Tammi Smith was an active duty service member of the United States Air Force for more than five years. Upon completing her military career, she earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and her Master’s Degree. However, even with a Master’s Degree under her belt, Tammi still had trouble finding leads for employment. Tammi needed extra assistance in her job search. She discovered Veterans Forward at National Able Network and began her path to a new career!

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Tammi said. “I went to the two-day JUMPSTART training, and I remember thinking, ‘If nothing else comes out of this, at least I get a free lunch!’ After JUMPSTART, I felt that National Able Network was the perfect organization for me,” said Tammi. “After receiving my Master’s Degree, I had lost my confidence as far as my skills and abilities. I was just really depressed at that time, I wasn’t getting any phone calls. The Veterans Forward Career Coaches are all self-esteem gurus; they saw things in me that I didn’t even see!”

As a client, Tammi began training with the Veterans Forward team to build skills while in her job search! Tammi’s career coach encouraged her to put that on her resume, and Tammi recalls, “My career coaches really helped me see the skills and attributes I bring as a professional and as a person. I wouldn’t be in the position that I am right now if it hadn’t been for the team helping me with my resume and training me – it helped me see myself professionally again.”

When asked to name the one service that helped the most, Tammi struggled to choose only one! “It wasn’t just one thing, it was pieces of a whole, and out of all the workshops and coaching sessions and meetings – I just took whatever I needed and they would critique it – hardcore! After that, I started getting phone calls and interviews!”

While Tammi was job searching, a position became available at National Able Network and after submitting her resume and interviewing, she was hired as a career coach! When thinking of advice for other veterans, Tammi said, “Just work with National Able Network! They’re going to get you from where you are to where you want to be, and they’re going to give you the real advice. I think my past experience is making me a good career coach, because I already know how job seekers feel. I knowhow that feels. I’m so grateful to National Able Network, and the Veterans Forward team specifically, they took a personal interest in my success, so now, for me, it’s personal.”