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Staffing Manager
U.S. Air Force - Senior Airman, Finance Special Actions Technician

I work as a Staffing Manager in Phoenix, AZ where I focus more on recruiting and coordinating positions. Most of my time is spent finding candidates and then helping them find the right position. They skills that I have found to be helpful were actually a lot of skills I gained in the military; from being able to work with my team as one cohesive unit to always being kept on my toes by an ever changing and fast paced day. What I love most about what I do is getting to meet and talk to new people every single day as well as helping people find not only a position but the right position.

I would say there are three choices I’ve made that have helped shape my career path. The first and probably one of the biggest would be my decision to join the military; when I look back on this decision this was probably the first step on the path that started my career path. The second choice I made would be to get my Bachelors while serving; in this day and age I strongly believe that you need a Bachelors at the very minimum if you wish to continue moving forward on your career path. The final choice I have made thus far is joining Robert Half; this decision has helped me solidify and realize how much I enjoy recruiting and helping people and has given me a clearer goal as I trek down the career path I started on when I decided to join the military.

This is flexible, but it would be great to know what education and career milestones were useful in shaping your career trajectory.


I think the first piece of advice I could give to a transitioning member is to really pay attention in TAPS, especially the pieces about what you’re still entitled to after you’ve separated. I also would say that you really need to tailor your resume to be more civilian friendly. Learn what the equivalent would be in the civilian world for what you were doing in the military and change your wording so that it’s better understood by people who will be reviewing your resume.

Finally, I think the most important piece of advice I can give is learning to speak civilian. I know that sounds weird but just think of how many acronyms (or other military exclusive jargon) we used and how much the military loves to use those. Now imagine talking to someone or being in an interview and trying to explain what you were doing; chances are they probably won’t have any idea what you’re talking about. So find out what they call things in the civilian world and teach yourself to use them.

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