In order to understand how Coca-Cola is working to hire veterans, you have to know our history with the military.
The Coca-Cola Company has a longstanding history of support for our nation's Armed Services, dating back to 1941 when then-President of the Company, Robert W. Woodruff, pledged to place Coca-Cola within arm's reach of desire wherever U.S. troops were stationed around the world.
Still today, we are an ongoing supporter of veterans. At Coca-Cola, we salute your service, value your skills and welcome your unique experiences.
Our military hires bring with them a wealth of uniquely rich qualities. These qualities, which include discipline, diversity, character and the ability to perform under pressure, have made our company stronger. As we continue to elevate our recruitment efforts to match skill sets to opportunities, we seek to fill thousands of positions within the next few years. From maintenance mechanics and engineers to warehouse supervisors, sales managers, supply chain managers and even accountants, we have opportunities across our operations in the US and Canada.
It takes strong leadership, teamwork and dedication to serve. If you're ready to continue serving your nation in a whole new way and want to make, market and distribute happiness, explore open positions with the Coca-Cola family. Come work with us!
After serving in the U.S. Army on active duty for six years, I began an equally rewarding career in the private sector. In the military I was trained in logistics, so I naturally began my civilian career doing that. I quickly learned that the Army prepared me to broaden my career in a variety of ways by teaching me to be adaptable, eager to learn new things, and to embrace change. Today, I support our sales organization by developing capabilities and strategies to formulate business plans that enable our customers, our franchise distributors, and the company to be profitable. Similar to my experiences in the military, every day offers new and different challenges. My background as a military officer has uniquely prepared me to embrace these challenges and build a successful career with such an iconic company.
There are two piece of advice I'd like to offer, and they both work hand-in-hand. First, set realistic goals and manage your expectations accordingly. Secondly, quickly accept that you are starting over. Your experiences and skills gained through military service are extremely valuable and sought after. You are, however, venturing into a completely new industry, so, while you don't necessarily need to start at the bottom, you can't realistically expect to start right where you left off in the military. You need time to learn the environment of your new career and adjust to the leadership differences. Military veterans in general tend to adjust and adapt more quickly than their peers, so you should have no problem achieving your goals with a little bit of humility and hard work.
I'm a quality assurance specialist supporting the Coca-Cola North America Foodservice organization. I work on ensuring Coca-Cola products taste great and consistent wherever they are dispensed from a fountain machine. I enjoy my role because of the new concepts and ideas I learn day to day. I also like helping others solve difficult quality challenges, ensuring our consumers are drinking the best beverages. I've worked at Coca-Cola since 1999 in a variety of roles from management to operations to quality. I served in the Georgia National Guard from 1991 to 1995 and then as an active duty officer from 1995 to 1999.
There is a lot of advice transitioning service members will receive. What I've learned in my Coca-Cola career is to know yourself. Know what skills come natural to you and be able to communicate what those are and how they will benefit the organization. Look for roles where you will utilize your strongest traits. This is where you will be the happiest and your organization will benefit the most. Also, take each day as a blessing and put things in the right perspective. Always look for the opportunity to get to know someone in interviews, meetings or social gatherings. Remember to always utilize those values learned in the military. Last, don't be afraid to volunteer for projects outside your comfort zone. This is where you learn the most and gain valuable experience for future roles.
I don't shy away from taking on projects outside my job description or expectations. This is how I learn best and have met those people who've helped me with the next step in my career.
Additionally, networking is not just about meeting people and swapping numbers. It is also about volunteering and doing. Volunteer in your community and at work. You'll begin to meet people you wouldn't otherwise meet and they'll get to see you in action and begin to learn your talents.