Happy Veteran’s Day from Allstate! Allstate STEM and Innovation Recruiting Manager and Veteran, Max, shared his career journey and what military recruiting at Allstate means to him.

Max is a former Field Artillery officer within the US Army. He left the Army in 2016 as a Captain and Company Commander. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

“My career at Allstate is the first job I have had that is not connected to the military, because recruiting veteran talent at corporations is something that is really important to me. In my pervious jobs, I managed military and veteran recruiting programs for companies.

It’s encouraging to see that Allstate doesn’t have a dedicated military recruiter, because all recruiters own the military recruiting strategy. It’s on all of us to hire veterans, and it is a collective value as a department. At Allstate, we view everyone as a candidate first regardless of prior experience. Allstate does a great job of recognizing core competencies, how veterans’ skills will translate and understanding past experience doesn’t have to be directly related. We understand the veteran workforce and what it brings to the table.

When I came to Allstate, I wanted to make sure I was doing something that I found interesting, was working at a company that aligned with my personal values and had a team that is a great fit for me. I remember on my second day at Allstate, my department’s administrator sent me a deck with all of the veterans in the department and asked me to add my information. It was so nice to see the sense of community just within my own department. I immediately wanted to make sure everyone felt like they had the right amount of support and made myself available to get to know everyone. Allstate really gave me the ability to find other veterans in the department right away.

Outside of my department, I am the executive sponsor for Allstate Veteran’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) in our Irving, Texas office. This ERG helps veterans establish a new sense of comradery, pair people in a mentor program and learn about corporate America. Allstate really pays so much attention to our people. I try to encourage veterans to get involved in other ERGs when they join Allstate so they can continue to grow their community here.

Overall my time in the military paired with my time in a corporate setting, and especially at Allstate, has allowed me to pursue my passion of helping people find meaningful jobs. When I left the military, I was told what type of jobs should go into and didn’t realize everything I was qualified for. I hope to help other veterans realize how far they can take their career and what opportunities are available to them in the corporate world.”