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Our Approach and Impact

The Overwatch Partnership provides two main services—Talent Specialist Advising and Mentorship. We match up veterans with a local Talent Specialist and a Mentor. The Talent Specialist is an expert in the recruiting field and typically a recruiter for a local organization, and provides advice on resume writing, networking, job searching, and interview prep. The Mentor is a professional with experience in a given industry and meets with the veteran at least once a month to provide independent advice and support in career development and networking. These two programs provide the long term support of networking, as opposed to a quick fix approach.

Both of these activities require a low time commitment for the veteran and volunteer, but high impact. As most veterans lack a viable network upon leaving active duty, we aim to enhance their own network and access to career expertise, while providing access to a new network from our volunteers to improve job opportunities and career options. Veterans have unmatched experiences and skills, yet need support to put them in the right position-we help bridge that gap. Our services benefit the veteran with more career opportunities, while improving our community and hiring organizations through enhanced veteran hiring opportunities.

What people are saying…

Jennifer

"Working with The Overwatch Partnership has been a fantastic experience for me. I have been working with two Mentees and have been able to help with resume revisions, interviewing tactics, and networking advice. I cannot recommend this program highly enough - logistically, it's well-run and organized, but more importantly, it's a way to give back to those that have served our country."

Jennifer DeTillio
Talent Specialist

Director, Vernovis

2017-01-30T15:39:53+00:00

Jennifer DeTillio
Talent Specialist

Director, Vernovis

"Working with The Overwatch Partnership has been a fantastic experience for me. I have been working with two Mentees and have been able to help with resume revisions, interviewing tactics, and networking advice. I cannot recommend this program highly enough - logistically, it's well-run and organized, but more importantly, it's a way to give back to those that have served our country."

Natasha

"My Talent Specialist coached me through my resume and LinkedIn profile, ensuring that my experience in the Air Force translated into relevant civilian experience, and specifically helped me secure an upcoming internship by giving me the confidence to better convey my experience. Working with my Mentor and Talent Specialist has increased my confidence in how I can use my personal military experience to connect with the nonprofit field in Columbus. I am so thankful to be in your mentor program!"

Natasha Morrison
Air Force Veteran/Mentee

Senior at Ohio State University

2017-01-30T15:30:00+00:00

Natasha Morrison
Air Force Veteran/Mentee

Senior at Ohio State University

"My Talent Specialist coached me through my resume and LinkedIn profile, ensuring that my experience in the Air Force translated into relevant civilian experience, and specifically helped me secure an upcoming internship by giving me the confidence to better convey my experience. Working with my Mentor and Talent Specialist has increased my confidence in how I can use my personal military experience to connect with the nonprofit field in Columbus. I am so thankful to be in your mentor program!"

Brent

"As a veteran that had a horrible time transitioning I wanted to change the status quo. I found a mentor through non-traditional ways and it made such a major impact in my life, that I want to spread that experience to those who follow after me. If you don’t like something you can either complain about it or do something about it, and The Overwatch Partnership is doing something about it."

Brent Barkett
Mentor
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

2017-01-30T15:34:50+00:00

Brent Barkett
Mentor
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

"As a veteran that had a horrible time transitioning I wanted to change the status quo. I found a mentor through non-traditional ways and it made such a major impact in my life, that I want to spread that experience to those who follow after me. If you don’t like something you can either complain about it or do something about it, and The Overwatch Partnership is doing something about it."

John

"As a veteran and as a former hiring manager, I’ve found that mentorship closes gaps in the transition to the civilian workforce – and it opens doors and helps veterans get their best foot forward. Mentorship is not only highly effective, it is also immensely rewarding."

John Popelka
Mentor
Huntington

2017-01-31T14:18:03+00:00

John Popelka
Mentor
Huntington

"As a veteran and as a former hiring manager, I’ve found that mentorship closes gaps in the transition to the civilian workforce – and it opens doors and helps veterans get their best foot forward. Mentorship is not only highly effective, it is also immensely rewarding."

Steffon

"I was looking to pursue a career in medical device sales and my Talent Specialist supported me in customizing my resume for specific medical sales positions. My Mentor then used his network to pass on my resume on to a local medical sales company, which resulted in an interview and subsequent job offer that I accepted. Without their support and guidance, I would have had a more challenging time navigating the medical sales job market."

Steffon Corna
Navy Veteran/Mentee

Sales Representative
Zimmer Biomet

2017-01-30T15:33:58+00:00

Steffon Corna
Navy Veteran/Mentee

Sales Representative
Zimmer Biomet

"I was looking to pursue a career in medical device sales and my Talent Specialist supported me in customizing my resume for specific medical sales positions. My Mentor then used his network to pass on my resume on to a local medical sales company, which resulted in an interview and subsequent job offer that I accepted. Without their support and guidance, I would have had a more challenging time navigating the medical sales job market."
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