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Seeking advice on transitioning and changing careers


David Hungler Burlingame, CA

I worked as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge, in The Air Force Office of Special Investigations. When transitioning, I knew I would have to take a step back and no longer be in a senior role. What surprised me is that I have only been able to get an entry-level investigative position. Does anyone have advice on how to make private corporations better understand the training and experience the career military personnel can bring?

13 November 2020 4 replies Career Advancement



Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

Good advice from above, please do not pay for transition assistance! Your LinkedIn career profile is very military. I realize you have clarified to the best of your current ability. Next you need to choose the career you want! Once you make that decision, learn, study, and know the language of that new career. Then re-do your profile and create a master resume and for any job posting you apply tailor it to the job posting and be sure to hit key words. Run your resume and the job posting through (yes co). This will outline what keywords you are using and better yet what ones you are missing.
Join some professional groups on LinkedIn and or professional groups on Facebook. Also sign up for American Corporate Partners and Veterati for mentors. At E-7 you should have a commercial person in or close to your career assist you in learning the career. Hope these couple of short reads help. P.S. you LinkedIn profile, put your desired career in the TAG and a Masters degree sits above all of the degrees.
Good examples of “to the point” profiles are Mark Broc, PMP, SSGB, CSM 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.
Again, TAG line concise to a career field, short summary of your qualifications, and accomplishments with #$% to accent value will keep recruiters reading. Remember that you are part of the 0.5% of Americans who serve their country. You are very well respected, but the chance civilians have been part of the 0.5% simply means they will not understand your language or experiences-without translation. Thank you for your support and sacrifices. God Bless

16 November 2020 Helpful answer


Sharon Rau Bronx, NY

Master Sergeant,

Nice to meet you, my name is Shae, currently a SSG in the Army Guard and I transitioned out of active duty almost 2 years ago. I would put a quantifiable number on all your experience to properly convey how much you've done. Any way you can add a number for the people managed, years on a project, years of experience, value of assets managed, value added / saved due to your projects would help. I did not have any experience in the current field I am in, just one intermediate level certification, so this was huge for me. Once I was able to properly quantify my experience on my resume, I received a lot of response back from interviews. Best of luck on your future endeavors!


Taube Weiner Dedham, MA

Hi David,
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James Watters Norman, OK

Sergeant Hungler -
Dear Master Sergeant, my first recommendation is to remove the term -Assistant- from your current job title.

I took the following from the website (About Us) of “Special Solutions”, a Chicago based company. You might consider making a bi-fold one page brochure (to handout and mail) that describes your experience and areas of expertise.

“ The foundation of Special Solution’s Investigative Services Division is unparalleled in the industry, leading the way in experience, quality, integrity and above all, we are sensitive to the needs of our clients. Our investigative consultants are former military, federal, state and local law enforcement officers with a broad array of experience, most with over 20 years experience in the investigative field. We still believe in old fashion investigation work, while promoting a modern approach in rendering straight forward answers without excuses. We still believe in hand shakes and direct promises based upon our “word.”

Our investigative consultants provide detailed information on businesses and financial
institution records, conduct detailed interviews on potential witnesses, prepare an analysis of corporate risk, provide a detailed report summarizing the evidence, participate in trial preparation and render expert testimony if needed. Information retrieval no matter how sensitive, complex or difficult, is what we do best.

Special Solutions, is one of the few companies that provides end-to-end high level investigative services. When you engage Special Solutions, you not only get highly trained and qualified investigators, but the support services you need to aggressively obtain correct information and intelligence. Our investigators add full support in all their investigative findings to further assist clients in making actionable decisions in the prevention, protection and preservation of life and property. Call us today for FREE investigative consultation.”

Hope this helps Master Sergeant.

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