Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Veteran Spotlight: Bradley Norman

Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet recently spoke with former Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Bradley Norman about his position with Siemens Building Technologies as a Service Technician and the role he see veterans playing in the civilian workplace. Norman’s view is shaped in part by several years in the civilian workplace. He separated in 2003 and worked in the construction field for seven years before re-evaluating his career goals and going to work for Siemens.

Norman has been with Siemens for less than a year and is in entry level position, but, he says, “The sky is really the limit.” He recommends that veterans get in with a company with room for growth where there really are no limits to where they can go with their career. When it comes time to be promoted, Norman believes he is prepared for advancement, because he has a better perspective. “When you have been shot at, it is hard to get flustered by a simple mechanical problem. I work with a lot of young men and women straight from college. They often seem to think that every little thing is the end of the world. On the other hand, I know that there is a solution for every problem, and if it can be fixed, then I am sure I can fix it. I learned that confidence in the Marines,” says Norman.

When asked what advice he would give to Hiring Managers looking to hire veterans, Norman states that the managers should explain to the veteran what it is they are looking for. Veterans can adapt to all sorts of situations. “With a veteran,” Norman explains, “you get all the intangibles.” Norman goes on to say that hiring managers get the best of both worlds by hiring a person who has served. The education that one receives while serving is a higher level of education that Norman believes is hard to duplicate in a classroom environment.

As for veterans, Norman advises that they should not think for one minute that they will not be able to make the transition. It is a huge life change but one that can be done and quite smoothly. Veterans are proven and battle tested. They have solved problems, repaired what was broken, met goals, transported material, and so much more. And they did it in the worst possible conditions imaginable. If it needs to be accomplished, a veteran can do it.

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