Volunteer Spotlight: Erica
Imagine you have just lost your job and have no idea what you want to do next. Then, you meet someone with industry experience who offers to help guide you through the process of figuring out your next move.
That’s where Erica comes in. As a Hire Heroes USA volunteer, she helps military members, veterans and military spouses define their goals and create a plan to reach them.
“I choose to volunteer with Hire Heroes USA because I want to share my recruiting knowledge in IT, the Department of Defense and healthcare with veterans and spouses.”
As an Army spouse, Erica knows the struggles that come with a frequent change of duty stations, like changing homes and jobs and having to make new friends at each location. She has also been through the stress of assisting her husband with his transition from the military – helping him sort through the overwhelming amount of information he received. That is why Erica wants to help the transition process go smoothly for others.
“I hope that my conversations with veterans and spouses – looking to further or begin their careers – give them confidence and a bit of knowledge about the outside world. Even though it’s a stressful time, I always remind every Hire Heroes USA client I speak with that people have come before us; they’ve gone to war, changed careers, made moves, and been through outrageous life stress, and still come out victorious!”
Q: What would you tell someone about Hire Heroes USA who has never heard of us?
“Hire Heroes USA is such an amazing organization – with dedicated employees and volunteers and a mission that means a lot to me personally – and (it) will continue to impact a lot of people, who have spent some of their lives in service and then come upon a change and an opportunity to find another passion and career.”