Volunteer Spotlight: Dan

The mentorship and guidance provided during a new career search is invaluable to a job seeker. Volunteer Dan Riley was inspired by his mentor, Anton Fritz, during his own military transition to ‘pay it forward’. Now, Dan is giving back by providing support, tangible advice and direction to veterans and military spouses at Hire Heroes USA. 

When asked what the most rewarding part of volunteering with Hire Heroes USA was, Dan said, “I enjoy helping each person to recognize their proven transferable skills and teaching them how to market those skills to prospective employers.”

Dan’s background in sales, customer service, human resource management and the staffing industry gives him an ability to provide his clients with a holistic approach to their career search needs. His robust work with the executive leadership of Fortune 500 companies allows him to guide fellow veterans in ensuring their military career is a stepping stone into their civilian career. 

“Take the time to identify your proven transferable skills and the results that you have achieved using those skills.  This will enable you to respond more effectively during interviews and convey your value to a prospective employer.”

Dan also understands the value of networking and encourages veterans and military spouses to reach back and connect with those they already know, as well as reach out and connect with new individuals on their job search path. When one military spouse or veteran is supported, he recognizes that the entire group is uplifted. Dan has personally seen his clients be able to provide support and encouragement to their own family members after moving through a successful career transition. 

Dan describes his role as a volunteer as a rewarding extension of his career in the military. He sees the priceless value of giving back the same lessons that have been gifted to him by those who came before him. We are grateful to Dan not only for the decades of professional experience that he speaks from, but also his life experience and heart that makes him an exceptional asset to the volunteer team. 

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of veterans and military spouses, please click here to learn more about volunteering with Hire Heroes USA.