January 13, 2020
Identity. In the military our identity – who we are, our rank, our mission, our purpose, is all packaged pretty tightly. We know where we stand in the ranks, others know our skills and accomplishments from the ribbons and medals on our uniforms (chest candy) and the newest recruit, boot, airman knows exactly what level of respect to display just by looking at a uniform. Identity in the military is not a secret.
And then we get it. And all of that changes. Today’s guest on The Military Wire is Jen Anthony. Jen served 20 years in the US Air Force achieving the highest enlisted rank of E-9, Chief Master Sergeant. Only one percent of the enlisted force reach the rank of "Chief" and she did so at a time when the total population of female service members was less than 19%. She has worked all over the world to include places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Turkey. While in service, she specialized in offensive and defensive cyberspace operations coupled with a strong background in leadership and professional development.
She shares her story how she went from being in the 1% club of enlisted to transitioning and becoming what felt to be the most invisible Veteran in the country. Her journey and her experience isn't unique and her method to discovering her new identity is one you can duplicate.
Be sure to check out this episode if you are about to transition - or have transitioned.
January 9, 2020
Veteran myths and stereotypes seem to take on a life of their own - and sometimes influence HR hiring decisions. HR Expert David Alsop, Senior Director and Head of Human Resources for Ultradent, a global dental and orthodontic manufacturing company that has experienced non-stop growth for over 30 years, shares how he personally held some misconceptions and how today he not only advocates for the skills, abilities and leadership veterans bring to the workplace but makes it a point to influence other hiring managers to understand the value Veterans bring.
To learn more about the hiring opportunities at Ultradent, visit their website at www.ultradent.com or visit David Alsop on his LinkedIn profile.
January 7, 2020
How does one become a top tier leader – and where does one start after military service to get on this pathway to corporate leadership? We’ll unpack this topic today with one our nation’s top Hospitality Recruiters & Human Resources Executive – who just happens to also be an Artificial Intelligence Enthusiast.
There are hundreds of books on leadership – and those of us who have served in the military in many ways can clearly see how we can advance to the next level of positional leadership – what time is required, what certifications or qualifications. But corporate is different. There isn’t always a clear path to the next level of leadership. And even if you are a top tier leader in the military doesn’t automatically guarantee you a top tier leadership position in corporate.
Our guest today on The Military Wire is Wymillian Cobb, one of our nation’s top Hospitality Recruiters & Human Resources Executives with over 14 years’ experience - who just happens to also be an Artificial Intelligence Enthusiast. She and her husband own have an HR Staffing firm, VJT Strategic HR Hospitality and one of their primary areas of focus is to help those who get into the industry succeed and grow to become top tier leaders.
To learn more about how Wymillian may be able to help you, visit her at Wymillian Cobb.
December 23, 2019
Have you ever just "lost motivation" or if you lead teams, felt your teams just don't seem to be engaged? In this episode of The Military Wire, you'll hear from one of America's Elite and top performers, Eric Kapitulik, on how to re-engage and how to engage your teams so that you truly can achieve your best year yet.
Erik Kapitulik, founder and CEO of the Program, is a former Infantry Officer and Special Operations Officer with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Marine Division. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 2005 and Founded The Program in 2008. He’s participated in eight IronMan Triathlons, The Canadian Death Race Ultra Marathon, The Eco Challenge, And The America Birkebeiner Ski Marathon. He has summitted five of the Seven Summits: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Elbrus, and most recently, Mt. Everest.
To learn more about Eric and how he can help you achieve your best year yet, visit TheProgram.org
December 20, 2019
What does it mean to be you after that uniform comes off? And how do you even start defining your own personal brand? In this episode of The Military Wire, Dianne DeSevo, Global Chief Human Resources for one of the top global branding companies, shares how you define and build your brand after your military service.
Dianne is no stranger to helping companies (and individuals) build their brands. Today, with The Engine Group – a global creative media and marketing company - Dianne continues to help global companies "brand" their identities. And those same techniques and strategies work for individuals.
Prior to The Engine, she served as Vice President of Human Resources at Disney ABC Television and Director of Human Resources at Time Warner.
To learn more about The Engine Group, visit their website.
To reach out to Dianne, ping her on Linkedin and just let her know you heard about her on The Military Wire.
December 16, 2019
Communicating vs Selling your Value. I think we’ve all heard the adage “people don’t like to be sold, they love to buy.” Sitting before someone in HR – hoping to get that job – sometimes may feel like having to do a sales job. You are competing against countless others and this is your one chance to turn the head of the employer and close the deal.
But is there a difference in selling vs communicating value and do the approaches have different outcomes.
In this episode of The Military Wire, you'll hear from Michelle Olson, a military spouse, also a military employment counselor - and a Human Resource Specialist for a Berkshire Hathaway Company – (think Warren Buffet) - Johns Manville, who’s products are used in a wide variety of industries including building products, aerospace, automotive and transportation, filtration, commercial interiors, waterproofing and wind energy. A proud member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, we serve customers in more than 80 countries around the globe.
She shares her perspective from a the spouse lens as well as the HR lens - and you'll want to take notes.
To learn more about the opportunities at Johns Mansville, visit their website or reach out to Michelle.
(**Slight audio issue at 4:54 but then the interview resumes)
December 11, 2019
In this episode of The Military Wire, you'll learn what the top three best career fields are after military service from retired Marine Corps Colonel, now Member Outreach Manager Clay Stackhouse.
Clay served our nation's military as a Marine Aviator retiring as a Colonel. Traveled to 34 countries and completed 5 combat/contingency deployments in the Former Yugoslavia, the former Zaire, Sierra Leone and Iraq. Became a Marine One pilot, a White House Liaison Officer, a Squadron Commander and was instrumental in the 2013 re-write of the JCIDS manual.
To learn what the top ten best career fields after military service are for those who have served, visit Best Careers After Service List.
December 9, 2019
Grabbing the attention of HR takes a bit of luck and science. In this episode of The Military Wire, Dan Johnson, former infantry officer who is now leading Human Resource efforts at a global company shares how you can narrow your niche - what you present - in order to grab the attention of HR...and perhaps land that dream job.
Dan Johnson is the Senior Director of Human Resources for the Rings, Turbines, & Energy Group with manufacturing locations in the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, and Czech Republic. Annual Revenue exceed $1.2 billion and an employee population base of over 2,300.
Dan also served in the military as an officer, went through the transition process, and faced some of the same challenges many who are transitioning face today – a bit of uncertainty – but today, he’s leading a great team and helping others who served find ways to better their transition.
To get in touch with Dan Johnson, check out his LinkedIn profile.
December 4, 2019
In this episode you'll hear from former Marine Corps Master Sergeant, now HR Director at a global company, Chris Patton, share how his company retains Veterans for 10+ years and what questions to ask that will help you crush the interview.
Harvard Business stated that the cost of losing an employee is about $60,000. With costs to onboard and recruit being roughly $4000, then an investment of 6 – 9 months into the employee, it’s easy to see why retention is so important for companies.
Finding the “best-fit” is critical from both a company perspective and from a "career perspective."
Chris Patton reveals how certain questions can help you in your job hunt determine "best-fit" and reduce your chances of rolling out of a company in the first two years. His advice isn't theory. His company has found ways to attract best-fit Veterans who stay an average of 10 years.
That company? Travelers Insurance. This company that has been around for more than 160 years and have earned a reputation as one of the best property casualty insurers in the industry; the only property casualty company in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. 30,000 employees and 13,500 independent agents and brokers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
To learn more, visit www.travelers.com
December 2, 2019
Even with a competitive job market, you can rise above and target the best-fit job by aligning your skills with some of America's top companies. HR Expert Anthony Shares how to best do this in today's episode of The Military Wire.
To learn more about Anthony, visit leadershipandmore.com If you are transitioning, and want to Discover Your Post-Service Identity, reach out to us at www.opmilfam.com and we can discuss how you can start to plan your best year ever after transition.