Alaant’s Salute to Veterans:

  • Featuring Adam Britten of Home Base Recruiting

  • Adam Britten of Home Base Recruiting

    Alaant is dedicating the month of November to honor our nation’s heroes. We have had the honor and privilege to work with many local veterans and we’d like to extend our sincere appreciation for their service. Each week during the month of November we will spotlight a local veteran who is going above and beyond to help other veterans find new job opportunities following their time of service.

    This week we salute: Adam Britten, Owner and Founder of Home Base Recruiting.

     

    We asked Adam to share more about his background and military career along with his top tips for recruiting veterans.

    Q: Which branch of the armed forces did you serve?

    A: The United States Air Force/Air National Guard

    Q: What was your favorite part about being in the service?

    A: Meeting people from all over the country, leading a squadron of more than 40 ranging in age from 18-26 years old, and training every day both physically and mentally. 

    Q:  What skill did you learn in the service that is most transferrable to civilian employment?

    A: How to persevere. My situation is unique. However, I reflect on my days in basic training and tech school regularly. You had no other choice, but to work hard. There weren't any days off.  

    Q: Tell us where you are currently employed. What is your role?  

    A: I am the Owner and Founder of Home Base Recruiting, a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). 

    Q: Could you share an interesting fact about yourself or your career?  

    A: Before Home Base Recruiting, I worked for the government for six years preparing troops for deployment by managing operations for mobile medical and dental practices on bases throughout the country. We treated hundreds of thousands of troops for pre- and post-deployment. 

     
    Adam’s Top Tips for Recruiting Veterans:

    1. Show that you have some familiarity with the RANKS of each branch of service. 
      You can simply Google them. The branches of service include: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. For example, an E-1 in the Air Force is one stripe, for an Airman two stripes E-2 is a Senior Airman, 3 stripes is an E-3 Airman First Class. All branches have different names for E-1 - 0-10, and beyond. The 0 rankings are for officers.

    2. Each branch of service has a name for their jobs and abbreviations. 
      For example, the Army calls their jobs an 'MOS’ so when interviewing a candidate who was in the Army, they may say something like “69Bravo.” Each of the MOS requires advanced individual training and specialization. Army jobs can be divided into two basic categories: those that participate in combat missions and those that support the soldiers who are in combat roles.

    3. You must be careful when asking questions about deployment. 
      The military takes precedence over any civilian or professional role. The recruiter must not ask questions about future deployment. This is considered a “no, no” because it could influence decision making about whether you hire them or not based on the possibility of them being deployed in the future. 

    4. A recruiter must understand the candidate’s timeline on their resume. 
      Many use the GI Bill and go to school after enlisting in the military because it pays for school. Some take longer to complete their degrees due to deployments.

    5. Dive in to see how their skills or their MOS can translate into the civilian world. 
      Most have advance training in multiple areas.  


     Connect with Adam on LinkedIn.


    Make a difference for a local Veteran by donating to the Veterans Miracle Center:

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  • About the Author

    Miriam Dushane

    Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner, Alaant Workforce Solutions

    Miriam is all in when it comes to doing whatever she can to help the area grow and thrive. She is passionate about the work she does helping talented professionals find the right job opportunity and her work in the community is focused on furthering this area as a center for economic growth and vitality. Miriam likes to garden and take care of her pets and animals. She is a member of an adult only skate group where she roller blades every week. She loves the Mets! And she is completely obsessed with vacuum cleaners; she really likes to vacuum and has 6 right now.

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