2020 Veteran Application

IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT! When filling out your application please note that this is how we get to know you, take the time to answer each question thoroughly. Those selected for this program will be chosen based on their thoughtful answers. (Helpful Hint - Type your answers in a word document and copy and paste your answers in the boxes provided below. Also you can make text box larger by dragging the corner of the text box. Please note that questions with a (*) must be completed in order to move on to the next one. This year's Veterans "Back to Work" Boot Camp will begin on Wednesday, September 9 and go through November 11. We are looking for 20 Honorably discharged Veterans to apply for this opportunity. At the end of our program each selected Veteran will get career coaching, mentoring & a gift package valued over $8000 (includes Personal Laptop computer with Microsoft Office software, $500 Woodfield Mall Gift Card, Resume Package, 1 year Car Maintenance, 1 Year Planet  Fitness Package and More)!
For additional questions about the application please email: abiwer@dpchamber.com

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Do you have a LinkedIn profile?

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* 3. What military branch or branches did you serve ?

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* 4. What were the dates you served (both active and reserve time) ? What was your rank when you were discharged? Do you have a copy of your DD214 that you can provide if selected?

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* 5. Where were you stationed during your service tenure? (Please list all bases).

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* 6. What was your main job (jobs) while you served (Example: Security, Electrician, Mechanic, Logistics, Cook, Pilot etc.)?

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* 7. Now that you are home from serving, what type of job /position do you currently have or what are you looking for?

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* 8. Are you currently enrolled in school or taking any continuing education classes with your current job? If so, what is your field of study?

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* 9. What led you to join the military when you did? Looking back on your military career, what lasting impact did it leave on you and your family? ( Please answer thoughtfully). 

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* 10. In 2 - 3 paragraphs, please tell us about your current situation in life and why we should select you for this amazing program & opportunity?

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* 11. How did you hear about this Veterans Boot Camp opportunity  (social media, past boot camp graduate, paper,  ad, college, veteran organization, Des Plaines Chamber etc.)?

Please email Andrea Biwer at abiwer@dpchamber.com if you would like to send further information about you for us to consider for this opportunity. (Example: Current Resume, Service Awards, etc).  HR Directors and community Veteran leaders from across the region will be selecting  the 20 applicants for this amazing program.  The Veterans selected will be notified in early August.  The program will begin on September 9  and will meet ( in person & virtually for 2-3 hours per week on Wednesday's  at 6 p.m. in Des Plaines for a fun interactive work shop ( or Virtually via zoom if we are unable to meet in person) through early November.  On November 11 we will be awarding each Veteran their GIFT PACKAGE at our graduation celebration party. All Veterans that apply will be invited to a job fair in 2021 where they will have the opportunity to meet HR professionals from across the region to talk about job opportunities available.  For more information on the Veterans Boot Camp program visit the  Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and Industry website at  www.desplaineschamber.com- click on the Veterans Tab.

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