Military background usually seen as a plus JOBS: How to manage your career
The military has been very, very good to Shaun Bradley, first as a job and now as a business. The U.S. Naval Academy graduate and his business partner, Sandra Morris, mine the military for corporate giants such as General Electric and Sprint, looking for veterans who want to exchange military fatigues for a coat and tie. Their Kennesaw firm, Bradley-Morris, expects to place about 1,000 veterans nationwide this year, up from 400 last year. Their job candidates' military stints help them easily slide into such hard-to-fill, high-demand jobs as mechanics, electricians, engineers and high-tech project managers. "We open the door for candidates into a strong civilian life," Bradley said at the recent Society of Human Resources Management conference in Atlanta. The company was one of hundreds of exhibitors at the conference, the world's largest gathering of human resources professionals. "The military is the best management training program that's out there in corporate America. You're constantly getting thrown into new jobs," said Chris Beck of Orion International Consulting Group Inc. of Mason, Ohio, a Bradley-Morris competitor that also attended the conference. Veterans are "instant players when they walk into companies."
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