GI Insight – Top Military-Friendly Companies

Having just published the 2011 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers, GI Jobs magazine is uniquely in-touch with retiring military and reservists trying to find the next step in their careers. Here, Dan Fazio, managing editor of GI Jobs magazine, offers his insight into an easy transition from the military into the petroleum industry.

What are your three top tips for GIs looking for civilian jobs?

1) Start preparing for your transition early – at least a year out for service members who are separating and two years for those who are retiring. 

2) Decide what industry you’d like to work in, then research the top companies in that industry. Don’t rely on the big job boards – check company websites to see what jobs they list. Visit to find the Top 100 Military Friendly employers, which span 10 different industries. 

3) Take advantage of TAP/ACAP professionals. Let them help you translate your military experience and skills into language that civilian hiring managers will understand – both on your resume and in the interview.

Why do you feel the oil and gas and energy industries can benefit from hiring retired military?

The military teaches service members how to be leaders, regardless of their rank. They learn from day one how to work as a team, overcome obstacles and complete the mission at all costs. Because they are required to work long hours in harsh and often dangerous environments, they learn to be safety-conscious at all times. They are disciplined, flexible, performance-driven and technologically savvy. These skills translate very well to the civilian work force in general, and to the oil, gas and energy industry in particular.

How can a company become more military friendly?

Military-friendly employers recognize that America’s veterans represent a highly trained, ready-made talent pool. They implement good hiring strategies to recruit, onboard and retain veterans – often hiring veterans to run these programs. They understand the needs of employees who serve in the Reserve and National Guard, offering such amenities as differential pay during deployment, continuation of benefits and the assurance of a job equal to the one they left when they return from deployment. They also support employees whose family members serve in the Armed Forces and veterans in their communities.

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