How To Translate Your Military Service to Gain HR’s Attention with Starbucks HR Director David Van Slambrook

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A veteran speaks to a job recruiter at a 'Hiring our Heroes' Job Fair on March 27, 2014 in New York City. The jobs fair, which was put together by the New York National Guard and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, expected over 600 veterans to attend. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Your military training likely positioned you well to be an asset in corporate. But…you need to translate it so the hiring manager understands how you will add value.

LinkedIn recently released a study that veterans are 160% more likely to have an advanced degree than their civilian counterparts, yet they are also 16%

Starbucks HR Director sheds light on translating your military service

more likely to be underemployed than their civilian counterparts. Korn Ferry Institute released in their study that 43% of Veterans are more likely to leave their first job in year one if it isn’t a best fit – the most sited reasons being no alignment, no professional development and no clear understanding of upward mobility.

So how does one properly translate their experience so he/she can determine alignment and the hiring manager can clearly see alignment…and despite having more experience and likely a better education than the person sitting across the desk doing the interview, is it wise to take the “starter job” just to get your foot in the door?

In this episode of The Military Wire, David Van Slambrook, Director, Human Resources, Law & Corporate Affairs and Finance at Starbucks, who previous to this job served 28 years in the United States Army, served as a garrison commander, battalion commander, Inspector General, asst. Chief of Staff for United States Pacific Command and retired out as a colonel, shares how he struggled a bit but then got his “break” and how he is helping Veterans “get their break” by better translating their experience.

If you’ve ever wanted to work at an international company that values Veterans and military spouses, be sure to look up David on LinkedIn and message him directly.

Author Biography
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, former software executive and currently CEO of Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family: How Military Couples are Fighting to Preserve Their Marriages” and “The Military Wire” blog.

He is also a frequent contributor on FOX Q-13 as well as a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year in an effort to enrich and strengthen the military relationships. His book, Operation Military Family, endorsed by great Americans like Gen. Tommy Franks and Pete Chiarelli, continues to be a sought-out resource by licensed professionals and military families across the United States.


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