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44 G.I. JOBS | APRIL 2018 | GIJOBS.COM What do you do? I manage end-to-end IT projects/programs to implement technology solutions for Lowe's. These projects can reduce risk, increase efficiencies within the organization or provide added capabilities for our organization. Do you have any social media ঞps for job seekers? Get on LinkedIn, get your profile completely up to date, and start using the tool to connect with fellow alumni, veterans, etc. at companies you're interested in working at. Have conversations over coffee, over the phone, and through email with people in these networks early and often. How specifically did you relate your military experience to the job you were applying for? As a signal officer in the Army, I had various technology projects I had to work through during deployments and in garrison. Those experiences may have not used the same process or terms that are used in the civilian world, but by translating some of that jargon, I was able to easily understand and relate to the challenges seen in all the jobs I was applying for. What was the hardest part of your job search? Figuring out what job titles and role matched my ambitions and experience. What part of your job did the military prepare you for the most? The military gave me certain discipline, attention to detail and personal accountability at a level that helps me exceed in my job. Best advice for transiঞoning service members? Use the veteran network in your job search. Have conversations with veterans in your community and at the companies you're interested in. This will help you understand where you want to work, where you don't want to work and what you want to do. CAPTAIN AARON GERLITZ Senior IT Project Manager, Lowe's Companies, Inc. Age: 31 Military Service: Captain, Army (2009-2014) MOS: Signal Corps Officer (25A) Education: Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy at West Point, 2009

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