How does this veteran work on a startup from Afghanistan?
Matt Helbig is a graduate of The American University in Washington DC and a former Army Infantry Officer. He’s currently working on Valid8: A Social Network for Startups. Prior to Valid8, Matt worked in sales, marketing and business development for both Startups and at least one
Fortune 500 Company. He has also been a fundraising campaign manager at Project Welcome Home Troops; a non-profit dedicated to preventing veteran suicide.
Insights From The Interview
- Location preference may limit your ability to work with a recruiter, so be clear on your intentions.
- Matt gives his thoughts on the major recruiting companies available to veterans.
- Use references to find out the "style" of recruiting companies.
- How to work with being a generalist or when your only hard skill is leadership.
- Don’t forget to highlight collateral duties, especially for federal jobs.
- People love numbers.
- Connect collateral billets to to the job position to show relevant experience.
- Understand the perspective of the person who is interviewing you — they aren’t trying to hire you, they’re trying to do there job well for their bosses.
- The more difficult the job, the more interviews you can expect.
- Use the STAR format for answering interview questions.
- Keep a toolbox of stories that can be used across several interviews or questions.
- Testing your message in sales — have a plan and stick to it.
- Getting a defense contracting job using job boards.
- Learn quickly to move on.
- Don’t forget to ask for help.
- How Matt uses LinkedIn to hack the job interview process.
- Write a personal note when networking on LinkedIn.
- Negotiate your salary.
- For those interested in startups, check out Startup Weekend run by The Kaufman Foundation.
- Get 1 year of linkedin premium for free as a veteran.
- Utilize the STAR format to asnwer interview questions.
- Checkout Glassdoor.com to get gouge on employers.
- Use a military to civilian pay calculator to figure out what you need to make to maintain your standard of living.
- The Confidence Gap, an article from The Atlantic. The psychology can be similarly applied to veterans, in my opinion.
- Matt has graciously offered to connect with veterans via LinkedIn and e-mail Twitter @MHelbig1. Check out his startup, Valid8.