Sales. It’s a function that can be found in virtually every sector and one that is well-suited to veterans who understand people skills, leadership, and team motivation. After all, a company can have the best products and services in the world, but if it can’t convince people to purchase its product, then there is no profit or impact to be made. While those veterans who have a bachelor’s degree or higher or who have been trained in the recruiting, customer service, or public relations fields will have a bit of a competitive edge when looking for a sales role, some starting positions with these seven Hirepurpose partner companies offer training programs for motivated veterans who served in any occupational speciality. Veterans of all ranks and backgrounds should definitely take a look.
Takeda, a 230-year-old pharmaceutical company that strives to make people’s lives better every day, is looking for people-oriented veterans and military family members to join its professional sales team in locations across the country, particularly in San Diego, New York City and Dalton, Georgia. Takeda actively seeks out former service members through its targeted recruiting programs and offers amazing military transition support through its very own veteran-engagement employee group. In order to apply, candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree, a valid driver’s license, and have the ability to travel. Veterans and family members who have a high capacity for learning and communicating complex information, who are comfortable making presentations, and who have a knack for building rapport with professionals from all walks of life will feel right at home here.
Quicken Loans, America’s largest online mortgage lender known for its support of the military community, has a diverse set of open positions in sales, finance, and customer service. Quicken was ranked No. 12 on FORTUNE Magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2015, and has been among the top 30 companies for 12 years in a row. While predominantly located in Detroit, it does have openings available in other locations as well. From entry to mid-level opportunities, each job has its own set of requirements, with some requiring a bachelor’s degree in finance or computer science and others requiring just one year of customer-facing experience, the desire to attend training, and the personality needed to close a deal. With a culture of innovation and teamwork, and lots of room to grow, Quicken is a great company to consider as you leave your military uniform behind.
If you are a veteran or family member that has considered sales, but who may not have a degree then you should definitely explore the hundreds of roles available with Kellogg, a food products company that is well known for its commitment to those who have served in our armed forces. Kellogg has hundred of sales representative roles available nationwide, many of which do not require a degree. Other positions such as plant managers and business strategists prefer or require a degree, and would be well suited for noncommissioned or junior officers with corresponding skills and experience. The company is looking for individuals with communication, leadership, negotiation, problem-solving and at least intermediate technology skills.
Senior-enlisted veterans and former officers who have bachelor’s degrees in computer science, information technology, business, sales, or finance as well as strong customer-facing skills should look at EMC, a global leader in IT services that employs over 60,000 innovators worldwide. EMC has 892 roles available across the country from senior sales and account managers, systems engineers, software developers, project managers, solutions architects, and more. If you spent your time in the military as a information technology officer, cyber security specialist of officer, operations chief or officer, senior finance specialist, or officer then you will find your skills transferrable here. EMC has a well-established military recruiting program and fosters an environment of teamwork and trust, making it one of the most military-friendly companies to work for.
As a dedicated Veterans Jobs Mission coalition member and leader in the telecommunications field, Verizon is known for its military friendliness. It currently employs over 12,000 veterans, service members, and family members, with plans to hire more. The company is currently looking for sales-minded veterans to fill both retail and business to business sales roles across the country. Veterans who served in roles such as recruiting, public relations, protocol, or even operations will be well-suited for these jobs that offer great benefits, ongoing training, and plenty of room for growth. If you are a people person who can communicate the benefits of products and services to customers in creative and friendly ways, then Verizon is the place for your next great career.
PepsiCo, one of the world’s leading beverage companies, is looking for sales professionals at all levels to become part of its celebrated workforce. PepsiCo has been recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Most Military Friendly Employers by Victoria Media in 2016 and for many years running and also runs VALOR, an employee resource group with a mission to recognize, appreciate and support PepsiCo’s veterans, military members, their families, and the communities where they live and work. Available positions are both full and part-time include everything from entry-level general labor and customer-service roles that require a high school diploma and several years of customer-service experience to mid to high-level account management, district leadership, and business management roles that require a bachelor’s degree, leadership experience, and advance selling or human resources skills. The company exhibits an extreme dedication to employee development and engagement and acts as a great jumping-off point for veterans at all levels looking to make their mark in the civilian world.
Opportunity for veterans abound with Comcast/NBCUniversal, which currently has over 2,000 jobs of all kinds available across the United States. In conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s "Hiring Our Heroes" initiative, Comcast NBCUniversal recently pledged to hire 10,000 veterans, guards, reserves, and spouses of active military by 2017. Job openings include everything from sales roles with a low-barrier to entry to account manager roles that require a bachelor’s degree in business or related field and 7+ years of experience. Many positions offer generous commission structures, access to a company phone and equipment, as well as ongoing training. Strong communications skills, perseverance, and an enthusiastic personality is generally required for any role within the company. Motivated veterans of all backgrounds will thrive in the collaborative and service-oriented environment in a fast-growing industry.