New Mission Live workshop: Free job search, interview training for veterans- Author and radio host Todd Bermont to facilitate event
10.20.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez
Job searches, résumés and interviews aren’t what they used to be and navigating these new approaches can be challenging, especially for veterans new to the civilian workforce. San Jacinto College’s New Mission Live event brings author, job search expert and radio show host Todd Bermont to the Central Campus on Nov. 3 for a free one-on-one workshop for veterans looking to sharpen their job search, résumé writing and interviewing skills.
“Our veterans have gained tremendous knowledge, skills and expertise while serving our nation,” said Bermont. “Yet, all too often, I have seen how veterans experience challenges in leveraging those strengths to land a new job.”
The free New Mission Live workshop will feature tips on how to find the best employment websites; create attention-grabbing résumés; uncover hidden jobs; use LinkedIn to avoid hiring gatekeepers; sell military skills to civilian hiring managers; and interview skills and questions to ace job interviews. Lunch will be provided along with a free three-year subscription to The Careers College. Bermont’s online job search education and resources toolkit, a résumé critique session, and access to one-on-one coaching with Bermont (all valued at more than $1,400) will be available to registered veteran attendees.
San Jacinto College Veterans Student Success Centers Manager Eugene Bernard says that while technology helps job seekers access a multitude of job postings, it can also be a barrier to veterans who may not be as tech savvy as the average college student. “After serving in the military for a number of years, advances in job search technology are a whole new world for some veterans,” said Bernard. “The New Mission Live event is not only beneficial for veterans but also career services professionals since both groups can learn how to directly translate military experience into civilian job skills and qualifications that employers look for.”
Bermont adds that employers can sometimes misinterpret the job-relevant skills that veterans have developed while serving. “Terminology and overall communication can differ from the military to the civilian world,” he said. “Many employers will not know what a MOS code is or even know what it means. The more our veterans can successfully bridge that gap by translating their military experience to civilian job qualifications, the quicker they can land jobs worthy of their experience and service. The goal of the New Mission Live workshop and subsequent online program is to empower veterans to successfully market and sell their skills to land a great job.”
The New Mission Live event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Interactive Learning Center (building 1) in room C1.102 at the San Jacinto College Central Campus located at 8060 Spencer Highway in Pasadena, Texas. The workshop is open to all veterans and the general public. Seating is limited. Participants are asked to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-mission-live-veterans-event-at-san-jacinto-college-tickets-27957940954. For registration questions or more information, contact Eugene Bernard at 281-998-6150 ext. 1387.
For more information about veteran students at San Jacinto College, visit sanjac.edu/veterans.
About Todd Bermont
Todd Bermont is the author of “10 Insider Secrets to a Winning Job Search” and host of “Your Career” on Lone Star Community Radio FM 104.5. He has been featured by Fox, CNN, ABC News Now, CareerBuilder and Forbes.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College, approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.