Sometimes transitioning from the military can create angst, but for Master Gunnery Sergeant Micheal Wilder it is all about the attitude. Wilder served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1980-2010 and said, “The military impacted my life by teaching me how to be responsible, how to have initiative, integrity, honesty, and as a leader taking care of the people that work for you.” His initiative and internal drive are exactly what helped him make the next career move.
After working as a private contractor and deploying to Afghanistan, upon his return in the summer of 2012, he attended the RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo in San Antonio. While there, he spoke with several companies and became particularly interested in a veteran owned small business, Aldez Containers, LLC. “The way they presented themselves at the Expo was the attention getter for me. They made no promises except that they would give my resume a look and get back with me.” That honesty and forthrightness is exactly what he was looking for and with some patience, he found himself hired. Accidentally? No, with intention.
Here are the tips Wilder wants to offer other transitioning veterans:
- Attend the TAP classes the military offers prior to getting out. The classes teach you how to write a resume, perform in a job interview, and how to dress.
- Make sure your resume matches the job you are applying for. Your resume is what gets you that first phone call. UPDATE THE RESUME!
- Tell the potential employer that you are a veteran.
- Dress professionally. First impressions matter.
- Remember, coming out of the military you might be the senior person and in charge, however, coming into the business world you are NOT the senior person and you are not going to be in charge all the time.
- Take less money in the beginning and work your way up the chain. This shows your commitment and highlights your strength.
- Understand that the civilian world is different than the military.
Micheal is convinced that attitude and readiness were the keys to finding the right employer that would allow him to settle in and use his talents. We at RecruitMilitary also know that he is reaping the rewards as a member of the team at Aldez Containers, LLC.
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