As of July 5th, 2013, the unemployment rate for veterans returning from deployment is 7.6%. Trans International believes our veterans deserve a warmer welcome than that. Trans International supports Clear Channel’s “Show Your Stripes”, an initiative that encourages hiring veterans by connecting unemployed veterans to businesses that are looking for capable, strong job candidates.
The “Show Your Stripes” homepage features many success stories, job postings, and the resumes of veterans who are on the job hunt.
Trans International has a success story of our own:
Andrew Jensen was recently promoted to Project Manager in Client Services at Trans International, LLC in Menomonee Falls, WI. Andrew will be heading a major new initiative, leading a Trans International team providing FAIR – Freight Audit & Information Reporting services to one of our largest clients.
Andrew joined the Marine Corps in July of 2000, because, as he puts it, “someone said I couldn’t do it”. Within the first 5 minutes of speaking with Andrew, his Marine Corps pride is evident. In his words, the Marine Corps are the first ones in and the last ones out, laying the groundwork and then staying behind to make sure all efforts are sustained.
Andrew started as a Field Radio Operator in Twenty Nine Palms, California. He was then stationed in Okinawa, Japan as a part of 7th Communications Battalion. From Okinawa Andrew went to Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, VA. After graduating, he was assigned to the American Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen and went on to assignments at American Embassies in Istanbul, Turkey and Tbilisi, Georgia. Andrew also served on security details for Former Secretary of State Colin Powell in Damascus, Syria in May 2003 and for former President Bush and Secretary Powell in Ankara, Turkey in July 2004. Andrew had the honor of organizing the Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Tbilisi in November 2004.
Andrew saw and did more in his 5 years of active duty service than many of us will encounter in a lifetime. Andrew uses the initiative and discipline he learned in the military to drive his work ethic and succeed in the world of business. We at Trans International could not be more proud to work alongside such a motivated, conscientious veteran.
The main difficulty for veterans in finding jobs, in Andrew’s eyes, is trying to relate their military experience to experience that is relevant to American business. Andrew feels fortunate that he is able to effectively translate the depth of his experience. For those who need help, the VA offers resume workshops that provide invaluable job search assistance.
After serving, Andrew made use of his GI Bill benefits and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM), majoring in International Development, with a concentration in Middle Eastern and African Studies. Andrew’s goal was to work as a Refugee Coordinator for USAID, putting language skills and cultural awareness to use for refugees from the Middle East, South Asia, and East Africa.
As a Project Manager here at Trans International, Andrew puts his extensive language skills to work; Trans International has clients from all over the globe. Andrew is able to make them feel comfortable and speak with them on their terms. Andrew is a huge asset to the Trans International team.
While the Armed Services and the average American business may seem to operate in completely different spectrums, Andrew has found a great balance. He has taken the communications and project management skills that he learned from his military service and used them to great effect here at Trans International. While we have no intention of giving up one of our most valuable employees, we wish to all that they could see in action just how great it is to “hire smart, hire vets”.
Trans International is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise that specializes in FAIR Freight Audit and Information Reporting services. Our core services include Domestic and International Freight Bill Audit, safe and secure Carrier Payment Options, Digital Freight Bill Imaging and Storage, Logistics Consulting, Business Intelligence Reporting, Data Collection and Mining, and Loss and Damage Claims Handling. Be sure to check out our website for more information.
Trans International could not be happier to have such a dedicated and talented individual and hope to get the chance to celebrate Andrew and what he has done for this country even more so in the future. We wholeheartedly support the efforts of “Show Your Stripes” and employing our nation’s veterans.