MENTORSHIP PROGRAM:

IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW. IT’S WHO YOU KNOW.

Honoring Our Troops (HRT) Mentorship Program is started by a Veteran, and compliments HRT’s Compass online test. Veterans are paired with professionals in field of interest, which provides a positive platform and intrinsic value of practical education. Veterans gain access to informational interviews and one-on-one mentoring. Mentors train on resume writing and job interview skills, as well as offer direct connections within their career network. Our focuses is helping each Veteran Mentee adjust to the civilian workplace culture and reach his or her full potential within the organization of placement.

BENEFITS TO THE MENTEE:

  • Make a smoother transition to the civilian workplace
  • Gain career development opportunities
  • Demonstrate strengths and explore potential
  • Expand career network and exposure in the organization
  • Build camaraderie with a fellow Veteran

What Does Mentorship Cost You?

It only costs your time. The return is gaining a life-long friend while making an investment into your personal development and future.

Why Do Veterans Need a Mentor?

Mentors connect you to a network of people in an industry getting you hired faster. This can shave off 10 years of experience in many cases since they have been where you want to head. Having a mentor is your secret key to success, which many people are unaware.
The military has heavy operational commitments that keep servicemembers focused on the mission, not on pursuits for a career in the civilian sector. Servicemembers move from duty station to new duty station, thus it is hard to maintain contact with friends since much of the time is spent either deployed or preparing to be deployed. If you had connections back home and have been gone for 4 to 8 years, those connections are good as cold. Transitioning into a new career or industry is tough. This is where a coach can help you.
Mentors show you the ropes of making it in that industry. They teach you how to prepare, get your foot in the door, and how to fit in. A mentor is already inside, and may even know your future boss.
Many companies want to hire someone who is known by someone inside, rather than someone unknown, as hired by HR. The HR hiring process is cold and methodical. Many employees who are hired by the HR process attrition out at a higher rate than employees brought in by friends and insiders.
Veterans who take on a mentor when transitioning out are 50 times more likely to obtain employment in a career field that interests them and where they can thrive in. Taking on a mentor sets you apart from other candidates because you have an industry insider that has been there and knows what it takes to get hired in that field or industry.
Veterans should start looking for a mentor 12 to 6 months before getting out of the service. If you are already out of the service, better to get one now than never. Working with a mentor will help you reduce your stress and jitters of having to go at it alone in the hiring process because your mentor will help you and coach you along the way.

Mentorship is About Long Range Career Planning & Goal Setting.

Mentorship affords you the opportunity to talk about your vision for the future, aspirations, where you are now and where you want to go.

How Does HRT’s Veteran Mentorship Program Work?

The Mission of the Mentorship Program is to foster an exchange of professional ideas, friendship, and expertise among military Veterans and industry professionals. This program matches Veterans (Mentees) with experienced professionals (Mentors) for guidance and support, while offering Mentors an opportunity to strengthen ties with military Veterans and the industry community.
Each Mentor group shall consist of of 4-6 Veterans with an interest or experience in that sector or industry. Each group is led by one Mentor. Mentor groups are expected to meet 4-6 times per year, minimum. Meetings include lessons learned for Mentors’s careers, discussing career goals, case studies, social events, project tours, guest speakers, or anything else mutually agreed upon to further the relationship among the group.
Confidentiality is absolute, in all ways and forever. A breach in confidentiality will be treated as a resignation from the Mentorship Program.
Every applicant must be committed to the Mentorship Program in order to create the type of atmosphere necessary for success. Attendance and participation in each meeting or event is expected. Missing more than one meeting will disqualify Mentee from further participation in in the group. If a Mentee must miss a meeting, they must notify their Mentor in order to be excused. All applicants must sign a Memorandum of Understanding to be considered for the program.
Mentees should have a clear idea of what they want to achieve through the Mentorship Program and are required to express these goals in their application, whether that they obtain career advice or learn for their peers and Mentors about specific issues in their sector of industry. During their first meeting, Mentor groups should set an agenda for the coming year and assign each Mentee responsibility for co-facilitating one Mentor group session, coordinate schedules among the other Mentees, and ensure that each member of the group is contributing. This role is crucial to taking the scheduling work off the Mentor’s hands and keeping the group together.
As a Mentor, you will serve as the link between career goals and realities of the business world for a group of Veterans. Mentors’ roles and responsibilities include:

  • Provide guidance based on past business experiences
  • Discuss how being a Veteran has impacted your career or career choices
  • Help Mentees identify problems and solutions
  • Share stories, including mistakes
  • Refer Mentees to other business associates
  • Help Mentees learn more about the sector or area of expertise
  • Communicate on a regular basis, return calls and emails
  • Coordinate meetings

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