Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Veteran Spotlight: Robb Adams

Robb Adams recently sat down with Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet to discuss the path his career has taken since he separated from the Army ten years ago. A military brat, Adams served as both a commissioned and non-commissioned officer and was a Battalion Fire Support Officer at the time of his separation. Adams partnered with Orion International in his career search and was subsequently placed with a pharmaceutical company.

Ten years later, Adams has worked for two companies and has been promoted three times. “I served in leadership roles and have seen my salary increase by 163%!,” Adams tells Hire a Hero, “I attribute all of these successes to the leadership and discipline that I learned while serving my country. I would not change a thing about my decision to serve as both an Army Officer and Navy Corpsman.”

That military experience comes into play every day for Adams. As a Field Reimbursement Manager for MedImmune, an immunization developer, he is a field-based employee who operates autonomously. “The discipline instilled in all of us who have served makes working in that type of environment extremely easy. We were all trained to work with limited guidance and supervision in the face of adversity and are expected to make the best decision possible with the information you have. This happens every day for me. It’s a matter of getting up every day and doing what is right, often with limited guidance,” remarks Adams.

Adams tells Hire a Hero that employers looking to hire military personnel should not be swayed by the misconception of what they may think they know about military leadership. He reminds hiring managers that it’s not a "do as I say" mentality. “I would say that it is very much like civilian management—making decisions with the best available information that will make the most positive impact on the organization,” explains Adams.

Hiring veterans like Adams means bringing seasoned leaders to your organization who are sure to drive the bottom line. Adams' career trajectory is another is the long line of Veteran Spotlights here on Hire a Hero that exemplifies this.

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