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18 G.I. JOBS | DECEMBER 2018 | GIJOBS.COM Who CombineD Supports COMBINED INSURANCE PROVIDES SUPPORT TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS: • USO of Illinois • The Fisher House Foundation • Luke's Wings • Local VFWs and VA hospitals • Chicago Veterans (nonprofit in Chicago) • Heartland Alliance's SSVF Program – Support Services for Veteran Families recruited were supported during their employment, and we began participating in other forums like the Military Spouse Employment Part- nership, the Veterans Hiring Initiative, and several local initiatives." Like all of the 2019 Mil- itary Friendly ® Employers, Combined takes a holistic approach to helping transi- tioning service members and veterans succeed. The compa- ny offers a comprehensive on- boarding program, mentoring, strong leadership, ongoing career development and opportunities for advance- ment. Combined also provides a message board for veterans where they can share ideas and find answers to questions, along with an online veterans support group. Pishotta said two careers in particular suit prior military well: sales agent and sales manager. "These roles are ideal for prior military because of the structure, training and support that Combined provides," he said. "We want to attract prior service mem- bers and their families be- cause they are familiar with the sacrifice and commitment necessary to get the job done at the highest level." Helping America's military, veterans and their families succeed goes well beyond patriotism. Com- bined Insurance and the rest of the 2019 class of Military Friendly ® Employers em- brace the military and veter- an community because it's good for the bottom line. The leadership, mission-focus, discipline, ability to work on teams and the other intangi- ble skills that veterans hone in the military help make these organizations better. The resiliency of military families transfers well into just about any career. "Veterans and their family members are mission-fo- cused, integrity-driven, and self-starters," Wiedower said. "For these reasons and more they make great employees, and have signifi- cantly impacted our business operations." Ridley wasted no time making an impact. Hired in February 2018, she was one of the veterans chosen to represent Combined Insur- ance on the Lifetime Movie Network's "Military Make- over Operation Career" that aired in September 2018. What advice does she have for service members getting ready to leave the military? "Plan and prepare! Plan with short term and long-term goals. Know what your 'why' is. Have a support system. Be pre- pared to stay on course, no matter the obstacles." The company's system is easy to follow for veterans who are used to following processes, and employees have the opportunity to ad- vance on their own merit. "The ability to potentially earn a virtually unlimited income based on the volume of my sales and the reward and recognition programs also influenced my deci- sion," she said. Bob Wiedower and William Pishotta were hired two years ago to continue building the military pro- gram Combined first stood up in 2010. Wiedower is a former Marine aviator, and Pishotta was an Army me- chanic who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. How did they go about improving an award-winning military program? "We expanded the focus of our program beyond simply recruiting," said Wiedower, vice president of sales development and military programs. "That remained a priority, but we also ensured those we Mike Stevens (left center), publisher of G.I. Jobs and the retired 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, presents the award to Combined Insurance for being named the #1 Military Friendly® Employer for 2019. Accepting the award are, from left, Kevin Goulding, president; Bob Wiedower, vice president of sales development and military programs; and Doug Abercrombie, senior vice president, chief agency officer of Combined Insurance. MAPPING YOUR COURSE We invite you to check out the entire 2019 class of Military Friendly ® Employers: 226 organizations that represent 18 different industry classifications. Regardless where your career interest lies, you are bound to find an elite employer who is investing heavily in helping you succeed. On the following pages we present a brief profile of each Military Friendly ® Employer, the top jobs they're recruiting veterans for, the top degrees, licenses or certifications that lead to those jobs, and the top hiring regions for 2019. Happy hunting! Continued from page 12

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