Category Archive: Transitioning Into The Private Sector

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

Jul 04

Military Leadership: What Comes Next

As veterans prepare to transition from military service into new civilian careers, many find it helpful to supplement any service-sponsored transition workshops they have taken with those offered by key veteran service organizations or by other entities that approach the career transition process from a somewhat different vantage point. I recently had the opportunity to …

Continue reading »

May 30

Post-Military Career Risks: Are You Ready?

Choosing the right path for your post-military career is a balancing act between many factors, including, but not limited to, your: interests, talents, financial needs, aversion to risk, family considerations, and the level of effort you are willing to put forward. All of these factors came into play for Lisa Wolford, a Marine Corps veteran, when …

Continue reading »

May 07

Veterans and Executives Tackle Challenge Together

As military leaders transition into the civilian workforce, it is not uncommon to hear both an employer and the hired veteran express frustrations that may stem from a disconnect in culture and understanding. Rarely is this due to the veteran’s lack of hard skills; instead, it more likely reflects the different paths and experiences that brought the veteran …

Continue reading »

Mar 22

Find Common Ground to Smooth Workplace Transition

Dr. Fred Mael is an industrial organizational psychologist who has talked about the shock that veterans may experience, coming from a team-oriented culture, when they encounter new civilian colleagues who seem more self-focused rather than focused on the enterprise as a whole. I asked Dr. Mael to share his perspective on this and other related issues with …

Continue reading »

Sep 24

Opening the Door to the Private Sector

There are many ways to begin making connections and building your network inside the private sector.  The best case scenario typically involves reaching out to someone you know – perhaps a former military colleague or a neighbor – working at a company of particular interest to you. Social media offers another avenue to do research …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

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 …

Continue reading »

Older posts «