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What industry am I interested in?: Passion and Purpose

Thursday, May 07, 2020 10:56 | chad pearce

What Industry am I interested in:

As I navigate my way through my internship with the ARRC via DoD Skillbridge, I am tasked with exploring the industry that I am interested in post military service.

That's easy for me. However, I am keenly aware that many people are interested in a new industry post military service. 

I ask you this; how many people do you know that love the grind? 

How many people can you think of off the top of your head that are truly passionate about what they do? 

They truly love showing up to the office every morning and love doing what they do. They truly get fulfillment, excitement and joy from their work.  How many?

With 7 billion people on this earth, finding people who actually love what they do is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. 

A recent poll showed that 70% of people in the US do not like what they do . World wide only 13% of people actually like going to work (Gallup 2014).

Ideally, shouldn't we want a craft that we love so much that we can't wait to wake up every single day and spend time working on our passion? 

I feel blessed that God has shown me my purpose and guided me to my passion. 

March 2007 I started in the industry of Human Resources, as a Recruiter.  Prior to that time I was one of the 70% who did not see work as a passion.

For over 13 years I have been trusted by people to partner with them to find their passion.  Not a job, a passion.  I've been blessed to have done this in the military, government sector and private sector.  I am an entrepreneur with recruiting running through my veins, this is my passion. 

Blood Sweat and tears have gone into this craft. So many stories of people I have interacted with, grown with and been a part of their story as they have been a part of mine. Fellow recruiters that I have made life long bonds with in the "trenches" of this craft together, supporting one another. I feel so fortunate to call recruiting my profession. 

A few stories stick out along the journey.  Two of them come to mind that I would like to document as a part of this blog.  

Jeff was a TV Weather Forecaster for a local news station.  I met him at a job fair.  He looked and sounded the part of the Weatherman for sure!  I'm not sure if I recruited him or he recruited me to recruit him....never the less, we connected.  I learned of his crazy journey through multiple past tours in different services and eventual medical discharge.  He pleaded for another chance to serve in the military but explained that nobody would help due to the waiver challenge.  His passion to serve ignited my passion to recruit!  We spent the better part of a year getting him waivers to join. He showed such passion to continue to serve.  We became good friends through the process and I will not forget our journey tougher.

Glenn was retiring from the Air Force and on terminal leave. After 26 years he was hanging up the uniform and looking for his next journey.  He was the first person I recruited during my time moonlighting as a civilian recruiter.  I laugh now because I stumbled through our initial call....rookie jitters set in for some odd reason. We hit it off and I saw myself in him.  We came from the same era in the military and had been many of the same places.  He became the Program Manager of the project I was recruiting for. We worked together to find veterans from all across the DoD to fill roles on a government contract.  It was challenging work but and we had a blast doing it together. It was that experience that solidified that I wanted to continue to do this type of work post military service.  

I have many more stories I could many people and so many positive experiences, each one provided the fuel to keep me moving forward.   

I aspire to have the next 20+ years of service in guiding veterans to find success in their chosen industry as Co-Founder of Wingman Recruiting Solutions.  This internship with the ARRC through the DoD Skillbridge is a key element in my purist of my passion. 

 “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might” 

Ecclesiastes 9:10 



  • Friday, May 08, 2020 16:06 | Deleted user
    Chad, great post! To use a sports analogy the grind is something that doesn't always show up on the "stat sheet". The grind is actually not something you can teach or or give to someone, at least in my opinion. The person has to want "grind" and the cherish, respect and more importantly yearn for the grind. One could make the argument that the grind and our Air Force Core values are synonymous with each other.
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    • Friday, May 08, 2020 16:20 | chad pearce
      JT, thanks for the comment. Our AF Core Values definitely line up with what it takes to be successful and not only recruiting, but life! I know you share the passion and purpose as I do. Your passion and purpose has had a great effect on me since day 1 back in 2007 as CAANG Recruiters. You motivated me then, and now! It's our job now as we enter the next phase to pass that all on to the next generation.

      Do me a favor, ping someone else you know in our community to join this community.

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  • Friday, May 08, 2020 16:20 | Matthew Flores
    Chad this is 100% true. I have never truly loved any job I have had until becoming a recruiter. With great love for your profession comes with passion. Like wise also comes with great heartaches sometimes. Regardless it’s the love of the game that wakes you up every morning trying to do your best.
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    • Friday, May 08, 2020 16:25 | chad pearce

      I know you have the passion and the purpose! As a prior Army guy turned AF with stints in the AD, Reserve and Guard, you have demonstrated passion and purpose. Your job now is to spread that passion and purpose, we all need to watch each others 6.

      Do me a favor, ping someone else you know in our community to join this community.

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  • Friday, May 08, 2020 17:13 | Curtis LaRue
    Chad, throughout my life's journey I’ve realized my most coveted accomplishments involved a lil blood, sweat, and tears!

    The veteran community will definitely benefit having you as a Leader/Recruiter!
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    • Friday, May 08, 2020 17:22 | chad pearce
      Thanks Curt! You are a fellow Leader/Recruiter in this community with me. It’s up to us to reach back.
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  • Saturday, May 09, 2020 21:38 | Jeff George
    Hey Chief!

    This is a great message. A lot of us were born to serve, some were meant to inspire, but you’re that rare breed who has the gift to do both. The military is losing an exceptional leader, but it’s obviously time spread your talents to the rest of the world.

    My dad was one of those rare people you’re talking about. Today would’ve been his 74th birthday. Before he passed, I asked how long he had worked as the company’s HR manager. He said he hadn’t been to “work” in over 30 years. He referred to his office as his playground.

    You both have been HUGE inspirations in my career. I spoke to a dozen recruiters for almost a dozen years before we met. I was overwhelmed by your confidence and caring. The first thing I said to my wife when I got home, “I finally met the man who’s going to get me back in uniform!”. I never doubted you for a second.

    I’m now on my 2nd Guard/Reserve enlistment and living the dream. I promised that I would never minimize this opportunity you gave me. I will keep building on this gift to make you and my father proud, and to make sure everyone I know never gives up on their passion. Love you brother!
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    • Sunday, May 10, 2020 09:22 | chad pearce

      I love the story of your Dad, thanks for sharing and thanks for taking the time to support me. I never doubted for one second that you would always maximize your service with all the passion and purpose you could muster. Our paths were always destined to cross and I'm confident we will continue to advocate for our fellow veterans together going forward!

      Love you as well brother!
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  • Sunday, May 10, 2020 09:24 | Robert Hicks
    Chad, I was a member of this group some years back, working with Albert on projects, but my health took a turn giving me a heart attack which required Open Heart Surgery to correct and now I am living in a Retirement center in Napa California and can finally use the computer again and first thing I did was contact Albert and rejoin the group. Your post has brought back so many memories of my service, and nudge open my mind once more so I am back here again. You will be so happy once you are all settled in and know that this group is like a shot in the rear bringing you to life once again. Great Post
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    • Monday, May 11, 2020 06:52 | chad pearce

      Welcome back! The fact that you took the time to read my post and comment is humbling. You are correct, this is like a shot in the rear! Transitioning to civilian life after 20 years is a challenge and I am working through the process. Knowing that I have Veterans who came before me that are supporting me on this challenge is inspirational!

      Prayers for your speedy recovery. Reach out at any time if you would like to chat.

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  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020 07:50 | JAMES COY
    You have captured the essence of loving the job you do. The reality is that we don't all get to choose the job we do, but whatever job chooses us, we need to do it with full effort and passion (Ecclesiastes quote ).
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    • Tuesday, May 12, 2020 08:20 | chad pearce
      Exactly James! I see you found my blog post, outstanding!
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  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 21:04 | Jim Vogus
    Certainly sounds like you were blessed with a job that your stoked your fire.’re an eternally optimistic person with your glass half full (vs half empty)! Someone who recognized (self-reflection again) that he could support his family AND enjoy doing it. I suspect this will serve you well as you endeavor to match other veterans with fulfilling vocations.
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    • Thursday, May 14, 2020 15:48 | chad pearce
      Jim, I can't help but see the glass half full!

      Again, I appreciate your support.

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  • Sunday, May 17, 2020 10:34 | Damian Lovio
    Chad, thank you for sharing. I thoroughly enjoyed what you shared as it reminded me of my MTI duty. Those who found adversity in BMT, had to be reminded of that passion you speak of. Speaking with some was easier than others. One Trainee I will always remember, unknowingly, helped me realize A different way to motivate. To cut to the chase, this trainee was not phased by his parents or his girlfriend being disappointed in him, if he failed BMT. What did have an affect on him, was I being disappointed in him. Let’s just say, it was more so, a choice few words that challenged his manhood.

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    • Sunday, May 17, 2020 11:31 | chad pearce

      I served with you and know that you had that passion! In fact, I know of your character and I am 100% positive that you helped so many become successful Airman because they wanted to follow your lead.

      Thanks again for being a part of my journey from the beginning.

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  • Monday, May 18, 2020 20:03 | Paul Petersen
    Chad, as we have talked about before, its all about the people!! In my view, the best of our society serve in our military. Great job expressing the how so many of us feel. Life's to short not to enjoy it and get the most out of are definitely on that path my friend.
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    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020 07:33 | chad pearce
      Paul, that's right! It is about the people. The positives out weigh the negatives x10 in that area. As far as enjoying our short life, make sure your path crosses CA as much as possible so we can head back to wine country together!

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  • Monday, June 01, 2020 16:52 | Akan Eshiet
    I recently conferred with Chad to get insights on the DOD Skillbridge program. Although I am somewhat familiar with the program in terms of the foundational information available online, Chad was kind enough to receive my call for an informational interview. He provided in-depth information on the Career Skills Program (CSP), including DOD Skillbridge. I ended the call feeling reassured that I can benefit from the CSP once I begin my transition in the future. I highly recommend him to transitioning service members who are looking at taking advantage of the available programs that are being offered. His experience and knowledge of the program will add value to the overall transition process for service members and the program overall.
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    • Monday, June 01, 2020 17:32 | chad pearce

      I’m glad I could be if assistance. As veterans, we cross the finish line together!

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