Though it’s been awhile since Brad Naylor’s school days, he still knows how to do his homework. In fact, his diligence played a major part in landing him a job at RecruitMilitary’s San Antonio career fair in September of 2013.
The military veteran spent four years as a Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate – Equipment (ABE), helping to launch and recover naval aircraft. He also worked in human resources in the Army for five years, getting out in August 2008.
Although Naylor had no prior experience in the oil and gas industry, the skills he learned operating, repairing and maintaining hydraulic equipment in the Navy were highly-transferrable to that field, as well as many others. He left the San Antonio event with both offers and interviews from five large companies.
Naylor believes his military background has come in handy in his new role. “I think it gave me leadership skills and a willingness to learn. I’m also able to grasp new concepts quickly,” he says, an ability that has impressed his new employers.
His advice to other veterans who may be attending a job fair?
- Bring 30 resumes with you and visit each and every vendor. “Don’t assume that you know what they are hiring for because of their name.”
- Do your homework. “I researched every company that would be there before attending the event. I googled their history, learned how the company got started, and who their CEOs are.” Naylor’s research helped him hit pay dirt in his interview with a company in the oil and gas industry, when he was asked if he knew about the company and who the CEO was. “I was hired on the spot,” he says. It was this research that also drove him to visit the company’s booth in the first place. “I knew ahead of time that they had great benefits,” he says. “They have an awesome match on 401(k) contributions that is exciting to my future. You can’t beat that,” he says.
Now Naylor is happily employed as an equipment operator and performs hydraulic fracturing services for one of these companies. He started his new job on December 2, 2013 and is based out of Pearsall, Texas. He currently works two weeks in Pearsall, and then gets one week off. “And while I’m there, they wash my clothes, feed me three meals a day, even make my bed. That’s better than at home!” he jokes.