From Medical Retirement to A Great Job at Verizon
Recently MilitaryTimes published its Best for Vets: Employers 2016 – 7th Annual Rankings – but what we loved best was the RecruitMilitary success story shared at the end of the article:
Experts inside and outside of the military recommend that vets start planning their transitions 18 months before separating from the military.
For Matt Woyton, that wasn't possible.
The Army staff sergeant was medically retired in early 2015 and had only a few months' notice that it was coming.
"I have a wife and two kids, so getting out of the military was by far the scariest thing I've ever done," Woyton said.
He recalls his wife breaking down crying, worried about how the family would support itself. But Woyton had days earlier posted his résumé on a website used by a variety of companies to find potential vet employees: recruitmilitary.com. The next Monday, he got a call from Verizon.
That call turned into a job teaching Verizon employees to climb utility poles, a significant departure for a person who served in the military police. Yet he soon found himself in a management position, leading an installation and maintenance team.
"It was never something I thought I'd do," Woyton said. But "I don't regret it at all. It was a great decision, and I'm very happy so far."
Source: MilitaryTimes, Best for Vets: Employers 2016 – our 7th Annual Rankings, by George R. Altman, March 21, 2016
We’re honored to have assisted Staff Sgt. Woyton with his job search at such a critical time.