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Virgin America Pilot Sponsors LinkedIN Job Search Workshop for Transitioning Military Veterans
Why teach LinkedIN to transitioning troops on U.S. military bases? Because LinkedIN.com is the #1 hiring tool for recruiters & business owners in the civilian world -- and it is virtually unknown to military personnel!
Capt. Jeff Bacon of Virgin America Airlines chose to personally sponsor their May 2014 LinkedIN Job Search Workshop on MacDill Air Force Base, home of U.S. Central Command.
A San Francisco Bay resident, Jeff flew to Tampa to participate in the all-day workshop and assist the facilitator, Nancy Laine, who is an Army Chaplain’s daughter and the co-founder of Project Transition USA.
Although Jeff is not a veteran himself, his father is a Korean War veteran, and several of his pilot friends have served in various branches of the military.
When asked his reasons for sponsoring this workshop, Jeff began by saying, “I was introduced to Nancy Laine and Project Transition USA by Kim Tran. During Kim’s childhood in Vietnam, American troops had saved her life, and she sponsored Project Transition USA’s LinkedIN Workshop on MacDill back in March.”
“When Kim shared with me that LinkedIN is the #1 tool most civilian recruiters are using to fill jobs these days, and how Project Transition USA is the ONLY nonprofit that focuses on teaching our transitioning military veterans how to use it, I knew they were on to something big.”
Reflecting on the experience of spending a day on MacDill Air Force Base in the LinkedIN Job Search Workshop with the troops and their families, and remembering a challenging time in his own life, Jeff related, “I know exactly what it feels like to be unemployed, and it’s not fun. During the downturn of the airline industry years ago, I went through a lay-off that landed me without a job for a whole YEAR.”
With a sad smile, Jeff continued, “I’ve been a pilot since I was 15 years old, my dad’s a pilot too, and this is all I’ve ever wanted to do. So I can particularly relate to the troops who’ve been serving their entire adult lives. We really don’t know anything else, it’s “who we are”, and transitioning doesn’t come easy to say the least.”
“It is an honor to support a ‘mission critical’ project like this, it’s so cutting edge. Less than two years ago, Project Transition USA was the first to teach a LinkedIN Job Search Workshop on any military base in the world (on MacDill AFB in Tampa), and this urgently needs to be taught on every base in the U.S.“
Jeff concluded by saying, “I know the troops who were in our MacDill workshop FAR prefer being taught ‘how to fish’ over being ‘given a fish’. For God’s sake, they’ve been running SOCOM and U.S Central Command! I believe this training has a huge potential to save our returning troops and their families from the nightmare of being unemployed. They’ve already risked their lives for us, and it’s a sincere privilege to help them back in this important way!”
The next LinkedIN Job Search Workshop on MacDill AFB is scheduled for Friday, June 20th and is open exclusively to transitioning military personnel & dependents who are enrolled in MacDill's TAP program.
To learn about future sponsorship opportunities with Project Transition USA LinkedIN Job Search Workshops on MacDill AFB and beyond, contact Nancy Laine at 727-415-3878.
ABOUT PROJECT TRANSITION USA:
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Project Transition USA has been teaching free LinkedIN Job Search Workshops on MacDill Air Force Base (Tampa, FL) and other locations since Nov. 2012 at the request of retired senior military officers who were in dire need of support.
In addition to their workshops, they also provide personal introductions to corporate military hiring managers and military-friendly civilians through their popular "Project Transition USA" group on LinkedIN: www.linkedin.com/
Many workshop attendees and group participants have already been offered top-level positions throughout the U.S., and all of this has been accomplished with little to no operating budget.
Project Transition USA's goal is to expand these workshops to every U.S. military base nationwide. Visit their website to learn what transitioning military troops and community leaders are saying about this project: http://projecttransitionusa.com/
Nancy Laine, President (Project Transition USA)