Above, Dayna Brown, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Hires Veterans, reviews resumes with employment candidates.
In honor of Veterans Day, I’m pleased to introduce you to my client, Dayna Brown. Dayna is the executive director of Pittsburgh Hires Veterans, an organization that was launched in 2016 and serves a critical need helping veterans find employment.
Dayna is passionate about her work. She says “I believe that one of the best ways to honor a veteran’s service to our country is to help him/her find a job. Just as important, the fulfillment of our mission helps build stronger communities. When a veteran is employed in the right job that fits his/her circumstances, he/she can be self-sufficient and thrive. The work that we are doing impacts society on many levels.”
So, what exactly is Pittsburgh Hires Veterans “PHV”?
Pittsburgh Hires Veterans is a non-profit organization and relies on the generous support of community partners who share the same values and desire to see veterans succeed. They know the value veterans contribute and desire to see that value multiplied in communities like Pittsburgh.
How does PHV help veterans?
PHV helps veterans find work after leaving the military. The organization provides free services for members of all military branches, national guard, and reservists, including spouses, who live anywhere in the United States, with a special focus on Southwestern PA. Let’s face it. The job search and interview process can be overwhelming even during the best of times. Military personnel may also have additional challenges that can include relocation, zero experience in the civilian sector, PTSD, etc. The last several months have presented even more obstacles due to restrictions based upon COVID-19.
Can you share an example of a veteran impacted by Pittsburgh Hires Veterans?
Lauren*, a single mother with 2 kids, was medically retired after 20 years of military service. She participated in the military Transition Assistance Program on two occasions. Despite this preparation offered by the military, she did not have a complete resume and was overwhelmed with starting her job search. PHV helped her identify the types of jobs to pursue based on her military career and worked with her on translating the skills she gained in the military for civilian employers. Additionally, PHV helped Lauren create a resume, prepare for networking, create business cards, answer questions regarding salary expectations, and more. As a result, Lauren landed a job. Not only was Lauren impacted by the work of PHV, but her family has been, too, as well as her employer who makes a stronger impact now that she is on the team.
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A Note from the Coach…
During challenging times, strong leaders, like Dayna, make the critical difference in mission-driven organizations. And coaching helps. Let’s connect to see how coaching can help you make a greater difference, too.
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