Would like to take on larger leadership positions.
I am also a retired 06. I had 4 years Active as a Corpsman. And then came back in with a direct commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the reserves for 26 years.
My network and experience is completely civilian and military but I have helped anybody and everyone who wanted help with Resumes and Cover letters.
If I can be of help to you - just let me know.
Rex D. Conger
1408 Camping Rd
Gilbert, SC, 29054
Here is the link to the Veteran Application to request a mentor: https://www.acp-usa.org/mentoring-program/veteran-application.
Jerry is right. We have a formal mentorship program where you can be connected with a mentor, one-on-one, for an entire year.
The only requirement is that you are a veteran that has served at least 180 days on active duty orders since September 11, 2001.
Visit our website to apply and learn more: https://www.acp-usa.org/mentoring-program/veteran-application
PM me with any further questions.
ACP has a great mentor program and I am sure your question should lead to a response. If not go on line at the ACP site for mentors and complete and application.
Another avenue is Informational Interviews. Reach out to organizations seek "help/assistance" on career information. It is important you differentiate this from a call looking for employment, as those mostly will end up directing you to the company employment WEB portal. Reach out to organizations you should know something about along with an interest in that industry as a whole. Your goal is to find out why the COO or VP of Operations chose the career path they did. Remember you ask prompting questions for people to speak about their journey, listen carefully and take good notes. It is key you create the atmosphere for them to comfortably share how they ended up where there are, what would they do different to get there today, etc.
Long story short, you need to find the key characteristics that make these leaders tick, then translate it back into your career(s) to see how you would approach the market. Keep in mind 90% of positions are never posted, they are network hired or promoted from within. Rule of them at the C level if a company is doing well, they will try not to break what is working and look inside. If a company needs a change and is interested in a culture change or shaking up, they look from outside to come in.
As a full bird colonel you have the "leadership" part down pat, the component in business that senior military miss out on is Board of Directors interaction. Many careers are made or broken by a senior leader's ability to interact appropriately with the BOD/T. I hope this helps, their are many differences between executive level management in the military and in business. I think candid conversations with business executives willing to share in your career information search would be a great way to find out about it.
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