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There are 212 case studies in this section. These describe the issues our clients faced as they approached their job search and how we helped them with securing new positions and negotiate better packages. At the beginning of many stories, you will see a video or audio symbol. Click on that and listen to or watch the client speak about their Stewart, Cooper & Coon search experience.

Military to Corporate Leadership: Maintaining Equilibrium During the Transition

Military leaders who are transitioning into the private sector often find themselves facing a very specific set of challenges. Among the more prevalent involve reconvening with a society increasingly detached from the military ethos, as well as finding one’s niche within a civilian corporate culture.

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It is commonplace for today’s companies to offer senior managers and executives the benefit of individualized outplacement services. However, when taking into account the precise needs of senior military decision-makers, transitioning services must be presented in a meaningful success-driven way.

A well-formulated senior-level transition agenda should allow transitioning military leaders the ability to concentrate on the important core issues. An effective program, such as that offered by the team at Stewart Cooper & Coon, … Read More


Experts Explore Core Challenges of the Military to Civilian Transition: Part II – Translation

Welcome to part-two of our series, where we will be exploring three primary aspects that often present the most serious stumbling blocks to service members transferring into the civilian sector.

For this, we’ll be drawing upon the expertise of six professionals, some of whom are former officers and enlisted, who have forged success out of these challenges. We have found a great deal of commonality in the experience of former military members. This is one experience that, while still very unique to you in its expression, nevertheless has a considerable amount of overlap with others who have gone through the experience. It is in this way, by bringing these facets to light, that we hope to provide something of service … Read More


Experts Explore Core Challenges of the Military to Civilian Transition: Part I – Culture Shock

The fundamental equation of the modern workforce is a balance between marketable skills and given levels of competition for the field in question. Even those who have spent the entirety of their career in the private sector can find significant challenges in bridging this gap.

This series will be exploring three primary things that can present the most serious stumbling blocks to service members transferring into the civilian sector. For this, we’ll be drawing on the expertise of six professionals, some of whom are former officers and enlisted, who have forged success out of these challenges. We have found a great deal of commonality in the experience of former military members.

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This is one experience that, while still very unique … Read More


Networking Advice for Vets Entering the Corporate Workforce

Professional networking may not immediately come naturally for soldiers entering the corporate marketplace.  While it is rarely used in a military career, it is everything in the civilian workforce.  Networking simply does not warrant a higher ranking in the military.  Yet in the private sector, every professional is looking for the next opportunity, regardless of their satisfaction in their present position.

Meeting people socially for lunch or coffee, running groups, conferences, dinner parties and so on is what initially gets professionals in the door and sitting in front of their next potential employer.

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The Major Challenges

It is difficult to understand why 20+ years as a military professional could actually be detrimental to landing a civilian job, without the right … Read More


Military to Private: Transferable Skills

Coming from the military, and stepping for the first time in years into the world of private commerce can be disorienting to anyone – from the most basic enlisted ranks to the highest officer. The adjustment period of acclimation is often felt as a whirlwind. However, this is also a period where you can use this time reflectively, contemplating your best options and advantages while the dust settles.

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One exceptional use of this time for contemplation is developing a list of Transferable Skills (TS). TS are, in essence, skills taken from one career that are applicable towards another. It is commonly understood that the more simple, and more universal a skill is, the more easily it may be applied to … Read More



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