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What is the best avenue to gain entry achieving a position in the Human Resources field?


Damian McKeever Lemon Grove, CA

I'm am a transitioned Navy Veteran with experience in Human Resources and Healthcare Administration. I have a history of progression through increased responsibility with the United States Navy managing vital healthcare and human resource programs for operational forces to perform in global environments. I am current working as federal employee in Health Information Management and love helping personnel in all aspects in human resources, but particularly I like talent acquisition/recruiting, employee labor relations, and management. I have an MBA and MSHS-HCM and aggressively have been looking at opportunities to obtain a position to get into the human resources field and looking for guidance from professionals and on here (ACP AdvisorNet) for network connections or available positions. I am in the San Diego area and any assistance on guidance and opportunities is greatly appreciated.

7 October 2019 2 replies Networking



Anthony Izzo New York, NY

Hi Damian,

Thank you for your service! Sounds like you have a very nice educational and work background that can take you into many different areas in HR. You mentioned you have experience managing programs. There are many different types of recruiting roles, that could be working in university relations, sourcing, full-cycle recruiting and project management based strategies that could include recruitment events and pipeline strategies. I work in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and many companies also look for professionals who can help support their diversity & inclusion recruitment efforts, that could include veteran hiring initiatives. Are you looking to stay in the San Diego area or open to other locations? Make sure your LinkedIn settings reflect that you are “open to new opportunities”. I’m happy to chat offline if you have any specific questions – private message me.


Barron Evans Ann Arbor, MI

Damian … foremost, thank you for your service.

Given your background, my gut reaction is you're 'in the right place at the right time.' Given the turbulent healthcare industry now, and clearly continuing in the future, your skills portfolio could take you in a myriad of directions. I did a quick search for top opps in administration; this was a helpful resource: But in addition, I'd leverage the H.R. dimension and lead with your ability to act in a change management capacity as organizations navigate the changing industry dynamics. Change management (my background) focuses on 3 primary pillars: People / Process / Technology … as they influence/impact organizations experiencing transition. It seems that telling stories about how you've executed the above in your military capacity will easily lend themselves well to 'gaining entry' … best wishes!

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