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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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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
September 22, 2020
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! References: 1- "Six Thinking Hats" by Edward de Bono
September 15, 2020
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”.
September 08, 2020
Grant Bennett talks People Fund and Small Business funding
Grant Bennett ( Active Army and National Guard veteran talks his transition and what People Fund offers those looking to start a business, but may not have as strong of financial background as needed.   Transition 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 People Fund 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 References: 1- Lucky Lab Coffee 2- Vet to CEO 3- Bunker Labs 4- ACP 5- VetMet 6- Veterati 7-
September 01, 2020
Transition Specialist Eric Horton on what is impacting the transition today
A- His Background and transition from Army logistics to civilian logistics to transition specialist: 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 References: "At Ease" by Rob Campbell
August 25, 2020
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
August 18, 2020
Tim Cochrane (SVP of ACP) talks American Corporate Partners and the Military Transition
A former marine with 30 years experience at the New York Stock Exchange, Tim gives us his transition background and talks: - 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 References:
August 11, 2020
Informational Interview with Andrew Hutchinson (Veteran) at AirBnB
1- Discusses his transition background- moving from veteran aligned non-profit to continue mission and give back to searching for aligned values that landed him with 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 references: My youtube channel: "2 Hour Job Search" by Steve Dalton
August 04, 2020
Transition Tactics and Advice from Trent Brunson
1- background and transition. - took over a year to transition. - mentally prepare for the ups and downs. - be prepared for opportunities to evaporate at a moments notice. 2- finding yourself and your fit. - company culture that have meaning and values you align with. - finding your passion, the tasks you enjoy. - have patience. 3- how to frame your message. - tailor your pitch, to 10 seconds and practice (job fairs). - conduct informational interviews (people build benches, hire who they know and who they feel comfortable with). - own your transition. References:
July 28, 2020
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:
July 21, 2020
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) References: Books: "Zero to One" and "The Startup Game"
July 14, 2020
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Skills with USAF Veteran Tyler Reiser
1- Tyler discusses his unqiue transition(s) and share his advice - 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
July 07, 2020
CASY-MSCCN (Vetjobs) and Non-Profits with Sanford Artman
Transition Story: O-6s face the same problems!  - 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) Improvements: Companies: Understand the veteran more Veterans: Network, civilianize your resume (translate skills and terms to industry) Non-Profits: - 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
July 01, 2020
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 References:
June 23, 2020
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.
June 16, 2020
Noah Strassberg's unique military service and his career transition
Noah, born of Jewish decent just outside of NYC, made the decision to move to Israel and become a citizen, which obligated him to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces for nearly 3 years.  He studied business while over there before moving back to NYC to seek further opportunities.  Like us, he faced many challenges.  Should he take time off to find himself, go for further education, continue military service over here, use his military skills in law enforcement?  He had culture shock and was torn on the path ahead.  He decided to stick to the defined path and enter law enforcement, but quickly realized that wasn't his passion.  He overcame what was tearing him apart (a passion for business and desire to continue service) when he was afforded an opportunity with American Corporate Partners.  This recording is Noah's transition story, similar to those who transition from the US Military, but with some more twists!
June 09, 2020
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 (
June 02, 2020
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: Link: Cadilus Inc. (my internship company) Link: Book:  Executive Fundamentals by Dan Shin and Nick Fischer Link: #1000CupsOfCoffee, Episode 0005.1: My Military Separation Timeline Link: #1000CupsOfCoffee, Episode 0006: #DoDSkillBridge (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) Link: #1000CupsOfCoffee, Episode 15: My Top 5 Military Transition Tips Link: #1000CupsOfCoffee, Episode 16: My Top 5 DoD SkillBridge Tips! Link:
May 26, 2020
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, 2020
Vets2Industry- The Founding Members Part 1
Brian Arrington and his Vets2Industry team ( join me to explain who they are individually and as an organization. V2I: - 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 Networking: - 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, 2020
Franchise opportunities you probably never thought of with Entrepreneur's Source Susan Scotts and Jason Madden (Veteran)
Susan and Jason are Franchise coaches for those seeking an alternative career.  They are both very active on Veterati and truly are mentors for those seeking financial independence, self-sufficiency and those just interested in exploring franchise opportunities and learning more. 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. References:
May 12, 2020
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: References:
May 05, 2020
Facilities Management (Data Centers) with USAF Veteran (Linguist) George Turner
1- George discusses his background and transition with emphasis on: - 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"
April 28, 2020
Sourcing (Procurement / Buyer) skills from Luminex employee and veteran Jonathan Wilson
A) Jon discusses his background and transition: 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 is part of the processes.  Stay positive! References:
April 21, 2020
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.
April 16, 2020
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:
April 14, 2020
Mike Cuccaro POWERFUL transition story- MUST LISTEN
In the this Bonus episode Mike shares his story.  From abandoning his plan to move into HR and then to get an MBA.  From moving living with different friends in Austin area, to sleep in a closet.  All because he had is eye set on the prize and understood the value of networking. 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 References: "The Two Hour Job Search"
April 09, 2020
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:
April 07, 2020
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) References: - "The Millionaire Next Door" - - - -
March 31, 2020
Live Panel Discussion with Herb Thompson and Bill Kieffer
Live Q and A with 2 mentors, 1 host and 7 guests/mentees.
March 27, 2020
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 References: A- The Four Hour Work Week B- Rich Dad, Poor Dad
March 24, 2020
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 References: "The Magic Pill" on Netflix
March 17, 2020
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: - Standards/cadences - Leadership - Character - Intellect 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 References:
March 17, 2020
LinkedIn Optimization for Military with Matt Scherer
Matt walks us through your LinkedIn Profile: 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 References:
March 10, 2020
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 References:
March 03, 2020
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. Eric discusses: 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) References:
February 25, 2020
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 References: Books: - The Transition Mission - Rich Dad, Poor Dad - The Book on Rental Property Investing
February 18, 2020
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:
February 11, 2020
Talent Acquisitions Careers (Corporate vs Military Recruiting) with Herrick Ross
Herrick shares his background, military transition into corporate recruiting and his current next transition (yes, you usually keep transitioning!) 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 a- coordinator b- recruiter levels c- sourcer  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) References:
February 04, 2020
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 Grow 1- Use GI Bill / formal education to bridge gap 2- Learn informally through subordinates and peers 3- Use formal growth plans established with leadership
January 28, 2020
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 2- BlueRecruit - 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 3- References:
January 21, 2020
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
January 14, 2020
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 Bio: - Best Selling Author (Presented at the White House) - Fortune 100 Recruiter - ACP Mentor References: Scott on LI: website: American Corporate Partners: "Signs of a Great Resume" Commit Foundation: SEAL Future Foundation: Navy Special Operations Foundation:
January 07, 2020
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. References:
December 17, 2019
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 Advice 1- Listen 2- Never stop interviewing 3- Network (in and out of the organization) (military and non-military) References:
December 10, 2019
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. References:
December 03, 2019
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 Networking: 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
November 26, 2019
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 JPMorgan discussion: 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: Chase Roe linkedin: MBA vs Certification Podcast episode: Recruiting and Placement firms: Career Prioritization Vlog:
November 19, 2019
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). Visit for more information on blogs and vlogs Connect with me at: LI: FB:
November 13, 2019
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!
November 07, 2019
MBAs and Certifications With Brooks Johnson (with transition tips!)
Overall discussion on MBA and Certifications, what to go after and why?  Conversation revolves around General vs Specific or Hard vs Soft skills.  All coming back to the question, Where are you at in your career? Covered 1- Brooks' background 2- What do I want to do post military and what do I NOT want to do 3- How to identify your real, true skills- Goodbye to the jack of all trades master of none approach 4- Plan to develop hard skills 5- What is a Project Manager?  What is an Operations Manager? 6- MBA (Pros and Cons)- Why get one (Education, marketability, specialty and networking), quality of program, online or in-person 7- Certifications- Why get them (Marketability, specialty [hard] skill), goals, PMP, Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt, Salesforce certifications discussed 8- Education vs OJT or Projects for Growth 9- 1st Job expectations 10- Importance of Networking Great discussion!  Enjoy!!!
October 31, 2019
Military Talent Partners with Natalie Oliverio (and a few transition tips!)
A) Brief discussion of Natalie's ( own transition experience, where she and I recommend focusing on: 1- Self Assessment and creating your new (non-military) identity  2- Importance of finding Mentorship 3- Identifying your skills and understanding yourself 4- Focus on the future and not dwelling on the past 5- Start the your transitioning planning early!  Start now!!! B) We discuss what Military Talent Partners offers companies and transitioning service members and why to partner with them ( C) Why Hire Veterans? D) Need for company partnerships E) Military Talent Partners success stories ***In this episode I reference my blog, which can be found here:
October 24, 2019
Fulfillment (Production Control / Materials Planner) Skills
This episode translates some of the major skills necessary to work in fulfillment. Being from the aviation community, I get a lot of bad requests, applications, notions, etc. of what production control means.  Production control in an organizations supply chain is not production control in the army, in fact, it is probably most closely related to being a battle captain.  Here are the skills I cover. 1- Ability to Influence 2- Cross Functional Leadership 3- Relationship Building 4- Planning / Forecasting 5- Communication 6- Customer Service 7- Tracking (organization) or Memorization 8- Operations Management 9- Data Analytics (To drive Decision Making) 10- Part flow (daily ops to strategic organizational picture) You can use these skills to build a resume, prepare for interviews, and succeed as a fulfillment analyst and leader in an organizations supply chain. As always, enjoy!
October 10, 2019
Army Military Intelligence Enlisted Analyst Skills from Christopher Caley
Hiring Managers, HR Managers, Talent Acquisition leaders, ever wonder what Army Military Intelligence analyst does and how it could positively impact your organization? Transition MI soldiers, want to better your resume, your interview skills, your elevator pitch but just cannot figure out how to translate your skills to the corporate environment?  Are you interested in working for a defense contractor (maybe even specifically L3Harris)? Listen to this podcast to learn the details behind these major skills that an MI analyst bring as well as what is required to have an effective military transition. - Customer Service- MI soldiers work for customers, whether they are embedded in an infantry unit or part of a larger MI organization gather, analyzing and presenting information.  All of it is in support of the customer, the maneuver units executing the missions. - Technical Skills (security)- Individuals used to dealing with sensitive information.  Have clearances to properly secure, handle, and manage this information. -Ability to Prioritize- Analyst are used to getting flooded with data, they are used to sifting through it while managing there time to get the applicable information in a timely matter out to the maneuver units so they can execute on it! -Relationship Builders- Often, these individuals are embedded and customer focused.  In order to best support the customer, analyst build relationship to learn customers need so they can most effectively support them. - Communications- Find the most effective way to write and/or present information to the customer.  Since these presentations and written summaries could often mean life or death, they become a master of these skills. - Data Analytics- used to searching through data to extrapolate the necessary data, analyze its meaning and presenting to solve a problem. - Know the stakeholders- Analyst be nature are good at analyze the strengths and weaknesses of individuals within the organization and employing them by the most effective means. - Interview skills- Analyst are used to communicating to high and low levels and can tailor communications accordingly to necessary target audience. - Hit the ground running- Business world is all about continuous operations, use your unit transition experiences to articulate your adaptability to become an immediate contributor. - Had Skills- Identify the skills you are strongest at and go after them.  The jack of all trade master of none will not work anymore. - Sacrifice- Just like in your military career, be willing to sacrifice something (location, money, growth, job satisfaction, whatever).  Military folks are used to this much more than the common civilian and will sacrifice to meet business needs more often than not!
October 03, 2019
Army Aviation Officer Skills From Ryan Sweeney
Hiring Managers, HR Managers and Talent Acquisition leads... Want to know what skills an Army Aviation Officer brings to your organization? Transitioning Army Aviation Officers... Need some help building that resume? Listen to this podcast for why behind the key skill groups covered below 1- Scheduling, Detailed Planning 2- Technical, Data Analytical, Risk Management 3- Compliance, Safety 4- Lean Six Sigma, Standardization, Waste Reduction, Root Cause Analysis 5- Business Development, Influential, Strategic to Operational (mission and relations) 6- Customer Service, Adaptability 7- Time Management, Work Ethic 8- Communication, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Project Management 9- Operations Management, Inventory Management, Resource Management, and Personnel Management ***Ryan was a 10 year Army Aviation Officer (Captain) and has worked in retail management for a year and Manufacturing Supply Chain Material and production planning and execution for three years.
September 26, 2019
Military Transition Intro and my backstory
Introduction on what future podcasts will offer.  Introduce myself and my blog website.  Share my brief military transition story with key bullets for future success for others.
September 19, 2019