Jared Crain retired from a brilliant 20-year military career and then hit the “Unemployed Wall.” after leaving the military. Rather than accept defeat, he blazed a trail of gathering the tools he needed to get into the civilian workforce. In his new role as Director of Workforce Development at Salesforce, he assists service members in communicating with employers to obtain the position they seek. Today Jared tells how the culture of the military and the mindset of service members are the polar opposite of what corporate America is recruiting. He doesn’t stop there, though. He shares how to overcome roadblocks to a civilian job.
In This Episode:
[02:58] Jared shares his upbringing in a military family and his desire to follow in those footsteps, and the serendipitous way of finding the position at Salesforce
[17:00] The paradigm shift in candidating for a job and questions often asked
[24:22] Overcoming the feeling of self failure
[37:10] Jared describes his transition to the tech field at Salesforce
[47:05] He tells about his wife's job and how that formed what he did not want for his career
[51:14] Advice for SYCK listeners
The culture in the military is vastly different than that of corporate America. Therefore, when a person leaves the military to find a civilian job, they are not on the same playing field as someone without military experience.
The military values people who can multi-task and move seamlessly from one position to another. Corporate America wants to hire specialists in their field. They are not looking for multitaskers.
The mindset of career military veterans is to give the team or another person credit for a particular task. Instead, in an employment interview, a recruiter is looking for the achievements of the individual, not the group.
Helping individuals and organizations reach their optimal level of performance, and I truly love helping leaders and teams recognize where their issues lie and what steps they can take to get to where they want to go. I believe that service to others is the greatest calling, and that seeing the success of those you’ve aided is the best reward possible.