Tag Archive: military to civilian transition

Dec 05

Finding Peace of Mind during the Holidays

The holiday season may be a time for social gatherings, parties and glittering decorations, but in spite of being surrounded by family and neighbors, this time of year can leave transitioning military members feeling isolated and out of sorts. The music, the chatter and some of the more superficial commercial aspects of the holidays can …

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Jul 08

Career Transition is Not One Size Fits All

Mike Bruni

I was delighted to meet Mike Bruni who joined us as a luncheon speaker at a recent Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Military Executives in Transition Workshop.  Mike has more than 17 years of experience in human Resources, recruiting & staffing.  He joined SAIC (now Leidos) in 2005  and was instrumental in standing up a centralized SAIC/Leidos Military Recruiting …

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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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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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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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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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Mar 01

NYSE Provides NCOs Paid, Hands-On Training

Opportunities to get hands-on training in a new field — and get paid for doing so — are few and far between. Smart organizations recognize this is a win-win strategy especially when it comes to hiring veterans. A company or organization gets a chance to conduct a very long interview ( lasting from a couple of …

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Jan 08

Retired Command Sergeant Major Picks Civilian Career to Support Military Families

After a long career in military service, some senior leaders choose a second career that allows them to continue to support the men and women on active duty.  Terrance McWilliams retired after a 30-year career as Command Sergeant Major and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commanding General at Fort Carson, Colorado. He and his spouse …

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Dec 13

The Value of a Great Mentor

Great mentors are worth their weight in gold. They can be the best cheerleaders yet, at the same time, are not afraid to remind you when you are headed in the wrong direction. Mentors serve as sounding boards and often draw from their own experience to help you avoid common pitfalls as you explore post-military career options. …

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