Tag Archive: military leaders in transition

Jun 14

Continuing to Serve in Your Post-Military Career

Over the past two years, I have interviewed several former military leaders who decided to pursue the nonprofit sector as a second career or as  a volunteer experience. It is clear that many find the continued commitment to mission and a desire to help others to be a natural fit following a long military career.  …

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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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Aug 13

Why Should a Civilian Employer Hire YOU?

Senior military leaders have spent the better part of their professional lives putting the needs of the service above their personal needs. As a result, there is a tendency for many to approach their current civilian job search with more of a “What’s in it for ME?” perspective. I recently connected with nationally-recognized job coach and recruiter, Arnie Fertig …

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Mar 26

Applying Team Leadership Skills to a Different Kind of Public Service

Coming out of a long and successful career in the military, some might contemplate a quick escape to the golf course; others, such as Captain Mary Kolar, USN (ret) took advantage of post-military life to take “public service” to a new level. Currently serving as Director of Public Operations for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA,) Mary is also …

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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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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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Nov 30

Powerful Communication sans Military Acronyms

Throughout your military career, you have likely been called upon to make presentations, deliver a key message or give a speech to the people you have led. As you step out on your own, you may find that the ability to deliver a persuasive message in an engaging way is a key part of your new civilian …

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Oct 16

War Reporter To Transitioning Military: Tell Your Story

Being able to tell your story – who you are and what you can do – is a central part of a successful military to civilian transition. I sought out the perspective of war reporter Alex Quade, who has distinguished herself as a journalist willing to take great personal risks to bring the reality of war into …

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Oct 03

Navy Chaplain: Navigating Military to Civilian Transition

Separating from military service brings about both professional and personal change. It can be a time of mixed emotions, ranging from the joy to be able to pursue something new to anxiety about how to assess what’s next. Military chaplains are often on the front line of helping people learn to accept change, and process loss and …

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Aug 30

Military Spouses in Transition: What’s Next for YOU?

Those of us who grew up unfamiliar with military life had no idea what becoming a military spouse would entail. Unlike friends who grew up as “military brats” moving from one school to the next,  I knew little about relocating from place to place, packing up my family, household goods and professional skills to start all …

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