Eric Wooten

Veteran Transition Specialist

Hire Heroes USA

Find me online:

“I'm a career advisor; I help veterans transition out of the military and into a rewarding career.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Veteran Transition Specialist

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of HELPING PEOPLE and the interests of ARMED SERVICES and NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

I'm on the phone and writing resumes all day. A good day is any day when I'm constantly busy and being productive. We're constantly taking on veterans as new candidates, and I want to keep in constant contact with them. The busier, the better. A bad day would be when I can't get a hold of anyone, or keep clients engaged enough to want to reach out to me.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

My work requires you to be a good writer, utilizing proper grammar and spelling. This is to be expected, as we're writing resumes every day. Beyond that, you also need to identify what each job is looking for and help write resumes and cover letters that will address all needs and concerns. It's also good to have some experience in sales or recruitment; one of the biggest problems we face is getting in contact with veterans and keeping them engaged, so you need to have people skills.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Veteran Transition Specialist

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Education, Workforce Education and Development
  • Graduate - Education, Workforce Education and Development

What I studied STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School - Ashbrook High School
  • Undergraduate - Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Education, General
  • Graduate - Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Education, General

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

I got my current job because of my education and my experience working with other nonprofit organizations. That's the mot important thing that you can do if you want to work for a nonprofit: you have to put yourself out there and volunteer for opportunities that will show that you're a selfless, hard worker. Take the time while you are in school to volunteer or intern. Pursue opportunities to get work experience and to network.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM PEOPLE

“You can't do that.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

Thinking of something as "negative noise" is all about perspective and perception; you can either look at things as discouragement, or you can take those comments and use them as motivation to move forward and succeed. Recognize that if there's a naysayer in your life that's just constantly berating you, you don't need to keep that person and that negativity in your life. Give them a chance, tell them how you feel. If they keep being negative, kick them to the curb.

Service Background and Insight

What branch of the military did you serve in?

Navy

When did you complete active military service (ETS)? Please specify the year (YYYY).

2012

What is the highest rank you reached while in the service?

E-6

What are some tips you would recommend for someone transitioning into civilian life?

I had a tough, unexpected transition, so I can tell you this: it's important to get an education while you're still in, or as soon as you get out, and it's important to utilize the services available to you, like your career transition classes.

As many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war. Have you experienced PTSD, combat stress, or TBI as a result of your service?

PTSD

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