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GE is honored to have over 10,000 U.S. military veterans continue their career with us. Building on our strong commitment to military veteran recruitment and development, we're pleased to announce the launch of the GE Veterans Network.
As a Corporate Program Manager, I am responsible for ensuring our Federal Government customers receive the highest quality customer experience by serving as a primary advocate in GE Healthcare. I work closely with GE Service and Sales team members to implement value-added programs that develop initiatives and provide solutions for challenges that arise at the DOD, VA, Indian Health, Bureau of Prisons medical facility and headquarters levels. I enjoy working with our multidisciplinary GE teams to implement actions that make GE easier to work with. I know that our “Customers Determine Our Success,” which is our first GE Belief and that drives the purpose and passion around everything I do. I feel that I have had a successful day when a customer expresses gratitude for us addressing their concern. Additionally, as a military Veteran, I take extreme pride in working directly with customers who were colleagues that I served with in uniform.
The best advice that I can provide for anyone transitioning is that you must begin the transition process when you join the military. The best way to combat the fear of transitioning is to plan the exit strategy far in advance. I believe that relevant networking is really important, which means connecting with people that have similar interests/goals as you do, not only in the military, but also outside the military. I use LinkedIn as one avenue for networking by having a complete profile and joining groups, but getting out and making face-to-face connections really has no rival. This also involves identifying civilian organizations whether professional societies or companies that you are interested in becoming a member or finding more about. I became a member of the local Project Management Institute chapter, went to meetings in uniform while on active duty and many doors opened up for me. The last bit of advice is to obtain relevant credentials, such as civilian education and professional certifications. Knowing and pursuing the credentials that matter the most in your field of interest will be of great benefit in planning for transition.
As a Senior Corporate Recruiter I spend my day building relationships with both internal stakeholders and external candidates. As one of the many talent recruiters at GE, it is my job to seek out and attract the best and brightest men and women for some of the thousands of roles we hire in the U.S. each year. I enjoy the challenge of finding the perfect candidate and feel a sense of pride knowing that I am contributing to the future of GE and that I am affecting people's lives in a positive way.
My career advice is: Do not underestimate personal relationships. We live in a high tech world so it's easy to lose these connections in the sea of emails and websites we encounter on a daily basis. I've filled thousands of roles in my career and I constantly observe that the most well-networked people have the easiest time making career transitions. Education and experience play important roles in any career endeavor, but personal relationships give you a marked advantage in the same way that an employee referral may get more attention in the hiring process.
Volunteering for an internship, joining a social group where you're likely to find people in the field you're interested in, or having someone you hold in high regard review your resume are little things that can pay off in big ways.