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26 G.I. JOBS | SEPTEMBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM Why did you choose this career path? While I have not separated from the military completely, I decided I wanted to find a civilian career that would provide better work- life balance for my family as well as broaden my skillset and have career options if I ever left the military. I selected project management and people management as a career focus because they required a skillset that was a natural fit based on my military background. I've been leading people in the military for over 15 of my 20 years in the Guard. Project management is also a core skillset of most military officers. What worked best in your job search? The best approach to my job search was networking. I landed my position as a contractor through a friend who referred me to her company. I also tailored my resume to be specific about what I was looking for in a position. While I have varying skills, being focused and specific generated far more success in my search and helped to open doors. Did you use social media in your job search? If so, how? I used LinkedIn for my job search and to connect with people from companies I was interested in pursuing. The most effective approach was to seek out a recruiter or hiring manager directly for positions I was interested in. I worked to land informational interviews before applying, which helped me better determine which roles were a fit. THIS VETERAN FOUND A REWARDING CAREER IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS LIEUTENANT COLONEL TANA AVELLAR Manager, HR Project Delivery, T-Mobile Date of hire: January 2016 Age: 38 Military Service: Lieutenant Colonel (O-5), Army National Guard (1998-Present) MOS: Military Intelligence Officer (35D) Education: Bachelor's degree, business administration (BBA), Gonzaga University, 2002

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