AUTHOR:
Abby P.

DATE:
December 6, 2016

CATEGORIES:
Company Culture,
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
3 minutes

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Reynolds Salutes Veterans on the Job at Reynolds

AUTHOR:
Abby P.

DATE:
December 6, 2016

CATEGORIES:
Company Culture,
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
3 minutes

Reynolds has a long-standing tradition of actively recruiting and hiring veterans. Because of that, I wanted to get a better understanding of how veterans transition from the military and find a place within the civilian workforce. I also wanted to know how Reynolds helps associates do that.

Liz S. served five years as an Information Systems technician and petty officer in the U.S. Navy. “I did anything that was required because I knew I would be trained adequately to the job,” said Liz of her time in the Navy.

It’s also where she met her husband, Lucas, who is still currently serving ship-to-shore duty. “I once thought I would retire from the Navy. Then, I fell in love with a sailor. When we started a family, I knew I needed to be at home,” Liz said.

Immediately following her military experience, she spent many years at home with her daughter. As her daughter started school, Liz shifted her focus to her career. Before finding a place within Reynolds and Reynolds, Liz worked as a family readiness coordinator for the Marine Corps. She also worked in property management for military housing, which led her to the real estate industry. But, nothing really clicked – until she found Reynolds.

Today, Liz has established herself in the Accounts Receivable department at Reynolds, where she helps process and collect customer payments. Next year, Liz will be celebrating her five-year milestone.

“Reynolds has been very supportive of military members – veteran, active duty, or a spouse of active duty,” Liz said. “The company also does a great job of building that sense of community for its associates, a sense of community that military members often build around bases, but is hard to find once living the civilian life.”

At Reynolds, she has found it easy to transition to the corporate culture due to her experience in diverse environments. “My greatest gain from being in the military was perspective. And, just like in the military, being a team player and open to the ideas of others can lead to collaboration and great accomplishments,” Liz said.

“If you focus on delivering your best, your work speaks for itself. I’ve found it works that way both inside and outside the military.”

Liz added when she needed to adjust her full-time position to part-time, she was confident she would be able to find a way to stay in a part-time role somewhere within the company.

“I was allowed the time I needed to take care of what I needed to do at home, and at times, the ability to transfer positions within the company where it best suited both the company and me,” Liz said. “My teammates and leaders have seen me through my husband’s two transfers and three deployments. Reynolds has been very supportive.”

It’s evident her attitude, work ethic, and flexibility have served her well. And, when asked what advice Liz could offer other veterans, she provided three tips:

  • “Start taking courses now – even before you leave the military. Then, earn your degree right away.”
  • “Research companies you want to work for and start applying months in advance. You know your exit date and a good company will wait for your skills.”
  • “You have a number of transferrable skills that may not translate easily in a resume, but employers recognize those skills in your work ethic. Use them.”

“You never know where your plans will take you or how they will change,” said Liz.

Adaptability is a skill veterans have mastered and one that will serve them well when entering the workforce.

“It’s the theme in our family. It’s just something you’ve got to do.”

Reynolds has actively recruited veterans for more than 30 years. Many positions at Reynolds fit the skills and experience veterans acquire during their service in the military. In our experience, those who have served their country demonstrate high levels of professionalism and a commitment to excellence, two characteristics Reynolds looks for in every associate.

Reynolds’ corporate culture, built by a strong leadership team and built on a strong work ethic, often appeals to veterans seeking civilian employment opportunities.

For veterans who are interested in learning more about job opportunities at Reynolds, visit: www.reyrey.com/careers/military.asp.

 


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Abby P.

Internal Communications Lead

Abby graduated from The Ohio State University, where she studied strategic communications and Spanish. She now works as the internal communications lead at Reynolds and she is a specialist in corporate messaging, personal branding and professional development. Outside of the office, Abby enjoys cheering on Buckeyes football, playing in recreational sand volleyball leagues, and spending time with family and friends.