Are you a veteran looking to start your career with Gartner? Are you wondering how the skills you’ve learned during your service will be utilized in the corporate world? Below, Robert Washington, a Gartner account executive and former U.S. Navy Master at Arms, shares his advice for other military members and veterans transitioning into the corporate world.
One of the toughest decisions I ever made was joining the military in 2001, just days after 9/11. Leaving the U.S. Navy in 2010 after a 9-year successful career was probably the second-toughest decision I have ever made. Through my experience of failure, rejection and overcoming obstacles I was able to finally, after nine years, 500 applications later, close to 60 interviews, multiple job fairs and countless networking events, find a career that aligns to my core values.
Here are some proven steps based on my experience that could mitigate some of the obstacles that many veterans face as they transition from the military to the corporate world.
1. Identify career opportunities and companies based on your core values
The U.S. Navy core values are honor, courage and commitment, but as military veterans, these core values stick with you along your career journey. No matter what your core values, make sure they are aligned with the core value of the company and job you are seeking. These will help you mitigate some of the challenges I faced by focusing on finding a career and not looking for a job.
For example, here at Gartner. I have found that honor in making the right decision, commitment to the process and courage to overcome any obstacle put in the way is vital to this organization — and aligns directly to my core values.
You will never be 100% ready for your dream career, but you can always be prepared by giving 100% effort in every career-searching interaction and activity.
3. Put in the effort
- Create an impactful resume that will stand out: Be sure to use language that can be understood by civilian recruiters but still speaks to your military-specific skills.
- Build connections: It’s not about who you know, but more about who knows you.
- Network: Technology is powerful, but only if you leverage it. Use LinkedIn to build a platform of support.
- Find a mentor: A mentor will be your coach and advocate who will continue to believe in you if you start doubting yourself.
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