Hire a hero: Tiffany Mitchell

Tiffany Mitchell
Tiffany Mitchell

By Teri Okita – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tiffany Mitchell says she's been good with numbers since she was four years old. Now, the Army veteran wants to make a career out of it. She's Monday's "Hire a Hero".

Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior, isn't the only one who has a dream.

30 year old Tiffany Mitchell hopes to, one day, be an accountant specializing in taxes. For the past five years, she's done seasonal work at Jackson-Hewitt. "I really, really do love being a tax preparer," says Mitchell. "It's one of the best jobs I've ever had."

Mitchell majors in accounting at Hawaii Pacific University. While she attends school, she'd like to gain real world experience doing an internship. "Work at a bank. Work at a firm. Work at a small office, just anything, just to learn the basics and to learn book keeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, just so many different things."

The New York City native has always been a self-starter - even when she enlisted in the Army for three years - on March 17, 2003. "The same day I came in, pretty much, that's the day that the President declared that we was going to war," remembers Mitchell.

With the country at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mitchell prepared herself - after being assigned to Schofield's 25th Infantry Division,

"I knew I was coming to Hawaii so I knew that it was a major possibility that I was going to deploy, but I was kind of fearless about it, and it didn't really bother me."

She spent a year in Afghanistan and plans to take the same tenacity to her accounting career. "I'm a hard worker. I'm reliable. I'd definitely be to work on time. I just really want to learn, and that's the most important thing, so if they're willing to teach me, as much as possible, I'm really, really eager to learn."

If you can help Tiffany Mitchell find employment, please contact Noe Foster at Power Up! - a veterans job search organization. nfoster@thestrategist.tv or call (808) 753-7223.

Also, veterans looking for work will have an opportunity to chat with potential employers this Wednesday, January 18th, at the Blaisdell. The Jobquest "Hire a Hero" job fair will feature 150 employers. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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