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Episode 6

Finding the Right Fit with Mike Slagh

When Mike Slagh separated from the service, he had to find a job in areas he didn’t have experience. This was a common problem among veterans moving out of the military and into civilian life. So Mike started Shift, a hiring pipeline for vets that offers career advice, fellowship opportunities and more.

Growing up, Mike always knew he had entrepreneurialism in his blood. In the Navy, Mike was a bomb technician, but he had no idea how those skills could transition into something in Silicon Valley. When Mike left the military, he wanted to find a job in tech, but he couldn’t get his foot in the door. He soon found out he wasn’t the only one with this problem. 

Mike noticed he had a hard time landing jobs at tech companies because he was not telling a compelling enough story. There’s no doubt that he, like just about every other veteran, had the skills and potential to thrive in high-growth environments. Unfortunately, no one was helping them demonstrate those abilities. Mike saw an opportunity to change that with his company, Shift.

Shift is a talent development company powering successful career shifts for military veterans. Shift uses technology to match great people to great organizations through immersive fellowship programs that lead to jobs veterans love. 

“The common thread was when people got jobs because I had the slightest influence in the process, that was very addictive,” Mike says, “When you’re a career coach working at Shift, you’re helping hundreds of people on a monthly basis who are going to remember your name five years from now. What’s that gonna be like? I think it’s going to be pretty awesome.”

On this episode of Find Your Mission, learn how Mike went from an unemployed veteran running out of money to a successful entrepreneur who understands the power of being able to sell yourself. 

Learn more about Mike and Shift here.

Find Your Mission is presented by WeWork in partnership with Dell. 

Thank you again to WeWork! Veterans in Residence, a partnership of WeWork and Bunker Labs, is a six-month startup incubator and leadership program that provides veteran and military family members the community, business support, and workspace to help launch and grow their businesses. 

To learn more about WeWork and the Veterans in Residence program, visit we.co/veterans

Also, thank you to our friends at Dell. Dell offers small business advisors to help any small business owner manage and understand all the ins and outs of technology in their small business. To speak with an Advisor today, Call 877-BUY-DELL or click here. 

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Thank you to our friends at WeWork! Veterans in Residence, a WeWork and Bunker Labs partnership, is a highly-selective six-month startup incubator and leadership program.

It provides veteran and military family member entrepreneurs the community, business support, and workspace to help launch and grow their businesses.

Find your tribe. Create your life’s work.

Learn more at we.co/veterans

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