5 Job Opportunities For Veterans In The Lone Star State

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As your career or armed services tour winds down and you begin to formulate your professional plans beyond military life, you may be searching for the perfect place to “hang your hat.”

This week, we are honing in on opportunities with Hirepurpose partner companies located in the beautiful state of Texas. The “Lone Star” state has a lot to offer veterans and their families, outpacing the national economy for job growth this past year. Boasting both wide-open spaces and large metropolitan areas, Texas is definitely worth a look.

1. Retail manager in Abilene, Texas

Veterans who served in military occupations such as food service specialist or culinary specialist will want to explore this retail manager position with Aramark. Aramark is a leading provider of food services and facilities management to institutions, stadiums, arenas, and businesses around the world. The company has consistently demonstrated its dedication to those that have served through their extensive veterans recruitment efforts. Ideal candidates will have financial and inventory management skills as well as food service and customer service proficiency.

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2. Engineering technician in Dallas, Texas

Black & Veatch, a worldwide leader in the design and production of infrastructure facilities for energy, water, and communications, is currently looking for an engineering technician to join its team. With deep ties to the military community and a dedication to hiring and developing veterans, Black & Veatch partners with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, U.S. Army Reserve Employment Partnership, Army Career and Alumni Program, and other veteran-centered organizations. Former service members with over five years of experience in construction design and engineering management, serving in military roles such as construction engineering supervisor or civil engineering corps officer will find their skills transferrable here.

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3. Manager trainee in San Antonio, Texas

Military alumni who served in healthcare administration specialties during their time in the service will want to explore this training program with Hospital Corporation of America. HCA’s veteran-focused hiring practices and commitment to the career development of former armed service members make the company a great option for transitioning service members and veterans. This exciting program could be just the thing needed to take your career to the next level, providing field training and classroom assignments to prepare you to function as a manager in a shared-services organization. The ability to prioritize and organize, a familiarity with financial management, and a knack for leading teams is needed to be successful in this role.

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4. Lead person, manufacturing in Houston, Texas

Noncommissioned officers who have a great mix of analytical skills and management acumen would be well matched for this mid-level leadership role with Johnson Controls. A global diversified technology and industrial leader, Johnson Controls has a history of recruiting veterans and their family members and even has a dedicated veterans engagement team. Located in the bustling city of Houston, this position requires someone who can give precise instructions, oversee the work of others, and formulate detailed reports on unit production.

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5. Associate project manager in Austin, Texas

Visa, a global company at the forefront of the electronic payments industry, is looking for an experienced scrum master to join their cutting-edge digital and product development team in Austin, Texas. Transitioning servicemen and women who spent their military careers in information technology development and who have exceptional communication skills would be fully prepared to take on this project management role. Agile experience, first-level scrum master certification, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science is also required.

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