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Military Transition: Common Failures… Or My Pet Peeves

I regularly review resumes at events for military in transition and at job fairs. I’m a vet and I like being able to help others in this difficult process or I would not give so much time to it. And yet, at each such event I find myself gritting my teeth and trying not […]

By |June 4th, 2017|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Military Transition: Common Failures… Or My Pet Peeves

Military Transition: Plan for Success

A very common failure in military transition to a successful civilian career is a lack of focus. This applies even if you think you might want to keep doing what you have done in the military. A failure to look at your own successes and do some self-analysis so you understand your short and […]

By |April 6th, 2016|Military in Transition, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Military Transition: Plan for Success

Military Transition Articles

These are links to articles on LinkedIn from my new series on successful transition to the private sector. They are based on many years of working with transitioning military and veterans in job search and career development efforts.

Preparation and Strategy

Figuring out what you really want to do and how well you understand your job […]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Military Transition Articles

Four Steps for Using Your Past to Create Your Future

I often speak on using your past to create your future. Many people assume that only works if what you want to do next is a linear path from the work you have done already. But that is not the only way to use your past. If you think you might want to change […]

By |March 11th, 2015|Job Search Tips and Tactics, Military in Transition|Comments Off on Four Steps for Using Your Past to Create Your Future

FIVE STEPS TO JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

Research shows that successful people think about their careers and take specific actions routinely. Here is what they do, do you?

Strengths are identified, used, and developed.
Networking is a continuing process.
Job decisions are based on research, thought, and preparation.
Career plans are regularly reviewed and revised.

Five Steps to Successfully Starting Your Search

STEP 1: WHAT IS IMPORTANT […]

By |September 5th, 2014|Job Search Tips and Tactics|Comments Off on FIVE STEPS TO JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

Marketing Yourself

Thinking of leaving the military? Already a “short-timer”? Looking for a new job? You need to know how you can move onto the right career path.

We know, based on research, that most successful people share three common practices. You can too!

The three are:

Build on your strengths.
Have goals, and act on them.
Network consistently.

1. Build on […]

By |May 1st, 2012|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Marketing Yourself

Big Changes: Government or Military Transitioning to Civilian Work

If you have spent a long career in the military or government, the change to the civilian world is often even larger than you expect. Week after week I see people who were accomplished pilots, program managers, XO’s, SMEs, — and who are truly floundering.

Many have unrealistic expectations. For example, senior federal retirees often […]

By |February 17th, 2012|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Big Changes: Government or Military Transitioning to Civilian Work

Selling Yourself

You read about “Brand You,” “You as a Product” and the use of social media to “Build Your Brand” … but do you really think that way?

One of the harder aspects of a great job search is learning to think about yourself in terms of what an employer wants. That is what it really […]

By |January 1st, 2012|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Selling Yourself

Do the work for right job

Decades of HR work and I still am regularly amazed at those people who:

Think that their security clearance or some bundle of skills or being a vet or an academy graduate alone will get them a job.
Believe that just putting out their resume via job boards will result in a good job.
Have never thought […]

By |November 1st, 2011|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Do the work for right job

Starting Your Own Business

Have you ever thought of starting and running a business? Vets do so at much higher rates than civilians. And veterans start businesses that become successful at a very high rate, too.
Do you know vets are twice as likely to be successful entrepreneurs as civilians?
Whether your interest is in being a successful solopreneur or […]

By |September 1st, 2011|Military in Transition|Comments Off on Starting Your Own Business