Veteran's Day Reflections on our Commitment to Honor and Support our Heroes
I am a proud Air Force veteran. I remember when I was getting close to separating from active duty, and how scared I was about starting a new career, leaving my close military friends, and starting over. I researched and networked with others to help me during those scary months. That experience (coupled with the military’s Transition Assistance Program) is what actually inspired me to pursue a career in human resources. I learned so much about writing resumes and translating my experience to something that employers could understand and value. That's when I really decided I wanted to work in a field where I could focus on career-building, employee development, employee relations and recruiting/hiring.
Here at Wimsatt Building Materials, we are grateful for our veterans' service to our country to protect our freedoms. We honor their sacrifice and support their transition to civilian life by actively engaging in recruiting activities that raise awareness among veterans of the opportunities in building material distribution. We know that the talent and discipline they've developed serving our country translates well into handling the challenges of building material logistics, solving problems, and finding solutions for professional contractors.
Wimsatt is proud to be recognized by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency as a Bronze-Level Veteran-Friendly Employer, having demonstrated a commitment to hiring veterans, representing 17% of our workforce; posting job openings on the MiTalent.org website; signing the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support; and utilizing the Michigan Veterans Resource Center in recruiting initiatives.
We partner with INVESTVets, an organization whose aim is to improve employment outcomes for those who have served in our nation's Armed Forces and their families in Michigan by eliminating cultural barriers and empowering veterans. INVESTVets has focused on working with employers like Wimsatt to help bridge the military-civilian cultural gap. This is a more community-based organization that offers activities and meetings that reduce the high expectations and stress that are common with traditional job fairs. We attend meetings regularly and network with veterans and veteran groups to talk about Wimsatt and how we strive to hire and support veterans looking for new career opportunities.
We also work with Hire MI Vet, which collaborates with other veteran groups to provide networking events that connects employers like Wimsatt with veterans in an informal and interactive setting. The employment resources focus on federal and civilian resumes, interviewing skills, job searching, cover letters, and soft skills training through various workshops and online information.
Additionally, we network with other local veteran employment specialists via LinkedIn and other social media to publish and share our job postings and discuss potential candidates.
This year for Veterans Day, we commissioned a special baseball hat to honor our veterans at Wimsatt and recognized them for their service at our November branch meetings. We are grateful for their service to our country and proud of their accomplishments in our organization!
I thoroughly enjoy helping fellow veterans land their dream job, and I’m extremely proud to work for a company that supports our veterans!
Sara Lamparski served our country in the Air Force, most recently as a Non-Commissioned Officer (Staff Sergeant/E-5), as an active duty member from 1996-2000 and as a reservist member from 2000-2004.
About Sara Lamparski
Sara is a Human Resources Business Partner at Wimsatt Building Materials.