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James Houlik Colorado Springs, CO

Good day,

I have long awaited the day I would receive my retirement orders and that day came on Monday. With those orders came a flurry of questions and apprehension about the future and what the other side looked like after two decades in the Army. I have been to SFLTAP (the Army’s transition course) and that led to more questions than answers.

I think I know what my skills are: leadership, problem solving, counseling, risk management, property accountability, interpersonal skills, and many more. However I am still in an active pursuit of a bachelors in intelligence (counterintelligence) I would very much like to work for one of the three letter agencies and would like to know if there are programs available to transitioning soldiers to get my foot in the door. I am also open to working in the civilian sector in intelligence.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to any correspondence.



22 January 2020 4 replies Military to Civilian Transition



Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

James now is not the time to ask for a job, refocus your tag line so it is searchable for the career you want. Many of the 3 letter companies do not use USA Jobs, rather cleared and other sites that require high clearances. Which by the way if you are interested in that market, I did not see you clearance listed. I am enclosing some information that may assist. Keep in mind you will need to search network into those agencies, but you might be surprised to see them on LinkedIn and Facebook professional groups. Thanks for your service and God Bless. Here are some items might help you focus your profile.
Good examples of “to the point” profiles are Mark Broc, PMP, SSGB, SrumMaster, Domonick Steward, Information Technology Specialist | ISSO | Security+ and Jack Eisenhauer, Global Supply Chain. All have had long careers, but emphasized experiences and accomplishments that offer examples of the career they are searching for.


Steve Adolt Lancaster, PA


If your mentor from ACP isn't providing the guidance and hand holding / accountability / networking that you need, i would be happy to, as an ACP and non-ACP mentor.

If you shoot me your current resume so i can review it, let's get on a quick call to see where you're at in a few things, see what kind of time we have, and get you connected ASAP.

Looking forward to hearing back from you!




James Houlik Colorado Springs, CO

Good morning John,

I do have some and read books on transitioning from active duty to civilian employment, and I do have a mentor through ACP actually. Most of that are retiring are told the biggest key to success is networking, networking and networking. What advice would you recommend for those of us that fit that demographic? I have served most of my adult life and my only civilian job I had before the Army I went door to door and actually sat with someone face to face instead of submitting a resume into a black hole hoping someone would read it.


John Faber Arlington, VA

Hi James,

I would be happy to further explore your interests and strengths with you to help you have the best understanding of what you want to do and how to communicate that to prospective employers.

Two quick questions:
Do you have a mentor to help you with your transition?
Have you read any blogs, articles, or books on the job search or on the military transition?

Being informed is to be forearmed. The more support and resources you have, the easier your transition can be!

I hope this helps.

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