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Beyond the 54 holes played each year at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, beyond the hospitality venues, the fans and the legends of the game, is the PGA TOUR’s mission to make a significant and positive impact in the community. The Dominion Energy Charity Classic prides itself in several attributes, but its commitment to supporting military members in the greater Richmond area is unmatched.
The tournament’s commitment also aligns with Dominion Energy’s dedication to America’s veterans. Dominion Energy consistently ranks among the top companies in the nation in helping veterans and their families find and keep jobs in the civilian workforce. Currently, one in every five new employees hired at Dominion Energy is a veteran.
The Dominion Energy Charity Classic and Dominion Energy have combined forces to support the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Through the tournament’s partnerships with WestRock, the presenting sponsor of military initiatives, and Richmond-based Virginia Values Veterans (V3), the tournament is able to deliver on several military programs, providing military men, women and their families with memorable experiences throughout the event.
On Monday of tournament week in 2017, Virginia Values Veterans hosted a hiring event on-site at The Country Club of Virginia’s James River clubhouse, matching local employers with potential veteran job candidates. The hiring event is a reverse-recruiting-style event, allowing job seekers to speak one-on-one with each of the employers registered. In addition, job seekers are automatically enrolled in two webinars prior to the Hiring Event: Tips for Resume Writing and Interviewing and How to Make the Best of Networking.
Mike Boyle was among the 60 veteran job seekers who attended the event in search of employment. After leaving Philadelphia over a decade ago with six years in the Army Reserve under his belt, he set out in search of civilian life; however, the unfortunate truth that all too many veterans face was that holding down a steady job would be easier said that done.
After years of moving from job to job and city to city, relocating five different times (sometimes internationally) for consulting work on contracts with looming expiration dates, Mike began to feel hopeless.
“It’s tough out there,” he said. “When you’re in search of a job, you’re trying everything you can.”
Then one day while browsing online, Boyle stumbled upon information for the Virginia Values Veterans Hiring Event to be held at a PGA TOUR Champions tournament just 10 minutes from his home.
“I had never attended a job fair before,” he said. “In fact, I’d always assumed those events were for veterans who’d very recently left the military. I didn’t think I qualified.”
But once a veteran, always a veteran.
Boyle decided to attend the event that Monday of tournament week, and what happened next changed his life. He was approached by Newport News Shipbuilding, a company specializing in industrial engineering. A company in the field he’d been relentlessly chasing for over a decade.
“It’s actually my dream job. I’ve had several contracted jobs working on trains, ships, distribution environments, but all in a temporary capacity. I move to Newport News this Monday, and this time, it’s permanent,” Boyle said in a phone interview.
The Dominion Energy Charity Classic set out to positively impact lives in the Richmond community, and through their partnership with V3, did just that. Flash forward three months since the hiring event, and Mike Boyle will permanently relocate this Monday to start in his new role as Senior Human Resource Business Partner at Newport News Shipbuilding.
“When you’re out of work for a little bit, sometimes you feel like a second-class citizen,” said Boyle. “But this event turned the tables and was top-shelf the whole way. I can’t tell you how grateful I am.”
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