APSP logoThe Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is joining with The National Guard and other organizations to support the “American Jobs for America’s Heroes” (AJAH) campaign to encourage businesses to post jobs for 60,000 unemployed National Guard members.

With unemployment among the 358,000 serving Guard Members at or above 15 percent in most areas of the nation, the campaign provides direct services to connect the trained workforce in the Guard with employers in need of skilled workers and professionals.

“The National Guard is always ready at a moment’s notice to help communities across the country when disaster strikes,” said Bill Weber, President and CEO of APSP. “APSP is proud that many employees in our industry are part of the National Guard family. Now it’s time for our industry and companies everywhere to step up and help the National Guard by posting jobs through this campaign.”

“One of the biggest challenges facing employers right now is finding skilled workers and professionals to fill open jobs,” said Steve Nowlan, President, Center for America. “Thousands of trained, skilled men and women in the National Guard, veterans, and their spouses can help fill that need. Families and communities will benefit from the economic boost. ‘American Jobs for America’s Heroes’ brings together employers and Guard Members in a practical way that works.”??

The simple process to register and post jobs “will help streamline the application process and allow applicants and employers to connect more quickly than in many job search environments,” Nowlan added.

Companies can register for the program at www.CenterForAmerica.org/register.html

How American Jobs for America’s Heroes Works:

AJAH provides direct, hands-on support for employers and for applicants, serving both as a critical stand-alone program and an important complement to existing employment efforts and job fairs. Job postings are plugged directly into a case management system that unifies National Guard, Employment Support for the Guard and Reserves (ESGR), and voluntary state supports groups around the nation into a unified technology infrastructure to improve matching and follow-through.

The campaign is ongoing throughout the year, not limited to short-term events. Companies that register are assigned case managers who work with company recruiting staff to provide hands-on help in making matches. There are no fees to participating companies or job candidates.