Hiring our Heroes visits Coast Guard spouses in Sector San Juan

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BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — More than 100 spouses of Coast Guard service members deployed to Puerto Rico attended the Hiring our Heroes job fair at the Coast Guard housing facilities on Saturday.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a non-profit organization and affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, established Hiring our Heroes as a program to deliver hiring opportunities and equip service members and their spouses with the proper tools to find a job suitable for their family needs.

“The Sector San Juan Hiring Our Heroes job fair was a huge success and the first hiring event of this nature for Coast Guard spouses,” said Nicole Williams, Coast Guard spouse and Hiring Our Heroes Project Officer for Sector San Juan. “I am thrilled to know that our command and Coast Guard leadership recognize how amazing our Sector San Juan spouses are. Our spouses are highly educated, well trained, and extremely talented looking for an opportunity to use their skills and knowledge.”

Kathy Allen (center), A Coast Guard spouse in Puerto Rico, inquires into a potential job opportunity during a Hiring Our Heroes job fair Oct. 12, 2013, at the Sector San Juan Community Center in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The Hiring Our Heroes job fair is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation program designed to deliver hiring opportunities and equip service members and their spouses with the proper tools to find a job suitable for their family needs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Kathy Allen (center), A Coast Guard spouse in Puerto Rico, inquires into a potential job opportunity during a Hiring Our Heroes job fair Oct. 12, 2013, at the Sector San Juan Community Center in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. U.S. Coast Guard photo

The four-hour event kicked-off at 11:30 a.m. with a one of a kind networking luncheon presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hiring our Heroes and USAA, which was followed by a career forum sponsored by Rent-A-Center and Verizon Communications.

Cmdr. Brian P. Keffer, Coast Guard Sector San Juan chief of logistics explained that during the Hiring our Heroes job fair Coast Guard spouses deployed in an overseas assignment to Puerto Rico were presented with excellent opportunities to find a job or career otherwise not readily available locally for people with a cultural or language barrier. Keffer further explained that several of the jobs being offered were designed for a Coast Guard spouse to work from their home providing them with a long-term career solution by allowing the job to travel with them to their next duty station.

“This event set precedence for hiring fairs for Coastie spouses everywhere,” said Williams as she expressed her gratitude towards Coast Guard Ombudsman Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp and the Hiring Our Heroes coordinators for having provided the possibility of new positions, locally and nationally, through work-from-home opportunities.

Twelve other employers and service providers from the federal government and the private sector included the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Border Patrol, CVS Caremark, The Entrepreneur’s Source, University of Phoenix Military Division, Walgreens, AAFES, El Conquistador Resort, Blue Star Families, In Gear Career and Military Spouse Employment Partnership. Employers were represented by recruitment professionals and Human Resources experts who filled the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Community Center with career booths to engage with and assist Coast Guard spouses interested in applying or competing for an available job opening.

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