Almost a year ago, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was hiring. As he put it at the time, “As more veterans return home, we must ensure that all veterans have access to quality mental health care.”
VA has answered that call by reaching out to as many platforms as possible. Now VA is taking this hiring initiative to a live Twitter chat via @vacareers. This Thursday, we will be honored to welcome Craig Newmark, of craigconnects and craigslist, to share the e-space with others concerned about the vital need to take care of those who have taken care of us—the men and women who have served in America’s armed services.
I’m Darren Sherrard, of the Veterans Health Administration, and I oversee VA’s recruitment marketing efforts for healthcare providers—particularly psychiatrists and eligible psychologists—who can come work at VA. As associate director for health care recruitment and marketing in the office of workforce management and consulting, I’m trying to get the word out on behalf of VHA: A gratifying career awaits those who are ready to turn their time and attention to helping veterans.
At 1pm EDT (10 am PDT) today, I will host a Twitter chat via @vacareers to guide leaders like Craig, VA recruiters, and job searchers in an exchange of thoughts, ideas, and questions about mental health careers at VA. It’s a chance for the public to talk with veterans, supporters of veterans, and members of the mental health community in real time. We hope the lively exchange will let people know more about the life-changing work at VA in store for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.
Craig is committed to helping veterans and their families, and there is no denying that giving this community access to the care they deserve means VA needs to hire extraordinarily talented, passionate mental health professionals. I invite you all to add your thoughts, experiences, and questions to the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #WorkatVA. We’ll start the chat at 1 p.m. EDT on March 21, and I hope to see you there.
Guest blog post by Darren Sherrard,
Associate Director for Recruitment Marketing,
VHA Healthcare Recruitment & Marketing,
Office of Workforce Management & Consulting