Former Sergeant Credits USO/Hire Heroes Workshop with Helping Him Land Engineering Job
Thursday, December 26, 2013
By Eric Brandner
Sudheer Banala knew mastering the unwritten rules would be
Thirty years old and looking to separate from the military, Banala
had the skills for a job in the tech industry, but didn’t know how to lock one
So when he was presented with an opportunity to attend the
USO/Hire Heroes USA Career Transition Workshop at Fort Campbell, Ky., he jumped
“[In the] military, we have a different perspective,” he
said. “But [workshop instructors were] able to show us the real scenarios, the
real situation on the civilian market by sharing their experiences. That was
Banala – who injured his back and neck during a training
accident – learned about the workshop through his warrior transition unit. Once
enrolled, he worked with an adviser to refine his resume, learned how employers
wanted to hear about his skill sets and took part in a mock interview with a
local hiring manager.
“One person who I interviewed with was a manager from a
bank,” he said. “[Doing well in that interview] made me feel confident.”
USO/Hire Heroes USA Transition Workshops are a starting
point for wounded, ill and injured troops, their spouses and caregivers to enter
the civilian job market. The trainers at the workshops are veterans, former
human resources specialists and corporate recruiters who share their expertise
with service members.
The workshops – held throughout the country near military installations
– run two days and are often complemented with subsequent USO
Career Opportunity Days, where area employers conduct additional mock
interviews that sometimes turn into real job offers.
Banala combined the skills he learned in the Army with the
finer points he picked up during his USO/Hire Heroes experience to secure a job
as a software test engineer at Asurion.
“[Workshop advisers] help us to understand that
it’s just not your resume, but your personality, and how to answer a particular
question,” Banala said.
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