View from the Skies: Military Transition
By Ryan Sweeney
View from the Skies: Military TransitionJan 21, 2020
Tom Coyle discusses side gigs without being an "Entrepreneur"
Tom thought he would be career military, but his side hobbies in music allowed him to start moonlighting in the industry. He realized he enjoyed some of those freedoms and control he had lost in the military. Music was an escape for him and he and his band was found on what he called "dumb luck" of being seen when all he was doing was having fun!
Unfortunately his contract fell through, but he realized he wanted a change from the military and began his transition with the State Department. With his military and foreign experience, and love of leadership, he decided to launch a side business called "Adventures in Leadership" that focused on youth leadership fundamentals much like the army had trained him (think leaders reaction courses). This culminated with a trip to the Gettysburg battlefield to talk leadership, not tactics.
With his constant trips, studies and interests of leadership at Gettysburg, he decided to write a book. Which again, started out as a hobby (an E-Book), turned into a paperback edition. "Leadership Lesson from the Battle of Gettysburg." He he focused a lot on the technological changes that the leaders failed to adapt to...which you guessed it, increased his interest in technology. And as he read up on technology, "dumb luck" would have it again, that he has landed another side hustle in hologram development.
Some of this was deliberate and some was "dumb luck," but the point is he research and connected with his interests and those who had like interests. And when asks, does this take away from his family? He states, "No, he does it on his free time and needs them to stay sane!"
Other references not mentioned; Fiverr.com, upwork.com, and udemy.com
Product Manager with Sean Halpin
Transitioned via MBA program at the University of Virginia
His experience as a Military Intelligence officer in special operations gave him the knowledge that he wanted to work with a team of all-stars which made him focus on the Tech industry
1- Know what you are going to be doing
2- Know the personalities involved
3- Be selfish a little bit
4- Need to find yourself and know what you are looking for and why
5- What values you hold and who do you want to work for
Product management (What do you do? Who do you work with? What is it?)
1- Manage products, part of the life cycle. Prototype to Launch (Through the Marketing life)
2- Work with Customers, engineers, account managers, etc
3- Need to know Business Analytics
4- Need to balance value vs quality (a good product that stays on budget)
5- You need to be somewhat technical, but also need to realize you won't be the technical guru....Humble yourself and ask for help
6- Need some knowledge of Finance, Sales, Engineering, Customers and procurement
Skills that Translate from the Military
2- Planning (PACE) goes a long way as products evolve
3- Leadership (more cross-functional than direct)- Keep all the stakeholders on the same page!
1- "Six Thinking Hats" by Edward de Bono
Finding yourself and your post military passion with Jane Technologies founder Socrates Rosenfeld
Grant Bennett talks People Fund and Small Business funding
1- Joined the army after not initially succeeding in college, but remained in contact with his high school and college friends)
2- Went back to School and interned at People Fund and basically "refused to leave." Proved his worth and created a role for himself
1- Non-Profit Small Business Lender- Providing capital for those looked over
2- Veteran Entrepreneur Program- works with other lenders to fund, educate and mentor veteran entrepreneurs
3- Invest in business that invest in the community- seek to keep business going, keep people employed, and keep local economy healthy (See Lucky Lab Coffee example)
4- Work as a bridge for the "IDLE" loan and the small business administration loan
5- Focus on existing businesses, not start ups as much
6- Has an education program that coaches on: Networking; Training; Business Plan; Applying for a loan; Accessing capital; and Business management skills
1- Lucky Lab Coffee
2- Vet to CEO
3- Bunker Labs
Transition Specialist Eric Horton on what is impacting the transition today
1- What worked:
- Having a process
- backward planning from target
- financial planning
- deliberate networking
- starting early
2- What didn't
- Leading civilians with a military mindset
- Understanding military vs civilian "leadership"
- Getting off high horse
- Understanding civilian culture
- No formality (onboarding process)
B- Importance of self discovery
C- Fellowships, Covid-19 and resources
"At Ease" by Rob Campbell
Sam Lark (Military Spouse, Veterati Mentor) Personal Branding professional
Tim Cochrane (SVP of ACP) talks American Corporate Partners and the Military Transition
- Getting an opportunity
- Taking a step back
- Networking (how he landed a job that lead to a career)
- Knowing yourself and trying things out "You don't know what you don't know"
- Waiting for things to open up and taking chances
- Be Proactive
Informational Interview with Andrew Hutchinson (Veteran) at AirBnB
2- Transition Tips:
a- Networking and finding mentors
b- Humbling yourself
c- Learning the industry language (translating your experience)
d- Being deliberate about your transition (treating like a full time job)
3- Informational Interview- Answers the following questions:
a- How did you decide that you wanted to work for Airbnb?
b- What is more important to you that you end up at a specific company or were you interested in a specific role?
c- Does military experience translate well to a tech company? What's the best way to translate my military experience on my resume and LinkedIn?
d- What does the interview process at a tech company entail?
e- What are some next best steps I should take as I get closer to transitioning?
4- Don't Quit and No one owes you
My youtube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCvp4Kv3-70rjKCvgY9h2yaw?view_as=subscriber
"2 Hour Job Search" by Steve Dalton
Transition Tactics and Advice from Trent Brunson
Career Coaching and the transition of Dennis Volpe
Customer Success Manager with Dan Sheets
- There is no silver bullet
- Need have desire and the willingness to research and learn more. From there, you can build your business acumen and connect with the skills you gained in the military
- Do intelligence prep of the battlefield if you will: Assess what organizations are looking for by applying research and strategic thought
- Figure out what value you bring to the employer
- Networking is vital, have a networking strategy, whether that is by industry, location, etc. Have a plan and clearly articulate your message (your personal brand)
- Translate your skills, it is on you!
Customer Success Manager Role:
- Not support, not service: about educating and growing the customers to keep them.
- 3 Major skills:
1- Data Analysis (or information analysis)- So you can put together a story
2- Consulting/advisor: Guide them on potential strategies and how to best use the service
3- Selling: Keep them coming back, so there is sales aspect to the role, but is more natural and embedded and doesn't define the role by metrics (not an account manager)
- Not the "bartender" but more of the "personal trainer"
- Manager of Self and client, not a team. Heavy cross-functional leadership through collaboration with peers and partners
How to bridge shortcomings:
- Research on industry, speak the language (through books, podcasts, networking, formal education, etc)
Books: "Zero to One" and "The Startup Game"
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Skills with USAF Veteran Tyler Reiser
- Government contracting taught him next level thinking (national over tactical)- was not his forever interest
- Took time off travel and learn from other cultures to learn himself
- Gained Certified Financial Planner accreditation (not industry for him being sales pressure, but still uses the skill personally)
- Moved into Management Consultant and became an author
- Highlights ability to persevere and that today we are always transitioning (don't be afraid to fail)
2- EOD Skills that translate to the corporate world:
- Problem Solving: Dealing with the unknown and making it a known
- Learning: ability to learn different ways and notably on the job
- Prioritization and Analytical: Being calm under pressure
- Adaptable: leveraging network and resources to accomplish the mission
- Strategic: Ability to connect the tactical to the big picture
3- Tyler is a management consultant and author of "The Veteran Advantage" a book of interviews about the veteran transition into entrepreneurship
CASY-MSCCN (Vetjobs) and Non-Profits with Sanford Artman
- Started 6 months out; recommends 2 years!
- Figured his qualification/background would speak for itself
- Didn't network and overestimated his networks outreach
- Resume wasn't focused because he wasn't sure what he wanted to do
- Didn't find himself (Find your why, your purpose. your passion)
Companies: Understand the veteran more
Veterans: Network, civilianize your resume (translate skills and terms to industry)
- CASY/Vetjobs: FREE job placement as well as training on specific skills (hold onto your GI Bill)
- How do pick one over the other: How you feel about them as an organization, as individuals, and what they provide. Do your research.
- Use the FREE ones
Mentorship and branding for your transition with Bryan Shue (Full Moon Digital and Vets2Industry)
Bryan shares his background and military transition from Communications specialist to the reserves to complete separation.
1) Discusses finding yourself
2) Passion to give back to veterans and community (Vets2Industry and Full Moon Digital)
3) Using the opportunity to hit reset, that's a good thing
- Give yourself time
- Grow your professional network: Types of people- The coach, the mentor, and the sponsor
- Get to that sponsor and work for them: Need to "deposit" something for them
4) Marketing/Branding yourself
- Break it down for the larger audience
- Translate your skills
- Figure out how and where to tell your story (leverage your resources) both written and verbally
- Be active on LinkedIn
- Conduct Informational Interviews
LeaderQuest with Antony Clark and David Koker
As always we kick off the show with introductions. Antony humbles us with his transition experience and proves the value of planning and networking when it comes to career transitions.
LeaderQuest (https://www.leaderquestonline.com/) is an organization that trains people for certifications in the IT industry. The develop you through baseline fundamentals in IT and path you towards your deeper IT interest. It goes beyond education, you get 1 on 1 career counseling and planning with advisers, education, and connections to the large business network LQ has, which equates to employment!
Also covered in this episode are the importance of building your foundation, paying your dues, paying it forward, community engagement/involvement, support for military spouses, understanding your fit and growth potential in the business world and much more.
Noah Strassberg's unique military service and his career transition
What companies can do to hire veterans with Cathy Miclat from Vets2PM
Cathy is the Director of Career services for Vets2PM, but also has 25 years of HR and Recruiter experience, which allows her to provide a unique perspective in bridging the military-civilian culture gap for both sides.
What can companies do better to hire veterans?
- Desire and want to hire veterans and acknowledgement they do not know how to go about it
- Know the differences and transition from being veteran friendly to being veteran ready (Commitment from the top, driven from the bottom)
- have a plan and learn how to interview, attract, on-board and drive long term success for them): Empower employees in program development; have a program champion and document it; develop a plan; have a candidate recognition process (resume review system) know that they may not be the best resume, but need to be flagged as veteran and looked at through a different lens; develop an on-boarding process, have a mentorship process and help them track growth and get out of underemployment
Why should companies hire veterans?
- Some is out of respect for the service/sacrifice they provided- also realizing they can provide the same for you
- They offer many things: Soft skills; they are cross functional by nature (have served in many of the same areas your business has; can do logistics, manage budgets, lead people operationally, etc); provides diversity (physical and thought); are used to additional roles/duties; get things done; provide leadership; know time management; are team players; are used to training and learning; perform well under pressure/deadlines; and think on the fly to name a few
What can service members do to make it easier on the company?
- Start transition early (years out)- build your network and find mentors
- Figure out who you really are and what you want to do so you can help narrow it down
- Educate yourself on your priorities and the why in addition to learning the job description/resume process
- Leverage and optimize linkedin (https://anchor.fm/viewfromtheskies/episodes/LinkedIn-Optimization-for-Military-with-Matt-Scherer-eb9ijp)
DoD Skillbridge Program with Steve Hauck
1. From: dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/
a. Have 180 days of service or fewer remaining prior to your date of separation and you have at least 180 continuous days of active service
b. Obtain approval from your unit commander (O-5 and above)
c. Agree that participation in Skillbridge can be terminated at any time by the Service if mission requirements dictate.
2- How do you get approval from the Military
1. Unit commander
2. inform early and often, educate
3. I briefed my plan and they supported it. So detailed that they change 1st Groups SOP to only include mandatory army retirement events
3- How do you get approval from a company (those on the approved list and those interested in becoming)- About advocating for you and them by teaching and instructing them, step 1 of showing your value/worth
1. Approved list
2. Your own company
3. Market yourself
4- How do you best leverage this internship, what tips do you have Close with
1. It’s an internship, not a job
2. Play to all your strengths (SOF network, Tuck, Commercial growth)
3. Understanding that I’ll be developing alternative employment opportunities to Cadilus for the reminder of the internship.
4. Write out and agree to terms. Know you can walk away, and so they can they.
5. Open mic - any comments to transitions.
1. Leverage LinkedIn. Connect, engage, add value, be selfless, and meet your connections on the phone, via Zoom, or in person.
2. Be your own Rosetta Stone. Learn to speak your new industry's lingo and translate your skills into civilian terms. Make it easy for your next employer.
3. Don’t Self Select. Make being outside your comfort zone, your comfort zone. Seek out intimidating opportunities because you'll grow into them.
4. Read often and read with others. This provides for professional development, accountability, and camaraderie.
5. Find a mission and Give back. When you help others, you help yourself.
Cadilus Inc. (my internship company)
Book: Executive Fundamentals by Dan Shin and Nick Fischer
#1000CupsOfCoffee, Episode 0005.1: My Military Separation Timeline
#1000CupsOfCoffee, Episode 0006: #DoDSkillBridge (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)
#1000CupsOfCoffee, Episode 15: My Top 5 Military Transition Tips
#1000CupsOfCoffee, Episode 16: My Top 5 DoD SkillBridge Tips!
Vets2Industry- The Founder Members Part 2
What else does V2I do:
- More than getting people hired, it is a full support of veterans. Providing resources and direction, handing off to the right people and following up.
- Helping people find themselves and industry fit
- Helping them market themselves and manager personal brand
- Put meaning in life after the military, that may or may not be job related
- Help them build relationship and share stories
- Began launch of Virtual Networking Circuit to help people learn and grow
- Get your V2I gear! Online store coming
- Updated version adding 162 more resources (special thanks to the volunteers who have made this happen)
Vets2Industry- The Founding Members Part 1
- are Connector
- a library of resources and information
- a network
- a volunteer force or problem solvers with a passion for veterans
- provide knowledge and hope
- provides mentorship and coaching
- How they interact with companies, veterans, each other, and have a passion for true support and placement of veterans to live a fulfilling life
- A detailed, easy to navigate resource that shows you the finest detail, with simplicity, organizations that support veterans across the US and how they do so.
Franchise opportunities you probably never thought of with Entrepreneur's Source Susan Scotts and Jason Madden (Veteran)
Franchises are not just McDonald's and other fast foods. Did you know you can work from home? How about launch some with little cost? How about tailor some as part-time gig? Want to learn about all the investment options to fund a venture? Jason and Susan are here to help find your interests, explore your itch, and develop a plan to launch a new career. The best part about it is that it is free, so start exploring now.
The risks you take are controlled by how you would like to tailor your business. You truly have control and the risks are not placed in the hands of an employer. Jason and Susan will help you conduct a SWOT analysis and backward plan from your goals while also leveraging your interests and skills.
JOB OPENINGS: IT/Cyber and other openings from STT International
Tips: Open yourself to overnight shift work (it isn't usually ideal, but it generally pays better and really gives more freedom to shine without all of the other craziness working the same shift as the staff...think about it as being deployed away from the flag pole. Stand out from the crowd, get creative with your LinkedIn (your brand), fix up your resume, practice your interview skills and be prepared for virtual interviews. Reference my previous episode with Matt Scherer (https://anchor.fm/viewfromtheskies/episodes/LinkedIn-Optimization-for-Military-with-Matt-Scherer-eb9ijp)
STT International Team: sttjobs.com/
Facilities Management (Data Centers) with USAF Veteran (Linguist) George Turner
- having a plan (the day will come and his came earlier than expected)
- the power of networking
- willingness to tackle problems not in your lane (similar to taking on additional duties)
- Leveraging your soft skills
- Importance of talking/story telling/bragging, listening, and asking questions
2- Skills required for FM roles:
- Communication (both verbal and in his case, computer networks)
- Connecting the tactical to strategy (what is necessary and at what cost to keep operations running)
- Learning (the macro first- clean and redundant power, cooling, "products" flow; then the micro- humility to learn from the SMEs)
- Team Building
- Personnel Management
3- Other advice
- Things are done the way you know in the civilian world (their is no "the way" and many ways can work, be adaptable and willing to learn)
- Be willing to ask questions
- Read "Extreme Ownership" and "Start with Why"
Sourcing (Procurement / Buyer) skills from Luminex employee and veteran Jonathan Wilson
1- There is a stereotypical path, a skill path, and path that you may want (You define your path)
2- Side Hustles can buy you time to decided and learn career choices
3- Importance of having a plan, taking your time, and having an end state
4- Importance of Networking (Build your Linked, have coffee, play golf, listen, and don't be bashful- You own it!)
B) Who is Luminex? What do they do? What do they value?
C) Military Skills that translated
1- Project / Program Management
2- Conceptual Problem Solving
3- Team Work
4- Resource Management
5- Organizational Skills (Structured, Time Management)
6- Data Analysis
D) What skills Needed to be learned and how
1- Learning how the industry works
2- Learning Industry Standards
3- Learning Excel
4- Learning Supply Chain Management
5- Learning Inventory Management
***Learn from mentors, co-workers, OJT, and realize you will not get fired if you make a mistake
E) Other discussion points
1- Be Continuous Learner
2- Jobs can set you back, so have a plan and do not just say yes for income purposes
3- Importance of Assessing your potential employer
4- How to generate interview questions and the importance of company research
5- Comparison of Large and Small Companies
F) Parting Wisdom
***Be prepared to adjustments, stress, adversity, change, making mistakes and wrong decisions...it is part of the processes. Stay positive!
Micah Brown (Crew Chief to Comedy Club Manager) on finding your interest
Micah was a crew chief of mine and introverted comedian. When we got back in touch and he told me he was managing a comedy club, it seemed fitting. In this bonus episode, Micah talks about his lows of his military transition, followed by his highs when finding something that was enjoyable and natural to him.
Micah highlights he knew he could fall back on his skills and resources (go work as maintainer as a contractor or use his GI Bill). Instead, he realized he wanted to follow his passion. To do that, he need an opportunity, which he created himself by placing himself in a position to gain an apprenticeship, which lead to his promotion as extra hand and part time comedian, to becoming a club GM.
This is not the path for everyone, but his story shows the power and enjoyment of finding your interest and how it motivates you to never quit until you succeed.
Talent Management Field with Mike Bentley
Mike Cuccaro POWERFUL transition story- MUST LISTEN
His tips: Network, craft your pitch, know your interests and what you want, don't settle, figure out how to translate your skills, find mentors, get your interview reps in, find that culture fit and sell your soft skills
"The Two Hour Job Search" www.amazon.com/2-Hour-Job-Search-Technology-Faster/dp/1607741709
Home Buying, Finances and the VA Home Loan with Marshall Sparkman
Career Transition from a Financial Perspective with Patrick Weinert
- Grew his niche and skill while in coaching other service members and eventually was asked to run unit's budget
- Identify your interests and skills and then define a plan to cover any shortcomings
- What I want
Define that goal (in life, in your next career, and how do financials intertwine with it?)
- Conduct Research
Informational interviews, podcasts, network, LinkedIn, company pages, etc
- Develop a plan
- Advocate for Yourself
This allows you to backwards plan and develop numerous options so you can look at the data and leverage when negotiating what you want out of your next career. You have to be willing to walk away from an offer and must know the numbers and be able to support them with facts. All part of learning how to negotiate without being confrontational
- Identify the resources available to you (as veterans, within your community, available online, etc)
- Know the difference between financial offense and defense
- Don't be afraid to grow and learn, but also don't be afraid to acknowledge your weaknesses and outsource as necessary
- Don't accept no (especially when it comes to VA Disability rating)
- "The Millionaire Next Door"
Live Panel Discussion with Herb Thompson and Bill Kieffer
Scott Tucker Challenges Your Conventional Transition Thinking Process
LinkedIn Liberty Guide and US VET Wealth Founder challenges you to stop on think:
1- Listen to his background, it is a common story for most of us
2- Learn how to be adaptable, use your ingenuity, think outside the box...you are no longer following orders and SOPs...get creative!
3- Do be scared of the transition, stop and think about what you want and get excited
4- Define your own path, no HRC telling what path you must take
5- Stop trying to impress other and work on impressing yourself
6- Don't be a duck or a goat on the path following the A$$ in front of you!
7- Discussion on the "system" and how it is built to funnel us
8- Find your pre-military self and interests
9- How can you produce and gain value outside of your "skill set"
10- Discussion on the retirement plan and what retirement really means
11- How veterans can continue to make a difference
12- How to educate yourself outside of the formal school system
A- The Four Hour Work Week
B- Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Diet and Exercise and the military transition (A challenge the Norm Episode)
My brief story
Do your own research on what works for you
Current data is thinking is aged (70 years) and being challenged now, don't just fall in line!
Have a plan to prioritize and incorporate diet and exercise
Health=Energy=out perform peers and better work-life balance= more time and/or money
Tips and techniques to diet and exercise
"The Magic Pill" on Netflix
Sports Industry with Virginia Football Strength and Conditioning Coach Nathan Pototschnik
1) Transition Advice:
- Find your Passion (go after skills you don't have that are required)
- Develop a Plan (He planned 3 years out!)
- Learn and use your resources (Ex. GI Bill)
- Determine your location
2) Describes a day in his life to learn/understand the competition and what it takes in the sports world
3) Skills that Carried over:
4) Network with Veterans and non-Veterans who support veterans
5) Common Mistakes
- Will likely take an unpaid internship to network and land a position
- Just as competitive off the field in this industry
- Importance of selling yourself, your brand (Never Stop Interviewing!)
- No guarantees or defines career path
LinkedIn Optimization for Military with Matt Scherer
Your Photo: Is it professional?
Your headline: Does it convey what you want?
Your background picture: Does it align with your headline?
Your about: Your first 18 words are key, what do they say? Explain your mission, goal and call to action
Your experience: Not a resume, but rather tell a story
Your recommendations: The value they provide and how to get them
How to network and research
Should you use video or not?
How to best engage others
He also discusses his book (LinkedIn for the Military) and explains the key to finding your Who, what, where and when before anything else
Project Management with Steve Bane
1- His transition
- Give yourself plenty of time
- Find your why, what motivates you
- Network (while still in)
- Look for opportunities to brand yourself
2- Program Vs Project Management
- Know the differences/definitions
- Learn terminology (gets you to the interview table and allows you to establish Trust)
- Skills you will have: Goal setting, Attention to detail, Team Building, Integrity, timing and sequencing, humility, relationship building
- Skills you will need to acquire: Contract management, Cost control, Profit and Loss, product and process knowledge
- MBA- understand business, learn marketing
- PMP Certification: verbiage, cost management, scheduling
- Highlight Duty Description
- Find metrics and root cause in bullets and connect them to project management fundamentals
5- Closing statements
- Be confident
- No one cares
- Pay it Forward
Managing Life Balance (Planning and Reacting to your Growth) with Eric Roberts
This not is not a Work-Life Balance Episode. This episode is more about awareness of the options out there, how to plan for them and how to phase them in and out as you grow.
1- His enlisted to warrant officer transition in the military: Not accept No!
2- How he planned and adjust his active duty separation and transition to maximize his benefits
3- Why he pursued higher education and why he both does and doesn't recommend it
4- Knowing the resources available to you, do your research, and tie them to your plan
5- How he got into side gigs and how they currently fit into his life balance
6- Continuing to pursue his passion and interests
7- Staying in the National Guard / Reserves (and other ways to continue your service and/or fill that need)
8- Willingness to sacrifice (short and long term) as you grow and plans adjust
9- Why he chose his current business and profession and what he has learned from it.
10- Own the process and have 3 hobbies (one money maker, one for personal growth, one for physical well-being)
Navy Submariner Enlisted Skills with Nick Mershon
- Plan your transition as early as you can
- Have a plan to peak during resume and interview processes
- Know/Use free veteran resources
- Build your brand and sell yourself
- Share a failure story and how you recovered
- Resiliency and focus on accomplishing the mission (over coming and not accepting no for answer)
- Team Building and holding a team together
- Goal Setting
Skills that translate to the corporate world:
- Lean (Waste reduction)
- Budgeting (Sometime money, but definitely resources and time!)
- Process Improvement
- Quality Control
- Regulation and Compliance
- Conflict Management
- Communication (Leadership)
Advice and tips:
- Define your own path
- Conduct informational interviews and learn
- Learn any way possible to acquire new skills: OJT, formal education, certifications, Asking questions, volunteering to attend meetings and be on projects, etc
- Define a growth plan (Short and Long term) for yourself and articulate it so you can get support.
- Develop good questions (Why is position open? What does success look like in 6 months? What is your org structure- how do I fit in and what are growth opportunities?)
- Research the company
- Make your interview about me (and not the team) and what you bring to the new org to solve the need
- Develop a veteran hiring initiative
- Leverage and empower your current vets
- Make interview questions almost like a case study
- The Transition Mission
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad
- The Book on Rental Property Investing
Bridging the Military-Civilian Cultural Gap (An Employer's Perspective) with Bill Kieffer
Talent Acquisitions Careers (Corporate vs Military Recruiting) with Herrick Ross
1- Finding your Way
a- Don't need to be desperate, find what your passion is and go after it.
b- learn yourself, what you like and dislike
c- Ask yourself these 3 Questions:
i) Do you want to dress in a suit or casual?
ii) Do you want to be behind a desk or in front of one?
iii) Do you want to be part of team or work independently?
2- Mil and Corp TA Differences:
a- Different Sales Pitch (not service to nation, but culture, brand, product, etc)
b- No walking the candidate through the process- quick interaction and hand-off to the next level
c- Not at recruiting center, out at static displays and back behind a computer
d- Need in-depth knowledge of products and positions
3- TA positions
b- recruiter levels
4- Skills that translate
a- Ability to work cross functionally
b- Ability to brief up and down (to candidate and to executives)
c- Balanced in other areas throughout your career (you have done ops, been a leader, etc)
Construction Project Engineer with David Souliotis (WM Jordan Co)
1- Prepare as far out as possible
2- Know and use all your resources
3- Develop your Linked in
4- Know what you want in your new career
Project Engineer Skills
1- Process driven/oriented
3- Resource Management
4- Personnel Management
5- Event Sequencing
6- Change Management
1- Use GI Bill / formal education to bridge gap
2- Learn informally through subordinates and peers
3- Use formal growth plans established with leadership
BlueRecruit with CEO/Founder Rich Camacho
1- Rich discusses his background and passes on some transition tips as a recruiter
- Don't focus on the company and job title
- Have your voicemail activated
- Keep your mind open to possibilities
- Digital platform to connect blue collar workers to trait and technical jobs without a resume
- Ability to help shape and influence now within pilot program
Planning your transition while still in the Service with Derek Poor
Derek of the Pennyrile Area Development District and the Western Kentucky Workforce shares his transition lessons and covers the following:
1- Leverage some of those "other" or "indirect" skills you learned in the military for re-birth in a new career
2- Connecting, Networking, and building relationships
3- Tackle your weaknesses...listen, learn, and practice.
4- Never stop interviewing (you are always being assessed)
5- Finding yourself, be yourself, find your interests
6- YOU control your career, you define the path
7- Have a transition plan for your transition (you may fail the first time)
8- Manage transition position expectations (military industry is different, regardless of position and titles)
9- Side-gigs (you have control of your life back)
10- Location and sacrifices (you still have some control, not HRC telling you where to go and when to move)
11- You own it! (You need to initiate the conversation- people are busy, but willing to help) and you are the most important person in your transition
Writing Great Resumes with Scott Vedder (Best Selling Author of "Signs of a Great Resume")
Best Selling Author Scott Vedder discusses his top tips for developing a great civilian resume when leaving the military
1- Best tips for writing a resume
- !@#$% approach
- Not a Job Description
- Objectives vs Summaries
- Bullet length
- Making it about the employer
2- How to translate your skills so civilian recruiters understand
- Terms and job titles
- Using RATS (Results and Actions up front) over STAR
3- How to ensure your soft skills are effectively portrayed
- PATRIOT technique
4- Where to find the !@#$% for your resume
- Past PDs (Evaluations), Comptrollers, Chain of Command, Keeping track of information/data yourself
5- If changing careers, and experience has little relevance, what to do
- Functional resumes
6- Importance of networking and how it plays into the resume process.
- Never stop interviewing
- Best Selling Author (Presented at the White House)
- Fortune 100 Recruiter
- ACP Mentor
Scott on LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottvedder/
American Corporate Partners: https://www.acp-usa.org/
"Signs of a Great Resume" https://www.amazon.com/Signs-Great-R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9-Veterans-Speaks/dp/149491834X
Commit Foundation: https://www.commitfoundation.org/
SEAL Future Foundation: https://sealff.org/
Navy Special Operations Foundation: https://www.nsof.org/
2019 Review, 2020 Sneak Peek and Call to Action
What to look for in 2020
- Buyer/procurement skills
- Sales Skills
- MP Skills to the business world (not law enforcement)
- Life Balance
- Military vs Corporate Recruiting
- and much much more
CALL TO ACTION:
- Need your feedback (Anchor VM, Apple Podcast rating and review, or comment on my website)- How to improve, what topics you want to discuss, anyone interested in guest hosting, etc.
- International Listeners- Please reach out so I can find ways to support you and keep you included as well. It is a global economy and you have served or support those who have served your nation as well.
Distribution Operations with David Delong (Ahold Delhaize)
Background and Military Transition
1- Using job posting sites- leveraged with veteran assistance organizations
2- Importance of Networking (to learn organizations and self-interests)
3- Step back to move forward (fit it in the big picture!)
4- Story telling in the interview
5- Quantify resume bullets
6- Title Self Appropriately (are you really an Operations Manager or Project Manager, what does that even mean?)
7- Relationship Building is key
8- Big picture/long term planning
Distribution Ops and Delhaize
1- Importance of Soft Skills (leading and problem solving)
2- Companies will train you
3- Importance learning on the side
4- They value your character, values, and soft skills
5- Highlight your performance development skills (coaching, documenting, mentoring)
6- Add value with side interest projects- pitch them to higher
2- Never stop interviewing
3- Network (in and out of the organization) (military and non-military)
Herb Thompson on Building Relationships and the Military Transition ("Transition Mission")
Herb Thompson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/herb-thompson-sf2biz/)
· Management Consultant at Accenture
· Retired SF operator
· Founder of SF2Biz (www.SF2biz.com)
1- Background and Military Transition:
A- Approach like a mission (learn more by reading the “Transition Mission”)
B- Started Planning two years out- earlier the better, you will leave the military one day!
C- Get the Intel- Informational Interviews to LEARN and NETWORK
D- Turn Assumptions into Facts-
i- Does the intel you gathered fit your skills?
ii- Do you need more education?
iii- Is it different per industry?
E- Learn Your Interests
i- Your Why/Purpose
ii- What did you like about the military that transfers into the business world?
iii- Location, Industry, company and culture
F- Importance of Selling Yourself- skills, experiences, stories, and shortcomings with plan to improve.
G- Own your transition- There is no checklist!
2- Building Relationships
A- You need help, to do this, you need to build relationships first!
B- People enjoy talking, so listen
C- Most veterans help others, seek them out
D- Build non-military relationships
E- Use Social media, but don’t forget the power of in person
F- Pay it forward, don’t forget to help others (it’ll come back around)
3- Publishing Book, “Transition Mission" (published on Amazon December 17th- Pre-sale December 10th)- A Book you can use to plan your military transition and beyond as you continue your career transition.
Networking and the Military Transition of Claudia Barros
In this episode, we covering the importance of Networking as well as learn from Claudia's transition experience
1- How to Network and importance in of doing it to launch a new career
2- When to Network
3- Planning your Networking
4- Connecting with Veterans and Non-Veterans
5- Using Social Media
6- In-person networking
7- Branding yourself- Telling your story
1- Learning from others
2- Paying it forward
3- Time Management and Sacrifices
4- Having a plan
5- Including Spouse/Family
6- Assessing and developing skills
7- Building Relationships
JPMorgan Chase & Co. with Chase Roe (with military transition tips)
Discussion of Chase's military transition:
1- Decision to prioritize location
2- Interest in learning business
3- Why MBA route
4- Importance of Learning Self
5- Identifying your skills and skill gap
6- Learning and tackling your weaknesses
7- Acquiring hard skills
8- Importance of realizing you own it and need to establish a plan
1- Skills organization values
2- Military Pathways Development Program (as well as Veteran Direct Hire)
3- Mistakes made by candidates (military transitioners)
4- How/who to connect with to learn more
5- Why Financial Services Industry
6- JPMorgan Divisions (structure)
Referenced in Podcast:
JPMorgan Careers Page: https://careers.jpmorgan.com/us/en/home
Chase Roe linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chase-roe-528b7489/
MBA vs Certification Podcast episode: https://anchor.fm/viewfromtheskies/episodes/MBAs-and-Certifications-With-Brooks-Johnson-with-transition-tips-e863b0
Recruiting and Placement firms: https://anchor.fm/viewfromtheskies/episodes/Recruiting-and-Placement-Firms-Lucas-Group-with-Dan-McCall-e8r2ts
Career Prioritization Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvp4Kv3-70rjKCvgY9h2yaw/videos?view_as=subscriber
My Military Transition Failure Story
I share my experience and initial military transition failure story
I leave seven key takeaways from listeners to learn from:
1- I didn't know who I was (what I wanted, what my interests were)
2- I didn't trust/listen to the right people
3- Pleased others and not myself
4- Had an exit plan (from the military), but not an entry plan (into a new career)
5- Didn't truly assess my skill set
6- I prioritized the wrong things- in regards to preparation
7- I didn't focus on the right things- in regards to understanding myself, my interests (assessment of Growth, Location and Income).
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Recruiting and Placement Firms: Lucas Group with Dan McCall
Dan McCall shares what Lucas Group offers transitioning military and shares his own transition experience.
Lucas Group provides recruiting and placement for military and executive and takes a consulting approach, making sure the fit is right for both the company and the recruit.
Focus is on leadership and technical talent (this is not a JMO only organization, they want junior service members who have crafted a technical talent)
How to leverage Lucas Group (timeline and supplementing your transition plan)
Importance of developing job specific resumes.
Importance of reading business books to learn culture
What books to read to prepare for the transition
Finding your interests and eliminating what you do not want to do (both personally and professionally)
A new life outside of work
Identifying your skills
Importance of continued networking and interviewing
How balance and assess Growth, Location, Income, and Culture/People to make an educated decision
Support each other and transitioning service members out there!
The perfect discussion for Veteran's Day!