Farmers has established itself as a military-friendly employer. One in four Farmers agents is a military veteran, and Farmers is among the top 150 military employers and among the top 50 military spouse employers according to MilitaryFriendly.com. Additionally, Farmers signed a statement of support with the Department of Defense office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), committing to seek ways to increase opportunities for Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
In addition to being military friendly, Farmers is a leading U.S. insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance entities that make up the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, is ranked No. 264 on the 2015 Fortune 500 list of largest companies.
And to honor those who've served and to ease their transition into a civilian team, we created a Veterans and Advocates employee resource group. This is a community of veterans and current members of the National Guard and Reserve, as well as employees who have military family members and friends. You'll be welcomed by mentors at Farmers who know what it's like to transition. Farmers fosters an environment for this network so you can exchange stories and advice as you develop friendships across the country with others who are adjusting just as much as you."
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As the Territory Product Lead for Texas, I am responsible for the profit and loss statement for auto, home, and umbrella products in the state of Texas. To relate it to my military experience, I am the Division Operations Officer running a Tactical Operations Center. I have the responsibility to work with all areas of the company (e.g. sales, pricing, underwriting, claims, marketing, operations, IT, government affairs, etc.) to ensure that Farmers runs a profitable, growing book of business in Texas. Just like a member of the Operations staff in the Army, I have to coordinate a holistic strategy to win in Texas. It is a high pressure job that requires an incredible amount of team work, collaboration, and decision making. I absolutely love what I do, and I find it to be closest to some of the things I loved about working in an Operations Center in combat.
The main thing I tell anyone in the service looking to transition to the civilian workplace is to learn as much as you can about the environment you are about to enter. Knowledge is power. Similar to the military, you would not deploy to a combat theater without methodical preparation. You would prepare for different types of combat and non-combat scenarios. The same thing goes with the civilian world. There are numerous books and articles about transitioning that are helpful. Talk with veterans who have transitioned to get their thoughts." Join various social media forums on LinkedIn, etc. Attend local veteran group events. There is no shortage of ways to engage. Preparation and knowledge are the keys to success. The civilian workplace is much different than the military. Do your homework and ask lots of questions.
I help provide our sales operation team with an analytical scope. I am part of a diverse team in charge of providing our agents with world-class leads that will generate new business. Being part of a diverse team, I get the opportunity to work in different sectors of the organization on a daily basis. As an analyst, I working to understand and increase sales by providing anecdotal data to help grow our organization. What I love most about my job are the people I work with. I have met many executives who were very open to discussing anything with me from mentoring to the future of our industry.
One of the most common problems I hear from veterans is about the inaccurate advice they receive from career blogs, which is they shouldn't disclose their combat deployments and military experience. Many people will tell you to "translate" your military skills into language appropriate only for the job you'e applying for. But military responsibilities and the corporate sector are entirely different things. While your resume skills should relate to the position you're seeking, it's also critical to articulate the intangible skills you bring to the table. While I didn't have any corporate experience to begin with, I was proud of my professionalism, my integrity among peers and subordinates, work ethic, high moral standards, and leadership abilities. You can teach anyone a particular skill, but you can't teach someone to have integrity, ethics, and or how to be a real leader.
And lastly don't pay attention to any negative stigma those in the private sector might place on veterans. We come from the world's best military, and we reflect that.