eMentor: Continuing the Mentor-Protégé Ethos Beyond the Military

Posted July 12, 2013

Pillar Progress

If you keep up with news of veteran employment, you might see a confusing mix of positive and negative stories and wonder what’s really going on. Is progress being made? Do veterans have the tools they need to find good jobs?

In March 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation launched Hiring Our Heroes—a nationwide grassroots campaign to help veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and military spouses find meaningful employment in hundreds of communities across America.

In the past two years we’ve seen the private and public sector work together in unprecedented ways to address employment challenges for the men and women who have faithfully served. We’ve hosted more than 560 hiring fairs that have resulted in 20,200 veterans and military spouses finding employment. With the support of our sponsors, we’ve also been able to launch a number of incredible programs and online tools to help veterans and spouses navigate their job hunts.

eMentor

One of our key programs is called eMentor. Working with partners Toyota and AcademyWomen, we developed the Military Spouse and Veteran eMentor Programs—two online tools that allow veterans and military spouses to access guidance and support from experienced veterans, spouses, career mentors, and military-friendly employers.

One of the best aspects of the modern American military is its emphasis on mentoring. There is a strong mentor-protégé ethos—because it’s the most effective way to pass valuable information along to others. In this way, eMentor continues a tradition veterans are familiar with—and trust.

Last month, eMentor took its next step in assisting site users with their career searches by giving site users the option to upload their resumes to share with mentors. Compatibility of mentors and protégés is one of the most valuable aspects of eMentor. By allowing users to upload their resumes, protégés can now expect critical feedback from mentors on how to best brand themselves for the job they want. Mentors will also now have a more comprehensive view of a protégé’s background earlier in the mentorship, allowing them to assess much sooner how they can best help.

eMentor is dedicated to ensuring that every participant has a positive program experience that clearly and measurably moves them towards achieving their personal and professional goals.

Want to Help?

Do you think you have career advice that could help veterans reach their goals and find meaningful employment? Turn a lifetime of experience into the experience of a lifetime. Join one or several of our eMentor programs as a mentor or protégé today.