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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Hiring our heroes

By Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | March 26, 2014

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Military spouses network with employers, receive help with resume writing and career planning during the Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The new website, MyCareerSpark.org, was introduced at the fair and provides a resume builder to help military spouses eliminate employment gaps and translate skills.

Military spouses network with employers, receive help with resume writing and career planning during the Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The new website, MyCareerSpark.org, was introduced at the fair and provides a resume builder to help military spouses eliminate employment gaps and translate skills. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Noreen O’Neil, the deputy director of the military spouse employment program for Hiring Our Heroes, gives opening remarks during the Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The new website, MyCareerSpark.org, was introduced at the fair and provides a resume builder to help military spouses eliminate employment gaps and translate skills.

Noreen O’Neil, the deputy director of the military spouse employment program for Hiring Our Heroes, gives opening remarks during the Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The new website, MyCareerSpark.org, was introduced at the fair and provides a resume builder to help military spouses eliminate employment gaps and translate skills. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Career Spark was introduced during the Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The new website provides a resume builder to help military spouses eliminate employment gaps and translate skills.

Career Spark was introduced during the Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The new website provides a resume builder to help military spouses eliminate employment gaps and translate skills. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Laura Dempsey, the strategic advisor for Hiring Our Heroes, introduces Career Spark to a room of military spouses during the Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The new website provides a resume builder to help military spouses eliminate employment gaps and translate skills.

Laura Dempsey, the strategic advisor for Hiring Our Heroes, introduces Career Spark to a room of military spouses during the Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The new website provides a resume builder to help military spouses eliminate employment gaps and translate skills. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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More than 250 military spouses spend the evening meeting local business representatives, community leaders and senior military spouses during the Hiring Our Heroes Networking Reception at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The reception was held in order to obtain more knowledge about career planning.

More than 250 military spouses spend the evening meeting local business representatives, community leaders and senior military spouses during the Hiring Our Heroes Networking Reception at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The reception was held in order to obtain more knowledge about career planning. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Military wives converse with a representative from Blue Star Families about job opportunities during the Hiring Our Heroes Networking Reception at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The reception was held in order to obtain more knowledge about career planning.

Military wives converse with a representative from Blue Star Families about job opportunities during the Hiring Our Heroes Networking Reception at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The reception was held in order to obtain more knowledge about career planning. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Katherine Harrington, a Navy spouse, speaks with Sharp Health Care System about job opportunities during the Hiring Our Heroes Networking Reception at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The reception was held in order to obtain more knowledge about career planning.

Katherine Harrington, a Navy spouse, speaks with Sharp Health Care System about job opportunities during the Hiring Our Heroes Networking Reception at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. The reception was held in order to obtain more knowledge about career planning. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Camp Pendleton, Calif. --

More than 450 military spouses attended the Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 25. 

The event provided spouses the opportunity to network with more than 50 employers and receive help with resume writing as well as career planning.

This event marked Hiring Our Heroes’ 3rd year providing assistance on Camp Pendleton. This year, a new element was added. An informal networking reception was held the evening prior, March 24, where business representatives and community leaders for 65 local organizations and provided mentorship to more than 250 spouses.

“A lot of employers are participating in our hiring fair tomorrow,” said Sarah Worley, the military spouse program manager for Hiring Our Heroes. “The event serves as a good opportunity to talk to employers in a more informal manner, and maybe help the spouses feel a little better prepared and confident going into the hiring fair tomorrow.”

For Heather Boyd, a Navy spouse, this fair was her first experience with Hiring Our Heroes.

“It actually kicked me into gear, I got my resume ready over the weekend,” said Boyd.

In addition to providing these meet and greet opportunities, Hiring Our Heroes also provide online tools to assist spouses with creating their resumes.

The new website, MyCareerSpark.org, was introduced at the fair and provides a resume builder to help military spouses eliminate employment gaps and translate skills.

For more information on Hiring Our Heroes and access to a schedule of their upcoming hiring events, please visit www.hiringourheroes.org.

Contact Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz at sarah.wolff@usmc.mil.



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  • Robert M. Donnelly 125 days ago
    Anyone interested in career planning should get: Personal Brand Planning for life, available on Amazon. It might be the best investment of $8.00 you will ever make for the E book. Semper Fi

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