Tag Archive: senior military in transition

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”

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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Nov 30

Powerful Communication sans Military Acronyms

Throughout your military career, you have likely been called upon to make presentations, deliver a key message or give a speech to the people you have led. As you step out on your own, you may find that the ability to deliver a persuasive message in an engaging way is a key part of your new civilian …

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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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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 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 23

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

John Lees

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 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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