I have been actively applying to a handful of positions in the Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, and Fort Bragg, NC areas. I understand that I need to start to make the necessary connections that I believe I need to be successful in those areas. I am a military Veteran of over 13 years, with an MBA and PMP and I have over 26 years of IT and technology-based project and program management experience mixed with in depth diverse operations and resource management experience in and outside of the U.S. borders and I have extensive experience developing, inputting into IT and information systems, and executing training and education for many. On top of all of that, I speak, read and understand French.
More concerning my military time:
I am a former Infantry (strategic operations), current Intelligence (IT mgmt. mixed with analysis) and Project Management Subject Matter Expert with an MBA in Corporate Financial Management and PMP. In addition to all of those specialties, I have been part of every possible unit-type available in the Army; from Strategic Intelligence and Operations (Bad Aibling, Germany) to Special Operations from my time in 1st Ranger Bn, 75th Ranger Regt and Special Forces intelligence support (SOT-A 307, 3rd Special Forces Group, FORT BRAGG, NC) to go on to peace and war time leadership in a tactical Military Intelligence unit within 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment when they were assigned to Fort Polk, LA and deployed to combat (Baghdad, Iraq and a few other locations, 2003-2004) and then finally as a combat experienced Senior Leader and Observer, Controller, Trainer, Mentor for Intelligence Division, Joint Readiness Training Center.
Richard: The best way to be "seen and known" is to attend the industry associations that govern your chosen career field. The movers and shakers attend those meetings. Be friendly and network. Express your interest and career goals. As they begin to see your personality you will get the career opportunities that you are looking for. The character traits that you have gained in the service will get you where you want to be quicker than you think.
Please send me a connection request on LinkedIn. I am in the area and successfully transitioned from Bragg into RTP.
Look for companies that have locations in the area and follow them on Linked in. You will often see positions that are posted for those companies that appear in your Linked in feed. Don't be afraid to apply for jobs if the job description doesn't necessarily match what you think is your background because often job descriptions can be general and once you dig into a candidates resume you can see the alignment with the role.
All outstanding suggestions!! Thank you. Unfortunately, I am not in that area yet but am following other recommendations by stating that I am already located at Fort Bragg, NC. In reality, I am over 9 hours from there, in Clarksville, TN or Ft. Campbell, KY.
Hi Rich -
Outside of going to local networking events in the area, I would identify opportunities available in that specific geographic region that provide positions that you are interested in. Some companies have military programs focused on recruiting veterans.
After you identify any opportunities, search your network to see if anyone works at that company. If not, try to reach out to people in positions that you are seeking and provide your background. After setting up a meeting and sharing conversation, ask if they are aware of any opportunities or people that can help point you in the right direction.
Hope this helps.
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