Making the leap

Back in 2015, Linda had a choice to make. She had already transitioned from the U.S. Army, serving in logistics and supply, and had worked for 15 years for her previous company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of her friends told her about a great job opportunity in Plano, Texas. This new company had great benefits and fostered a family type of team environment. In addition, it had so many different opportunities all in one place, both across the United States and overseas.

The company was Hilti.

Linda was no stranger to moving to a completely new place for her job; this had been expected of her during her military service. And yet, there was still some fear of the unknown to make a leap of this magnitude in the civilian world. Ultimately, she made that leap to Texas because of the great opportunity Hilti represented.

In her words: "It's the best decision I've ever made, and I wouldn't trade it for anything. There's an old saying that I think is really relevant here: 'What would you try if you would not fail?' You've got to try to new things. If you don't, you'll never know if it's for you."

 

Today, Linda works as a Recruitment Coordinator in the Human Resources department, and is now in a place to help with the outreach to other veterans. She helped revamp Hilti's employee referral program, which she credits as her greatest success to date. The program itself has grown and thrived with her guidance. It has helped both find potential team members and open up new opportunities within the company.

As she said: "Teamwork is, of course, all about the team. That's where Hilti shines. If you give it your all, your team will be there for you. And don't limit your options. There are so many resources within the company. From career training classes, to 'riding along' with a teammate to see if the job is right for you, there are many ways you can take control of your career here."

Hilti encourages our team members to volunteer at charities of their choice. In addition to helping people build their future careers at Hilti, Linda chooses Junior Achievement, whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed.
As Linda said: "We have to look to the future, both at work and in our personal lives. I want to help kids because they are the future."

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