Category Archive: Transitioning into Public Service

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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Jun 02

Applying for Senior Executive Service Jobs

Entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES) is a path often considered by transitioning military leaders interested in continued public service at the Federal level.  The application process is intensive and requires a clear understanding of the process, terminology and information expected. While you may be encouraged to create a two – three page resume for …

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Mar 20

Retired Army Colonel Brings Excellence to Nonprofit Sector

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In the current hyper-competitive job search environment, doing one’s homework takes on new meaning.  Retired Army Colonel Al Faber, currently President and CEO of The Partnership for Excellence, shares his perspectives on what it takes to stand out from the crowd and make a difference after separation from military service. VSB: Many of your former …

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Mar 14

SUCCESS IN YOUR NEW MISSION: ARE YOU READY?

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Most senior leaders separating from military service have not had to look for a job since their teenage years.  This group of senior executives may be unfamiliar with the complexities of the civilian job search and may underestimate what it takes to land and retain the right position. SUCCESS IN YOUR NEW MISSION: A Guide …

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Jan 23

Getting Hired in 2014

After a long career in military service, many transitioning senior leaders assume their credentials and talents speak for themselves and are enough to land a good job. Unfortunately, this is not always the case: Companies may presume it will be harder for transitioning senior military leaders to adapt to a new workplace environment and that …

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Jan 07

Thinking About Transition into Federal Service?

The transition from the military into the federal government may be an easier career shift for many senior leaders than a move into the private sector. At the same time, there are a number of perceived and real differences that vary from agency to agency. I asked Brian Salerno, Director, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, …

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Dec 30

Never Too Late for Career Reinvention

Recently, I had the occasion to interview Marc Miller, consultant and author of Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers. Having transitioned several times after a long career at IBM, Miller shared his perspective about switching professions later in life. VSB: What do you believe are the most common challenges faced by senior executives trying …

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Oct 24

Retired MCPO: Hard Work and Adaptability Essential

Some transitioning military leaders have greater clarity about the direction they wish to pursue after retiring from military service. Others leave the military with somewhat less certainty, at times ending up in positions and circumstances they never would have anticipated. No matter which description fits your situation best, Vince Patton, retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the …

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Oct 17

Retired Navy Admiral at Full Throttle in Civilian Life

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Transitioning senior military leaders have the extraordinary opportunity to redefine themselves in their post-military lives. Retired Navy Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr. who retired from military service in October, 2012 after serving as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, embodies that philosophy and was kind enough to share his transition insights and experience with Military Leaders …

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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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