Capital One | Bring a Positive Attitude |
Published in the January/February 2013 issue of print Search & Employ® |
David Bartles is a decision sciences business manager at Capital One. He supervises a small team that manages various aspects of data modeling, including model creation, performance monitoring, compliance, and innovation. The company uses these models to create next-generation financial services products.
Bartles joined Capital One in 2010. In early 2012, the company promoted him from senior analyst to business manager.
Bartles has seven years of active service in the Navy and the Navy Reserve, last serving as a lieutenant. His main responsibilities in the Navy were as a nuclear submarine officer, special programs officer, and information operations battlewatch captain.
There’s one thing that Bartles thinks all servicemembers should bring with them when they leave the military. “The most helpful trait for finding your first civilian job is entering into the change with confidence,” he said. “When serving, the challenge was always changing; we were constantly adapting and learning. This transition is no different; being confident about it will show up on your resume and in your interviews.”
Veterans should not feel rushed to land their first civilian opportunity. “When exiting the military, you may feel pressured to immediately find a job and start work,” Bartles said. “Taking it slow has a lot of merit; you won’t end up taking a job that isn’t right for you.”
It’s also important to be flexible and never stop learning. “The ability to learn and perform quickly is of great help as a civilian,” Bartles said. “Your new role will likely require learning new skills and adapting old ones. Capital One is committed to providing the veterans and military spouses it hires with the resources, training, and support they need to successfully transition to the civilian workforce.”
He also said that some characteristics that are common in servicemembers can help make up for a lack of some skills. “A strong work ethic and positive attitude goes a long way in both the military and private sector,” Bartles said. “As a result, you will quickly build trust and confidence. This will help you as you adapt to the civilian workforce and continue to hone your job-specific skills.”
An open mind is important when it comes to researching employers. “Avoid having strong opinions during your search,” Bartles said. “Take the time to research the company and position before you decide to apply. The civilian sector is extremely diverse and each company requires a lot of different skill sets. You may pass up a great opportunity if you discriminate based on industry or job title.”
Bartles believes that Capital One is an ideal place for veterans to find satisfying employment. “Capital One is a great place to work because of the culture,” he said. “The fast-paced entrepreneurial culture is a good fit for veterans, servicemembers, and military spouses. The skills we bring are a great fit. At Capital One, we have veterans from every branch of service as colleagues, team members, and leaders throughout our company. Also, Capital One has been very supportive of my reserve duty commitments and community volunteering.”
As for landing a job there, he suggests showcasing a couple of skills. “Capital One values communication and analytic ability for many roles,” Bartles said. “Show in your resume how you have successfully used these skills while serving. During the interview, discuss your thought process and how your actions led to results.”