Veteran Employee Story – Eric Damon

Eaton Corporation  |  Power Up Your Career  |

Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Eric Damon serves as Eaton Corporation’s lead marketing analyst, United States Government. “I conduct marketing research to locate government business opportunities for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Hydraulics, Aerospace, and Vehicle Groups,” he said. “This research helps secure sales of almost $1 billion yearly. “

Damon takes a lot of pride in his work. “I feel proud every time I hear that my research and hard work helped one of our account development managers win a U.S. government contract,” he said. “It is very rewarding to know that my intelligence and research helps grow Eaton’s government business. I know Eaton power-management products and services help our servicemen and women perform their jobs and keep this country safe.”

Damon graduated from Virginia Military Institute, joined the Marine Corps, and was promoted to captain. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. While in the Marine Corps, he was an infantry officer with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, based out of Camp Pendleton. He completed two combat tours in Iraq – Haditha and Fallujah – in 2004-2005 and 2006-2007. While deployed, he supervised more than 100 Marines in intense counter-insurgency combat operations in Al Anbar Province.

His service to the Marine Corps didn’t stop when he took off the uniform, however. “Since 2008, I have been an active mentor in Marine for Life,” Damon said. “This service helps current, former, and transitioning Marines adjust to civilian life, find employment, and continue their education. I am also an active supporter and fundraiser for The Combat Wounded Marines Fund and The Blackfoot Fund, which benefits wounded Marines and their families.”

Damon understands that his military experience helped him earn his current position. “I feel that my military experience was a big reason why I was hired on by Eaton,” he said. “Eaton was looking for someone who had knowledge of the military and government, had the ability to learn and understand Eaton’s services and products, and was able to find and connect opportunities for future business. Being a former Marine officer helped me get this job.”

The high standards he learned in the Marines are still paying dividends. “The lessons that were instilled in me by the Marine Corps have had a direct impact on me with my current job,” Damon said. “The most important skill that I learned comes from the leadership principles and traits that the Marine Corps teaches. The high standards of excellence fit perfectly in the ethics-based culture at Eaton.”

Good communication skills have also played a role. “My experiences in the Marine Corps have helped me tremendously in the corporate world,” Damon said. “Having the ability to properly communicate my ideas, to work as a team to complete any project, and to always do the right thing for the right reason has helped every day at Eaton. The leadership and ethics training that I received in the Marine Corps is exactly what corporations desire in employees.”

He appreciates that the company he works for understands how valuable veterans can be. “Eaton has shown me, and every other veteran, respect for what we’ve done,” Damon said. “I could tell immediately when I started working for Eaton that they see the value in employing veterans. It’s also nice to know that Eaton’s CEO Sandy Cutler values the same leadership traits and principles that are taught in the U.S. military. Maintaining high standards are a priority at Eaton.”

Determining goals and networking are keys to post-military success, according to Damon. “Find what you like to do, and learn to network,” he said. “I recommend veterans leaving the service give serious thought to what they would like to do. They might even want to take a personality test such as the Myers-Briggs, which could help them identify what they would be good at and enjoy. They should learn to properly network, start long before they get out, and talk to everybody they know. The more people you have on your side, the better the chances of finding a job.”

Damon suggests that servicemembers interested in working at Eaton start with the company’s website. “Eaton considers veterans for all available open positions,” he said. “Eaton’s website has a section for veterans looking for employment. Veterans can use their Military Occupational Code (MOS) to find jobs that match their skills and experience. Also, get on LinkedIn – and join Eaton Talent Network and reach out to Eaton’s recruiters. If you are aggressive with your job search, good things happen.”

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers