Navy Veteran Jerrad Carlisle was hired by CNSI in July. According to Sharif Hussein, Midwest Region SVP, Jerrad’s military training brought a much-needed skillset to his team.
When transitioning from the military to civilian workforce, veterans have sought after skills and qualifications, but in a recent article on theladders.com, expert resume writer, Robert Dagnall, says they are having a hard time translating their military experience into terms employers recognize and value
In Michigan, veterans have access to several programs and resources that help them re-enter the workforce from Shifting Heroes to Hiring Our Heroes job fairs, and many Michigan companies have taken pride in hiring our veterans.
One such story is that of Jerrad Carlisle, a Navy veteran, who was hired by Sharif Hussein, senior vice president of CNSI, to fill a key role at the company, which delivers information technology and business process outsourcing solutions to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as commercial enterprises. Jerrad was one of six veterans featured in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Veteran Talent Showcase at the Mackinac Policy Conference.
Jerrad is now a Business Analyst at the company’s Lansing officer where he supports a critical project enrolling home help providers through the Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS).
During his time in the United States Navy and onboard the USS Mount Whitney, in Gaeta, Italy, Carlisle worked with NATO on diplomatic missions. His experiences included desktop, network and telecommunications support for a number of high-profile events, including the inauguration of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Below, Sharif Hussein tells us more about the importance of hiring veterans and the unique skills they bring home.
The importance of hiring veterans has been a strong focus for Gov. Rick Snyder, who created the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. What prompted you to seek out military veterans as potential employees at CNSI?
CNSI is an organization that believes in giving back and contributing to the communities in which it engages. Plus, I am a strong proponent of giving opportunities to our veterans to continue their valuable contribution to our society. CNSI has a strong and proven track record partnering with the state of Michigan to offer innovative solutions to the state’s healthcare recipients by ensuring alignment with the Governor’s vision of better health and better care at a lower cost. Jerrad’s military background prepared him for the tasks, which require careful attention to details.
We value the level of wide-ranging expertise that veterans have to offer and with Jerrad, we have already seen first-hand how his hard work and knowledge enhance the work that we do.
What skills do you think Jerrad brings that differentiates him from other potential job candidates?
Having served in the Unites States Navy and worked closely with NATO, Jerrad brings a strong sense of urgency and attention to detail that is required of every CNSI team member. It mimics the CNSI work culture, which is rooted in getting a job done with precision and pride.
His military service has given Jerrad the ability to anticipate problems and conceive proactive solutions for the tasks at hand.
How has Jerrad’s military training contributed to his success at CNSI? What qualities and skills do military veterans, in general bring to companies?
Military training provides a heightened sense of discipline that is hard to come by otherwise.
These individuals have proven that they are adaptive and can work in diverse and unpredictable environments, enabling them to shift and move from project to project. In our rapidly changing health care landscape, the ability to predict and react to these new requirements is highly critical.
Sharif was also a long-time resident of Washington D.C., but saw the opportunities in Michigan and recently relocated.
What is your role at CNSI?
I serve as the Midwest Region Senior Vice President at CNSI leading a group of highly talented professionals to deliver innovation and state-of-the-art solutions to our customer base and the citizens. This includes overseeing the continued transformation of our MMIS solution (CHAMPS). I ensure that CHAMPS continues to meet every published federal regulation to provide the necessary health care services to citizens of Michigan.
My role includes ensuring that CHAMPS is operating at optimal efficiency to meet the ever growing Medicaid population and requisite business operation objectives.
As a resident of Washington D.C. for most of your life, what brought you back to Michigan?
I had the pleasure of coming to Michigan while it was rebuilding and reinventing itself. As a Michigander, I wanted to play a role in the state’s transformation while leveraging my health care experience.
Really, I saw in Michigan a tremendous pool of talented and motivated individuals within CNSI. It was a tremendous opportunity to forge strong relationships with the renowned educational institutions in the State of Michigan. I wanted to capitalize on the wealth of these young and talented individuals, as well as leverage on the pool of experienced resources available in the market place.
It’s opportunities like this and the success of our hired veterans that really excites me and challenges me to further raise the bar in delivering innovations and contributing to the growth of the state. I am glad to have the opportunity to continue serving the state.
Watch Jerrad’s presentation at the Mackinac Policy Conference, where he shared how qualifications and skills earned while serving in the military make veterans the perfect candidates to fill critical positions today:
Employers interested in seeking out the unique skills of military veterans or military veterans seeking jobs can visit http://www.mitalent.org/veteran/ for more information.