Veteran Employee Story – Rupali Deshmukh

Accenture  |  Wanted: An Ability to Get Going Quickly  |

Published in the November/December 2011 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Rupali Deshmukh serves as Accenture’s Military Recruiting Lead for the U.S., and is focused on bringing more veterans to the company. After 9/11, she joined the Army Reserves in a human resources role, and served until 2008. She now spends her days strategizing ways to tap into the military veteran talent pool.

“One of the most important things I do is help former military personnel translate their skills, experience and talents into more corporate language,” Deshmukh said. “The military has its own language and it can be different from the corporate language. It can at times cause companies to overlook excellent candidates. I make sure we are all speaking the same language. More than once I’ve talked to a veteran and helped her/him write a resume and talk about their skills without military jargon. My goal is to make sure these veterans can connect with a recruiter and show they are the best candidate.”

Deshmukh said her military service was invaluable. “My military service was the best experience of my life,” she said. “When I joined soon after 9/11, all I had was a college degree. The military taught me everything, including confidence. Before I joined the military I had a small world – just family, friends – and the Army brought many people from many places into my life. My blinders came off. I had many assignments, but my time in Kuwait from August 2005 to October 2006 really helped teach me leadership and communication.”

“We seek highly motivated and talented people with well-developed skills,” Deshmukh said. “The ability to communicate with people at all levels and teams are critical. Ultimately, we look for people who can create real value, are good business operators, have good management skills and have the potential to become leaders.”

Adaptability is key at Accenture. “At Accenture, no day is the same,” she said. “You may have several clients during a year, work with many teams, have colleagues around the world and grow your career in almost any direction.”

The ability to get going quickly is also coveted at Accenture. “In addition to the impressive skill sets many of our returning military have, they hit the ground running, often need very little oversight and are adept at making decisions,” she said. “They also have excellent leadership skills. In the military you are taught to lead from day one.”

Deshmukh has good advice for job seekers. “First, concentrate on where you want to go,” she said. “Is there a certain place you want to live and work? Is there a technical skill you want to use and develop?  How do you want to use your military experience? Second, work on your resume. Learn how to translate your military experience to corporate job requirements. Consider going to a resume workshop or talk to recruiters and ask their advice. Keep an open mind about how to present yourself and your skills. Third, network as much as you can. People will help you if you ask, and then one day you can help someone else. Lastly, go back to school if you need certain skills or a degree or certification – use the G.I. Bill.”

She also has suggestions for those who want to work at Accenture. “Learn more about Accenture and our commitment to hiring veterans and transitioning military personnel by visiting our military page on our U.S. Careers site,” Deshmukh said. “Second, use social media. Make sure your profile is updated and a corporate recruiter can easily understand what your skills are and what you can bring to the company. We have an Accenture group. Join it and get connected to Accenture employees all over the world.”



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This article was written by Jay Myers