Don Patterson
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I was honorably discharged from the military a few years ago, and I've been having a tough time finding a good job. Most of the time, it seems like employers dismiss me because they don't know how my leadership skills can translate at their company. Is Love's a good place for veterans? I want to know before I apply!

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Joseph Thedford

Are you looking to become a truck driver for them? A lot of companies have Veteran hiring initiatives, but that doesn't mean that they are good companies. There is a financial benefit to them for hiring Veterans. There is an organization called Recruit Military that holds Job Fairs for Veterans. Depending on what kind of job you are looking for right now, they might have the answers you seek. Like you, I am a Veteran too and I cannot say that being a Veteran has ever really helped me in my search for a good career. However, if you have the option, you might consider going to school and having the V.A. help pay for it. I have had a few friends do that and they are better off for it now. Hope that helps.

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John Douglass

Hi, Don! I'm an older vet with 10 years in the Air Force. My choice was to leave the military for the private sector, but honestly I was unsure where to begin. For me a good transition was going to grad school for my MBA. I might suggest you consider something similar if you have the resources. If you haven't already done this, why not consider working toward a bachelors degree or associate degree. Depending on what you were doing in the Army, you may have received significant technical training and some of this might translate to degree work. The education helped me to get exposed to new people and perspectives outside the military, so you might want to consider this.

By the way, what was your MOS (Army) or AFSC (Air Force)? Two or three people have suggested ways to seek government jobs by taking advantage of your military service. I suggest you aggressively check this out, but also don't sell yourself short for private sector work. I just returned from living and working in the Middle East for the past 17 years and had the pleasure of frequently meeting our young men and women in uniform. I have been endlessly proud of them all and can tell you they are admired worldwide by most private sector people. Do not for one minute buy off on the idea that your service is not translatable to civilian jobs.

One last thing: If you haven't already done it, I suggest you build a profile in LinkedIn. You can look me up there!!

John Douglass

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Alfred Nickell

I had a hard time finding a job too. I went thru a program in Indy call Operstion Job Ready Vets. If you don't have that where you luve try Easter Seals. Your local VAMC should have info on Vet help for re-employment. Good luck Brother and thank you for your service. Al Nickell Army 71-73.

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Kimberly McEachern

Hi Don, Well I know what it feels like to not know how your skills of leadership will tie into a business. I found myself questioning a vet to come to work for me at the restaurant I was running. Yet I saw how confident he was that he could do the job. He made a wonderful assistant mgr. Yet he knew nothing of running a restaurant. Having said that you first have to become a great salesman in selling yourself. You have to make them feel they would be doing themselves a great disservice by not hiring you. Being a salesman on yourself is the best job of all because who knows your strengths as well as you? You have to put yourself out there and go for it. Be confident that you are truly the right man for the job. Yes you may go through a few companies saying no but just think about it this way that person was to scared to hire you afraid you could take their job. Sounds funny but you would be amazed at how many times it works. Now you can go to the local municipalities and get it application for a job and they do give preference to vets but do you really want a job based on your preference because you're a vet or based on the fact that you know you can do the job because of your qualifications. Not that I have anything against veterans my father is a veteran my grandfather is a veteran my great-grandfather was a veteran but at some point you can't rely on that status to get you a job all the time I have a friend who doesn't even put it down unless he has to because he doesn't want people looking at him funny because he was in Desert Storm. Remember this in the back of the interviewers mind is always are they going to have pstd and unfortunately they don't come out and say that but it scares a lot of employers off but that's where being a great salesman comes into play if you can sell yourself then you're a no-brainer for a position and unless you really want to do retail I would shoot for something better and I know if your in either California or Florida Disneyland and Disneyworld both give preference to veterans not because they're veterans only but because they know their leadership skills and they know the quality of person they're getting. Best of luck to you on your job search

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Fred Ray

Hi don- former ssg us army- always glad to help- is question about loves or lowes the home improvement conpany

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Elizabeth Edwards

I don't know where you live, but USAA is always hiring vets. I worked on of Teletech's buildings with one of the call centers contract company being USAA and a majority of the workers and my ex all where military vets. And as vets came through the doors they got hired on spot.

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FRANK GONZALEZ

Hey Don, My name is Frank I'm a post 9/11 Vet have you checked out the VA. take a trip to one of their offices they can help you put together a resume, and get you together with your state's Department of Labor most if not all have a section dedicated to just Veterans. Make sure that as you make your rounds you take with you a copy of your DD-214, and a resume, oh yeah, on the DD-214 make sure you strike out your social leaving only the last four. When I got out I went back to school, something to think about. ALL civil service jobs at all levels of government give Veterans preference, which means you get 5 points added to any civil service entry level job test, and 10 points if you have a service connected disability, but in either case you have preference in any hirings, also if you score well enough for the job HR will return to you your Veteran's point, which means you can use them again for a promotional exam.

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Mariah Bliss

Hi Don: They are! Love's actually has a veteran hiring initiative, so don't hesitate to let them know about your service. Speaking of which, thank you for your service!

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