Tag Archive: networking

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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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

jason alba

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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Sep 27

Reserve Rear Admiral to Transitioning Military Careerists: Find Your Passion

Career transitions can be life-changing experiences.  Following several interviews with retired active duty senior military leaders about career transition, I wanted to tap the insights of a senior military reservist to gain additional perspective. Jay Deloach left active duty service as a mid-grade officer, entered the private sector and also joined the Navy Reserves. After a couple of …

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Aug 03

Brigadier General Brings Academic Credentials to New Career in Higher Education

Restablishing your credentials once you are no longer wearing your military uniform takes on a whole new meaning when you are interested in pursuing a post-military career in academia. I learned this from someone with first-hand experience — former Brigadier General Tom Kolditz, who served most recently as professor and department head at the U.S. Military Academy at …

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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 06

Venturing Outside Your Comfort Zone

While aviation is likely the first thing that comes to mind when a military member hears the word “runway,”  fashion model Heidi Klum could just as well be talking about the abrupt nature of military to civilian transition when she tells aspiring fashion designers: “One day, you’re in; the next day, you’re out. Auf weidersehen!” …

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Jun 13

Getting Ready to Relaunch into a New Career?

Recently, I was invited to attend a career expo hosted by the Military Officers Association in Washington DC and had the good fortune to sit in on a morning presentation by Carol Fishman Cohen who was speaking to a career-driven group of military spouses. Carol holds an MBA from Harvard and, along with her colleague, …

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May 15

Use Social Media Smartly to Stand Out From the Crowd

Joshua Waldman

Throughout your military career, you stood alongside your fellow soldiers or shipmates, in a sea of uniforms of the same color and design. While you may have been singled out along the way to receive special awards or medals, your daily goal was not necessarily to stand out from the crowd. As you transition into the …

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May 02

A Great Transition Resource in a Tight Job Market

Transitioning out of life in the military can feel like a solo journey, especially when facing occasional rejection in this tough economic climate. There are no military orders guaranteeing your next job or where you are headed next. The good news is that there are smart people who have walked in your shoes and organizations …

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