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Meet

Alex

Meet

Alex

Intel Military Veterans Staffing Manager
U.S. Army - Captain, CBRNE Officer
About

I started my career at Intel in IT, moved on to manufacturing, and now I’m in HR where I’ve recently assumed the role of the Military Veterans Staffing Manager. Working in multiple different roles has allowed me to expand my business acumen and determine what roles are a natural fit for Veterans. Now I am fortunate enough to work with Veterans on a daily basis in developing our corporate recruiting strategy and attending hiring events. I provide resume feedback on almost a daily basis and work with different business groups at Intel to help align military talent to existing roles where Veteran expertise is highly valued. I’m also involved with our internal employee organization for Veterans where we collaborate on retention efforts, improved benefits, and recognition for our Veteran employees.

Advice

One of the biggest challenges Veterans face is translating their military experience into civilian terminology. I recommend soliciting advice from as many people as possible and continually updating your resume and LinkedIn profile at least once a year; updating more frequently the closer you are to exiting the service. Look at your peers’ resumes and LinkedIn pages for ideas and content while building your professional profile. There is no such thing as a perfect resume and you should always be looking to improve yours by refining, quantifying, and simplifying. Be sure to avoid generic statements like “cross-functional leader”, “fast learner”, and “worked in fast paced environment” as these tell me very little about you. Spell out acronyms and remove excess military jargon or simple statements that may be an extra bullet on your annual evaluation report, but don’t convey meaning outside of the military.

Takeaways

Never stop learning. I would highly advise anyone to pursue a graduate degree and a bachelor’s degree at a minimum. The longer you wait to go back to school, the harder it becomes. Always be looking for new roles and professional opportunities to branch out of your comfort zone and learn a new skill set. The best thing you can do for yourself is to be marketable for your next job and plan ahead; you own your career and continually evolving your personal brand will keep you prepped for success.

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