5 Military-Friendly Jobs In The ‘Golden State’ Of Opportunity

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This week, we highlight job openings with Hirepurpose partner companies in beautiful, southern California. Heralded as the “Golden state,” California has been the land of opportunity since the days of the gold rush. State labor officials are projecting an employment increase of 4.5 % in the next several years. With much to offer in terms of gorgeous weather, sweeping landscapes, great wine, and one of the nation’s largest veteran populations in the nation, California is a location that transitioning service members will want to consider as they plan their post-military course of action.

1. Territory sales representative in San Diego

Grainger, a global leading supplier of facilities maintenance products, is looking for a talented sales representative to join its team in sunny San Diego, California. The company has demonstrated its commitment to veterans through its support of a variety of military-centered charities and its veteran and military supporters business resource group. Those military alumni who have outgoing personalities and sales skills, such as career recruiters and public relations personnel, would be well-equipped for this position. A knack for analyzing reports and above-average interpersonal skills are also desired for this role.

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2. Account manager in Long Beach

This account manager position with Republic Services requires candidates who are adept at maintaining relationships with multiple customers, giving presentations, and networking through community events and trade shows. As an industry leader in United States recycling and the collection and disposal of non-hazardous solid waste, Republic Services maintains a military-friendly atmosphere and a deep dedication to the environment. The company is part of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition that has committed to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. Noncommissioned and junior officers who maintained leadership positions, lead group training sessions, facilitated schedules, and interacted with multiple departments will find their skills transferrable here. A bachelor’s degree in business or marketing is also desired for this job.

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3. Construction leader in Irvine

This construction leader position with Yum! Brands is located in Irvine, California, at the Taco Bell headquarters. Yum! has over 40,000 restaurants in 125 countries and is dedicated to the recruitment and hiring of veterans and their family members. The person who fills the job will lead activities related to the site feasibility analysis, planning and design, permitting, and the construction process for new and replacement Taco Bell restaurants. Those veterans who have demonstrated themselves as capable project managers and who served in specialties such as construction engineering supervisor, engineering aide, combat engineer, or civil engineer would be a good fit for this position.

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4. Measure technician in San Diego

Transitioning service members who would like to stay near the military community in San Diego and who can work with CAD-like programs will want to explore this customer-service opening with Home Depot. Home Depot has a long track record of supporting those who have served and has been recognized as a “Top 50 Military-Friendly Employer” by G.I. Jobs many years running. The home-improvement chain also operates and supports multiple programs for veterans and their families to include the Orange Honors Scholarship for military spouses, Welcome Home! celebrations, a veterans hiring program, and a veterans housing initiative. The ideal candidate for this job can interact with customers in their homes, make accurate measurements, and provide excellent customer service.

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5. Executive ad sales in Los Angeles

If you are a veteran who would like to be in the hustle and excitement that is Los Angeles, then this fast-paced advertising sales job with Comcast, one of the nation’s leader in technology and entertainment, might be just what you are looking for. As part of its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes initiative, Comcast has recently committed to hiring 10,000 reservists, veterans, and their spouses. This job is a match for former service members who worked in media and technology roles such as mass communication specialists, public relations specialists, and administrative specialists. A bachelor’s degree, organizational, and sales skills are also required for this role.

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The retired Marine Corps general laid out why the world's oldest democracy no longer seems to be able to reach a consensus on any issue, arguing that the underlying problem is politicians no longer debate: They just launch personal attacks against each other.

"We scorch our opponents with language that precludes compromise," Mattis wrote. "We brush aside the possibility that a person with whom we disagree might be right. We talk about what divides us and seldom acknowledge what unites us. Meanwhile, the docket of urgent national issues continues to grow—unaddressed and, under present circumstances, impossible to address."

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"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."


Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.

Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.

They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.

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Along the way, Addario captured images of plenty of women serving with pride in uniform, not only in the U.S. armed forces, but also on the battlefields of Syria, Colombia, South Sudan and Israel. Her photographs are the subject of a new article in the November 2019 special issue of National Geographic, "Women: A Century of Change," the magazine's first-ever edition written and photographed exclusively by women.

The photos showcase the wide range of goals and ideals for which these women took up arms. Addario's work includes captivating vignettes of a seasoned guerrilla fighter in the jungles of Colombia; a team of Israeli military police patrolling the streets of Jerusalem; and a unit of Kurdish women guarding ISIS refugees in Syria. Some fight to prove themselves, others seek to ignite social change in their home country, and others do it to liberate other women from the grip of ISIS.

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Addario discussed her visit to boot camp and her other travels in an interview with Task & Purpose, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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