5 Entry-Level Job Opportunities For Vets And Their Family Members

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Transitioning from the military is no small task and many decisions need to be made during the process. A few of the most important questions to ponder are: “Will I continue in the field I am in?” or “Am I ready to take on a new challenge?” Whether you served four years or 30, leaving the military may be just the right time to take on a whole new adventure in a completely different field, or use your experience to work your way up in the same field but new company.


Civilian organizations see amazing value in the leadership, organizational skills, and problem-solving acumen that former service members have gained from their military experience. Many are seeking talented veterans to fill a variety of entry-level positions or participate in training programs that provide lots of room for growth in high-demand industries.

These are just five of the many entry-level jobs that are available with Hirepurpose partner companies right now.

1. Sales and operations management training in Pompano Beach, Florida

Outgoing veterans or family members who are looking for a great opportunity to hone their business skills will want to check out this exciting management training program offered by Penske. Penske is a leading global transportation services provider that proudly recruits and hires former members of the military community. In fact, last year 13% of their total new hires were veterans.

This cutting-edge program provides 12 weeks of personalized training and would be well suited for those individuals who have exceptional communication skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. Trainees who complete the program and show the ability to perform will be presented with the opportunity for promotion to a management position and receive further development in the areas of operations and sales. A bachelor’s degree and a willingness to travel are required for this role.

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2. Software Quality Operations Specialist in Mountain View, California

If data analysis and engineering is your thing, then you will definitely want to explore this entry-level data processing position. As the world’s leading staffing company, Adecco has demonstrated a commitment to veterans and their families through its operation of the Adecco Military Alliance, a program that recruits, hires, and provides career services to veterans and military spouses. This job would be a perfect match for military alumni or family members who have a bachelor’s degree and strong math skills. Information systems operator analysts would feel right at home here.

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3. Underwriting associate in Atlanta, Georgia

Zurich, a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider, is currently looking for an entry-level underwriting associate to join its comprehensive training program. Zurich has a robust veterans recruiting program and values the skills that veterans can bring to the table. Those who served in military specialties such as financial services specialist, administrative specialist, yeomen, logistics specialist, or family members who have at least two years of  experience in an office environment will find their skills transferrable to this role. The ideal candidate will be adaptable and have the ability to collaborate across departments and multi-task.

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4. Warehouse and parts professional in Portland, Oregon

Motivated veterans who could see themselves in a warehouse and have the ability to pay attention to details in order to pull orders accurately will want to look at this entry-level warehouse position with Cummins. Cummins is a global power leader with locations across the country. The company has a track record of hiring veterans and their family members. Former armed service employees will find the environment familiar, as safety is emphasized and teamwork is highly valued. The position offers a great hourly wage plus performance bonuses.

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5. Entry-level help desk technician in Phoenix, Arizona

Junior officers or noncommissioned officers who are looking to start their civilian career in information technology might be interested in this support role with the dynamic provider of IT staffing and management services, TekSystems. TekSystems prides itself of providing veterans with career development and places an emphasis on promoting from within.

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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty.

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