Hired as a Law Enforcement Operations Officer with Eurocom in Wiesbaden, Germany
United States Army, E-8, Military Police
I transitioned from active duty while assigned overseas. For me, most of the challenges were associated with the uncertainty of finding future employment. I intended to obtain a job near my transition location, but there were no guarantees. Because I was overseas, I also needed to have several backup plans, including moving my family back to the United States. Additionally, since I wasn’t in a region where I could easily contact potential employers face-to-face, I anticipated difficulty in presenting my skills and abilities to hiring managers. Thankfully, I secured employment at my overseas location and didn’t need to exercise my alternate plans.
The two most helpful types of assistance I received from Hire Heroes USA were: preparation of my resume and interview skills, and practice. Prior to attending the Hire Heroes USA transition workshop in Wiesbaden, Germany, I had completed the Army’s Soldier for Life (SFL) program. After five days of SFL, I barely had the beginning of a generic resume. But after only a day and a half of the Hire Heroes USA transition workshop, I had a completed, accurate and very effective resume that was ready to send out to potential employers. Using this resume, my transition specialist took me through a mock interview and provided me some very detailed feedback. I used that feedback, in preparation for my job interviews, to obvious success.
Transitioning from the United States Army was a stressful time for me. I had known no other life and was faced with a significant amount of uncertainty over what the future would hold for me and my family. After attending the Hire Heroes USA transition workshop, I had confidence that I was marketable and would secure a job to continue to take care of my family. Now that I am employed, all of the stress associated with transitioning from the Army has been lifted. I’m proud to say that I am still contributing to the Army’s mission as a civilian, and I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity! I credit much of that to Hire Heroes USA. I feel that had I not attended their transition workshop, my post-military path would have gone in a much different direction.
My Hire Heroes USA Veteran Transition Specialist (VTS) was outstanding. From the moment I began working with him, it was clear that he was genuinely invested in my success. What stood out to me most was that he shared his personal transition experience, which brought a level of credibility lacking in most SFL transition personnel. Even though I did not need to contact my VTS much after the workshop, I always knew he was just a call or email away with a willingness to assist me. I think that’s why I recommend so strongly that other transitioning soldiers register for Hire Heroes USA services. Quite frankly, if I had my way, Hire Heroes USA would be the standard for all transitioning military men and women.