Matt McGowan (Army Veteran, Market Manager, Staffmark Skilled Trades)
Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran atStaffmark. Committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace, Staffmark is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more here.
It's nearly impossible to credit the invention of the vast, every-changing internet to a single person. It's the result of work by many programmers and engineers – and even U.S. military members.
When Matt McGowan joined the Army in 1991, he was assigned to a brand-new MOS: 31F Mobile Subscriber System Network Operator. As he describes it, "We would go out to the field with infantry, armor and artillery units, and we set up centers for phones and computers that could be used in the field and integrate with military and civilian systems. We were the original internet."
Companies in all sectors rely on logisticians to oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. This opens a large opportunity for veterans to transition from their current military role to a private sector or government contract position that will provide both stability and great pay.
If you’re a veteran looking for a job in Texas, you’re not alone. With nearly 2 million active duty, veteran, guard, and reservist service members living within its borders, the Lone Star state has the second highest number of military and veteran residents in the United States. Everything that you’ve accomplished in the military should be recognized and respected by your employer — that’s why we’ve compiled this list of 10 veteran-friendly companies that are currently hiring in Texas.
If you served in the military but are not quite sure how your skills will translate to the civilian world, focus on the discipline, problem-solving and leadership skills that you learned from the start of your time in service. Veterans with a background in combat arms, infantry, or security will find that their leadership skills, attention to detail, and discipline could land them a lucrative job in high-end security, crew leadership, landscaping, and other specialized fields.
Whether you are a military spouse, current service member, reservist, or a transitioning veteran, taking on a seasonal position can be a great way to build skills and pick up extra cash for holiday expenses or your well-deserved summer vacation. For those who are transitioning out of the armed forces, these types of jobs can act as a bridges from military to civilian life, allowing for continued career momentum or the exploration of a completely different field.