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Editor’s Note: The following story highlights a current veteran employee at Baxter, which is a Hirepurpose client. Learn more here.
A common challenge in transitioning from the military to a civilian life is not just finding new work, but finding the right position that will build upon the key skills and characteristics veterans embody, while providing the same personal fulfillment that comes with serving your country. Driven by the mission to save and sustain patient lives across the globe through advanced medical technology, Baxter provides employees with both.
“As I rose in the ranks in the military, I received various types of leadership training that has influenced how I manage a team at Baxter,” said Jack Borre, a Marine Corps veteran who now serves as an IT director with Baxter’s research and development arm. “A leader in the military is taught to put your troops before yourself and to delegate when appropriate. These concepts are helpful in my current role — to care for your team, build them up to be successful and trust the team you lead to accomplish the mission.”
Borre is a co-president of BaxVets, one of Baxter’s eight Business Resource Groups, helping to address the unique experience of the veteran re-entering the workforce. The Business Resource Groups provide a forum for Baxter employees to develop skills, experience valuable cultural connections and support key business initiatives. BaxVets focuses on the retention of veteran employees, helping to enhance their personal growth, strengthening relationships across the company, and their overall transition from a military to civilian career. The group not only assists Baxter employees, but also gives back to the military by supporting veteran career events and engaging in volunteer projects, such as donations to troops abroad.
Baxter actively recruits individuals who have military experience. The company provides resources such as resume writing clinics; participates in recruitment fairs and provides support to those who are transitioning from the military into new careers in the civilian world.
“In delivering patient care, there is no room for error in the production of our essential medical products, and the military has engrained that quality-driven mindset that we strive for here,” said Robert Mizok, senior human resources representative at Baxter. “Veterans also have experience leading by example, which improves our efficiency, team collaboration and fosters an overall better culture.”
Some veterans have expertise in troubleshooting advanced manufacturing equipment, which is valued in the development and manufacturing of Baxter products. For example, employees that are former Navy have applicable skills in managing complex machinery, from working on ships’ boilers or other related equipment. For veterans that don’t have extensive manufacturing experience as part of their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), Baxter has roles as production technicians include on-the-job training.
“I strongly encourage my fellow veterans to look at the breadth of your experiences,” said Borre, “and apply them to a position that is committed to expanding access to care and delivering quality medical products and advancing innovations around the world.”
Baxter employees around the world are connected by an enduring commitment to save and sustain lives, honing in on leadership skills, fostering team collaboration and offering training to get employees to where they want to go.
Available opportunities are available in the following Baxter locations. Visit our site here to learn more.
- Marion, North Carolina
- Cleveland, Mississippi
- Opelika, Alabama
- Round Lake, Illinois
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