yet that is…

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It’s WHO You Know vs. WHAT You Know

You have heard it before – sometimes taking the next path on your professional journey comes about because of WHO you know as opposed to WHAT you know. This theorem of life can prove both powerful (if correctly harnessed), while also at times frustrating – especially when perhaps you have been passed over when (at…

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Like A Lightning Bolt

I recently received one of those notes that has the ability to “make your day”.  It was an unexpected note from the CEO of a HKY4Vets Talent Connect Partner, singing the praises of a recent veteran hire – a great employee that has already been promoted in a short amount of time because he “has…

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A Letter to the Military Community (in honor of Veteran’s Day)

Dear Veteran and Active Service Member, We are so grateful for you and your family. The Hickory Metro region is where we enjoy a community of wonderful people, beautiful surroundings, thriving economy, and growing job market. We have the freedom to walk around the bustling and growing downtown on a Saturday night; to stop for…

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New Benefits Incoming for Veteran Caregivers

Veterans Caregiver Program HKY4Vets North Carolina

Military veterans with severe chronic diseases or disabilities have two options for care.  They may be admitted to a VA hospital if they require specialized medical support.  But for many American veterans, it is the spouse or a family member who steps into the role of a part-time to the full-time caregiver.  Especially when the…

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It Has. It Can. It Will.

North Carolina Veterans HKY4Vets

There is one aspect of our modern US military which has always amazed me – the ability of individuals that come from every corner of our country, from different cultural backgrounds, from different races, religions, political persuasions, [insert typical cultural divider here] to rise above that multitude of differences to form one team, with one…

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Veterans Say Separation and Transition Programs Still Fall Short

HKY4Vets Jobs for Veterans North Carolina

Unless you have served in the military it can be difficult to understand the realities of transitioning from military life back to civilian life.  Just as the military thoroughly trains and prepares soldiers for active duty, is the same level of conditioning provided for veterans to step down from military service? There are most definitely…

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‘Veterans Economic Recovery Act of 2020’ Will Help Veterans Unemployed By Covid-19

HKY4Vets North Carolina

In 2019, unemployment rates for American veterans fell to its lowest point in twenty years.   Increasing community outreach and non-profit support programs for military veterans was making a measurable difference. The Covid-19 coronavirus has had a substantial impact on unemployment rates.  For veterans, the month of June saw jobless rates almost reaching 12%.  In May,…

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Who would you want in your “foxhole”?

First, let me start by hoping and praying that you and your family are doing well and are staying safe during these very uncertain times. I hope so and I hope that continues. So much has changed in one month – worlds have literally been turned upside-down in the span of just 30 days.  …

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Simplicity = Intense Focus

In a late 2019 blog post, I detailed the year that had been – a year of so much “new” for HKY4Vets that it was honestly difficult to remember ALL that had been devised, planned, worked on, changed, moved forward and hoped for in those 12 short months. I went on to claim that with…

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Middle of the Pack (pt. 2 of 2)

Back in December I wrote a blog that detailed our region’s population of military veterans (feel free to catch Pt. 1 here if you missed) – getting into demographic aspects of population, age and eras of service, through levels of education and skill sets. The data clearly showed several things: Owing to the large installations…

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“Our heads are spun…”

The 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg can deploy at a moment’s notice – literally within hours (to anywhere in the world) in a crisis situation. In response to rising tensions in the Middle East, it did just that. Strategically, I understand the deployment – the current situation in the Middle East is a virtual…

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2019 – Transition & 2020 – Growth

For HKY4Vets, 2019 has been monumental – a year of so much “new” that it is honestly difficult to remember ALL that has been devised, planned, worked on, changed, moved forward and hoped for these past 12 months. Try as I might to stay away from our own “End of Year List”, it is impossible…

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