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Veteran

Grant Auch

I am going to me medically separated from the Army in roughly 5 months for a back injury I sustained in Afghanistan. I am still very physically capable just unable to perform "military duties". I serve as a Military Policeman and hold the rank of sergeant. I want to move into a management position, preferably with a big box retailer as I am a very strong communicator, problem solver and extremely ambitious. I want to work for a business that will give me an opportunity to grow. My first question is if Retail Management fits my strengths that I have listed? Also, would if anyone would be willing to review my resume and give me some feedback on how to improve it ? I also have a few more questions for someone who is knowledgeable in the field if they have some time to answer them. Thank you for your time and I appreciate any advice anyone may be willing to give!

8 March 2015 7 replies Leadership & Management

Answers

Advisor

Charles Bonilla Chicago, IL

After you've explored some of the opportunities through Walmart's Veterans Welcome Home Commitment: http://walmartcareerswithamission.com/career-areas/ you may want to consider registering for the program. We may end up working together in that regard.

8 March 2015 Helpful answer

Advisor

robert castillo Huntsville, AL

send me an email at robert.castillo@ngc.com so that we can start working this together,

Advisor

David Walker Bella Vista, AR

Grant,
Send me a PM and i will be more than willing to review your resume and talk to you about retail management.. As Charles mentioned please invest some time to learn about Walmart's Veterans welcome home commitment.

Looking Forward to it!
David Walker

Advisor

Barry Sosnick Greenlawn, NY

I used to work for Lord & Taylor on the merchant-side (the people who buy and allocate the merchandise). One of the first things they did is give me a math test. Prior to going into an interview, make sure you understand how to calculate markups, markdowns, etc. You should find a college that has a retail course and find out which textbook they use. There is a chapter or section on retail math (although it could be spread out among several chapters). I used to teach retailing at a local college, but for the life of me, I can't remember the textbook I used. I may still have my lecture slides.

One way to combine you military experience and you interest in retail management is to start in loss prevention. Cutting down on employee theft and shoplifting are a significant drag on profits. It isn't physical. Most retailers do not want their staff to apprehend thieves because of the potential legal liability, but simply deter theft from happening.

Retailers like people who are outgoing, can motivate their staff and are detail-oriented. I knew a CEO of 200+ store chain who would notice gum on the carpet 50 feet away. Retail requires that kind of focus.

I am happy to look at your resume! Best of luck!

Advisor

Thomas Margetta Boca Raton, FL

With your police experience, have you considered a possible career in 911 communications--the same kind of "action" without the physical component? www.911DispatchAcademy.com is starting an online certification course in April, which lasts 4 months so upon your separation you would be eligible to take the FL State Exam (many have reciprocity, or no requirement at all). There are a lot of job opportunities in the over 6000 centers in the US, and many locations have fast upward mobility potential (yes, often due to turnover). Feel free to message me with any questions, and thank you for your service.

Advisor

Lisa Anthony Cheshire, CT

Lisa Anthony
My e address
Lisa. R. Anthony@snet.net

Advisor

Lisa Anthony Cheshire, CT

Please feel free to send whatever notes and skills you have and I will create a draft resume for you
Thank you for your service

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