Veteran Employee Story – Byron Armstead

Pyramid Consulting, Inc.

Your Role Is Vital

Published in the November/December 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®

Byron Armstead was a sergeant first class in the Army, serving as a combat documentation specialist and recruiter. At Pyramid Consulting, Inc., he is a senior technical recruiter.

Armstead recognizes that his military experience paved the way for his civilian success. “My first civilian opportunity related to military experience was as an engineer recruiter with Think Resources, now known as Randstad Engineering,” he said. “I was a prior military recruiter – and I had received the Army’s Gold Recruiting Ring of Excellence. Military recruiter training is the best in the world, transferrable to any sector. The Army recruiter training/experience provided me the soft skills and drive needed to excel in any recruiting/sales environment.”

He also understands that everybody’s career path is different. “My path was right for me,” he said. “However, the Army has over 200 different career opportunities to choose from; all of them are transferable to civilian opportunities. I served as a combat documentation specialist for the first 6 years. I was then promoted to sergeant and sent to Seoul Korea where I was in charge of the Armed Forces Korean Television master control operations, leading young U.S. Army and Korean soldiers.”

One of the most important things Armstead learned in the Army is that everybody’s role is important. “The military helped me grow from a young boy into a responsible man,” he said. “The Army is a very diverse organization, comprised of many different cultures, religious beliefs, and personal backgrounds that come together to mold young men and women into winning professionals. The greatest lesson learned was that no matter what role you play in the workforce, or in life in general, your role is a vital role. It means success or failure. You should always be on time, be prepared, be dependable, be accountable, and most of all be all you can be.”

That attitude has served him well in civilian life. “I look at my job as though it is a responsibility that someone has entrusted in me,” Armstead said. “Someone is counting on me to be on time, be dependable, to be at my best at all times. To sum it up, to be professional at all times.”

Armstead appreciates the respect he gets at Pyramid. “Everyone is given a task and allowed to perform the given task with the confidence that they will achieve maximum results with minimal supervision,” he said. “I am a proven believer that space provides growth. My organization has shown me that in civilian society I can be respected and allowed to grow within.”

Here’s what Armstead recommends to servicemembers thinking about looking for civilian employment: “I would advise them to reach out to someone that has recently made the transition and survived the cultural shock. If possible, they should start interviewing prior to the transition. Military men and women become attached to military terminologies that don’t translate easily in the civilian world. Early interview experience can assist them in understanding the difference and provide an avenue for change before they enter civilian society.”

As for getting hired at Pyramid, Armstead said it is important for candidates to stand out from the crowd: “I would advise my fellow veterans to be prepared to present themselves as responsible professionals capable of providing the required services above the company standard.”

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers