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Veteran Spotlight

John Norton

John Norton

Rank/Rate: Captain / O-3
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Military Job/MOS: Logistics Officer
Civilian Job Title: Customer Supply Chain Manager

"From day one, Unilever gives veterans a chance to succeed in corporate America. It's rare for a company as large as Unilever to place so much faith in confidence in a newcomer's abilities. It has been very rewarding to work for a company that trusts my experience and leadership.

My experience as a military officer not only prepared me for the demands at Unilever but helped to guide my efforts for career progression. I joined Unilever as a planner and became a manager after four years. I believe my service instilled within me discipline and an ability to adapt to an ever changing environment.

My advice to transitioning service members would be to use the same principles that made you successful in the military. Listen. Adapt. Innovate. A company like Unilever will take notice and put you on the fast track to management. All you have to do is ask and deliver."

Justin Giordano

Rank/Rate: First Lieutenant / O-2
Branch: U.S. Army
Military Job/MOS: Infantry Officer
Civilian Job Title: Bulk Logistics Specialist

Unilever has a veteran-friendly culture and it promotes a work / life balance. My time in service helped me to fundamentally understand team-driven operations and how to apply outside the box techniques to accomplish the mission.

Theresa Ha

Theresa Ha

Rank/Rate: Captain /O-3
Branch: U.S. Air Force
Military Job/MOS: Intelligence /Acquisitions Officer
Civilian Job Title: Strategic Planner for Skincare, North America

"Reach out to friends and friends of friends who have made the transition. Don't let the fear of the unknown drive your decision to stay or not stay in the military."

Chris Shaffer

Chris Shaffer

Rank/Rate: Captain /O-3
Branch: U.S. Army
Military Job/MOS: Logistics Officer
Civilian Job Title: Supply Chain Corporate Audit Manager

"In the corporate environment, you control your career progression and development. Although I often hear this as a major positive force for many military members to transition, it also comes with challenges. In the military, your course is largely established with some room for input. In the new environment, it is essential to think about the skills and experiences you wish to develop. It is even more essential to communicate these areas with your line manager and mentors (make sure you build these relationships). As opportunities arise, it is the combination of your stated/communicated desires with your current performance (you must succeed in your current role) that will lead your development."

Matt DeCoito

Matt DeCoito

Rank/Rate: Lieutenant Commander
Branch: U.S. Navy
Military Job/MOS: Surface Warfare Officer
Civilian Job Title: Mix Processing Supervisor

"What helped me during my job search was to be open minded. List all the possible locations, cities/states/countries, in which you and your family would move to if you were offered a job. Additionally, list down all the different types of positions you would accept, the shift you would work, the percent of travel you feel comfortable with for a specific job, etc. I am not saying to list "anywhere", "any position", or "any shift" on your application, but don't handcuff yourself."