You, as a senior-level military leader will benefit from developing and executing a well-thought-out military transition strategy that seamlessly integrates you into a high-level, sustainable civilian position matching the quality of your current military leadership experience.
Consider shifting your thinking from “mission and duty” to a “profit and loss” oriented framework. This will place you much closer to long term success in today’s civilian marketplace. One of the objectives is to determine how to translate your high-level defense and national security expertise into corporate skills employers highly value.
Proper presentation of your skills and companies encourages companies to be open to negotiating a better package with you. Your goal is to not leave money on the table. Another goal is to position yourself for long-term, increasing value in the marketplace and ease the struggle of communicating your value to reach a comfortable retirement status.
You can’t wing it. You must be able to communicate your skills and experience in a way that speaks “high-value” and generates a “must-have” feeling to companies with whom you interview. Your objective is to get the position you want, negotiate a package you deserve, and have rewarding and financially successful 2nd career.
Here is General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff, USAF (Ret.) and Fred Coon, CEO, Stewart, Cooper & Coon.
There are many job search and employment issue questions you must consider, study, plan, and manage, to execute a truly successful career transition strategy.