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28 G.I. JOBS | NOVEMBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM Age: 36 Military Service: Sergeant First Class (E-7), Army National Guard (1999-Present) MOS: Military Police (31B) Education: Associate degree, liberal arts and social sciences, Dutchess Community College, 2003 How did you choose your employer? A very good friend of mine was employed at Progressive, and was always speaking very highly of them as an employer, and always spoke fondly about his work. He advised that I apply, as my military police background would help me be very successful in this career field. What do you do? I am responsible for accurately assessing the damage, negotiating the cost, and tracking the repairs on our customers' vehicles. This requires many miles of travel daily, and constant communication between our customers and their chosen repair facilities. What's your best interview ঞrĵ Look the part and always be early. The first impression we make on people is our appearance. We should put as much effort into appearing professional as we do in acting professional. You should always show up to an appointment 15 to 30 minutes early in my opinion. It shows your eagerness and drive, and shows consideration for the schedules of others. How do you use your military experience in your civilian job? The military preaches attention to detail. My many years of double- and triple-checking facts, along with investigating dozens of traffic accidents, have aided me in being hyper aware to the many factors of handling a claim. o7b7Ѵo1-ঞomrѴ-- factor in your job search? I had just begun raising a family, and it was important to be close to my extended family during the transition. Fortunately Progressive had several locations in the area I lived. How did you choose your employer? Travelers actually found me, on a virtual career fair through veteransrecruiting.com. I hadn't been actively seeking employment at the time as my focus was primarily on my education, but I decided to register for the career fair regardless and submitted my resume. About 30 minutes into the fair a Travelers recruiter looked at my resume and sent me a message about a job opening in New Jersey. I applied for the job and was interviewed by phone two days later. What do you do? I am tasked with investigating, evaluating, negotiating and resolving claims. I also have a focus on providing quality claim handling by contacting customers and helping them understand their coverage and what to expect during the claim process. b7oCm7vo1b-Ѵl;7b- helpful to you in your job search? Social media is the reason I was able to obtain employment at Travelers. I strongly believe that social media is a viable resource to help in job searches and it should be the primary source used in today's market. What's your best interview ঞrĵ Stay calm, be yourself and always maintain a positive mental attitude. What was the hardest part of your job search? The hardest part of my job search was creating a transitional resume tailored to the type of job that I was looking for. My advice to others is to have credible sources examine your resume before submitting it to any job application. Best advice for |u-mvbঞombm]v;ub1; members? My best advice to transitioning service members is to never underestimate the skills they acquired during their time in the military. Whether they were an infantryman, clerk, postal worker and/ or candlestick maker, they have experienced what many won't in their lifetime. One of many skills that many military members have is leadership and it will take you a long way when transitioning back as a civilian. Age: 40 Military Service: Gunnery Sergeant (E-7), Marine Corps (2003-2017) MOS: Tank Technician (2146)/ Recruiter (8411) Education: • Bachelor's degree, psychology, Liberty University, 2014 • Pursuing master's degree, counseling, Kean University • Victim Advocate Certificate, National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), 2012 SERGEANT FIRST CLASS LUKE V. NARDONE Managed Repair Representative, Progressive Insurance GUNNERY SERGEANT ALVAN QUINONES Claim Professional, Travelers* These Veterans Found Incredible Careers in Insurance *Company is a paid client.

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