Nicole speaking to her husband Jared via Skype, during Prudential’s 2017 Veterans Day event in Newark, NJ.

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Prudential invests in veterans

April 27, 2018 - 4:43 pm

Prudential Financial is a financial services firm with products including life insurance, investment management and retirement-related services.

“Prudential has a long history of supporting veterans,” said Charles Sevola Jr., the vice president of Prudential Financials Veterans Initiatives office and a U.S. Army veteran.

For a company more than 140 years old, this support includes as the “longtime administrator of a group insurance plan for service members and veterans called Services Group Life Insurance (SGLI). And we’ve been doing that for over 50 years for the Veterans Administration,” Sevola said.

Established in 2010, the Office of Veterans Initiatives main mission is “education and employment to help with veterans into long lasting careers after they serve their country,” he said.

They also work on employee engagement, corporate giving, leadership, and financial wellness in the veteran community as a whole.

Hiring Vets

“I came here because the company recognized that there’s a tremendous amount of talent that is present in veterans,” Sevola said about his own reasons for joining Prudential.  

“In terms of the things that we learn in the military, the maturity that you have as a result of the mission focus, that’s a key part of what we do in the military,” he said.

They also recognize the leadership and technical skills gained from military service.

Why hire veterans

Prudential believes that hiring veterans is “not only the right thing to do from a corporate social responsibility stand point, but it makes great business sense to do it because of the challenge that they represent,” Sevola said.

And they’re not doing it for a pat on the back, either. 

“Prudential’s in this for all the right reasons. We see it as a huge talent multiplier for the work that we do,” he added. “And we see that it’s right for not only the veteran, but it’s right for the country and for Prudential to do the work that we’re doing.”

Careers at the company

Positions they see a lot of veterans gravitate towards include project managers, IT operations, customer service, and manning the call center for the SGLI plan, according to Sevola.

They also offer training programs that broaden an employee’s ability to pursue other job opportunities in the company.

Veteran Experience at the company

Nicole Kebea is a manager in the Office of Regulatory Examination Management and supports Prudential’s Law, Compliance, and Business Ethics. She lives in New Jersey with her son and husband Jared, who still serves in the Massachusetts National Guard.

She served in the U.S. Army veteran as a counterintelligence agent out of Fort Bragg, deploying three times to Afghanistan for several months at a time.

After she left the military, Nicole used the G.I. Bill to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics at Monmouth University.

The basic skills that she learned in the military easily translated into what she does now.

“Definitely being very agile and being able to adapt quickly to change. I mean we’re in a constantly changing environment with technology,” she said. “And having fresh ideas and applying them made it very simple for me to transition.”

Nicole is also the chief of staff for VetNet, a business resources group within Prudential to “bring awareness to veterans issues,” as well as the military community. Veteran employees connect to one another through the group and participate in community outreach. 

For a veteran who is interested in applying to a job at Prudential, Nicole says “they should definitely go for it.”

“Prudential has been fantastic for me,” she said.

Her husband also works for Prudential and during his recent deployment, her colleagues supported her. The company also allow employees the flexibility in their schedule to deal with life. 

“They’re willing and open and understand that people have lives outside of their job. And having that work life balance is extremely important, not only to you as a person but you as an employee,” she said. “They really get that.”

HR tips for Veterans 

“Many times I think veterans will think that their military experience has no value in the corporate world and that’s absolutely not true,” Sevola said. “It’s just a matter of being able to reposition and restate the facts of your military career in a way that resonates to a civilian reader.”

Also, due to the volume of resumes hiring managers may be receiving,  “you’re getting a 30-second preliminary cursory review, and you want your resume to have something in there that grabs the reader’s attention so that they take more time to read through it,” he said.

And talking about results in your resume, not necessarily activity, is the most important.

“An analogy I always use is, it’s fine to talk about the fact that you dribbled up and down a basketball court. But employers don’t want to know about the activity—dribbling up and down the court—they want to know that you achieved your result, which is putting balls in the basket,” Sevola said. 

If you're interested in a career at Prudential Financial, check out their veteran's site and commitment site.