Category Archive: Social Media and Transition

Oct 09

Gaining Clarity About Your Next Career

One of the most challenging aspects of the military-to-civilian transition process is figuring out the “right” civilian career path for you.  How can you begin to sort out the many vague, undefined possibilities into more specific choices that can be evaluated? Here are some useful things to keep in mind: Many career assessments encourage you to look …

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Sep 13

Current and Former Military Execs Go Beyond ETAP

Senior military leaders often don’t realize how much more there is to know about a successful military-to-civilian transition until they have actually separated from military service. For many, what seemed self-evident before, now appears to be far more complex than simply having a solid resume and an updated business wardrobe. The Military Officers Association of America is holding its third …

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Aug 21

What Message Are You Sending to Employers?

Vic Beck

In a previous post, we addressed the importance of having a LinkedIn profile that demonstrates you are fully prepared for transition into the civilian workforce. This includes having a headshot in professional business attire, rather than in military uniform, so that prospective employers understand you are not dwelling on the past, but are focused and passionate about what you can …

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Jun 25

Send the Right Message with your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a terrific professional resource for military leaders in transition to the civilian workforce. Unfortunately, too many senior leaders set up their LinkedIn profiles without first thinking about the message they wish to convey about who they are, how they stand out from their competition and what they will be able to contribute to …

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May 02

Culture Changes Key Part of Transition

Michael Watkins, author of “The First 90 Days” recently launched an interesting discussion in Harvard Business Review’s LinkedIn group, asking participants to define what is meant by an organization’s culture.  Here are some of my favorites: Culture reveals how things are done, reflecting the fundamental values and ethics by which an organization operates, as well as the perceptions …

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Mar 19

Daniel Pink Reminds Job-Seekers “To Sell is Human”

daniel pink

“I don’t want to do sales” is a frequent lament of many senior military leaders in transition. Following my previous post on this topic, I had the good fortune to read To Sell is Human and to ask its author, Daniel Pink, to help reframe this issue for those laying the groundwork for their post-military …

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Feb 06

Beyond ETAP: Accelerating Your Career Transition

Have you taken an executive  career transition course and found that it left you less than fully prepared to successfully enter the civilian workforce? Would you like to get a better handle on the pros and cons of working for smaller versus larger firms, public service versus the private sector, and negotiating your benefits package? …

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Jan 18

” I Don’t Want to Do Sales”

Over the years, I have come across senior military leaders in transition unsure about which career path to pursue next; the one certainty many seem to share is an almost visceral aversion to “doing sales or business development.” Everyone can appreciate the stereotypes of the used car salesman or other “aggressive” vendors we have encountered who …

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Jan 01

Fulfilling a New Mission in Your Encore Career

After a long career in military service, it can be hard to imagine what other work you might find as fulfilling. Marci Alboher, author of “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life” and Vice President of Encore.org says we should stop imagining and start …

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Dec 06

Retired Rear Admiral’s Top Ten Transition Tips

Sorting out one’s options after a long career in military service is not always a simple task. Assessing post-military personal and professional priorities is important. It is also helpful to learn from the experiences of former colleagues who are ready to offer their insights about post-military career options and greater work-life balance. RADM John Acton, USCG (retired) …

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