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A Hiring Manager’s Perspective: Honoring our Veterans and Military

We’ve likely all heard the term “Embrace the Suck” at some point in our lives. It’s not just soldier slang – it’s an idea that reminds us we’re all going to have bad days, just don’t get stuck there.

Our panelists in this session reminded us that they are there to support us – to support YOU in your job search and your career journey – and that we have an amazing community here to help lighten the load. In Theda’s words, “Recruiters know recruiters who know recruiters and WE SHARE our great candidates across industries!” So get out there, network and show the world how valuable you are.

Don’t forget, you can purchase Jim’s book, Operation Lily pad at BookBaby using the discount code CCC2022. Proceeds from this e-book will be donated to organizations committed to helping transitioning military and veterans.

Links from our conversation

Interested in going to Portugal? Walk el Camino de Santiago with Yvette and Chelle in September! You can fill out the interest form here.

We have two great resume writers and Linkedin optimizers in our community:

Note: if you are a member of the military, there are great FREE resources available to you. Reach out to Theda if you need some guidance.

CCC member Jolene recommends Teal HQ as a tool for organizing her job search.

Featured member

Meet Lawrence Butts, our featured member this week. Lawrence is a new dad, a recent MBA graduate and a former NCAA athlete.

He has an eclectic background of Project Management, Product Management, Direct Sales, and Operations, and a passion for giving back to veterans that are transitioning out.

Thank you to our event sponsor

Zendesk is a service-first CRM company that builds software designed to improve customer relationships. As employees, we encourage each other to grow and innovate. As a company, we roll up our sleeves to plant roots in the communities we call home.

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What’s next?

Unleash Your … Edge

3/21/2022 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm MDt

Corporate cultures and the job market are changing. Are you?

Do you feel lost, stuck, or unsure about your next chapter, and want to unleash your edge? You know what I mean. How do you unleash your professional edge? Your career edge? Your interviewing edge? Your problem solving edge? Your advancement edge?

Whatever your edge is, we've got you covered.

Please join Chelle, Louie Lugo, Chief People Officer at Gallus Medical Detox Centers, and Kristen Martin, Head of HR & Operations at Folloze, to give you actionable takeaways that will amplify your impact in finding your next role or advancement.

Connect with our panelists

Chelle Johnson

CEO & Founder,

Best You Career Advantage

Founder, Colorado Career Connectors

Jim VanderMeer

Product Director at Zendesk

Author of Operation Lilly Pad

Tony Gilbert

Program Manager of Military and Veteran Recruitment

Raytheon Missiles and Defense

Theda Johnson

Senior Technical Recruiter and Military Community Advocate Diversity Champion


See you next time!

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