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Inclusiveness and Veterans

As a combat veteran from the enlisted ranks that works in the realms of sales and tech, I have had a mixed-bag of interactions with teammates and management at each of my companies. Most have been positive, but some people have expected me to be extremely aggressive, or my personal favorite, "a bit of a robot." I'm neither, and I've tried my best to ensure the people I work with understand how my military training and experiences shape how I get work done or approach clients.


Have any of you worked with veterans or hired veterans for your team? What was your experience working alongside them?

Jay Knight
Chief Marketing Officer at Mountain Primal Meat Co.
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Ashleigh Early
Apprenticeship Director at Vendition
Veterans are AMAZING hires. High emotional and business IQ, experience navigating complex bureaucracy, “do first ask questions later” mentality. 

I can see how some might see that as “robotic” but just like in the military - results speak for themselves. There will always be mild politics but don’t let them get you down. The VAST majority of sales p...
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2 months ago
Paul Dean
Sales Enablement Program Manager at PlanGrid
I agree that Vets, in addition to Athletes, have been in my experience great hires for sales roles: motivated, disciplined, and more open to asking for feedback on how to succeed. My brother is in the National Guard and the SaaS companies that he's worked for have been very open about him going on Guard duty. Additionally, they've thanked him for s...See more
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2 months ago
Kasey Jones
CEO at A Better Jones
I push back a little on this very common idea that athletes make the best sales reps. There are TONS of activities/passions/hobbies that teach young people discipline. 

For example, Ashleigh Early is a trained opera singer. Talk about discipline! And I credit my theater nerdiness and my political activism for being invaluable in my young sales caree...
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2 months ago
Paul Dean
Sales Enablement Program Manager at PlanGrid
I also come from a non-traditional background than Business or Sales. I sort of fell into it after a teaching career, so I love hearing stories like this Ashleigh Early !
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2 months ago
Kasey Jones
CEO at A Better Jones
As the daughter of a veteran, I'm a big believer in supporting veterans and frankly, I feel like sales is (or should be) an obvious career option for veterans, especially officers. I had a veteran working on my team for a while and his discipline and diligence were stand out. 
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2 months ago
Jesse Basher, MS
Product Sales Executive, CT at Siemens Healthineers
Let's be clear.  It is our job as veterans to educate what being "military" means.  Additionally, that education has to be a bigger conversation as to the cultural differences between the services and branches of service.  If we don't do this, Hollywood will gladly take the task to supplement stereotypes.  
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2 months ago
Dan Ertel
Business Development Manager at IGNW
Hi Jesse and Kasey,
Because we have similar feels about vets, I wanted to let you know about CBT Nuggets "Outside the Wire" program.  If you know any active military personnel who will be separating in the next 6 mo., they can request 6 months free access to their entire IT training library.
You can get more info at  www.cbtnuggets.com/veterans-prom...
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2 months ago
Ashleigh Early
Apprenticeship Director at Vendition
This is fantastic!! I had no clue and will share!
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2 months ago
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