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Veterans At Gartner Share Tips For Transitioning To The Corporate Workforce

November 11, 2018

Are you a veteran looking to make the jump to a new corporate career path? Gartner is your answer! Members of our Veterans at Gartner Employee Resource Group (ERG) share some of their unique insight to ensure a smooth transition into the corporate world.


“Many skills learned throughout your military career are often seen in corporate America embodied in mission and vision statements. For this veteran, teamwork, communication and leadership were probably the most valuable skills learned. From the first day of boot camp until the day you separate from the military, these skills are present.” – Justin Gibens, U.S.Army Veteran, Army Reservist and Research Coordinator

Read more from Justin here.



“Be yourself. Don’t worry if you don’t have an IT background, because I didn’t have one either. Gartner looks for skills and attributes, and the military has adequately supplied us with what Gartner is looking for through the experiences we’ve had and the training we have received. My advice is to ensure your resume accurately reflects your skills, attributes and successes you had in the military. Translate your experience into terminology that civilians understand, and if possible, have someone with experience in transitioning guide you through the process.” – Brian Solmonson, U.S. Army Veteran and Leadership Cliet Manager

Read more from Brian here.


“The skills/aptitudes you picked up in your military service become second nature to you. Due to this, one of the most difficult challenges you may face in transitioning from military to civilian life is recognizing your unique skill set and learning how to communicate your value to the workforce you wish to enter. As part of my out-processing from the military, I received training on how to communicate my skill set to a civilian workforce that is not familiar with the context or jargon of military service. If you have not received similar training, I highly recommend seeking a peer or resource that can give you comparable advice. Communication is key when you’re trying to “sell yourself” to a new workforce.” – Jonathon Fisher, U.S. Army Veteran and Specialist, RES

Read more from Jonathon here.

official military pic-2“This isn’t your first transition. You were a civilian before you entered the military and you are a civilian again. The difference is that this time around, you have more to offer. Think about your experiences, trainings, skillsets, traits and accomplishments, and apply them to a civilian lifestyle. Write your resume to a civilian audience; use civilian terminology so recruitment can match your skillsets to open opportunities. You are a veteran of the United States Military — do not discredit your service. The training, guidance and accomplishments from your service can transition into current opportunities.” – Diana Spano, United States Air Force Veteran and Manager, Research Engagement Services

Read more from Diana here.

72450-2“During my interview process, I shared many stories of the challenges I faced while in the military and how the training I received helped me to overcome these challenges. In the military, we are often faced with problems that need to be resolved immediately, often without the desired tools. Highlight these situations and describe how the military trained you to overcome any obstacle.” – Jason Sechrist, U.S. Army Veteran and Events Attendance Specialist

Read more from Jason here.

Are you a veteran interested in learning more about Gartner? Click here to take the next step in your professional career.

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