Tag Archive: private sector

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 …

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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 …

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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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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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Apr 22

Becoming Your Own Boss After Military Retirement

Having reached the pinnacle of a military career, becoming one’s own boss can be a tempting second career choice. Some consider becoming franchise owners, a path that provides some independence along with a proven template and business structure. Others interested in full independence may give some thought to starting their own small business. COL (Ret) Dave McNeil followed the …

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Apr 08

State Government Great Fit For Retired USCG Officer

Many senior officers tend to focus their post-military career search on the federal government when thinking about working in the public sector. Tom Cullen welcomed the opportunity to bring his extensive Coast Guard experience in environmental protection and response, emergency management, port security and maintenance/logistics to California state government. As one of two Chief Deputy Directors in the …

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Mar 19

Daniel Pink Reminds Job-Seekers “To Sell is Human”

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“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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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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Jan 01

Fulfilling a New Mission in Your Encore Career

After a long career in military service, it can be hard to imagine what other work you might find as fulfilling. Marci Alboher, author of “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life” and Vice President of Encore.org says we should stop imagining and start …

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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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