Virtual Joint Veteran and Family Career Week

Career Preparation — November 16-18, 2020, 9:00am – 7:00pm each day
Career/Internship Fair — November 19, 2020, 10:00am – 4:00pm

An initiative of the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.
Provided in collaboration with Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

Mayor Adler’s Office and the City of Austin are joining with local institutes of higher education and local employers to connect Service Members, Veterans, and their Families to careers, internships, and opportunities for training and education.

Please join us for a week of career readiness workshops, resources, and training opportunities ending with a career and internship fair on November 19th. Scroll down for career preparation schedule.

Registration is available below.

Participating Institutes of Higher Education, Career Preparation:
Austin Community College
Concordia University Texas
St. Edward’s University
The University of Texas at Austin
Texas State University
Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness

Featuring workshops on:
Career Exploration
Resume and Cover Letter Writing
LinkedIn
Interview Skills
Job Search Strategies
Higher Education and Training Opportunities
Local Resources
…and More

Hiring Career Fair Companies:
Tesla, Inc.
Indeed, Inc.
Integral Care – Human Resources
Texas Veterans Commission
Charter/Spectrum
Texas Health and Human Services
Austin Energy
RigUp
Railroad Commission of Texas
Priebe Security Services, Inc
BMC – Building Materials and Construction Solutions
IBEW Local 520
TPWD
FDM Group
Eli Lilly & Company
Veterans Trust Financial Group
KPMG LLP
Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union
Hensel Phelps Construction
CGI
Freedom Solar Power
Catapult Fundraising
CalTech
Texas Department of Licensing and Registration
U.S. Army Recruiting – Austin
Sandia National Labratories
Chevron
Cedar Crest Hospital
Accenture Federal Services
USAA

Conference Schedule

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16

9:00 AM

Opening Event

Welcome & Keynote: Mayor Steve Adler

Mayor Adler would like to welcome Service Members, Veterans, and their Families to celebrate Career Week and to discuss how promoting employment among service members and military-connected individuals can benefit Austin as a whole.

Event Overview: Jeffrey Moe

10:00 AM

RESOURCE TRACK

Veteran Spouse Network

Join us to learn more about the various transition and peer support programs offered through the Veteran Spouse Network. You will have a chance to learn more about the programs and get your questions answered! We will review our new Veteran Family Transition Program that assists veteran families as they settle into civilian life. We will also cover information about our Virtual Social Clubs that are offered weekly to connect veteran spouses and partners nationwide. Finally, we will discuss our successful Veteran Spouse Resiliency Groups that offer peer support to veteran spouses and partners throughout Texas. (30 minute session)

Session Host(s):

Ashley Schwarz, Program Coordinator & Hannah O’Brien, Program Manager
The University of Texas at Austin, Veteran Spouse Network, Institute for Military & Veteran Family Wellness

11:00 AM

CAREER TRACK

Identifying Transferable Skills and Crafting Resumes

Not sure how to create a resume or how to write about your experiences? Learn more about your unique skill set and how to translate those into a tailored civilian resume.

Session Host(s):

The University of Texas at Austin
Emily Swanson, MA, LPC || Texas Career Engagement at University of Texas

11:00 AM

ADMISSIONS TRACK

St. Edward’s University Office of Admissions

Session runs from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Drop in anytime to visit with a recruiter.

For the 2nd year in a row, St. Edward’s is ranked the 8th best university in the Western Region by U.S. News & World Report in their 2021 college ranking. We’re proud to be a top-10 university in the region again, and to retain our top-25 spot for 18 consecutive years! We’re prouder still of our students and how the highly personalized education we offer supports them in becoming compassionate, globally-oriented creative thinkers and problem solvers who contribute to a better world. In honor of our #8 ranking for two straight years, here are 8×2 great things to know about St. Edward’s and why you should become a Hilltopper.

Session Host(s):

Office of Admissions, St. Edward’s University

1:00 PM

RESOURCE TRACK

RecruitMilitary & Bradley-Morris

Bradley-Morris, Inc. (BMI) and RecruitMilitary have joined forces to become the largest military recruiting company in the U.S. Our career search offerings for service members, veterans, and their spouses are unmatched in our industry. Bradley-Morris offers a no cost civilian career placement service and has assisted more than 30,000 service members since 1991. Regardless of your military experience or career preferences, our suite of services can assist you during transition or if you are looking to upgrade your civilian career.

Session Host:

Rob Mulvihill, Director, Partner & Military Relations || Chief Petty Officer, USN Retired
Bradley-Morris, Inc. & RecruitMilitary

1:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Tesla Office Hours (Come and Go)

This event will take place between 1:00pm and 2:00pm.
Join this informal come and go event to learn more about Tesla opportunities and veteran resources.

Session Host(s):

Tesla, inc

2:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Career Exploration Workshop

This is appropriate for those who have some idea about career choice but would like to learn more as well as those who are at the beginning stages with few or little ideas about career options that may be a good fit for them.

Session Host(s):

Ashley Walton
St. Edward’s University

2:00 PM

RESOURCE TRACK

Caregiver Support Program

Session runs from 2:00 to 2:30 PM

Kelly Ovalle, LCSW relocated to Austin, Texas in 2002 to attend the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Two years later, she earned her Masters of Science in Social Work from UT. She now works for Veterans Affairs in the Caregiver Support Program, where she offers support to the caregivers of injured Veterans, including leading support groups and connecting caregivers to resources both within the VA as well as in the community.

The Caregiver Support Program exists to support those that provide long-term in-home care to Veterans on a daily basis. This presentation will discuss recent changes to the program with regard to its expansion. Criteria for admission into the program will be discussed as well as advantages of participation. The structure and goals of the program will also be discussed.

Session Host:

Kelly Ovalle, LCSW
Veterans Affairs, Caregiver Support Program

3:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Anxiety & the Job Search

Searching for a job during normal times can be stressful, filled with highs and lows. Add in a pandemic and an uncertain labor market and the apprehension and worry escalates. While it is normal to have some anxiety while preparing for a job search, today’s job seekers are faced with additional factors that can impact self-confidence and hinder success in landing a job. Join ACC Career Counselors for a guided approach to dealing with job search anxiety and learn effective strategies that will help you identify your strengths and gain confidence.

Session Host(s):

Dawn Allison, Shun-Heng (Henry) Tsai, Joyce Pope-Cain, Career Counselors
Austin Community College

3:00 PM

ADMISSIONS TRACK

Austin Community College

Thousands of Central Texas success stories begin right here. You can make your educational and career goals a reality, too. Austin Community College District offers the support, resources, and affordable programs to help you get anywhere you want to go.

Session Host(s):

Austin Community College

4:00 PM

RESOURCE TRACK

Texas Workforce Commission – Texas Veterans Leadership Program

The Texas Veterans Leadership Program is a Texas Workforce Commission resource and referral network connecting returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with the resources and tools they need to lead productive lives and enjoy the full benefits of the society they have willingly served.

One Veterans Resource and Referral Specialist is assigned to each of the 28 workforce development areas, to work closely with Workforce Solutions office staff and Texas Veterans Commission staff who are co-located in Workforce Solutions offices. All 20 Veterans Resource and Referral Specialists are veterans of Iraq and/or Afghanistan. This network of returning veterans plays an integral role in addressing the needs of other returning veterans, including employment, training, medical, educational, and other needs.

Session Host:

Sean Shetler, Veterans Resource Coordinator
Capital and Central Texas Areas

Texas Veterans Leadership Program

6:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Acing the Interview

The job interview is a mutual exchange of information. Think of the interview not as an interrogation but as a two-way conversation during which a candidate and the employer determine whether they meet each other’s needs. This presentation is designed to share strategies and best practices to maximize the success of this conversation, whether it be by phone, video, or in-person.

Session Host(s):

Ross Wood, MA
Texas State University

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17

9:00 AM

CAREER TRACK

Resumes: Transferable Skills & Experiences

Transferable skills, also known as “portable skills,” are qualities that can be transferred from one experience to another. This applies to military veteran experience to the civilian workspace. In this session we will further define transferable skills and experiences through real-world examples and provide tips for targeted resume writing using transferable skills.

Session Host(s):

Hannah Watson, Career Advisor and Randa Scott, Director of Vocation & Professional Development
Concordia University Texas

9:00 AM

RESOURCE TRACK

ACC Transfer Pathways

An introduction to Austin Community College transfer services and how to jumpstart your future with ACC.

Session Host(s):

Renee Esparza, Transfer Services Director
Austin Community College

10:00 AM

ADMISSIONS TRACK

Concordia University Texas

Concordia University Texas is a regionally accredited institution of higher education, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through a variety of delivery methods, including online and accelerated learning. Concordia is an excellent choice to further your education. Your college experience as a whole will help shape the person you become, your values and ethics, and how you make decisions. We value our diverse student population at Concordia University Texas and work hard to ensure a smooth transition for every student. Whether you’re new to college, coming from a community college or another four-year institution, we can help you find your fit. When you complete your education here, you earn more than just a degree. Our commitment is to ensure that your experiences here will be a life changing adventure and give you leadership and critical thinking skills, purpose, and perspective.

Session Host(s):

Gabe Ramirez, Transfer Admission Counselor
Concordia University Texas

10:00 AM

RESOURCE TRACK

State of Texas Application Workshop

Session Host(s):

Mr. Charles “Jerry” Butts, Veterans Employer Liaison, Texas Veterans Commission

10:00 AM

CAREER TRACK

Indeed Virtual Workshop for Military Service Members and Spouses

Whether you’re transitioning from the military, finding a new job as a veteran or looking for your next opportunity as a military spouse, we’ve got you covered! Learn more about content that will be covered and prepare.

Session Host(s):

Job Cast by Indeed

11:00 AM

CAREER TRACK

LinkedIn Workshop

For those who need assistance with any aspect of using LinkedIn, including profile creation, privacy settings, navigation, and networking.

Session Host(s):

Kiera O’Donnell
St. Edward’s University

11:00 AM

RESOURCE TRACK

Combined Arms

Combined Arms exists to accelerate the transition from military to civilian life. We connect transitioning service members, veterans and their families to resources so they can make “civilian” their next branch of service. Headquartered in Houston, Combined Arms is expanding its network through the Texas Veterans Network by building out resources in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding rural counties making Texas the first interconnected state for veterans. We are making our country stronger by empowering veterans after they return home from active military duty. We are accelerating the transition from military to civilian life and growing the transition model to serve Texas Service Members, Veterans, and their families.

Session Host(s):

Sharon Ozdarski
Combined Arms

1:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Strategies for Today’s Jobs!

Are you prepared for today’s competitive job market? Whether you’re seeking an internship, trying to land your dream job, or looking to re-enter the workforce after a recent layoff or prolonged absence, this session will provide you with featured strategies from career experts. Attendees will get tips on preparing a winning resume, composing a compelling cover letter, and crafting an effective elevator pitch. These highlights are from Strategies for Today’s Jobs, a free online course at Austin Community College that offers comprehensive, job search training to increase your employment outcomes in our digital era. Learn more at www.austincc.edu/strategies

Session Host(s):

Austin Community College

1:00 PM

RESOURCE TRACK

Onward to Opportunity (O2O) – Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

Onward to Opportunity (O2O) formerly known as the Veteran Career Transition Program (VCTP) is a free career training program that provides professional certification and job placement support to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies to provide professional certification and employment services support to transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses.

Session Host(s):

Angenetta Lambert Program Manager
Onward to Opportunity Program, IVMF

1:00 PM- 4:00 PM

ADMISSIONS TRACK

The University of Texas at Austin

Join Michael Knox, M.A., for an admissions open house in order to ask questions and learn more about admissions and transfer to the University of Texas at Austin as a Military-Connected student.

Session Host(s):

Michael Knox, M.A.
Military Admissions/Outreach Specialist

2:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Resumes & Cover Letters: Translating Military Experiences

The resume is one of the most important job search tools. A resume should effectively summarize a candidate’s education, experiences, and accomplishments in a way that demonstrates their qualifications for an employment position. A cover letter affords a candidate the opportunity to present themselves as the perfect candidate for a particular job. This presentation is designed to provide a general overview of the purpose of these two documents, and to share tips for writing an effective resume and cover letter (and if a military veteran, how to translate military experience).

Session Host(s):

Ross Wood, MA
Texas State University

2:00 PM

RESOURCE TRACK

Security Background Checks—Tips for Veterans’ Success

Many jobs require that an applicant successfully pass a background check before they receive a permanent job offer. There are several levels of background checks, which vary based on the employer and the job to be filled. This presentation will provide an overview of the various levels of background checks, along with tips that can help the veteran have the greatest chance of passing the check.

3:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Maintain Optimism and Resilience in the Job Search

The job search is stressful. Learn helpful tips to maximize your job search and manage stress and uncertainty throughout the process.

Session Host(s):

Adria Villarreal, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Texas Career Engagement at University of Texas

4:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Job Search Strategies

Assistance with searching for and applying to part-time and full-time jobs.

Session Host(s):

Julie Zehnpfennig
St. Edward’s University

6:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Digital skills for the workplace: What employers want to see on a resume and how to put it there

When looking for a job in 2020, computer skills are essential. Many application platforms weed out resumes that lack digital proficiency before ever making it to the desk of a real person. But with so many applications out there, which ones are worth learning? And what level of proficiency is enough? In this workshop, attendees will learn which digital skills are expected in today’s job market and will discover free and low-cost resources to learn them. Finally, attendees will discuss how to market these skills appropriately on a resume.

Session Host(s):

Caroline McLaughlin, MLIS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

9:00 AM

CAREER TRACK

The Guide to Successful Interviewing

This session will focus on how to interview virtually as well as in-person. The emphasis will be techniques for responding to interviews, some do’s and don’ts and questions to ask the interviewer.

Session Host(s):

Danielle Walker, Communication Professor, Speaking Coach || Concordia University Texas

9:00 AM

RESOURCE TRACK

Federal Resume Workshop

Session Host(s):

Margret Watson , Veteran Career Advisor
Texas Veterans Commission

9:00 AM

ADMISSIONS TRACK

Texas State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Session runs from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Admissions Counselors will be available!

Texas State is nationally ranked for serving student veterans and military connected students. We were named a “Military Friendly Top 10 School” for 2019-20, a Military Times “Best for Vets Colleges” in 2020, and a “Top Military-Friendly University” by Military Advanced Education (MAE).
We love our veterans and your families and have resources available specifically for you. Texas State’s beautiful campus has a great location between San Antonio and Austin, at the foot of the Hill Country. Though we’re the 4th largest university in Texas, we have a warm, family atmosphere. Come talk to us about your place at TXST!

Session Host(s):

Texas State University Admissions Counselors

10:00 AM

CAREER TRACK

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Join Student Veteran Services and Texas Career Engagement for a workshop focusing on imposter syndrome. You will better understand imposter syndrome, how it may impact veterans, and how to navigate this in the context of clarifying a career path. Additionally, identify ways in which veterans can be equipped to seek support when experiencing imposter syndrome.

Session Host(s):

Jeffrey Moe, LCSW & Jordan Rossi, LPC-I
Texas Career Engagement at University of Texas

11:00 AM

CAREER TRACK

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the internet. LinkedIn can be used to find the right job or internship, connect and strengthen professional relationships, and learn the skills needed to succeed in a career. This presentation will discuss the benefits of having a complete LinkedIn profile and how it can help you connect with networking opportunities by showcasing your unique professional story through experience, skills, and education, as well as how to use tools on LinkedIn to build a professional network. ** Note: this is not a workshop designed to show how to start/set up a profile on LinkedIn.

Session Host(s):

Ross Wood, MA
Texas State University

1:00 PM

CAREER TRACK

Student Alumni Panel

Join Monica Rios, Concordia University Texas’ Student Veteran’s Association President and alumni representatives from Texas State University, Austin Community College, University of Texas, and Concordia University Texas to find out what these veteran alumni wish they would have known about the transition from college to career. Ask questions, be inspired by their stories, and gain practical tips on the job search, professional networking, and career success after college.

Session Host(s):

Monica Rios, President of Concordia’s Student Veterans Association
Concordia University Texas

2:00 PM

Closing Keynote

Joseph Kopser is a serial entrepreneur and expert in energy and national security issues. Currently he serves as an Executive-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business at Texas. In addition, he is President of Grayline after he co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout, before it was acquired by Mercedes. He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. He is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2013, he was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. In 2014, RideScout won the U.S. DOT Data Innovation Award and co-authored the book, Catalyst. He is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the CleanTX Foundation, an economic development and professional association for cleantech.

Session Host(s):

Joseph Kopser
Serial Entrpreneur
Keynote Speaker, Grayline Group
Special Advisor for Military Leadership and Strategy Policy, University of Texas at Austin