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20 G.I. JOBS | JANUARY 2019 | GIJOBS.COM INDUSTRY INTEL FINANCIAL SERVICES/INSURANCE MANAGING MONEY IN 2017, THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION reported that the finance and insurance industries combined represented 7.5 percent ($1.45 trillion) of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). If you were wondering, that's 6.3 million employees worth. And even though "finance" and "insurance" weren't the first two words to roll off your tongue when you decided to get out, it's not too late to join in. According to Bruno Pell, Citi Veteran Recruiting, "The [industry] outlook is very positive; in particular, as we use technology increasingly to expand our ability to serve clients. The type of roles and opportunities are expanding, creating more jobs in technology and cybersecurity." Better yet – and something you may have already guessed – they are actively hiring vets and working to keep each engaged at work. As James Tongate, program manager for military & veterans affairs at Marsh & McLennan Companies, said, "The best way for us to retain the veterans we hire is by consistently challenging them in roles with purpose while consistently engaging and leveraging their talents to meet the business needs along with their own personal needs." What more do you need to know? Jump into the finance services industry now! Veterans find purpose and challenge in the world of finance. BY DAN SWANSON How did you choose your employer? I first learned about Citi's Military Officer Leadership Program(MOLP) at a career conference. I was drawn to the size and scope of Citi and really liked how MOLP gives candidates the opportunity to learn financial services through rotations with a cohort of fellow veterans. What you do? I manage the automation program for North America Fraud Operations. I get to work with developers, lean teams, and data scientists to find ways to make our fraud processes better for our customers, our agents, and the bank. Was social media helpful to you in your job search? Sites like LinkedIn can be really powerful tools for making connections. A lot about landing a job comes down to who you know, and since the military can be insular, that can sometimes be a challenge. What's your best interview ঞp? Go in prepared. Start by tailoring your resume to the position you are applying for, then use sample behavioral questions to pick out five or six examples from different parts of your resume that can be used to answer a couple different types of questions. Write them out in STAR format, and learn them. Best advice for transiঞoning service members? Start preparing as early as you can. Transitioning can be expensive. You may need to attend hiring conferences, purchase a whole new wardrobe, or move beyond your home of record radius. It may take a little while to find a job. If you can plan your finances for the cost of transition, it can make the change more exciting than stressful. LIEUTENANT KATIE GILLIGAN VP – Fraud Ops Lead Analyst, Citi * AGE: 29 MILITARY SERVICE: Lieutenant (O-3), Coast Guard (2007-2016) MOC: Naval Engineering and Marine Inspections EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in operations research and computer analysis, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 2011

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