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12 G.I. JOBS | FEBRUARY 2017 | GIJOBS.COM SUCCESS STORIES SENIOR ENLISTED FOR MORE SUCCESS STORIES, VISIT GIJOBS.COM. Corporate fellowship program helps retiring Army recruiter launch his civilian career at Comcast. HIRED HERO Civilian Job: Recruiter 2, Staffing, Comcast, West Division, Centennial, Colo. Age: 47 Robert M. Burns PARALLEL UNIVERSES. Turns out there are a lot of parallels between recruiting for the Army and recruiting for Comcast. "As an Army recruiter, we discussed the benefits and opportuni- ties afforded to young men and women who decide to serve in the United States Army and help them through the process of enlistment," says Robert Burns, a former Army recruiter who recruits retail managers for Comcast's West Division in Colo- rado. "Similarly, as a professional recruiter, we discuss the oppor- tunities afforded them with the company and potential for growth and development." TIME TO GO. During his service, Burns earned a college degree and an MBA – one of the primary reasons he enlisted. After more than 30 years, Burns knew it was time to hang up his boots. He started prepping two years out by calling a family meeting to decide where to go. They opted to stay in Colorado so his three teen- aged children could finish high school there. Childhood hero? My mother, Bobbie J. Burns Top thing on bucket list? Travel to Africa What about you would surprise most people? I am extremely introverted, yet will talk to anyone on the street. Childhood dream job? Electrical engineer Exercise you hate most? Crunches Best concert ever? Prince, Lovesexy Tour, Houston, 1988 Dream car? Restored 1969 Delta 88, four door, hard top Most memorable fashion mistake? Hammer pants Proudest accomplishment in the military? Building schools in El Salvador during a joint military exercise called Operation Fuertes Caminos. FOOT IN THE DOOR. Burns was chosen to participate in the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fel- lowship Program at Fort Carson, working with a newly formed professional recruiting team at the Comcast West Division HQ in Denver for 12 weeks. That led to his full-time position. NETWORKING WORKS. "The networking aspect of the job search is what worked best for me. When interviewing for the fellow- ship program, I was introduced to someone from Comcast who shared my résumé with the direc- tor of recruiting, and from that exchange I was offered the oppor- tunity to fellow with the team." BEST ADVICE EVER. Start preparing early, order professional business cards, have a family meeting, regularly attend profes- sional networking events and take advantage of the many transition programs on your military instal- lation. WE HAD TO ASK! Military Service: Sergeant First Class (E-7), Army/Army Reserve/Louisiana Army National Guard (1987-2016) MOS: Carpentry & Masonry Specialist (21W); Prime Power Production Specialist (21P); Recruiter (79R) Education: • Bachelor's degree, business administration, Columbia Southern University, 2012 • MBA, Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs, May 2014

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