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 tell.....so 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”