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A Transition from Naval Officer to Store Team Leader

Having served on active duty for almost 11 years, I was not used to having to interview or look for a job.  When the time came for me to transition from the military to the civilian sector, it was certainly a jump into the abyss.  The military does a great job teaching you leadership, discipline and working as a unit; however, when it came to job searching and putting together a resume, I was lost.  While on active duty, it’s easy to take for granted all the benefits the military provides to you and your family, but when it’s time to transition out, there is a bit of hesitation going into unknown territory.

Prior to transitioning out of the military, all service members are required to take the mandatory transition assistance course.  This provided some good benefits, I quickly took courses to help build my resume, practice interviews and go to job fairs.  At one of the job fairs I attend, the Service Academy Career Conference, I was introduced to a gentleman who worked at Target and we talked for a bit.  He was very open and transparent with what the position entailed and the expectations.  Something that resonated then and continues to resonate to this day is the camaraderie.  Several of my friends ended up working at large successful corporations; however, one thing that was constant was the lack of camaraderie.  In the military, teamwork is often one of the key factors that dictates mission success and is something that one does not appreciate until he/she is out of the military.

After meeting with the Target rep, I did my homework, interviewed with several leaders and eventually was hired as a Store Team Leader.  Having been with Target now for over 2 years, I can tell you that the camaraderie you build with your team at Target is something special and one that replicates the camaraderie you built with your fellow troops.  Having been in the service, one gets used to long hours, adverse situations, high stress, etc. and all those skills and situations helps to better prepare you for your career after the military.

Target is a company that’s dedicated to hiring vets, so it is very military friendly.  The company invests a lot in you and wants to see you succeed, and it is a performance based company so you really control your destiny–and it’s fun.  I truly feel like a business owner.  I enjoy training and molding my team. I enjoy the team building events such as community service. The positive reinforcement and great team culture is something embedded in the Target DNA and something we strive for in each store to ensure our team is highly engaged and highly motivated.

  • Martha Rojas

    September 11th, 2017

    Thank you Kenneth for this article. It is very helpful.

  • Tiffany g Milner

    October 21st, 2017

    I use to work for target got layed off

  • Doris e Smith

    October 23rd, 2017

    It seems as thou you’re happy with what you do,that’s what I’m looking for a team player. Working for goodwill for 8 yrs.I became a team player and a hard worker had to stop for back surgery but I went back because I liked my job, and I am ready to work. Coming from Oklahoma city from 2005 til 2017 I’m want a new start even though my job is limited I still can do my job so I’m interested in this guest serv job so please give me a chance.

  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 25th, 2017


    Thanks for looking into opportunities at Target! Visit target.com/careers to explore openings and learn more about the application process.


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