Category Archive: Transitioning into Public Service

Jan 24

LEADERSHIP IN TRANSITION

Change in leadership can feel quite abrupt and jarring, for both incoming and outgoing leaders. Working up until the last moment, outgoing leaders are often fueled by a sense of responsibility to give 150% until they walk out the door, a natural inclination to hang on to what may have been the best job of …

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Oct 10

Political Neutrality a Necessity in the Job Hunt

The 2016 presidential campaign has drawn many retired senior military leaders into the limelight who might, in a different campaign year, have been inclined to voice their opinions more privately. The somewhat sordid, tabloid-like quality to much of the news coverage can make it difficult to sit quietly on the sidelines. I have been quite …

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Aug 14

Veterans Are Good Fit for Nonprofit Sector

Some time ago, I had the pleasure of meeting U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Eden Murrie as she was getting ready to step away from her military career.  She was contemplating her options and trying to assess how best to apply her talents and experience in a new career. Today, Murrie is Director of Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships …

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May 18

Remain Open to the Possibilities

L Retired senior military leaders in transition often find it helpful to consider key drivers that may affect second career choices. Is it that sense of purpose, a greater work-life balance, a time to recommit to family or a geographic commitment that may shape what happens next? These were just some of the factors that played into …

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Feb 18

Career Transition Insights to Jumpstart Your Search

I had the honor of meeting retired Navy Captain Jim Carman nearly three years ago, soon after he joined the team at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), following his stint as a career and talent management consultant with Right Management. Today, Jim is the Director of MOAA’s Transition Center, which provides career transition …

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Jan 09

COAST GUARD RETIREES BECOME FEMA RESERVISTS

Skip Bowen

Hanging up the uniform need not mean walking away from the opportunity to continue to serve others.  There are a number of efforts that have emerged in recent years as a way to enable veterans to continue to serve their communities and their country. Recently, I learned about the U.S. Coast Guard Retiree to FEMA …

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Nov 11

Honoring Veterans 365 Days a Year

Though it has become commonplace for civilians to thank military members in uniform for their service, a deeper acknowledgement and appreciation of veterans’ sacrifices and experiences occur with far less frequency. At a certain level, it is difficult for those who have not served in one of the five Armed Forces to truly understand the …

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Sep 23

Tough Love from a Retired Navy Vet

Sultan

Recently, I came across some “tough love” advice from career transition and LinkedIn expert, Sultan Camp, who writes a monthly blog and shares his perspective as a recruiter on Twitter and through other social media. I asked Sultan to share some of his thoughts with our readers: VSB: Many senior military leaders struggle with how …

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Aug 05

Differentiate Yourself from the Competition

We all know it is essential to stand out from the crowd in the competition for a great job. What are the specific steps you need to take to really make that happen? I turned to Meg Guiseppi, an experienced c-suite, executive career guru whose advice has been featured and quoted in Forbes, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal’s FINS, Inc.com, Fortune, …

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Jun 20

” Leverage Your Military Leadership “

As a senior military executive, you have demonstrated your leadership skills as you have built teams, provided vision, and given the leaders of tomorrow the opportunity to learn and grow. Moving forward into your next career, how will you “leverage” your military leadership and highlight the specific skills you will bring to a private, public or nonprofit employer?  …

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