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32 G.I. JOBS | SEPTEMBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM Age: 37 Military Service: Sergeant (E-5), Marine Corps (1998-2005) MOS: Warehouse Clerk (3051)/ Martial Arts Instructor (8551) How did you choose your employer? I heard about the position by word of mouth. A friend told me about the industry and referred me to another smaller company. When I went to interview there, they told me that based on my military background, I would do better at a company like ADM because it would offer more structure and benefits. What do you do? I developed and am now implementing the ARTCO steersman and deckhands' training programs; conduct internal audits on the vessels; participate in the hiring process of deckhands; and conduct orientation and training of newly hired deckhands. Before my recent promotion, I was a tugboat captain on the motor vessel Louisiana Lagniappe. As captain, I was responsible for the overall safety of my crew and the maintenance of the vessel. What's your best interview ঞp? When you go to an interview, you're not only being interviewed. You are also interviewing the company to see if it's a good fit for you with respect to your short-term and long- term goals. Make sure that you select a company that will allow you to grow and evolve professionally. Any funny incidents during your first days on the job? In the military, we called ink pens "ink sticks." So I use to walk around asking for an ink stick. What's your biggest challenge this week? Getting my 2-year-old son dressed and to daycare on time. How did you choose your employer? I was pursuing a change from contractor life when I discovered Monsanto. They were actively recruiting veterans through their Heroes in Ag program and I wanted to work for a Military Friendly ® Employer. What do you do? The production technician is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of a chemical manufacturing process (a unit within the chemical plant). We ensure that we are delivering the highest quality products to our consumers. What is the favorite part of your day? Much like the military, the best thing about my job is working with a vast and diverse group of individuals from across the organization. Also, there is not a day that goes by where you don't have the chance to learn something new. What's your best interview ঞp? Treat the interview as though you are going before a promotion board. If you have never gone to a promotion board, do some research on how a military promotion board should be done. It's a huge help. What was the hardest part of your job search? Finding someone who would understand that my skills are valuable. Also, someone who would understand my desire to have a quality home life. Spending so much time away from my family in the military, I didn't want to have to work 80 hours a week to make ends meet. Best advice for transiঞoning service members? You have resources at your disposal, use them. Plan your transition out of the service as if it were a mission, because it is. Plan, organize and execute. If you are unaware of your resources, reach out to someone who can help. Someone out there is looking for someone just like you! Age: 32 Military Service: Sergeant (E-5), Army (2010-2015) MOS: Petroleum Supply Specialist (92F) Education: Demonstrated Logistician Certification (2015, International Society of Logistics) SERGEANT SERGEANT BURNELL ENCALADE AJ PFEIL Vessel Mentoring Manager, ADM Production Technician, Monsanto * THESE VETERANS FOUND AMAZING CAREERS IN AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES *Company is a paid advertiser in this issue.

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