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Mark

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Mark

Director of Innovation
U.S. Air Force - Major
About

In my current role, I am responsible to identify and recommend new ideas and opportunities across a range of product categories and business models that can create new value through expanding Purina’s capabilities.

Advice

The skills and experiences veterans bring to the table can have direct application in the civilian business/corporate world. It is our (the veteran’s) responsibility to communicate our value effectively to potential employers. We have to edit or translate our military language into language that connects with a civilian business audience. A good way to practice this is conversations with family/friends who aren’t military. Try describing your experience and examples of the things you’ve done to them to see if they can understand what you’re talking about. Also, avoid using “sir” and “maam” as this is not normative language used in business conversations. It’s very normal in business today that employees at all levels are on a first name basis. Lastly, come to interviews prepared to discuss examples of your experience that show how you apply the skills you have in working with others to solve problems in ways that lead to win-win outcomes for all involved. 

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