Veteran Employee Story – Valerie Hayes

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Published in the September/October 2011 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Valerie Hayes is a national recruiter for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). Her background is in HR and she’s spent four years with the organization. She recruits for corporate positions with CHI, including those in HR, strategy, finance and more. She spent three years active duty in the Army after completing ROTC. She finished her active Reserve commitment as a First Lieutenant promotable. “That time in the military helped set the stage for the rest of my career,” she said. “I’m not sure where I would be without it.”

She recommends that service members who are getting ready to leave the military use the biggest job network in the world. “First, I think that service members should use all the military transition resources that are available,” she said. “But they also need to use each other. The military is probably the biggest network in the world. They should tell every veteran they know about what they want to do. They should also get out and meet people. After all, it’s true – it’s not really about who you know; it’s about who knows you.”

Hayes believes that many veterans will want to join an organization that is concerned about more than just the bottom line. “Service members care about more than just revenue,” she said. “They want to do things like help make the world a better place to live. That is much like our mission (at CHI). We want to help build healthy communities. We want to focus on social justice and make sure everyone has access to quality health care. We are advocates for violence prevention and more rural healthcare.”

“Our biggest needs are in healthcare,” Hayes noted. “We are looking for nurses, physical therapists, biomedical equipment technicians and more. Veterans are coveted in these roles for many reasons. “They have the core values that we are looking for,” Hayes said. “They strive for excellence, have integrity and compassion. They don’t come with a big learning curve, because they already have a lot of experience and education. We know veterans understand teamwork and they have great leadership experience. Plus, veterans don’t get rattled easily. That’s important because what we’re doing is often a matter of life or death.”

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers