How to Leave the Military Like A True Professional

When I was a young airman, an NCO told me that on her retirement day she planned to drive off base with her middle finger in the air. She added that she would be using her other hand to smoke a joint. Around the same time I witnessed a respected SNCO retire after 28 years of honorable service openly weeping, partly because he was proud of his service and accomplishments, but mostly because he simply did not want to go. He would’ve stayed in the service his whole life if he could have.

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Professional Networking 101 Rewind

Having a large, diverse, and organically grown network is an essential key to career development. Though digital communications have become commonplace in business, face-to-face connections are still the best way to foster meaningful professional relationships. Don’t know where to start? You are in the right place.

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Can Military-Grade Courtesies Harm Your Civilian Career?

Is there such a thing as too polite or too formal in the civilian workplace? Yes, there absolutely is, and laying it on too thickly could damage your career. Continue reading “Can Military-Grade Courtesies Harm Your Civilian Career?”

Veterans: Does Google’s New Job Search Tool Really Help You Secure Post-Military Employment? [Review]

Google’s new search tool sounds like a game changer for transitioning Veterans. Does this new initiative actually function as advertised? The Post-Military Professional’s author Adam Braatz investigates.

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Military Ink: Tattoos, Veterans, and Employment

In 1991, an “Iceman” was discovered near the Italian-Austrian border. Carbon-dated at approximately 5,200 years old, the Iceman was found to have tattoos all over his body. Tattooing is a practice (or an art form, as some would argue) that dates back thousands of years and has historically been used to symbolize high status, low status, criminal status, military status, illness, injury, or religious affiliation. In some cases it has even been used as a memory aid. Mummified remains and written records reveal the occurrence of tattoos and tattooing in ancient civilizations all over the world. In fact, in the body modification realm, tattooing predates piercing by over 7,000 years. That’s all very interesting, but does it mean you should finally bite the bullet and get that star-spangled full sleeve you’ve always dreamed of? You know, the one that proudly proclaims, “These Colors Don’t Run” in Old English font? You might want to mull over whether or not it could hurt your post-service job prospects first.

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Professional Networking 101, Episode 6: Situational Awareness and Context Clues

In Professional Networking 101, Adam Braatz of postmilitarypro.com shares insights and experiences related to professional network development — usually while traversing to/from a networking connection.

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3 Hidden Benefits of Volunteerism for Veterans

“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”

― James Doolittle

I remember the golden age of enlisted performance reports. In the Air Force at least, it seemed like there was a sure-fire hack to land a quarterly award or “firewall 5” (getting the highest possible rating in all performance categories): volunteering. Continue reading “3 Hidden Benefits of Volunteerism for Veterans”