PlaneTechs | Let Your Future Take Flight |
Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Eric Charsky, Recruiting Manager, DOD and government services for Planetechs, served in both the Navy and the Army. In the sea service, he was an aviation maintenance controller; in the Army, he was a sergeant whose main responsibilities included communications. Now, he focuses on recruiting operations for the DOD and government services division as well as supporting the sales, MRO, manufacturing and ground support teams.
PlaneTechs supports commercial and government aerospace and ground maintenance employers. The company has partnered with prime contractors, manufacturers, and MRO’s (maintenance, repair, and overhaul organizations) nationwide. The company employs thousands of skilled aviation technicians, delivering them in any option required – i.e., temp, temp-to-perm, direct-to-perm. PlaneTechs is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Charsky took a military approach toward applying for jobs after leaving the service. “I performed a ‘battle field assessment,’ ” he said. “I viewed the ‘terrain’ of the different jobs, looked for strength and weakness, and then developed my resume and cover letter to fit their exact needs so they felt comfortable with my language and experience. I persistently followed up just as I followed up in the military, and held myself accountable for my duties – and I held others accountable. I defined my duties on what I needed to accomplish daily and then what standard I would hold others accountable for in following up.”
He says that using all available resources is important in a job search. “Today’s world is a different landscape than when I got out,” Charsky said. “The principles for diligence and perseverance are the same. But now there are more tools – social media, social networking, professional networking, and professional social media. Become a member on LinkedIn, build a professional profile, and use Facebook and other social media outlets to acquire professional introductions. Prior to getting out, build a network of professionals that you can leverage for future relationships and immediate job assistance. Email all of your contacts in your phone book and all social media sites a personal letter asking for help. Always ask for help. Always ask for referrals.”
He also has one specific tip. “I would recommend that if a servicemember has the opportunity to work towards achieving their A&P License while still serving, at a minimum start the process. This will significantly increase their job opportunities.”
Being adaptable will also pay dividends. “In the military, we learn to adapt to different environments, different situations and changes immediately, provide feedback, and communicate to all on our team or our unit so they could adjust quickly,” he said. “These skill sets have proven effective in all of the jobs that I have had since I retired from the military. We are taught to see goals through, be accountable for our actions, lead from the front, empower others, and think as a collective to accomplish missions from day one in training till the day we transition from the military. All of these traits have set me apart from my competition and allowed me to be an effective leader and develop and grow others beyond what they expected.”
He also suggests not worrying about where to live when looking for jobs. “Look for employment over location when transitioning,” Charsky said. “Too many veterans transition out and return home only to then find out that there is no available work in that area to utilize the skills they learned in service. Rather, look for employment and move to the job location that enables the veteran to leverage their experience. This way, you leverage the free transition-move benefit that a veteran has earned. Too often, we have jobs available for veterans, but they simply can’t afford to move to that location.”