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12 G.I. JOBS | AUGUST 2018 | GIJOBS.COM of producing world class transition resources for our service members. We've made a difference in the lives of those who serve our great country, and for that I'm proud of G.I. Jobs and it's 200 issues," says Rich McCormack, co-founder. Edgar Reynolds has been the art director for G.I. Jobs for more than a decade, driving the design of the brand and supporting materials. "For me, the pride I have working with G.I. Jobs for over 13 years and 163 issues have been very rewarding in having a hand in the growth of the brand and what our team has done in helping transitioning veterans "I remember back in 2001 when we were in my basement trying to think of a name for our new magazine," Hale recalls. "Rich (McCormack) came up with G.I. Jobs. My wife and I were instantly like, 'That's it!' And it was. It was perfect." In the fall of 2001, the trio published a prototype to test the waters. In January 2002 they published the first regular issue of G.I. Jobs, along with a supporting website. That first issue highlighted the tech skills service members learn that are valuable to employers and spotlighted career opportunities in energy, health care and security. Early covers in 2002 featured influencers such as Tom Ridge (July 2002), a Vietnam combat veteran who served as the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and would become the nation's first Secretary of Homeland Security, and Elaine Chao (November 2002), Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush. "It's been a labor of love for 17 years. Serving as the magazine's first managing editor, I have fond memories of meeting late night deadlines, conducting focus groups at different military installations across the country, and working with the our amazing staff in a never-ending pursuit successfully find their post- military path. I love hearing the success stories of veterans and our partners who've benefited from our brands," Reynolds says. EDUCATION AND INSPIRATION In addition to featuring influencers and career opportunities, G.I. Jobs offered expert advice on everything from writing resumes and dressing for job interviews to tips on researching military education benefits. The content was designed to parallel and add to what transitioning service members were taught in the Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment Workshop. "Many of the areas covered in the Employment Workshop curriculum are or have been highlighted in the magazine over the years," says Dave Maurer, an Army veteran who serves as executive vice president at GBX Consultants Inc., which is contracted by the DOL to teach what is today the Transition GPS Employment Workshop. "Additional tips and examples on translating military skills and accomplishments, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and dressing for success have, to name a few, served to reinforce the curriculum while offering yet another complementary view on the importance of several key tenets of career transition." One of the most potent components of G.I. Jobs over the years is the transition success stories of veterans from every branch of the military. These success stories have proven both educational and inspirational for other service members nervous about their own transition. "The many success stories presented in the magazine have a positive impact on transitioners facing a lot of uncertainty," says Maurer, a longtime member of the G.I. Jobs Editorial Advisory Council. "Retirees and separatees need to feel confident in their abilities, training, education and experience as they enter a new workforce, and showing so many examples of others who have transitioned well is an important part of the success of the program." MILITARY FRIENDLY ® EMPLOYERS A component of G.I. Jobs first published in December 2003 quickly became a favorite of transitioning service members and veterans. The Military Friendly ® Employers list identified top companies that early on recognized the value of transitioning service members, including military recruiting pioneers like General Electric, The Home Depot * and Union Pacific. It didn't take long for other companies to realize that the leadership, discipline, integrity, adaptability and mission- Prototype Tom Ridge, Assistant ot the President of Homeland Security July 2002 First Issue Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor Nov. 2002 *Company is a paid advertiser in this issue. From left: Early G.I. Jobs employees Tiffany Baxendell, Jonathan Fobear and Rich McCormack in the basement where it all began. " " FOR BASEMENT O F H E L P I N G Y O U GE T H I RE D Celebrating I SSU E S

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