Join Florent Groberg for an in-depth discussion in this video Importance of finding a veteran mentor, part of Florent Groberg on Finding Your Purpose after Active Duty.
- One of the most important lessons that I learned during my transition was finding a veteran who has done it successfully, someone to help mentor me through to my next mission. After serving seven years in the military, I didn't know where to start. My resume wasn't strong, and my interviewing skills were zero. In comes my buddy Jared Shepard. Jared served as an Army sniper and later on Signal's noncommissioned officer before transitioning into corporate America. Like myself, he retired from the United States Army and had to transition.
That same year, Jared started a non-profit called Warriors Ethos that help wounded veterans transitions from the armed forces into corporate America. It took Jared over three months to convince me to join a program. I wasn't ready at the time. When I spoke to him, he gave me a way to success but internally it wasn't for me. It took a while. And finally when that moment came, I called Jared. With his help I created a better resume, learned interviewing skills, and networked my way to a new career.
He taught me business etiquette, explained to me the importance of a one-page resume, the use of keywords, and the importance of appropriately translating my military skills into civilian jargon while specifically targeting a position in the private sector. He took me through mock interviews, phone and in person. He made me a confident about my military background, positively translating into the civilian world. Three years later I was working for the Department of Defense after a successful transition.
It took trust, effort, and a lot of listening for me to find that right balance as a civilian. Jared was the perfect example of a transition veteran for me. My personal experience has taught me that finding a veteran who has transitioned paved the way to success. It provided me with a roadmap which eased my transition from uniform to business suit. Because of a transitioned veteran's support, I became a more confident man, one ready for next career.
This is why I encourage you to go out, take the time, find a mentor, and I promise you you'll be better off for it.
Discover how to understand your strengths and value, where your skills fit into today's job market, and how to translate your experience into a solid resume. Learn how a mentor can help you navigate the transition and open up new opportunities. With Flo's advice, you can find a new purpose and continue the journey you started in the military—bringing your talents to bear on a whole new mission in life.
- Taking initiative
- Understanding your value
- Translating your experiences
- Building your resume
- Using a mentor
- Setting realistic expectations
- Building a network
- Transitioning into a new job
- Bonus videos featuring stories of transition from veterans