5 Jobs For People-Oriented Veterans

Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Michael K. Selvage

Hirepurpose works with a variety of military-friendly employer partners who are in need of people-oriented sales and customer service professionals across the country. These jobs represent significant earning potential and a wealth of opportunity for veterans to use the interpersonal skills and diversity training they received in the military as they move into the civilian world.

Former service members of all ranks who served in military occupational specialties that emphasized interaction with people, negotiation, relationship management, customer service, recruiting or protocol will definitely want to check these jobs today.

1. Healthcare representative in Houston, Texas

Veterans who have a deep interest in healthcare and who also have a knack for communicating value through relationship building would be well matched to this healthcare representative role with Pfizer. As one of the world's leading innovative biopharmaceutical companies and member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, Pfizer has created a culture that is very compatible with the values of integrity and service that military members are accustomed to. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or higher and the capacity to learn quickly, be flexible, and operate in a fast-paced environment.

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2. Account relationship manager in Alpharetta, Georgia

Former service members can utilize their sales acumen and knowledge of government terminology, policies, and culture in this position offered by Grainger. Grainger is a global Fortune 500 company that supplies facilities maintenance products to businesses and institutions. The company has a large portfolio of government accounts that need just the right people maintain them. This connection makes veteran candidates who have experience in negotiation, customer service, and relationship management ideal for the position.

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3. Food service sales in Redding, California

Veterans who have a passion for food and can build rapport with potential customers for the purpose of forming new relationships will want to explore this outside sales position with Sysco. As the global leader in selling and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare companies, educational facilities, and lodging establishments, Sysco understands that the skill and integrity that comes with military service makes veterans exceptional employees. An analytical nature, knack for logistics, and developed organizational ability is also needed to be successful in this role.

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4. Transaction support in East Granby, Connecticut

Chances are that you have bought or sold something on eBay during your lifetime, so you know a bit about what they do. As a global leader in online commerce, eBay has a robust veterans recruiting program and is dedicated to helping members of the military community transition smoothly. This customer support position requires someone with great people skills to provide case management support to eBay's Stub Hub platform. If you are an outgoing vet who has no problem cold calling and proposing value to customers, you will want to explore this exciting opening.

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5. Warehouse supervisor in South Bend, Indiana

Pepsico, a global producer and marketer some of the world’s most recognized brands of beverages, is looking for a dynamic logistics leader to join its team in Indiana. Pepsico has a long track record of being military-friendly and even sponsors a recycling program that funds entrepreneurial training for disabled veterans. The job is a great opportunity for former soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines to utilize their leadership, coaching, and operations skills. The job offers amazing training programs and growth opportunity with a well-established company. An above average level of enthusiasm and competence with follow-up techniques are also needed to be successful in this role.

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The infantry officer had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012. Two of the men were killed.

During a Monday interview on Fox & Friends, Lorance accused his superiors of betraying him.

"A service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock them down," Lorance said. "I think that's extremely important. Anybody who is not part of the senior Pentagon brass will tell you the same thing."

"I think folks that start putting stars on their collar — anybody that has got to be confirmed by the Senate for a promotion — they are no longer a soldier, they are a politician," he continued. "And so I think they lose some of their values — and they certainly lose a lot of their respect from their subordinates — when they do what they did to me, which was throw me under the bus."

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