I enlisted in the Army while I was in college, working on my degree in Cognitive Science. After college, I worked as a marketing manager in a tech startup company for two years before I deployed to Kuwait with my unit. By then I was a Sergeant, and I was in charge of a small team that monitored operation performance of US military seaports in Southwest Asia Theater of operations.
When I came home after a year, I was proud my experience and my achievement. I was a Warrior Citizen with Army leadership and civilian educational background under my belt. I was confident that I could land a job, and I started applying. But I found it wasn't easy. I was rejected from position after position. I was out work for more than a year.
When I learned about the career opportunities Salesforce and the career opportunities, my path became clear. I started to soak up CRM knowledge as much as I could. I had all the resources that I needed: Veterans2Work provided the career guidance, resources and support, from getting me oriented and trained, to helping me get the job that I now have. Salesforce provided the training, making all the study materials available on their Trailhead website.
I studied hard, and within 1 month passed my certification as a Salesforce Administrator. In the next month I locked up my Force.com Developer certification. Veterans2Work paired me up with my mentor, Eddie Lemus, a Marine Corps veteran at Workday with lots of civilian experience. He gave me advice about what to look for in my new employment and how to prepare for interviews. Many of Veterans2Work's Vets2Cloud alums also gladly shared their knowledge and resources. All of them being prior service, they had personal understanding of the difficulty I faced looking for a job.
I received lots of emails from recruiters, but when they found out I didn't have the experience their clients required, that was the end of that. Veterans2Work arranged workplace learning experience for me to make me more employable. They also introduced me to employer partners who would provide workplace learning as a path to full time employment for inexperienced people like me.
One of those partners was Apttus. They hired me in May, 2015, just weeks after graduating from Veterans2Work's Vets2Cloud Career Launch Program. I have enjoyed working with an employer that has given me the room to develop my skills and grow as a professional. Without Veterans2Work's help, I would not have been able to get to where I am today.