Dedication, perseverance, commitment — these are just a few words that describe America’s military veterans. They are known for having a strong work ethic, leadership skills and experience dealing with high-stress situations. The training they went through in the military makes them highly-qualified employees when they reenter civilian life.
7 Eagle Group, Amherst, MA., a national recruitment firm founded in 2014, specializes in connecting employers with America’s military veterans. The firm recruits and places veterans from entry- to senior-level positions in industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, and construction. It is the recruitment firm’s mission to find work for employees who have extensive civilian experience as well as transferrable military skills.
“As a civilian, I’ve always admired veterans because of their incredible dedication, loyalty and ‘can-do’ attitudes—attributes that are so important in today’s workforce,” said Jordie Kern, founder of 7 Eagle Group. “Our clients tell us that adding a military veteran to their workforce improves their bottom line, morale, and diversity initiatives. As a result, we have placed hundreds of veterans and now expanded nationwide to keep up with this demand.
“Our team, and the companies that we represent, believe we are making a difference for those who have protected our freedom,” added Kern.
Doncasters Group, an international manufacturer of alloy components, started working with 7 Eagle Group to recruit military veterans in early 2017, and Jon Casillas, who served in the US Navy from 2002-2006, recently started working at the Doncasters Storms Forge plant in Springfield, MA., as a quality inspector.
The skills gained when serving in the military are transferable to many careers. “Not only do they have many of the hard skills that transfer seamlessly into the manufacturing industry, but military veterans have a strong work ethic, a characteristic that is highly valued by our company,” explained Allison Fede, senior human resources generalist at Doncasters. “Attitude is unquestionably an important quality that we seek in all candidates.”
According to Casillas, he is applying many of the skills he learned in the military to the job at Doncasters, such as paying attention to detail, having honor and pride in his work, and having the ability to adapt to any mission [situation].
Kathy Stillman, director of sales and marketing at Conard Corp. (Glastonbury, CT), a provider of photo etching process and nickel electroforming services, recently hired the company’s first military veteran, Ian Merrill, who served in the Army from 1996-2003.
Since Stillman knew what type of skills set Conrad Corp. was looking for in a new hire, she contacted Kern of 7 Eagle Group to start the search for a new sales engineer. Merrill responded to the 7 Eagle Group job posting on LinkedIn, went through the interview process and was placed at Conrad Corp., starting this past summer.
“In the past, I hired five sales people that came out of the standard sales model, and none of them worked out for a variety of reasons,” said Stillman. “We concluded that we cannot teach grown adults how to work effectively. We need boots on the ground, people that understand processes and systems, and this is what you find in military veterans.”
According to Stillman, Merrill’s experience and training in the military gave him the skills set the company was looking for in a sales engineer. “We also hired Ian because he fit into our strategy of hiring new sales people to groom for the next generation of management at Conard Corp. Veterans have a baked-in skill set, and by hiring more military veterans we can build a team that already has a common skills set.”
Discipline, just one of the many skills veterans have from serving in the military, is one of the most important skills for the job at Conard Corp., according to Merrill. “Discipline transfers well to growing sales—you need to be disciplined to reach out to people, take no for an answer and keeping prospecting. Perseverance is also a very important, along with planning and organizing.”
For more information on 7 Eagle Group, visit www.7Eagle.com, or call 914-469-9875.