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Veteran Recruitment | 5 minute read

[Q&A] Meet Jesse Hinnant and Shawn Daniel from our Hiring our Heroes Fellowship

September 3, 2021

We're excited to welcome two veterans who graduated from our Hiring our Heroes Fellowship program to the WilsonHCG team. Meet Jesse Hinnant and Shawn Daniel, who have accepted full-time, permanent roles after graduating from the program earlier this year. The fellowship is a 12-week, best-in-class workforce development program that links veterans, military spouses and transitioning military members with employers that are committed to hiring top talent. We're grateful to have Jesse and Shawn join the team as they transition out of military life and bring their many skills to WilsonHCG and our clients' organizations.

In this interview, learn more about their backgrounds and skills, as well as advice they'd give to veterans entering the civilian workforce:

Meet Jesse Hinnant 

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Q: Tell us about your journey and what led you to become a Hiring Our Heroes Fellow.

A: After serving in the Army for 20 years, the military was all I’ve really known since I was 19. I have worked as an HR generalist, recruiter and operations manager in six different countries with eight combat deployments. Even with all that experience, veterans struggle to translate our skillsets onto our resume, as many employers don’t understand all we are capable of. Hiring our Heroes changes all that, allowing transitioning service members the opportunity to showcase our vast capabilities over the course of the 12-week fellowship, with little to no risk to the company.

Q: What skills from the military influenced you when transitioning to the civilian workforce?

A: Project management. I viewed my transition as one big project and was able to utilize my project management skills to work through my timeline while juggling multiple tasks.

Q: What’s something you want employers to know about hiring military talent?

A: We are more than another diversity hire. The military community is unquestionably loyal, unwaveringly resilient and focused on mission success; possessing skills you cannot teach. Truly, there’s not much more a company could ask for in their employees.

Q: Why did you choose to work with WilsonHCG?

A: A great culture and shared values. The WilsonHCG team is honest, passionate and equally dedicated to their clients and employees.

Q: If you could give advice to any other person transitioning out of the military, what would it be?

A: Start early and find your “WHY”! There are way too many options out there to come into the transition late and without a game plan.

Meet Shawn Daniel

Shawn Daniel

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Q: Tell us about your journey and what led you to become a Hiring Our Heroes Fellow.

A: It seems like yesterday, but my professional journey started in 2001 after completing my undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation, I was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the University of Pittsburgh ROTC program. As a commissioned officer, I have been assigned to more than 14 different locations across North America, Europe, Asia and multiple combat tours in the Middle East.

Additionally, I have worked alongside America’s finest service members as I filled command positions, various operational and leadership roles in human resources and human relations management. My military career culminated with my promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of honorable service.

This year I decided to transition from the military with the transferable skills I acquired and a graduate degree in human resource management. The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring our Heroes program provided the professional pathway and, eventually, a connection with WilsonHCG.

Q: What skills from the military influenced you when transitioning to the civilian workforce?

A: As a senior professional in the military, I was expected to think in an organized and rational manner, as well as strategically plan for and effectively communicate within multicultural organizations. However, the most beneficial skillset I possess, as well as other service members, is the ability to adapt and excel in high-pressure situations.   

Q: What’s something you want employers to know about hiring military talent?

A: During this transition, I have learned there is an extensive gap to bridge when it comes to employers understanding veteran talent and their transferable skills. I can tell you a lot of veterans assume their skills are understood, and I have learned through networking and connecting with employers that is not the case. Employers should be aware of the breadth of military talent available and have a greater understanding of the experience tiers within the different ranks of the military.

Q: Why did you choose to work with WilsonHCG?

A: First and foremost, what attracted me to WilsonHCG is its culture. I was impressed and excited about how their core values aligned with mine. This was validated during the 12-week fellowship program. As I worked alongside WilsonHCG employees at various levels, and I experienced the utmost professionalism, passion and willingness to collaborate. I knew early in the process, I wanted to be part of the WilsonHCG team.

Q: If you could give advice to any other person transitioning out of the military, what would it be?

  • Know and be prepared to articulate your value.
  • Inventory and be confident of your transferable skills.
  • Don’t be afraid to work outside your comfort zone.
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities.
  • Participate in military transition programs.

About Shelby Catalano

Shelby is a Copywriter at WilsonHCG supporting the marketing team. With over eight years of experience in inbound marketing, B2B and B2C writing, she combines storytelling and analytics to conjure engaging, results-driven content. When not writing copy by day and poetry by night, you can find Shelby working out, traveling and constantly listening to audiobooks.

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