Talent Acquisition Partner II
How has your experience in the military aligned with SCL Health’s values?
My experience in the military aligns closely with SCL Health’s values and it’s not a coincidence. When I joined the Military, like others before me, I had to raise my hand and take the “Oath of Enlistment” that I, Frank Castello, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic. I recall being excited and I meant every word! In basic training, we were taught 7 core values – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Self Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. As soldiers, we live by these values when we, always place the mission first, never accept defeat, never quit, and never leave a fallen comrade. I was lucky enough to be part of the elite, 101st Airborne Division – Air Assault! There I learned the value of Excellence, always keeping myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight because we are the guardians of freedom and the American way of life. HOOAH!! Upon returning home from a combat tour in Iraq, I decided to leave the military. Leaving the military was a difficult decision but I knew whatever I did next, I definitely wanted to serve my community and fellow man especially the poor and vulnerable, which happens to be SCL Health’s mission! Wow, right up my alley! SCL Health is based upon 6 core values – Caring Spirit, Excellence, Good Humor, Integrity, Safety, and Stewardship. After all I’ve seen, done, and been through, I just wanted to help heal the world in whatever way I could. As a SCL Health Talent Acquisition Partner, I’m able to do just that. I help people get great jobs with an amazing company that values a caring spirit and honors the sacred dignity of each person and that’s exactly what I’m all about because I learned helping others in need, helps me.
Now that you’ve transitioned to a position with SCL Health, what advice can you share for veterans who are just starting out in the transition to civilian life?
First I would say, take a breath, it’s going to be ok, you have all the skills and leadership abilities you need! Treat your job hunt like a mission. Figure out exactly what you want to do and know your “why”. For me I had to realize that my Army training and experience did not translate as the same when I was looking for opportunities in the civilian world. I was a little frustrated as I knew I was more than qualified for positions and was not receiving any job offers. I had to update my resume to reflect my experience to demonstrate applicable skills for the civilian positions I was applying to. Once I figured out how to translate and relate my leadership skills and abilities to civilian hiring managers, they were more than willing to give me a chance and that’s all I needed.
As a Veteran, what has your experience been like at SCL Health?
My experience has been 100% positive. The employees of SCL Health are American patriots and they appreciate our service! I’ve learned many of them have loved ones in the service, so they understand the sacrifices we made and they welcome us with open arms. During my interview, we briefly discussed my military experience and I was warmly received to say the least. I absolutely love my team and we’re a family, just like my ole platoon.