Tag Archive: senior military in transition

Oct 10

Political Neutrality a Necessity in the Job Hunt

The 2016 presidential campaign has drawn many retired senior military leaders into the limelight who might, in a different campaign year, have been inclined to voice their opinions more privately. The somewhat sordid, tabloid-like quality to much of the news coverage can make it difficult to sit quietly on the sidelines. I have been quite …

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Aug 14

Veterans Are Good Fit for Nonprofit Sector

Some time ago, I had the pleasure of meeting U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Eden Murrie as she was getting ready to step away from her military career.  She was contemplating her options and trying to assess how best to apply her talents and experience in a new career. Today, Murrie is Director of Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships …

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Apr 21

Thinking about Retirement from the Workforce?

The decision to fully retire from the workforce should be made consciously and what that looks like may vary greatly, from person to person.  There are any number of factors that play into the decision and that can greatly impact one’s quality of life, relationships, as well as sense of purpose. My colleague, retired Navy Captain …

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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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Apr 30

Former Air Force Colonel Now University COO

Successful career transitions require thoughtful preparation, careful planning, thorough conversation and a little bit of luck.  You might take a few different paths before you land the job that suits you best and you may end up in a field different from the one you had anticipated.  The key is your ability to transfer your …

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Dec 30

Never Too Late for Career Reinvention

Recently, I had the occasion to interview Marc Miller, consultant and author of Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers. Having transitioned several times after a long career at IBM, Miller shared his perspective about switching professions later in life. VSB: What do you believe are the most common challenges faced by senior executives trying …

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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 11

Thinking About Teaching as a Post-Military Career?

Have you considered teaching as a post-military career? How do you know if you have the academic credentials needed to be competitive? I asked Dr. Kelly Wolgast to share her perspectives on this issue. Dr. Wolgast is a retired Army Colonel currently serving as Program Director and Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University in the Health …

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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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Jun 25

Send the Right Message with your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a terrific professional resource for military leaders in transition to the civilian workforce. Unfortunately, too many senior leaders set up their LinkedIn profiles without first thinking about the message they wish to convey about who they are, how they stand out from their competition and what they will be able to contribute to …

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