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GE giving military veterans job interview tips

CREATED Jul. 9, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul. 9, 2012

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WAUKESHA- Military veterans looking for a job can get some help this week.

Military veterans have a lot of great experiences -- which make them really valuable employees.  But they don't like to brag about themselves.  On Monday they got some lessons at the GE Health Institute about how to sell themselves to a potential employer.

When Adam Holton, senior HR manager at GE Healthcare, helps prepare veterans for a job interview -- he stresses the importance of the first 30 seconds.

"What makes them them, how they get that across to that employer," said Holton.

To get that initial meeting right -- GE employees gave advice ranging from resume writing to wearing the right clothes.

Lt. Colonel Steve Heiges served three tours in the Middle East only to lose his job in a corporate re-structuring.

He's hoping to find an employer searching for someone committed to teamwork.

"Soldiers take care of each other, so they take that concept and bring it to the workplace..." said Lt. Colonel Heiges.

GE is not just talking the talk when it comes to putting veterans to work.  The company's made a commitment to hire 1,000 veterans a year for the next five years.