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Careers for Heroes: Helping Veterans Find Careers After Life in the Military

“This Veterans Day, we want our country’s heroes to know how much they are admired and respected. We value the numerous veterans in the Window World family tremendously, and we want to give other veterans as many opportunities as possible as they jump into civilian life.” 

- Window World Chairman & CEO, Tammy Whitworth

An enduring commitment to veterans

Today is Veterans Day, a holiday that holds deep meaning for Window World. The dedicated men and women who devote their lives to supporting the military have always been at the heart of who we are as a company. Nationally, Window World supports its veterans through initiatives such as the Veterans Airlift Command and All Veteran Group. On a local level, Window World’s franchise network of over 200 locally owned and operated stores hosts outreach programs for the veteran community that include “Windows for Warriors” and “A Window World of Difference” to name a few. Recently, Window World made it its aim to continue supporting America’s vets with a new veteran-hiring platform called Careers for Heroes.

Careers for Heroes

To fill the need for dependable and skilled employees within the Window World franchise system, Careers for Heroes was created to tap into the pool of eligible veteran workers eager to start new careers in civilian life. “When we look at the skills veterans bring, their experiences, their insight, their ability to work in a team, their strong work ethic—all these things bring immense value to our owners,” said Whitworth. “We have experienced great benefit from having the veterans’ perspective and point of view in the past, and we are excited to expand on that success with this new program nationwide.”

Launched in August of this year, the Careers for Heroes platform began its twofold mission of hiring veterans and fostering a culture that supports and honors its military in communities across the country.

The secret formula: Military skills matching

The technology behind Careers for Heroes is quite impressive. It’s powered by JobPath, a revolutionary company that is disrupting the veteran employment industry. “JobPath was designed to serve as a technology solution that companies dedicated to employing veterans can take advantage of, utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to match HR professionals to the most qualified candidates available,” said CEO of JobPath, Jack Fanous.

On the Careers for Heroes website, veterans can enter their Military Occupational Code (a nine-character entry used to identify a specific job in the military) to find out what available positions match best with their training and expertise. This means that the system behind Careers for Heroes will cross-reference a veteran’s military background and experience with a collection of pre-loaded job descriptions to match them with the positions best suited for their skillset.

Currently, Careers for Heroes has access to over 200,000 veterans and their family members. In addition, JobPath’s ecosystem of partners brings in an impressive 24,000 new job seekers every month. And with 16,000 confirmed hires using the technology in 2018, Window World’s mission of connecting franchise locations with qualified veterans through Careers for Heroes is well on its way.

Veteran careers at Window World: A perfect fit

Veterans looking for employment at Window World franchises will find the established system familiar after thriving under a similar structure in the military. In fact, it’s been a natural progression for the over 130 reservists, veterans, and their spouses already employed in the Window World system.

Andrea Gallina, a design consultant in California, speaks about the military values that translate to Window World’s franchises: “They’re the kind of people who, when you shake someone’s hands and look them in the eye and give them a promise, they follow through. If I sell a package of windows and tell customers what’s going to happen, everything is followed through. Window World is a great organization, a place where I can be myself and rely on core values of customer service, integrity, and positivity.”

More than just windows

Not only do veterans like Andrea respect the ethical values present in the way that Window World franchises do business, but they also appreciate the system’s dedication to fostering veteran-engaged environments in its communities. Window World franchises regularly take up causes ranging from supplying materials for a veteran in need’s home to supporting veteran service organizations and providing outreach to military families. At the moment, Window World and a few of its franchise locations are in the middle of two exterior home remodels, one for a veteran in Waco, Texas, and another for a Gold Star spouse near Fayetteville, North Carolina.

One organization that Window World has been supporting for many years is the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), a nonprofit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans, and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. “All flights are made available through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots,” Whitworth states. As a member of that network, Window World’s corporate jet has provided transportation for 115 missions, transporting 140 veterans and logging over 420 hours in the air. “Needless to say,” Whitworth adds, “we are humbled and honored to support these missions.” In total, Window World and its franchisees have helped raise over $2.5 million through flights and in-kind donations for the VAC since 2008.

Tell a friend

If you’re a veteran searching for employment, or you know someone who is, Careers for Heroes offers a military skills translation tool, e-learning opportunities, and candidate matching for open positions at eligible Window World franchises around the country. If you would like to know more about Window World and its commitment to the veteran community, check out our About page. 

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