Tag Archive: military to civilian transition

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 20

Accenture: Vets’ Success Fosters Corporate Success

At a recent Military Officers’ Association of America career-networking event, I ran into Chris Babcock, a veteran currently serving as Principal at Accenture in the metropolitan DC area. Babcock has done a great job integrating successfully into the private sector, combining his military experience with newly-acquired skill sets. I asked him to describe his company’s outreach to recruit …

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Oct 25

Online Tools to Build Your Brand & Grow Your Network

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Back in the Stone Age, I remember coming back to my office from various networking events, manually transferring business contact information into my rolodex. Today, there are some incredible resources to help you organize your job search and grow your professional network if you know how to find them and use them to their full …

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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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Sep 09

Study Highlights Importance of “Gainful and Meaningful Employment” for Veterans

This summer, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University released the publication “Guide to Leading Policies, Practices & Resources: Supporting the Employment of Veterans and Military Families.” The study highlights key challenges related to veteran’s military-to-civilian transition and their successful employment in the civilian workforce. More than 30 private sector employers and …

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Aug 23

Bringing Your “A-Game” to the Job Search Process


In a tough job market, career coach and author John Lees (www.johnleescareers.com)  says that we are often are own worst enemy. We stunt our own progress by spending too much time on the pursuit of useless shortcuts, the continued use of ineffective job search strategies and remaining angry at prospective employers for not understanding us better. I asked Lees to share his advice about overcoming these …

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Aug 08

Marine on a Mission: Franchising as Post-Military Career

As you assess the many options of a second career following military service, Mary Kennedy Thompson, a former Marine Corps officer, wants to be sure that you consider joining the thousands of American veterans who have become successful owners and operators of their own franchise businesses. In addition to serving as President and CEO of Mr. Rooter, Mary serves …

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Jul 27

Retired Naval Officer Sees Nonprofit Sector as Great Fit

As senior leaders approach transition out of military service, they often consider options simply as a choice between a government job or a position within the private sector. T.D. Smyers retired from the Navy and, after a brief period of time as an independent consultant, decided to take a different path and accept a position as CEO …

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Jul 17

Matching Military Experience with Federal Contracting Jobs

  The best entrepreneurs are smart people who come along with viable strategies to meet real market needs. Ginger Groeber, founder of Exfederal.com, saw a lack of efficient and affordable tools to align public sector experience with private sector contracting opportunities. After years of experience as a civilian in the Department of Defense as well in the private …

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