Paul Kibbe - Florham Park, New Jersey
Michael Klasfeld - New York, New York
Arlene Laungayan - Stamford, Connecticut
I would like to nominate Paul Kibbe for ACP’s Mentor of the Month. Paul and I began working together about four months ago, when I was just finishing my senior internship recruiting cycle after a major career change. Without Paul’s guidance, I would not have known how to proceed.
Paul regularly goes above and beyond to help me. For instance, when I had a question about how and when to start the recruiting process as a December graduate, Paul not only reached out to his company’s recruiting team to get an answer, but also put me in contact with the diversity recruiter. When I mentioned that I had previously interviewed at Paul’s firm, he reached out to the people I had interviewed with and got some more detailed feedback to help me improve my interview skills.
Without Paul’s help and guidance, I am certain that I would not be remotely as prepared as I am to start the full-time recruiting process here over the summer. This is Paul’s first time being an ACP Mentor, but I have no doubt that he’ll be a great asset to the program long after my mentorship with him is complete.
- Chris L., U.S. Navy, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
I would like to nominate Michael Klasfeld for ACP's Mentor of the Month. We began working together about six months before I was due to transition out of the Army, after four years of service as a paratrooper. I knew I needed a Mentor who could find value in what I could bring to the table, especially since my chosen career field is notoriously competitive.
In the first month alone, we worked on defining my strengths and weaknesses, honing my interests and fine-tuning my résumé. Since then, we’ve also worked on selling my experience in conversations, emphasizing the value I can bring from the military and past experiences, keeping organized in selecting a targeted list of companies I want to work for and networking to get interviews. Throughout the process, Mike has kept me focused and positive, has continuously encouraged me to reach out to him whenever I needed, and has offered moral support every step of the way.
I truly believe Mike deserves Mentor of the Month, and even Mentor of the Year if possible. I don't know where I would be without his expert guidance, and I can't thank him enough for everything he has done for me. Thank you, ACP, for bringing us together!
- Daniel H., U.S. Army, Cameron, North Carolina
I would like to nominate Arlene Laungayan for ACP's Mentor of the Month. Arlene and I first began working together this fall, shortly after I transitioned from active duty following eight years in the Marine Corps. When we began working together, I was interested in several career fields, and Arlene was instrumental in providing the confidence and clarity I needed to ensure that I was on the right track.
Arlene provided sound advice about the language and nuances of the civilian job market. When it came time for interviews, she provided expert insight into hiring managers’ actions. I leaned on her heavily once the offers started to come in, and she was always available for a quick bit of advice.
Throughout the process it was reassuring to have a Mentor validate my thoughts and actions. Thank you, ACP, for linking us together. I know I will always have someone to go to for advice, clarity and confirmation as my career progresses.
- Louis F., U.S. Marine Corps, Montclair, Virginia