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24 G.I. JOBS | SEPTEMBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM What do you do? I act as the champion to our military families, servicing them as they relocate due to PCS moves and providing service and assistance during military deployments. I also develop and manage a network of Teleperformance military families to ensure connectivity across sites. What did you do in the military? I provided contingency support to 10,000+ staff, advised senior managers on HR issues and requirements, served as subject matter expert for management- level performance evaluations, and drove the process for hundreds of promotion recommendations for officers. Why did you decide to reঞre from the military? I decided to retire because my mom was terminally ill and I wanted to help take care of her with the little time we had left. Why did you choose this career path? I started with Teleperformance in the human resources department in an entry level position and then was presented with promotion opportunities within the HR department, including the opportunity to help broaden our military footprint in my current role. I just couldn't resist. What military skills do you apply to your job? Definitely my work ethic, integrity in all that I do, and the importance of following direction and supporting the mission. Best advice? Attending TAP prior to my retirement was essential for me to be prepared. Ensure that your military experience is translated to civilian language, know your worth, and research your employment location. Why did you decide to separate from the military? Family is very important to me. I had two young daughters who needed their father in their lives, so I decided to pursue other career opportunities closer to home. Why did you choose this career path? I knew my military experience in managing the ship's store, laundry, barber shop and vending operations would help me transition into a career in retail sales. At first, it was attractive to be in a position that provided a good living, but over the last 10 years it has evolved into a fulfilling career and personal growth opportunity. What worked best in your job search? Military-oriented hiring sites were the best source of job opportunities. I basically scoured these sites daily in my job search. What skills learned in the military do you apply to your job today? Leadership, self-discipline, respect, and mentoring are all qualities I've taken into civilian life. These skills helped me in my current leadership role and prepped me to help support other veterans as the leader of our Verizon Veterans Advisory Board Employee Resource Group, which provides assistance, guidance and representation regarding veterans' issues to Verizon leadership and serves as an advocate for veteran employees. Best advice for transiঞoning service members? Build your resume before you leave the service, look for jobs that leverage your specific role in the military, and focus on companies that consistently rank high as being Military Friendly ® . THESE VETERANS FOUND REWARDING CAREERS IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS Age: 34 Military Service: Petty Officer Third Class (E-4), Navy (2004-2007) Rating: Ships Serviceman Education: Bachelor's degree, mass communications, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2018 MASTER SERGEANT PET TY OFFICER THIRD CLASS JANINE "J9" RODRIGUEZ KEVIN BATTLES Project Home Ambassador, Teleperformance Date of hire: July 2014 Solutions Manager, Verizon * Wireless Date of Hire: March 2014 Age: 42 Military Service: Master Sergeant (E-7), Air Force (1994-2014) AFSC: Personnel (3S071) Education: • Associate degree, human resources, Community College of the Air Force, 2005 • Bachelor's degree, business management, Park University, 2010 • Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force, 2013 *Company is a paid advertiser in this issue.

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