Veteran Employee Story – Juan Reazola

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Published in the July/August 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Juan Reazola is a former Army staff sergeant who now drives for Con-way Truckload. In the military, he served as medic, mechanic, truck driver, and tank and BTR (armored personnel carrier) operator. He was also a drill sergeant, responsible for troops arriving in Afghanistan. Reazola completed four tours in Afghanistan.

His experience behind the wheel in the Army helped him make the transition after leaving the military. “I was an 88 Mike truck driver, which gave me the proper training and skills for a job with Con-way,” he said. “Learning truck driving skills in the Army made it easy for me to transition to being a truck driver here.”

Con-way Truckload, formerly Contract Freighters, Inc., is an operating company of Con-way, Inc., providing expedited, time-definite, full-truckload transportation services in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Reazola said that he got much more out of the Army that just learning how to drive a truck. “From day one, when I joined the Army in 1982, they preached the core values that build character,” he said. “The core values teach discipline, integrity, and professionalism. They taught me to be a professional – I know what the expectations are, and I get the job done.”

His company has always taken care of him. “Con-way has always been there for me,” Reazola said. “Each time I’ve been deployed, they’ve had a good job and a new truck — not some old one — waiting for me when I got back. Con-way Truckload, ever since they were CFI, has always looked out for me—and my family. When I was deployed, they kept in touch with my family, checking in regularly to see how they could help. Con-way takes care of its military veterans.”

While he encourages servicemembers to stay in the military as long as possible, when someone is ready to get out, Reazola suggests using all the resources that are available. “Use the Army/military resource center,” he said. “Go there, in person, where they will help veterans one-on-one to establish a resume and help you find a career.”

Then he suggests hitting the road. “Get out and get the job search started,” Reazola said. “Visit Con-way. Be the professional your military experience taught you to be. When you make a mistake, own up to the mistake. Be honest and truthful, and they’ll see that in you. You’ll know what the expectations are, you just have to go out and meet them.”

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers