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Calling all military veterans!! Transitioning out of military service into the civilian world is a stressful event to say the least. This forum is for all veterans who refuse to settle for anything less than living their next dream!

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Comment by Lee Flint on Thursday
I went through the formal Transition Assistance Program, or TAP, in 2014. The course had great value, but it was not tailored for each veteran. Instead, the vets were encouraged to accomplish on-line courses designed to meet their specific needs and desires, including education, job searches, and entreprenuership. I am convinced that there is a tremendous need for one-on-one counseling/coaching in this segment and a case could be made that the DoD or the VA should pay for it.
Comment by Lee Flint on April 18, 2015 at 6:35pm
Consider the audacity of the Doolittle Raid. They had total focus on their mission and launched--even though many believed it couldn't be done--and they shook the world. August 18, 1942.
Comment by Lee Flint on April 15, 2015 at 7:10am
If you're a vet who is going to launch a business, consider including an indepth personal financial plan as an annex to your business plan. Inc magazine recently highlighted financial literacy as a shortcoming for many small business owners.
Comment by Lee Flint on April 4, 2015 at 7:45am
Great idea Alan. I love the concept of a "favor." Providing something of value without an expectation of something in return is a special way of letting people know that they're valuable and important. Good luck with the process and tell us how it goes.
Comment by Alan West on March 30, 2015 at 10:01am

I wanted to announce that beginning in April I will be doing one favor for a person in my professional network every week to see how I can help them. 

The thought behind this is 1) keep in touch with members of my network, 2) getting me out of my comfort zone, 3) getting perspective on problems which may impact me or my business and 4) I love helping others!

Most of my network is on LinkedIn but I wanted to ensure that I included my brother and sister veterans who have given so much.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Comment by David Soto Jr. on March 27, 2015 at 9:53am

Hey everyone. Dave here. Just saw this group. I will be retiring from the Air Force and Missouri ANG with 23 years this December but I promise I will not stop serving. Got a big project coming up you guys are going to love!! 

Comment by Lee Flint on February 21, 2015 at 9:28am
If you're transitioning out of the military and are beginning your job search, one of your first steps will be to write a resume. Here are some tips on how to review your resume before you send it to a company on your list.

1. Contact information readable and accurate: 25 points. Bonus points if you include your 48days.net handle and your LinkedIn URL.
2. All acronyms defined in the document: 15 points. You might have been the CGOY in your AFSC from FY14-FY15, but if someone doesn't understand your AFSC or MOS then you might just be SOL.
3. Positions described chronologically and explained so that a civilian can understand it: 25 points. Some reviewers recommend re-writing your job titles to approximate what a civilian position might be, but I disagree. I think you should put your actual job title down, then describe the posiiton in the resume.
4. Job responsibilities and team leadership shows progression: 25 points. This doesn't necessarily mean rank increases. It should show experience and development of leadership competencies that the military trains for and demands.
5. Education: 10 points. The military offers education in many forms, formal civilian degree programs, military certifications, and continuing education within a career field. All educational experiences relevent to the position you are applying for can and should be listed--space permiting.
6. Civilian resume more than 2 pages for non-executive level job seakers: -50 points. Resumes are measured by content not weight. Long resumes are often discarded.

Finally, I'll just add that resumes are a matter of personal preference. These point values are my own, but read resumes of successful job seekers in your own chosen field and, if possible, from the company you are interested. Considering asking for resumes from your contacts at those companies on LinkedIn, and share your own with them BEFORE applying formally. Good luck!
(PS: If you'd like to receive my resume, or have me review your own, just send me a personal message.)
Comment by Lee Flint on January 18, 2015 at 12:49pm

I read Inc Magazine every month. It features great information about small business creation, sustainment, and growth. I'm particularly interested in the idea of bootstrapping a company. This month the magazine runs a cover story about entrepreneurs who have done just that, including Bert Jacobs, founder of the Life is Good brand. Other stories reinforce the concept that you don't need an SBA loan or massive Kick Starter campaign to launch a business. You need an idea, hard work, and hustle to make things happen. Veterans are particularly good at making the most out of the resources at hand. Think about how you can leverage your knowledge, skills, and ability to bring powerful ideas to the marketplace. 

Comment by Alan West on December 21, 2014 at 10:38am

Veteran!

Comment by Lee Flint on December 21, 2014 at 9:48am

Poll question: Are you a veteran, a retiree, or currently serving in the military on active duty, guard, or reserves? 

 
 
 

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