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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