Bonnie Pfister

ServiceToOpportunity.org is a powerful matching tool that connects veterans directly to managers ready to hire for in-demand jobs at regional energy and manufacturing companies. The site has recently been enhanced with a fresh, more user-friendly interface, videos of the types of open jobs, and a direct and personal connection to employers.

If you’ve already created a job seeker profile on the site, click here to reset your password (as part of the site revamp) to begin connecting with employers ready to hire. Not sure if you made a profile? Enter your email address in the log in page; if you’ve already created a profile, you will be prompted to update your password. If you haven’t, or if your new to the site, it takes about five minutes to create a basic profile; you can always come back later to tell employers more about your skills and experience.

VETERANS: Even if you’re not job-hunting right now, it’s always a good career move to have your resume out in places where recruiters are looking for talented, hardworking veterans. Sign up here, or pass the word to veterans or returning servicemen or women in your personal and professional networks, on Service To Opportunity®’s social media platforms: Facebook.com/ServiceToOpportunity and Twitter.com/Srv2Opportunity.

EMPLOYERS: Want to post your Pittsburgh region energy or manufacturing jobs on ServiceToOpportunity.org? Contact kmckenzie@alleghenyconference.org.

ServiceToOpportunity.org

Tired of sending your resume into a black hole? ServiceToOpportunity.org has got your back.

STO is a powerful matching tool that connects veterans directly to managers ready to hire for in-demand jobs at regional energy and manufacturing companies. The site has recently be enhanced with a fresh, more user-friendly interface, interface, videos of the types of open jobs, and a direct and personal connection to employers.

If you’ve already created a job seeker profile on the site, click here to reset your password (as part of the site revamp) to begin connecting with employers ready to hire. Not sure if you made a profile? Enter your email address in the log in page; if you’ve already created a profile, you will be prompted to update your password. If you haven’t, or if your new to the site, it takes about five minutes to create a basic profile; you can always come back later to tell employers more about your skills and experience.

VETERANS: Even if you’re not job-hunting right now, it’s always a good career move to have your resume out in places where recruiters are looking for talented, hardworking veterans. Sign up here, or pass the word to veterans or returning servicemen or women in your personal and professional networks, on Service To Opportunity®’s social media platforms: Facebook.com/ServiceToOpportunity and Twitter.com/Srv2Opportunity.

EMPLOYERS: Want to post your Pittsburgh region energy or manufacturing jobs on ServiceToOpportunity.org? Contact kmckenzie@alleghenyconference.org.

Like ImaginePittsburgh.com, ServiceToOpportunity.org is a program of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to connect people with family-sustaining careers in southwestern Pennsylvania. Let’s get to work!

With Veterans Day commemorations underway, we thought it’d be a good time to remind you about our sister program, Service To Opportunity®. Like ImaginePittsburgh.com, STO is an effort of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to connect people with family-sustaining careers in southwestern Pennsylvania. The website, ServiceToOpportunity.org, is a uniquely powerful matching tool that connects job-seeking veterans directly to managers ready to hire for in-demand jobs at regional energy and manufacturing companies. When you use your profile to click on an STO employer’s open job, you are assured of hearing from an actual HR professional ready to help you find your best opportunity at that company.

Even if you’re not job-hunting right now, it’s always a good career move to have your resume out in places where recruiters are looking for talented, hardworking veterans. Sign up here, or pass the word to veterans or returning servicemen or women in your personal and professional networks, on Service To Opportunity®’s  social media platforms: Facebook.com/ServiceToOpportunity and Twitter.com/Srv2Opportunity. Or contact STO Outreach Manager James Yauger (Army, First Calvary Division) at jyauger@alleghenyconference.org or 412-281-4783 x3129.

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Bonnie Pfister

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Military veterans: Service To OpportunitySM wants YOU to get two free tickets to a Buccos home game this summer.

Veterans or transitioning service members who create a profile at ServiceToOpportunity.org will receive two free tickets to a Pirates home game, while supplies last. Creating a profile is easy and takes just five minutes.

STO.org is uniquely powerful matching tool that connects job-seeking veterans with Pittsburgh-region energy and manufacturing companies ready to hire. Unlike other services, STO connects job seekers with real, live human beings — hiring managers at more than two dozen employers that have signed onto the mission of helping southwestern Pennsylvania’s veterans find rewarding, family-sustaining careers in energy and manufacturing. So your resume won’t fall through the usual black hole on its way to NoResponseville. When you use your profile to click on an STO employer’s open job, you’ll hear from an actual HR professional ready to help you find your best opportunity at that company.

Even if you’re not job-hunting right now, it’s always a good career move to have your resume out in places where recruiters are looking for talented, hardworking veterans. It won’t cost you a thing, and two Pirates’ tickets are the payoff for making a profile.

What are you waiting for? Sign up here, and pass the word to your fellow servicemen and women.

ServiceToOpportunity.org is part of Service To OpportunitySM, a program of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development funded by Chevron Corp. through its Appalachia Partnership Initiative and the Colcom Foundation. 

Questions? Contact Service To OpportunitySM Outreach Manager James Yauger at jyauger@alleghenyconference.org or 412-281-4783 x3129.

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Not a veteran? That’s OK; it’s going to take all of us to fill the more than 20,000 positions open now across the southwestern Pennsylvania — a figure that’s projected to grow as Baby Boomers retire. Check out our powerful job search aggregator at ImaginePittsburgh.com, and find jobs in IT, business, healthcare, energy, manufacturing and more — many of which do not require a four-year college degree. 

Jon O'Brien

MBA 2Are you the owner of small business looking to grow? Come to the Kaufmann Center at Hill House on Tuesday, March 31 to learn about contracting opportunities with the region’s leading construction companies.

The 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Meet the Builders” event offers an opportunity to network with member companies of the Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania, which is responsible for 80 percent of the commercial construction in the Pittsburgh region. Companies participating on March 31 include the Builders Guild of Western PA, Mascaro Construction Co., PJ Dick, dck worldwide, the city of Pittsburgh, Landau Building Co., Massaro Corp. TEDCO Construction, Turner Construction Co. and more.

This networking opportunity is open to any small business that sells services to other established firms. Minority, woman and veteran-owned companies are especially encouraged to attend to learn about upcoming construction projects and resources that can help their business.

“As MBA contractors, we are committed to providing emerging businesses with an opportunity to form beneficial, long-lasting relationships that will help shape the future of our region and deliver a great experience for everyone involved,” said Kathy Agostino of Mascaro Construction. Agostino – along with George Germany of Massaro and Jennifer Howe of PJ Dick helped us to launch the annual “Meet the Builders” events in 2011.

For more information and to register for the March 31 event, go to Meet the Master Builders.

Bonnie Pfister
Michele Margattai of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania
Michele Margittai of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania

The party-hearty South Side Flats might not sound like the ideal spot for a family of four, but Michele Margittai will tell you that her chosen neighborhood is much more than a college-student haven.

From her vital work helping the Pittsburgh region’s veterans integrate back into civilian life to the educational and recreational options for the family, the South Side Flats is an ideal live-work-play destination for the Margittais. Maybe it can be for you, too. Find out more about why Pittsburgh works for this Erie native here.

The image below is part of a mural that adorns the exterior of Michele’s workplace, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. It pays tribute to veterans of both the U.S. military and the Pittsburgh region’s steel industry, with foreground figures based on the black-and-white photography of  W. Eugene Smith. It was created by kids involved with the Moving the Lives of Kids (MLK) Community Mural Project, which during last week’s Three Rivers Regatta last week hosted painting of its upcoming “enviromural.” Several Imagine Pittsburgh neighbors joined MLK kids in painting some of the 2,400 tiles that will comprise that artwork. Learn more about that project here.

Detail from "Remembering Workers, Remembering Veterans" mural, Carson Street, South Side.
“Remembering Workers, Remembering Veterans” mural.