Military-to-Civilian Transition Success Story: A Career for the Long Haul
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Words of wisdom for you
Two BMI placements with Michelin who have indeed handled that responsibility with ease and success are Heather Leigh and Josh Jarvis.
“Working for Michelin has been such a gratifying experience thus far,” said Leigh who is the territory manager for the state of Montana.
“I am able to incorporate the skills that I learned in the Navy and I am constantly being challenged and trained in new areas,” said Leigh. “This company is very distinguished and reputable. They have treated me well and I couldn’t be more impressed or happier to be employed with [Michelin].”
Jarvis, who is also a territory manager but in New Mexico, agrees.
“I enjoy the constant opportunities I have been given to grow and improve my ability to become successful in my position. Some of these opportunities include attending a sales training course, on the job training with engineers, and joint calls with other Michelin field representatives,” said Jarvis who was also the 2008 Rookie Sales Manager of the Year.
These two former service members offer their wisdom for those who are in the process of or thinking about crossing over to employment the civilian side.
“Think about all of your hard work, long hours and demanding tasks that were given to you during your time [in the military] and reflect. Then, keep doing the same thing and you should be fine. Seek out your goals and have fun doing it,” said Jarvis.
“About six months before my end of service date, I started researching job opportunities and companies that could help me land a great position. I perfected my resume and made sure that I had all my bases covered prior to getting out of the military,” said Leigh.
“It’s important to have a strong plan. Make sure you research every option,” added Leigh.
Janet Farley is the author of “The Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide” and she writes the JobTalk column for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for comments and/or column suggestions.
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