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G.I. JOBS | AUGUST 2018 | GIJOBS.COM 40 40 SPECIALIST Senior Buyer, CarMax * , Renton, Wash. THIS VETERAN FOUND AN AMAZING CAREER IN AUTOMOTIVE What do you do? I manage a team of buyers who appraise and purchase vehicles for CarMax * both at the store and regional wholesale auctions. How did you get your job? One of my instructors at WyoTech recommended CarMax as a great place to learn our craft while not having to worry about buying tools. He also said it would provide access to great benefits. I was directly hired by CarMax from a job fair at WyoTech. Why did you choose this career path? Working on cars with my buddies in high school was always something that I enjoyed doing. I wanted to start a career that allowed me to do what I loved. I joined CarMax as a mechanic then later transitioned into the buyer position then was promoted to senior buyer. What's the coolest thing about your job? I get to look at, test drive, appraise and buy many different styles of cars, while making a living doing it. G.I. JOBS | AUGUST 2018 | GIJOBS.COM Age: 33 Military Service: Specialist (E-4), Army (2004-2009) MOS: Infantry (11B) Education: Associate degree, Wyotech, 2010 JEFF PRIME Transitioning service members and new veterans who want to launch a civilian career as an automotive technician could get an assist from the VFW. The VFW teamed up with Snap-on to provide qualified transitioning or recently separated veterans (within one year) with tool sets. The Veteran Employment Tools (VET) Program will initially provide up to 20 transitioning veterans with a custom Snap-on tool kit, worth an estimated $5,000. To qualify, a veteran must be: • Interested in an automotive technician career • Honorably discharged • Transitioning or recently (within one year) separated • Have 4-6 years of experience and relevant work experience from an MOS-related field • Available to begin work within 30 days from a position start date • In need of assistance to buy required toolkit to gain employment For details and to apply, visit www.vfw.org/VET VFW LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO PROVIDE TOOL SETS *Company is a paid advertiser.

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