Category Archives: military transition

Empathy for Veterans and Recruiters

Many veterans on the job hunt get frustrated because they feel like potential employers don’t understand or appreciate their experiences. While this is often true, we have to remember that empathy goes both ways. Service members also need to find ways to understand the unique constraints that recruiters, hiring managers, and supervisors find themselves in when dealing with veterans in the workforce. Bridging the culture gap takes more than just finding newer and (often times louder) ways to tell our side of the story, the empathy that we need comes from understanding where the other side is coming from.

Imagine if a civilian technical representative were assigned to your active…

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Networking With Civilians: Four Steps To Effective Sea Stories

Networks are groups of people who know you, not just people who know you exist. One of the best ways to become a real person in the eyes of others is to talk about your experiences and ideas. Face-to-face conversations are the chance for you to add context and depth to your experiences in a way that a one-page resume can not.

Old Salts swapping sea stories in 1888. Today good conversations are the key to building a strong network.

One tradition in the Navy is that of a “Sea Story”.  Often times they take the form of a parable, other times they may be…

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Five Military Transition Questions with Engility’s Mike Snodgrass

Mike, tell us about yourself 

I joined the Air Force in 1978 after graduating from the Air Force Academy. I flew F-4s, F-16s, F-15s, C-130s and more. It was mostly a storybook career mix of operational and staff assignments at all levels. After 33 years I decided it was time to move on, so I retired. I initially built a small consulting business to reset perspective and stay engaged. Business was good, but I decided to look for a permanent position after about a year. Several months later I was hired by Engility as the Director of USAF and FAA programs for the company .

Do you consider your transition

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Armed Forces Day 2013

Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday in May, falling on May 18 this year. That’s the day we should all thank a military member for their service, fly the flag and appreciate what the military does for our country.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated in 1950, after the five military branches were consolidated under the Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard birthdays, but those days are still observed as well.

President Truman issued a proclamation in 1949 encouraging Americans to “display the flag of the United States at their homes on

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Job Search Lessons from May’s Military Holidays

May is the month we recognize and remember several aspects of our military:

Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10) is a recent recognition of their support.
Armed Forces Day (May 18) recognizes those currently in service.
Memorial Day (May 27) recognizes those who died in war.

Memorial Day began as women, individually and in clubs, decorated the graves of Civil War soldiers with flowers. It became formalized, first in the North and then the South, as Decoration Day. Later, soldiers from World War I were added. Eventually it became a federal holiday in recognition of all our military members killed in war.

Job Search Lessons

Military planning is…

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