Hirepurpose’s Peter Charest sheds light on one of the biggest hang-ups of placing military candidates.
Peter Charest has been recruiting and placing military candidates with companies since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Well, maybe not that long, but in his 25 plus years of experience he has watched many candidates pass up great jobs because of location.
Charest shakes his head every time a candidate says, “No” to an opportunity that is pure gold because it’s not near immediate family.
“There are planes, trains, and automobiles so you can visit them” Charest said. “But what there might not be is a pay check.”
A true story that Charest references to location hesitant candidates is the opportunity that Warrant Officer, Jim almost passed up.
“Ingersoll-Rand Climate Control was interested in Jim for a logistics position in Des Moines, Iowa, ” said Charest. “I presented him the opportunity and the first thing he said was, my wife will never live in Des Moines!”
The company brought him and his wife out for the interview and Charest told him to take an extra day to look around the area.
“Jim has been with IR Climate Control for over eight years and he’s still married to the same person,” chuckled Charest.
The IR hiring manager raves about Jim to this day and the impact he has had on their business. Had Charest not insisted that Jim and his wife look at the opportunity regardless of location, it might not have the same ending.
“I’ve never heard him complain once about Des Monies,” Charest said.
He understands that choosing a location isn’t easy, but wants candidates to consider putting the job ahead of the zip code.
“One of the greatest features of your civilian job search is that you can say, no to a company’s offer,” said Charest. “But I can tell you, in almost every case where the veteran put the job ahead of the location, they are happier with their decision, have a more rewarding job, and make more money.”
One of the best ways to really see if the opportunity is a good fit is to do a site visit, Charest added this allows you to see the work environment, meet the boss, his boss, and may even meet future co-workers.
“Do your homework, look at the neighborhoods, look up local news, housing availability, and schools if you’re a parent and keep an open mind,” Charest said is the best advice. “Don’t pass up a position in the Midwest because you like the sound of the ocean”