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View from the Skies: Military Transition

View from the Skies: Military Transition

By Ryan Sweeney

In Aviation, when flying high, everything seems so distant, but as you descend to the ground, you establish a more common sight picture. This philosophy can be used for the military transition. The intent is to provide transition lessons and skills, share success stories, identify skills as they apply by MOS to the business world and allow organizations to share key skills necessary for common openings. The end state is a bridged communication gap between hiring and HR managers/talent acquisitions and the transitioning service member. A reference for both sides to visit!
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View from the Skies: Military TransitionJan 21, 2020

Tom Coyle discusses side gigs without being an "Entrepreneur"

Tom Coyle discusses side gigs without being an "Entrepreneur"

Tom Coyle ( has many side gigs, but really they are passions. He has turned is hobbies into income. These are not the side gigs that take away from your personal life (like being an entrepreneur) to make money, but rather supplement your personal life with added income with hobbies and interests you already have.
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;,, and
Sep 22, 202001:00:11
Product Manager with Sean Halpin

Product Manager with Sean Halpin

Sean Halpin ( Active Army veteran and reservist and current Product Manager with Dell Technologies discuss his background, his transition, and what it takes to be a product manager.

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
Transition Tips:
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
1- Resiliency
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
Sep 15, 202001:02:06
Finding yourself and your post military passion with Jane Technologies founder Socrates Rosenfeld

Finding yourself and your post military passion with Jane Technologies founder Socrates Rosenfeld

1- Background and transition from Apache pilot, to attending MIT, to moving across the country and finding cannabis and launching an e-commerce company ( 2- Discovering your why, finding your why or passion, but also what you don’t like. 3- making a drastic change means getting out of your comfort zone and taking control of the life you want and what you value, not what you are told to value. References: “Micah episode”.
Sep 08, 202057:17
Grant Bennett talks People Fund and Small Business funding
Sep 01, 202054:30
Transition Specialist Eric Horton on what is impacting the transition today
Aug 25, 202001:14:16
Sam Lark (Military Spouse, Veterati Mentor) Personal Branding professional

Sam Lark (Military Spouse, Veterati Mentor) Personal Branding professional

Sam Lark is an Account Manager and Personal Branding Specialist.  You can find him on LinkedIn, Veterati and on "The Journey" on YouTube. - Though not a service member, Sam is a spouse and has experience shifting careers numerous times now and loves to share his experience.  He is currently an Account Manager with GoDaddy. 1- Social Media - How it landed Sam a great job - How to use it to build your brand - How to showcase your cultural fit (not just technical skills) - Is a complement to who you are (do what is good for you) 2- Growing a network  - Not what you know, but who knows you - How to interact and build relationships - Keep yourself relevant  - Be consistent in your message (be yourself) - Get to know the other person (Listen) - Not a quick fix - Provides career security References: "The Journey" "How to Win Friends and Influence People" - Dale Carnegie
Aug 18, 202045:04
Tim Cochrane (SVP of ACP) talks American Corporate Partners and the Military Transition
Aug 11, 202001:00:57
Informational Interview with Andrew Hutchinson (Veteran) at AirBnB
Aug 04, 202054:45
Transition Tactics and Advice from Trent Brunson
Jul 28, 202046:55
Career Coaching and the transition of Dennis Volpe

Career Coaching and the transition of Dennis Volpe

1- Dennis gives us his background and how he took an unplanned transition and bad experience and turned it into a positive. 2- He discusses life as a consultant as an executive leadership coach. 3- He talks personal business ownership and how he framed his niche as well as what makes him qualified to do so. 4- Tips for transitioners and organizations looking to hiring veterans. References:
Jul 21, 202055:36
Customer Success Manager with Dan Sheets

Customer Success Manager with Dan Sheets

Dan Shares his military background and transition: Serving with the USAF as an Intel officer and working with Defense Innovation Unit opened up his interest in technology and working with elite teams.
The Transition:
- 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"
Jul 14, 202052:20
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Skills with USAF Veteran Tyler Reiser
Jul 07, 202058:19
CASY-MSCCN (Vetjobs) and Non-Profits with Sanford Artman
Jul 01, 202001:01:56
Mentorship and branding for your transition with Bryan Shue (Full Moon Digital and Vets2Industry)
Jun 23, 202054:20
LeaderQuest with Antony Clark and David Koker

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 ( 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.

Jun 16, 202055:58
Noah Strassberg's unique military service and his career transition
Jun 09, 202047:39
What companies can do to hire veterans with Cathy Miclat from Vets2PM

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 (
Jun 02, 202001:04:13
DoD Skillbridge Program with Steve Hauck

DoD Skillbridge Program with Steve Hauck

1- What is it? What are the reqs to apply?
1. From:
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.

Relevant Links
DoD Skillbridge:
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!
May 26, 202059:53
Vets2Industry- The Founder Members Part 2

Vets2Industry- The Founder Members Part 2

Part 2 picks up with:
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

The future:
- 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)
May 20, 202050:27
Vets2Industry- The Founding Members Part 1

Vets2Industry- The Founding Members Part 1

Brian Arrington and his Vets2Industry team ( join me to explain who they are individually and as an organization.
- 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

The Map:
- 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.
May 19, 202033:57
Franchise opportunities you probably never thought of with Entrepreneur's Source Susan Scotts and Jason Madden (Veteran)
May 12, 202048:41
JOB OPENINGS: IT/Cyber and other openings from STT International

JOB OPENINGS: IT/Cyber and other openings from STT International

STT International team discuss immediate openings for cyber security and IT positions supporting our nation and national interests to continue service on your terms. Looking for transitioning military and veterans with certifications and background in (but not limited too): UX/UI, java, .net, coding, software development, C++ as well as generalist positions. Active Secret clearance required. So if you are Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe from Pulp Fiction (a problem solver), willing to work your way up and of high character and integrity, then this is your opportunity. Work focused in DC area (other locations are available) with opportunities to work remote.
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 (

STT International Team:

May 05, 202052:43
Facilities Management (Data Centers) with USAF Veteran (Linguist) George Turner
Apr 28, 202057:08
Sourcing (Procurement / Buyer) skills from Luminex employee and veteran Jonathan Wilson

Sourcing (Procurement / Buyer) skills from Luminex employee and veteran Jonathan Wilson

Apr 21, 202045:06
Micah Brown (Crew Chief to Comedy Club Manager) on finding your interest
Apr 16, 202042:50
Talent Management Field with Mike Bentley

Talent Management Field with Mike Bentley

1- Background and Transitioning experience 2- Skills that translate - Training and Development - Organizational Development - Performance Development - Risk Management (S2) - Communication (S6) - Operational Planning (S3) - Of Course Personnel (S1) - Recruiting/Talent Acquisitions  - Process Improvement 3- Taking a step back - Should you?  Do you need to? How it effects and is affected by location, income and growth opportunities 4- How to bridge shortcomings - Creating STAR bullets - Informational Interviewing - Networking - Certifications  5- References:
Apr 14, 202001:02:01
Mike Cuccaro POWERFUL transition story- MUST LISTEN
Apr 09, 202033:59
Home Buying, Finances and the VA Home Loan with Marshall Sparkman

Home Buying, Finances and the VA Home Loan with Marshall Sparkman

Transition story takeaways: - Leave yourself Time - Have a plan, but be prepared to adjust fire - If you determine family and location, be willing to sacrifice in other areas - When you get into career, find your niche Home Buying: - Leverage the VA Loan and learn the benefits ($0 down!) - Look at your house as an investment, not with emotion (you will still probably move a few more times) Finances: - It is different after the military (Taxes, etc).  Know the gap, budget wisely, have a plan - Talk finances in your home. - Make decisions together as a family - Avoid bad debit, leverage good debit - Leverage compounding interest Advice: - Find an successful mentor in your industry. - Find worthy mentor when it comes to finances - Network References:
Apr 07, 202001:08:16
Career Transition from a Financial Perspective with Patrick Weinert

Career Transition from a Financial Perspective with Patrick Weinert

Patrick's background and transition from Pilot to Financial Planner and advice:
- 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

Career Transition:
- 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"
Mar 31, 202056:22
Live Panel Discussion with Herb Thompson and Bill Kieffer

Live Panel Discussion with Herb Thompson and Bill Kieffer

Live Q and A with 2 mentors, 1 host and 7 guests/mentees.
Mar 27, 202001:45:55
Scott Tucker Challenges Your Conventional Transition Thinking Process

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 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

Mar 24, 202001:01:43
Diet and Exercise and the military transition (A challenge the Norm Episode)
Mar 17, 202025:28
Sports Industry with Virginia Football Strength and Conditioning Coach Nathan Pototschnik
Mar 17, 202038:11
LinkedIn Optimization for Military with Matt Scherer
Mar 10, 202059:52
Project Management with Steve Bane

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

3-  Education

- MBA- understand business, learn marketing

- PMP Certification: verbiage, cost management, scheduling

4- Resume

- 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


Mar 03, 202057:43
Managing Life Balance (Planning and Reacting to your Growth) with Eric Roberts

Managing Life Balance (Planning and Reacting to your Growth) with Eric Roberts

Feb 25, 202001:12:48
Navy Submariner Enlisted Skills with Nick Mershon

Navy Submariner Enlisted Skills with Nick Mershon

Nick's background and transition story with emphasis on:
- 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

Military Accomplishments
- 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
- Security
- Regulation and Compliance
- Conflict Management
- Communication (Leadership)

Advice and tips:
Military personnel:
- 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
Corporate leaders:
- 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
Feb 18, 202001:11:17
Bridging the Military-Civilian Cultural Gap (An Employer's Perspective) with Bill Kieffer

Bridging the Military-Civilian Cultural Gap (An Employer's Perspective) with Bill Kieffer

Covered with Bill 1- His transition and background 2- His organization and what they provide 3- Military-Civilian Cultural Gap A) Employer's don't understand vets and/or have biases B) Vets haven't been in the civilian world and are the 1%ers who need to own it 4- Ask, Answer construct: A) What do I want to do? B) What does an employer need? 5- Companies are Looking for two things: A) Do you fit the skills? B) Do you fit the culture? 6- 3 Types of Work (Now work, New Work, and Network) 7- Importance of: A) Staying Postive B) Having a Plan (Defining success) C) Realize it is a numbers game (don't jump on the first thing and it is okay to get rejected) D) Balance passion and reality (location, skills, and growth)- Care and Aware Matrix 8- Framing Interview Questions: A) About the Business B) Show how you add value C) Show you are interested 9- Corporate/Career Growth A) No defined route/plan B) You own the plan C) Sometimes leads to the hidden job market 10- Hiring isn't the top priority, operations are, so stay persistent References:
Feb 11, 202001:07:55
Talent Acquisitions Careers (Corporate vs Military Recruiting) with Herrick Ross
Feb 04, 202001:03:12
Construction Project Engineer with David Souliotis (WM Jordan Co)

Construction Project Engineer with David Souliotis (WM Jordan Co)

Transition Advice

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

2- Scheduling/Planning

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

Jan 28, 202049:40
BlueRecruit with CEO/Founder Rich Camacho
Jan 21, 202046:37
Planning your transition while still in the Service with Derek Poor

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

Jan 14, 202001:01:02
Writing Great Resumes with Scott Vedder (Best Selling Author of "Signs of a Great Resume")
Jan 07, 202001:09:16
2019 Review, 2020 Sneak Peek and Call to Action
Dec 17, 201904:48
Distribution Operations with David Delong (Ahold Delhaize)
Dec 10, 201951:37
Herb Thompson on Building Relationships and the Military Transition ("Transition Mission")

Herb Thompson on Building Relationships and the Military Transition ("Transition Mission")

Herb Thompson (

· Management Consultant at Accenture

· Retired SF operator

· Founder of SF2Biz (

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.


Dec 03, 201954:05
Networking and the Military Transition of Claudia Barros

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

Transition Experience

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

Nov 26, 201931:47
JPMorgan Chase & Co. with Chase Roe (with military transition tips)
Nov 19, 201901:10:38
My Military Transition Failure Story
Nov 13, 201925:01
Recruiting and Placement Firms: Lucas Group with Dan McCall

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:

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)

Transition Advice:

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!

Nov 07, 201901:02:18