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"When I got out of the military, I struggled tremendously in the transition to civilian life. During that time, there weren’t many “military-friendly” employers. Purina has always been synonymous with embracing military veterans and allowing us to use the best of our skills, both intrinsically and extrinsically learned, to help employers create and sustain a certain type of culture. My time with Purina so far has been some of the most satisfying of my life, and I’m very appreciative of how the company’s Human Resources Team plays a big role in giving veterans like myself the start to a career that is well deserved."
"Celebrating Veterans Day every year at Purina reminds me of the honorable service and sacrifice of the millions of Americans who have mustered up the courage to selflessly serve a nation in this all-volunteer force. One of the things that amazed me in my 20 years of service is captured in a quote from our company's Founder, William H. Danforth: Motivate young people to achieve their best."
"What I love about my job at Purina is what I loved about what I did in the Navy. No two days are the same! I love challenges and variety. I do have the privilege of taking care of our sick associates and answering medical questions that they have, but I get to spend time teaching them. Sometimes they have questions about something their doctor told them, or they have a problem they don't understand, or the doctor is testing for a certain diagnosis that they are concerned about. I can spend more time with them actually answering all of their questions, which you never have time for in a private practice."
"I began my career as a Systems Technical Specialist at our Atlanta Factory in November of 1999. After pursuing a Bachelor's Degree, I entered the management track in 2006, leading to assignments in Zanesville, OH and Flagstaff, AZ as an Information Systems Manager. Currently I am serving in the Engineering Department as a Manager of Business Analysts leading software development efforts as a Product Owner. I knew almost instantly that I wanted to work for and with the people I encountered in Atlanta. My continued success and desire to stay with Purina is directly attributed to the relationships and rewards of serving in this company. Opportunities to improve myself have continued to be presented at nearly every turn, and I am extremely grateful for that."
"My father started working for the company as an Operator in 1987. I was able to see how stable of a job my dad had and the opportunities that were afforded to him through hard work. 1. The culture here at Purina is unique. The people are very friendly and there is a family-type culture. The company offers great benefits for you and your family members."
Preparing Your Military Experience For Our Interview Process
- Before the Interview
- During the Interview
- After the Interview
Before the Interview
- Ensure your LinkedIn profile is updated and well maintained.
- Like preparing for an operation, gather "intelligence" on us, our culture, our people, and the location at which you're interviewing. This can easily be done using this website, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, other social media channels, or researching industry-related websites.
- Do a dry run to the interview location – if possible. This will ease your nerves the day of the interview and work out any kinks in advance if navigation or parking are not intuitive.
- Study the job description, research similar positions in the market, and think of specific examples (as many examples as possible) from your military experience to highlight the required skills of the job.
- Know that recruiters and hiring managers will not be as knowledgeable and experienced with military ranks, skills, and terminology as you are. Use online skills translators to help the interview team better understand your skills and experience.
- Research the behavior-based interviewing style, reach out to other veterans who have had success with job searching, and practice a mock interview.
During the Interview
- Dress appropriately – no military attire. Business formal is preferred for the interview experience.
- Practice storytelling – what did you do, how did you do it, and what was the outcome? We think of this as S-B-O, or Situation-Behaviors-Outcomes.
- Have a printed copy of your résumé in front of you to refer to – it is okay to reference it, as well as any notes you have with you.
- Highlight the skills (certification, training, and specialized experience) obtained in the military, which match with the job. This could be your leadership, technical, or analytical skills. Your biggest challenge and ultimate goal is to properly translate those experiences and skills into a context that civilian workers can understand.
- Don't feel shy to talk about your accomplishments. When giving an example to the question asked, explain the background of the project, the goal, who you worked with, what your thought process was, how you obtained the resources needed, and what you have achieved (if possible, using quantitative and qualitative data to support).
- Emphasize your dedication to the job.
- Ask good questions about the position and our company, such as a typical day/week for the position, career path, company short-term and long-term goals.
After the Interview
- Continue to show your interest in the position. Send an email or thank-you note to show appreciation for the interview opportunity.
- The job market is competitive and you may not land a job on the first try. Think of it as a learning experience for practice and better preparing you for future jobs.
Translate your military skills and experience into a strong resumé that employers can understand and translate into success.
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Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment, including opportunities at Nestlé USA and Nestlé Purina.
Hirepurpose collaborates with veteran-friendly employers like us to create opportunities through a focused effort to recruit, network, and engage in partnership with veteran groups. Through this engagement, Hirepurpose connects with the veteran community to make prospective candidates aware of the program and available opportunities.
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