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Whether you served 3 years or 23 years, as you prepare to transition out of the military, a mentor to provide advice and guidance will be helpful.

This podcast series was created to give you a platform to learn from mentors. By interviewing those veterans who have already traveled the transition path before you, we give you insight and information on what worked and didn't work for them, help you prepare for potential obstacles and plan for your own transition success.

Our goal is to give you actionable ideas every single week that you can use to guide your transition out of the military, no matter which direction you choose to travel.

We are proud to be broadcast on Wreaths Across America Radio.

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Military Transition Q&A with Marc Lopez

Season 4 Episode 167:

When Marc Lopez agreed to join Lori on the show for a transition Q&A session, he shared some of his preparation notes and methods. Though he gets time to ask some questions about how to know if you are making the right decision and how to decide when it's time to pivot in your post-military career, first he takes us through his meticulous planning process. Marc leveraged his background in intel to create and execute a very detailed plan and he shares it with us on the show. 

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Seeking Alternative Methods of Healing with Eric Infanti

Season 4 Episode 166:

Marine Corps veteran Eric Infanti had a very smooth transition into the corporate world, but when his health suffered and traditional methods didn't work, he dove deep into alternative healing methods. He built a successful wellness business. When he found himself needing to pivot again in 2020 due to COVID, he once again jumped in and gained new expertise in UI/UX design. He found a way to leverage his mindfulness and wellness focus with his IT knowledge into the perfect role for a non-profit that serves veterans. 

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Five Things Your Resume Should Contain with Lori Norris

Season 4 Episode 165:

Join host Lori Norris as she highlights some best practices for crafting a resume that gets results. As a certified resume writer and career coach and the owner of Get Results Career Services, Lori has written thousands of military transition resumes and today's episode highlights the 5 must-haves for every resume. Tune in to the very end to learn the best role that AI tools can play in your job search process. 

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Changing Perspective over Time with Ray Jokie

Season 4 Episode 164: 

When Ray Jokie joined us back in Season 1 of the show, he was very candid about how desperate and dark the first few years of his military transition were. Now, Ray is the Military Relations Lead and Talent Acquisition Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Space, he loves his job and he has a new baby that has completely changed his outlook on life. He hasn't forgot his own struggles and he is here to talk you through some job search best practices as someone who has screened thousands of resumes and talked to countless potential employees.

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Navigating the Ups and Downs of Military Transition with Chris Dreisbach

Season 4 Episode 163:

We welcome back retired Air Force veteran Chris Dreisbach to the show to update us on his military transition. Chris has tried multiple careers and many different job search methods and he is here to share the truth of the lessons he learned along the way. He realizes that his military transition is still ongoing, even 4 years and 6 jobs along. Chris shares that he still listens to every episode of the show and highlights some of the episodes that have been the most impactful on his own journey. 

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Rate My SkillBridge with Ethan Shipp 

Season 4 Episode 162:

Ethan Shipp is still serving in the Air Force and is stationed overseas. As a self-proclaimed planner, as he was preparing for his transition, he realized there was not a place for service members to give feedback on their SkillBridge experience. To fill this void, Ethan leveraged his IT skills to create Rate My SkillBridge, a website where participants can provide feedback and research company's reputation as a SkillBridge provider. Since he is still active, we turn this into a hybrid episode where Ethan asks me some transition questions.

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Knowing When to Take a Break with Lori Norris

Season 4 Episode 161:

You may or may not have noticed that the podcast took a two-week break a few episodes back. As I struggled with burnout during a difficult personal season, my research led me to tackle this issue and educate you, the transitioning service member and job seeker about how to identify when you might need to take a breather and hit the pause button for your own well-being. 

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Military Spouse and Family Transition with Sarah Bumgardner

Season 4 Episode 160:

In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 10, we welcome military spouse Sarah Bumgardner. Sarah's first marriage did not survive the military transition and she gives some insight in to how to navigate transition as a cohesive family unit. Sarah is now married to a veteran and she has worked for AAFMAA supporting veterans and their families, so she brings a unique perspective to the table. 

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Job Interview Success with Brenda Mariah - Part 2

Season 4 Episode 159:

In the conclusion of the value-packed two-part episode, career services professionals Lori Norris and Brenda Mariah go through how to prepare for those tough interview questions, what questions you can ask in an interview, the interview closing and the post-interview follow-up process. If you are preparing yourself for job interviews, these are two must-listen episodes

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Job Interview Success with Brenda Mariah

Season 4 Episode 158:

In the first part of this critical two-part series, listen in as two career services professionals walk you through the keys to success in all phases of the job interview. This episode covers your first impression in an interview and highlights the keys to answering the questions you are asked in a job interview. Be sure to tune in next week to hear the additional keys to interview success.

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The Emotions of the Military Transition with Mary Polanco- Part 2

Season 4 Episode 157:

In part 2 with Mary Polanco, retired USAF E-9 and author of Your Final Debrief, we talk about all the different emotions you may be feeling during the military transition and discuss strategies for dealing with them. In addition, if you find yourself in the midst of the "who am I outside of the military" identity crisis, Mary shares a few of the tools you can find in her book during the episode. 

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Dealing with the Grief of Leaving the Military with Mary Polanco - Part 1

Season 4 Episode 156:

Mary Polanco noticed that very few of the books out there about military transition dealt with the emotional aspect of leaving the military, so she decided to write Your Final Debrief, which she calls an essential guide to breaking free from the military mindset and crafting the post-service life you truly desire. Tune in for part 1 of 2 episodes with Mary as we discuss the highlights of her book and talk about her own journey to change her mindset about post-military life. 

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Learning How to Market Yourself with Clarissa Merced

Season 4 Episode 155:

Clarissa Merced hit the "easy button" during her military transition. She went right from a SkillBridge with the VA to a full-time role there. However, she didn't pause to think about whether or not that is where she wanted to work and what she wanted to do. Once she took the time to think about what she wanted and learned how to market her transferable skills, she landed a dream job with a $30K salary increase. Hear her story in this episode. 

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Exploring SkillBridge with Dave Schantz - Part 2

Season 4 Episode 154:

Dave is back for a second episode where we discuss the importance of doing your research to find the best SkillBridge opportunity for you and your career. Instead of treating it like a given, Dave recommends treating your SkillBridge search like a typical job interview, as we want this to be a "train to hire" role for the future of your post-military career. 

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Exploring SkillBridge with Dave Schantz - Part 1

Season 4 Episode 153:

I have never met someone with as much knowledge on the SkillBridge program as US Navy veteran Dave Schantz brings to this program. Tune in for part 1 of 2 episodes with Dave as we discuss all things SkillBridge with lots of general military transition advice interwoven through the episode. Even if you have already transitioned out of the miltiary, you will find new information and valuable knowledge shared by Dave. 

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Bouncing Back from Underemployment with Derek Moore

Season 4 Episode 152:

After retiring from the US Marine Corps in 2021, Derek struggled to find a role and took the first job he was offered. He knew it was not for him within 3 months and started working on translating his military experience and more effectively marketing himself in the job search. Once he improved his resume and LinkedIn profile, he landed a higher paying job and went from underemployed, underpaid and underutilized to loving his new role in higher education. Tune it to hear what made the difference in his job search success. 

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Navigating the Financial Decisions of Transition with Todd Nelson

Season 4 Episode 151:

There are so many decisions that need to be made in the midst of the very stressful military transition process. The financial decisions that Todd Nelson and I discuss in this episode are some of the most important ones that you will make. Todd isn't here to offer you financial advice, but he wants you to be aware of your options so that you can do your own research and make informed decisions before you wrap up your military service career. 

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Taking the Focus Off You for Job Search Success

Season 4 Episode 150:

In this solo episode, host Lori Norris dives into one of the best ways to set yourself apart from the crowd, especially in this highly competitive job market. Though it seems counterintuitive, the best way to stand out from the crowd is to take the focus off yourself and your needs and instead focus on how you can add value and bring benefits to your potential employer. Tune in for strategies to do just this. 

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Military Transition Q&A with Taylor Lau

Season 4 Episode 149:

In the first Military Transition Q&A of Season 4, we discuss the biggest transition pitfalls, the single most important thing a transitioning service member should do and what strengths or traits have more value in the private sector than in the military. Taylor, who is a transitioning Army officer preparing to separate after 12 years, shares some thoughts on what she has learned so far in her transition. 

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Removing the Mental Health Treatment Stigma with Major General Gregg Martin

Season 4 Episode 148:

MG Gregg Martin served 36 years in the US Army and held several high-level leadership roles while unknowingly living with bipolar disorder. He was medically retired in 2015 and fell into a deep depression that led to his hospitalization. Today, as the author of Bipolar General: My Forever War with Mental Illness, Gregg joins us to talk about his journey and what he learned about taking care of your mental health the same you care for your physical self. 

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Seeking Stability with Travis Pearce

Season 4 Episode 147:

Travis Pearce separated from the Army in 2009 with little notice and not much of a plan. After landing a role with Alstom as a monorail mechanic, he spent the next 14 years with the company as he pursued his engineering degree and moved into a project engineer role. He is here to talk about his journey, which is different than many veterans, in that he has sought stability and stayed with the same company since he left the military. Hear why he would like other veterans to consider joining him at Alstom. 

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Getting 1000 Veterans Hired with Jai Salters

Season 4 Episode 146

Jai Salters, who is currently serving as a US Navy officer, established his non-profit organization ACT Now Education in 2008. While his organization focuses on helping active duty military, veterans and military spouses attain upskill and reskill resources, he is personally on a mission to help 1000 veterans, service members and their spouses find employment before his retirement in 2027. Tune in to hear how he is making this happen and learn about some great available resources. 

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Going from Officer to Dependent with Charlene Wilde

Season 4 Episode 145:

Charlene Wilde made the decision to leave her role as an officer in the US Army when she had her first child. It was quite the adjustment to go from officer and veteran to being referred to as a dependent. In the episode she shares the strategies she used to re-launch her career after spending 11 years out of the workforce to raise her family. Today she holds a VP role at AAFMAA and she shared the tactics she used to move her career forward. 

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Winning the Military Transition Game with Shawn Welsh

Season 3 Episode 144: 

Shawn Welsh took the "intel analyst" approach to his retirement from the US Army. He went through 26 different military transition programs and gathered details on all the resources, and this is what he credits to his smooth military transition. He is here today to talk about the resources he found the most valuable and discuss how starting his own podcast, Vet S.O.S., helped him get ready for post-military success. 

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Strategic Career Changes with Sean Oliva

Season 3 Episode 143:

After being medically retired from the US Army at 17 years, Sean found himself working for the same non-profit that helped him with his service dog. Tune in to hear how and why he discovered that this was not the right place for him. After landing a role as a recruiter for Boston Scientific, he recently transitioned into a project management role. Every change that Sean has made has been very strategic and he walks us through some great tips that helped him in this episode. 

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Standing Up for What You Believe with Mary Kate Soliva

Season 3 Episode 142:

We welcome back US Army veteran Mary Kate Soliva, who joined us early in Season 1 for a transition Q&A. She is back to talk about her transition journey over the last 2 years. We touch on many different subjects, including our often-forgotten reservists and guardsmen. Mary Kate is a dedicated advocate against human trafficking and the co-founder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. Tune in to hear all that she has accomplished since she has transitioned from active duty to reserve status herself. 

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Military Transition Q&A with Nicholas Perez

Season 3 Episode 141:

This is not the first time that Nicholas Perez has considered retiring from the Air Force. Tune in to hear what made the difference for him to proceed with his retirement this time as opposed to a few years ago when he changed his mind and stayed in the military. Nick has a big personality and one of the questions he asks Lori is just how much of our true selves we should show in the interview. Nick also gives some input on the importance of taking charge of your own mental and physical health in preparation for your transition and your post-military life. 

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Eating that Frog with Lori Norris

Season 3 Episode 140:

Have you ever heard the concept of "eating the frog?" It revolves around tackling the things that are difficult or "scary" early in the day or in the project so that you can propel yourself toward your goals. If you have been procrastinating any part of your military transition that feels too unfamiliar, daunting or scary, then this episode is for you!

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Advocating for Veteran Rights and Wellness with Chris McGhee

Season 3 Episode 139:

Chris McGhee retired from the United States Air Force as a maintenance leader in 2018. Now that he has completed his law degree and works as a veteran benefits attorney, he has come back to the podcast to discuss his advocacy work. He has been able to gain the support of Senator Angus King to research why aircraft maintenance continues to be in the top 3 career fields that experience more suicides per capita each year. He is here to talk about what he has found so far and discuss how his advocacy work contributes to his success as a lawyer. 

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Doing Things that Scare You with Matthew Langseth

Season 3 Episode 138:

Matthew Langseth comes back to the show to give us an update on the many pivots that he has taken since he joined us on the podcast early in Season 1. He admits that he didn't take finding his focus as seriously as he should have and it took him quite a while. About a year ago, he decided to make a huge change in his career and he stepped away from a solid, stable role as a government contractor to pursue something he was really passionate about. He also takes the time reflect on the lessons he learned now that he has been out of the military for 4 years.

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Advice from a Dual Military Married Couple with Curtis and Oneika Brown

Season Episode 137:

Married couple Curtis and Oneika Brown retired from the Air Force about a year apart. Their transitions were just about as different as their service experience and their unique personalities. Tune in as they discuss their job search, their financial planning and their communication process that has kept them and their relationship strong despite all the stresses that come along with the military transition.

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Focusing on the Next Step with Kim Campbell

Season 3 Episode 136:

After a 24-year career as an A-10 pilot in the Air Force, Kim didn't want to hit the "easy" button and become a commercial pilots as so many military pilots do. She wanted to focus on leadership development, based on her last role as the Director of the Center for Character and Leadership Development at the Air Force Academy. She wrote a best-selling book Flying in the Face of Fear: A Fighter Pilot's Lessons on Leading with Courage. She joins us to discuss her transition and the leadership lessons she learned in the military.

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From the Navy to the NFL with Chris Bailey

Season 3 Episode 135:

When Chris Bailey retired from the Navy in early 2020, he not only faced the shutdowns from the pandemic, he also realized that he had not put in enough pre-work for his transition. Tune in to hear how he was able to turn things around and land his dream role - a dream he had given up - working for the Washington Commanders NFL team. If you are interested in working in professional sports, you might find the pros and cons of this industry from Chris to be very insightful. 

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From Infantry to Education with Mike Brown

 Season 3 Episode 134:

When Mike Brown joined the Army right out of high school, he wasn't really ready to go to college. After serving as an Army Infantryman for 4 years, he found college to be the perfect "long runway" back into post-military employment. He has worked in the education career field, working for colleges and for then Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy updating and revising the Post-911 GI Bill. He clarifies a few things about this valuable education benefit and discusses the value of education in the episode.

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The Transformation in the Transition with Misty Moreno

Season 3 Episode 133:

Misty Moreno is back with her no-nonsense straightforward communication style to share what she has learned after recently celebrating the 3rd anniversary of her military retirement from the United States Air Force. Misty compares herself to sushi, you either love her or you don't, but there is no mistaking the value of the advice and guidance she provides about some of the lessons she has learned along the way. 

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What Does Warren Buffett Know about Military Transition with Ioannis Kiriazis

Season 3 Episode 132:

Ioannis "John" Kiriazis is preparing to retire from the US Army as an officer and is in the midst of his transition. When he visited a local sandwich shop and saw Warren Buffett's 10 rules for life posted on the wall, he couldn't help but relate them to the military transition. He joins Lori on the show to share his thoughts on these life lessons, and since he is in the process of preparing for his military transition, he got the opportunity to ask some of his questions as well. 

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Lessons Learned for Military Transition with Marina Rabinek and Kasie Valenti

Season 3 Episode 131:

While the LL4V team is on a short summer break, we bring you a Lessons Learned for Military Transition that Lori Norris hosted on LinkedIn that featured the two veterans who are both repeat guests on the show, Marina Rabinek and Kasie Valenti. Tune in for Marina, Kasie and Lori to all share their top 3 lessons that include things such as the need for the importance of building a network and support system, so you don't go through the transition alone and how to find the purpose and camaraderie you felt while serving in the military in the next chapter of your career. 

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Lessons Learned for Military Transition with CharlieMartinez and Donald Thompson

Season 3 Episode 130:

While the LL4V team is on a short summer break, we bring you a Lessons Learned for Military Transition that Lori Norris hosted on LinkedIn that featured the two US Air Force veterans, Charlie Martinez and Donald Thompson. Tune in for Donald, Charlie and Lori to all share their top 3 military transition lessons that include things such as the need for focus and research, the importance of being proactive and getting prepared and the importance of reaching out to your community and support system throughout your military transition. 

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Sharing Wisdom from the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army Jack Tilley

Season 3 Episode 129:

Sergeant Major Jack Tilley held the highest enlisted role in the US Army from 2000 until his retirement in 2004. He has continued his successful career as a veteran and he is here today to share his thoughts and lessons learned on all aspects of the military transition, from timing to ensuring you include your family in your military transition process. Prepare to feel inspired and motivated to tackle your transition after listening to his episode.

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Changing Your Inner Voice with Mary Polanco

Season 3 Episode 128:

Mary Polanco had reached the E-9 rank in her Air Force career and had no retirement plans for a few more years. However, even though this was her career goal, it was not the best thing for her mental health and she decided to retire earlier than planned. She went on a journey of reshaping her mindset and identifying what her ideal career looked like. She is now an entrepreneur, trainer, speaker, curriculum developer and author and she is here to talk to us about how to change that inner monologue that so often gets in our way. 

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Navigating Veteran Benefits with Dr. Paul Lawrence

Season 3 Episode 127:

Dr. Paul Lawrence, former Under Secretary of Benefits at the US Department of Veterans Affairs and author of the recently released book Veteran Benefits for You: Get What You Deserve, joins us on this important episode that helps you learn more about the benefits that you have earned in your military service. He touches on how to apply for and access these benefits, some of the most underutilized benefits and what to do if you are having trouble receiving those benefits. 

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Letting Go of Your Ego with Eric Brew

Season 3 Episode 126: 

Eric Brew struggled in his retirement from the Army, not because he wasn't willing to ask the right questions, but because he didn't even know what questions to ask. Eric recognizes that NCOs are not often able to answer "I don't know" to a question and this is a blow to the ego. On the outside, he is gregarious, outgoing and confident, but he struggled with depression and still deals with imposter syndrome today, even with all the success he has achieved. Tune in to hear how he overcame and continues to deal with his challenges still today. 

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Changing the Way We View Failure with A.J. Yawn

Season 3 Episode 125:

From the outside, A.J. Yawn's post-military career looks seamless. However, even before he joined the military, he had to navigate his way through some seriously devastating setbacks. Tune in to hear how he went from Division 1 athlete on a full-ride scholarship to US Army Officer to the founder of a tech start-up to a senior partner of a Top 20 CPA firm. Along the way, A.J. has learned how to take care of his mental health and he has an important message for you on how you look at failure and setbacks that might just change everything!

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Transformation Instead of Transactions with Kevin Greene

Season 3 Episode 124:

Kevin struggled for many different reasons during his military transition as he retired from the Army in 2021. He was navigating COVID, he had a serious health scare and he was going about it all wrong. When a mentor taught him to look at networking and LinkedIn as more of a transformation than a transaction and showed him how to translate his military experience, everything changed for Kevin. Tune in to hear his thoughts, as someone in the talent acquisition career field, on job search best practices.

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Resume Writing Tips and Tricks, Part 2 with Marisol Maloney

Season 3 Episode 123:

In the second part of our episode with Marisol Maloney, who retired from the US Navy as an intel officer and is now a recruiter and resume writer, we talk all things about the resume. We go through some key strategies. We discuss key mistakes transitioning service members make, the worst resume advice we've seen on social media and common resume misconceptions. If you're struggling with your resume, this is a can't-miss episode!

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Charting a Career Path Full of Pivots with Marisol Maloney

Season 3 Episode 122:

In this part 1 of 2 episodes, Marisol talks about her path from enlisted US Navy to officer, from nursing to intelligence officer. Since she retired from the Navy, she has continued to pursue a career on her own terms, starting in intel, transitioning to intel recruiting and recently opening her own resume writing business. Tune in to hear her story and gain her insight into the hiring process as a recruiter and resume writer who has navigated her own military transition. 

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Embracing the Inevitable Changes in Military Transition with Bruce Thompson

Season 3 Episode 121: 

Bruce Thompson is one of the most recognizable faces in the military transition support space. He has volunteered for countless veteran service organizations and is a strong voice advocating for veteran mental health on LinkedIn. His retirement and transition out of the Marine Corps was not without bumps, in fact there are more than 30 jobs on his LinkedIn profile, many of them volunteer work, as he has worked to figure out his post-military career path. He shares his strategies on how he found success in the episode.

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Backwards Planning Your Military Transition, Part 2 with Ken Davenport

Season 3 Episode 120:

We conclude our 2-part series with Ken Davenport. Author of The Stoic Transition, a Guide to How Veterans can Thrive in their Next Adventure, Ken brings a fresh, civilian perspective to the military transition process. In the second episode, we wrap up discussing how he applies stoicism to the military transition process. This book is so valuable, not just to those who are preparing for their transition, but for everyone who is looking to work on their mindset and live a fulfilled life! After you listen to both episodes, don't hesitate to buy this book and dig in.

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Applying Stoicism to Your Military Transition with Ken Davenport

Season 3 Episode 119:

Ken Davenport is the author of The Stoic Transition, a Guide to How Veterans can Thrive in their Next Adventure. Tune in for part 1 of 2 episodes with Ken where we discuss how he applies the stoic virtues and disciplines to help you prepare to effectively navigate your military transition. If you have not heard of stoicism, this philosophy builds resilience and self-empowerment. At its core, the focus is primarily on positive emotions and how to frame the challenges and obstacles you encounter.

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Navigating Nonverbal Communication with Lori Norris

Season 3 Episode 118:

Did you know that only 7% of how you communicate with the world is from the words that come out of your mouth? This means that 93% of how you engage with the world is through nonverbal communication. This term includes your grooming and how you’re dressed, your body language and your tone of voice. Tune in to today's solo episode with Lori Norris to learn how you can take control of the image that represents you to the rest of the world.

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Focusing on the Next Chapter with Jesse Gemberling-Johnson

Season 3 Episode 117:

When he separated from the USMC as an infantry officer, Jesse had no family obligations, so he took a very unstructured approach to his transition. Through several job changes - and lots of introspection - he figured out what career best fit his skills and personality. Though he does not regret the path he took, he is here today to share what he learned along the way, as well as during his research for his graduate thesis on military veteran employment, so that you can avoid some of the same struggles. 

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Military Transition Q&A with Jennifer Jones

Season 3 Episode 116:

Jennifer Jones is retiring from the US Air Force and in her SkillBridge right now. She brought some great questions to the show today. Her questions range from how to market diverse skills without looking unfocused, how to figure out what you want to do in your post-military career and what skills are most desirable to employers. We wrap up the episode with some important strategies to help you achieve success in the job interview. 

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Taking a Step Back to Move Forward with Leon Thomas

Season 3 Episode 115:

Leon Thomas retired from the United States Air Force in 2022 and quickly landed a role with a Fortune 100 company. The culture and pay is great, but he found that he took a step backwards and is not happy with his lack of management influence. Listen in as Leon talks about how he has handled not only taking a step down, but also working remotely and losing his support structure. 

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Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable with William Wunschel

Season 3 Episode 114:

William Wunschel is in the midst of his retirement as an aviation officer in the United States Air Force. Though his military transition is currently in process, he has already learned some tough lessons that he is here to share with us today. Consider this as a hybrid episode, because we wrap up the episode with Bill asking Lori some of the questions that have come up for him during the transition process.

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Getting Intentional with Shirley Baez

Season 3 Episode 113:

Like so many veterans, when Shirley Baez considered reitrement from the US Army in 2021, she struggled to focus on herself and her career, as it left her feeling selfish. Tune in to hear the mindset shifts it took for Shirley to get intentional about her transition and achieve success. If you are considering post-military entrepreneurship, you may also find this episode valuable.

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Sharing Hard Truths with Keith Cassant

Season 3 Episode 112:

Keith Cassant planned to go into law enforcement when he retired from the US Army. When that plan fell through due to disability issues, he had to make some quick changes. He is currently on his 3rd role in 4 years. He is here to share some great lessons he learned the hard way and give some truths, that while they may be hard to hear, he thinks are important.

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The Quality over Quantity Debate with Josh Mason

Season 3 Episode 111:

Josh Mason had an unexpected transition from the US Air Force with only 6 months' notice. He quickly ramped up his transition process and jumped into LinkedIn with both feet. Listen to Josh's stories of how all 4 roles he has landed came from LinkedIn connections. Josh and Lori have a debate over which is more important for your LinkedIn connections, quality or quantity. 

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Bouncing Back from Being Laid Off with Jonathan Fisher

Season 3 Episode 110:

After retiring from the US Army, Jonathan went right from SkillBridge to hired. Unfortunately, his start-up employer had to close its operations and Jonathan found himself back in the job search. Tune it to hear how this aviation maintainer made the jump to IT and cybersecurity and hear how he landed a new job within 6 days.

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Figuring Out Who You Are with Robert "Bob" Newlin

Season 3 Episode 109: 

You may remember Bob Newlin from his military transition Q&A session in Season 1 as he was preparing to retire from the Air Force while stationed overseas. Bob returns to the show to talk to us about not only his transition into working for a biopharmaceutical company, but also his journey of defining his post-military self.

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Finding Your Purpose with Jordan Megonigal 

Season 3 Episode 108:

Though many will write off finding your purpose as "woo woo" nonsense, Jordana Megonigal, the founder and CEO of RECON Network, brings scientific proof of the importance of living your purpose. Tune in to hear more about the power of purpose, how to find it - even if it isn't in your everyday work - and the resources you can use to find it. 

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The Balance of Optimism and Reality with Dr. Vaughn Eason

Season 3 Episode 107:

On the surface, when he retired from the US Navy, Vaughn had a seamless, smooth transition. Though he calls himself an "avid optimist," he shares with us on this episode the struggles and challenges he faced - and continues to face - in his post-military career.

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How to Effectively Use LinkedIn as a Tool with Adam Braatz - Part 2

Season 3 Episode 106:

USAF veteran Adam Braatz, author of LinkedIn Mastery for Veterans and Transitioning Service Members is back to discuss exactly how to use your LinkedIn once you get your profile set up. We talk about who to connect with, how to create content and how to leverage LinkedIn as an effective job search tool including a strategy that you can use to leverage your LinkedIn profile in just 15-30 minutes a day. 

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Top to Bottom LinkedIn Creation with Adam Braatz - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 105:

Adam Braatz, the author of LinkedIn Mastery for Veterans and Transitioning Service Members, takes us through some best practices and tips for creating an effective LinkedIn profile from the top to the bottom. You will want to listen to this one sitting at your computer with your LinkedIn profile open, and you may need to listen to this episode more than once to capture all the value!

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Military Transition Q&A with Cody Bowman

Season 3 Episode 104:

Tune in for another Military Transition Q&A where Cody, a full-time member of the South Dakota Air National Guard asks Lori questions about transferable skills, how to choose which certifications to pursue, how to expand your LinkedIn network and how to write your LinkedIn summary and work experience content. Cody's first transition out of active duty Air Force did not go well, he was in his own words "underprepared." Tune in to learn how you can better prepare yourself. 

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The Power of Humility in the Military Transition

Season 3 Episode 103: 

Though he grew up in poverty and was surrounded by violence as a teen, Dr. Bernard Toney's US Army career included 3 years as the White House Medical Officer, providing care to the Vice President and their family. He talks about the keys to his career success, both in the military and since retiring and attributes much of it to having the humility to accept help. 

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Key Strategies for Bouncing Back from Setbacks

Season 2 Episode 102:

Sometimes life hands you the unexpected. For the last episode of Season 2, I had a plan but then had to pivot. My life was hacked last week, and my planned guest also had life hand him the unexpected, so I decided to record a solo episode. My week inspired me to touch on a subject that is universal ‚Äď the dreaded bad day or in my case, days.¬†Even the hardest days contain lessons. Here are some strategies that can help!

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From Zero to Hired Using LinkedIn with Deon Myers

Season 2 Episode 101:

When Deon Myers planned his retirement from the US Army, he followed advice and started planning and researching early. However, when it came to LinkedIn, he was starting from scratch. Deon has become an expert LinkedIn networker. Tune in to hear Deon talk about how he has used LinkedIn and its network to land two great post-military jobs. 

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Celebrating 100 Episodes and the 2nd Anniversary of the Show

Episode 100:

On this week’s podcast, we celebrate our 100th episode by recapping some of the most common and important military transition lessons that our guest speakers have shared over the past 99 episodes. We welcome 7 previous guests on this episode to speak on a key issue they either talked about in their episode or have since focused on as their career has progressed. Thank you for supporting the show and listening to the stories and guidance that we have shared!

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Networking Your Way to a Brand New Career with Brian Arrington

Season 2 Episode 99:

When Brian Arrington retired from the US Air Force from the security forces career field, he knew he wanted a change. He jumped into LinkedIn and networking with both feet and through his network, he landed a role with Wells Fargo as a business consultant. In 2019, Brian launched Vets2Industry, a non-profit dedicated to serving service members and their families. Today, he is the Director of Military Programs and Recruiting for Military Hiring Accelerator. Tune in to hear how and why Vets2Indsutry was founded, while also learning how Brian can help you get hired.

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Learning Transition is More Than Landing a Job with Dr. Destinee Prete

Season 2 Episode 98:

After serving 4 years in the US Army as an officer in the medical service corps, Dr. Destinee Prete transitioned to earn a doctorate in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology. She has held various positions that have helped transitioning service members and veterans. She has conducted research into the transition process, specifically regarding post-9/11 women veterans. She shares some of her insights into the military transition for every veteran on the episode and talks about why it is a mistake to put too much emphasis on just landing a job.

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Landing a Federal Job with Jason Heering

Season 2 Episode 97:

Jason Heering retired from the US Coast Guard from an overseas location which added a layer of difficulty to his transition. Once he discovered that he could network virtually, using organizations such as Vets2Industry, he started networking and connecting with mentors. He landed a role with the federal government and takes us through how he created his resume and negotiated his salary and benefits through this process. In addition, Jason talks about finding your "why," processing your disability and much more in the episode. Tune in for some of Jason's favorite books that he has read during the last year he has been out the military. 

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The Importance of Career Research with Saquonna Duncan

Season 2 Episode 96:

Saquonna Duncan served 9 years Active Duty and 12 years in the US Navy Reserve. By her own admission, she made several mistakes, the first of which was pursuing education in a career field without doing research. She shares many of the lessons she learned through her transition such as failing to negotiate salary, neglecting to plan financially and relying too heavily on education versus experience in her job search. Now, she has started her own organization to support military veterans with career counseling and educate organizations in attracting and retaining military veteran candidates. 

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Embracing the Transformation in the Transition with James Felts

Season 2 Episode 95:

James Felts left the US Army as an infantry officer after just 4 years and took the path of least resistance into law enforcement. When that was not the right fit, he went back to the National Guard and the Reserves and worked a series of jobs below his capabilities until he got himself on the right track. James believes it is not the transition, but the transformation that causes the biggest challenges in your career after the military. After 4 different military transitions, James is here to share his struggles and the keys to his success. 

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Determining Your Value and Strategically Networking with Adam Getz

Season 2 Episode 94:

Adam Getz successfully transitioned into a project management role after retiring from the US Army. Though he was told he was "overpreparing" because he started 2 years out, Adam was very proactive during his transition preparation. He used informational interviewing to not only gain mentorship, but also to learn about his salary value and translate his military skills. He shares his strategy for conducting these informational interviews and also discusses how and why he decided to invest in some paid services.

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Test Driving Your New Career as a Volunteer with David Nava

Season 2 Episode 93:

After retiring from the US Navy as a flight officer, David Nava discovered Salesforce. As a veteran, he gained 14 certifications at no cost through Salesforce's military programs. He volunteered to gain experience and discover the best use of his skills and the best fit for his goals and his personality. In addition to talking about the Salesforce career path and community, Dave shares the importance of translating your transferable skills and his take on how to find career satisfaction after the military. 

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Career Fair and Networking Event Success Strategies with Lori Norris

Season 2 Episode 92:

This week, I will be leading you through a solo episode of career fair and networking event success strategies. Preparation before the event will give you confidence during the event and increase your chances of success after the event. Whether the event is in person or online, my tips and tricks will set you up for success. Tune in until the end of the episode when I walk you step-by-step through creating an outline for an effective conversation with a recruiter at one of these events. 

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Blazing a Non-traditional Transition Trail with Amber Kulesza

Season 2 Episode 91:

Amber Kulesza served 12 years in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserves. Her transition was unexpected, and she wasn’t given much time to plan. Despite these challenges, she has navigated through the transition process with the help of a robust network and leveraging certifications to upskill. After working in human resources, she took a year to travel, decompress, explore career possibilities and position herself for her next chapter. Her path has not been linear, but she has owned her journey and has some great insight and advice for others. 

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Don't Do Military Transition Alone with Jeremy "Monte" Montgomery

Season 2 Episode 90:

After serving 10 years active duty for the Air Force, Jeremy Montgomery, who goes by Monte, served an additional 12 years in the Air National Guard. When he retired in 2020, he used LinkedIn to grow his network and ultimately land a role with Fusion Cell as their business development manager. Although hired right away, Jeremy reflects on his transition and shares his mistakes and offers advice to ensure a smoother transition for others. 

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Using Your Same Military Skills in a New Industry with Sarah Ostrowski

Season 2 Episode 89:

As a US Army intelligence officer, Sarah Ostrowski thought her only options to use her intel skills was law enforcement or defense. By using her research skills, she put LinkedIn to work and found out that her skills were very valuable - even to large corporations such as the Walt Disney Company. She made lots of mistakes along the way, but listen in to hear exactly what she did right to launch her career in a new industry, protecting the magic of Disney!

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Two Sides of the Military Transition Story with Nathan and Kelsey Wolf-Wallace

Season 2 Episode 88:

Husband and wife team Nathan and Kelsey share this episode to talk about their experience with the military transition. Before they were married, Nathan served in the US Army and really struggled in his transition. After completing her counseling degree, Kelsey took a role with Hire Heroes USA, where today she manages the Junior Enlisted Program. Listen in as we talk about subjects ranging from the negativity you may face when separating from how to use free resumes.

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Exploring Sales as a Career with Mark Rothschild

Season 2 Episode 87:

After serving 10 years as a pilot in the US Navy, Mark Rothschild was ready for something new. Knowing his strong work ethic, his need to connect with people and desire for a career where pay was connected to effort, he decided on a career in tech sales. After completing a training program to gain a base foundation on the tech world and a framework for how to be successful in sales work, he began his sales career. Mark shares his transition story, programs he used to build his skills and insights into why veterans make successful salespeople. Even if you're not considering a sales career, you will gain value from hearing Mark's story and advice!

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Clearing Up Resume Myths with Lori Norris

Season 2 Episode 86:

After teaching resume writing to transitioning military service members since 2005, writing thousands of resumes while owning her own resume business since 2004 and hosting this podcast since 2020, Lori Norris is here to clear up some resume myths and misconceptions for you in this solo episode. Have you ever wondered why employers hire, what they want to know from reading your resume, how to beat the "evil robot" of the ATS or if you need a "master resume?" If so, these questions and more will be cleared up.

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Learning from Military Transition Data with Brian Niswander

Season 2 Episode 85:

 Data has always been part of Brian Niswander's career, both while serving in the USAF on active duty or reserve as an intel officer or during his private sector career in consumer goods. He created Military-Transition.org to gather and analyze data from veterans regarding their transition and he shares highlights of his findings on this episode. Be sure to check out the 3 guidebooks the organization has published that you can download for free on their website!

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Common Military Transition Lessons Learned with Lucas Connolly

Season 2 Episode 84:

Lucas Connolly retired after a 20-year career in the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer. After working for a Fortune 500 company, whose large paycheck came with a huge time commitment, he reevaluated his priorities and began his career supporting transitioning service members. Lucas and Lori cover some of the common transition lessons we have discussed on the show such as start early, only write focused resumes, build your network before you need it, get on LinkedIn now and transition is much more than just finding a job.

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Backwards Planning Your Military Transition with Jason Shockey

Season 2 Episode 83:

 After serving 20 years in the United States Marine Corps conducting cybersecurity operations, Jason Shockey successfully transitioned into a Chief Information Security Officer role with a bank. While his transition appears "easy," he put a lot of hard work, careful planning and deliberate action in to ensure his own success. His methodical approach to his own transition and his desire to help others led him to create My Cyber Path, a resource designed to guide cybersecurity career navigation. He shares some valuable insight and a very generous offer in this episode.

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Making Sure Your Message is Understood with Julie Sanders

Season 2 Episode 82:

After serving in the US Army as a linguist with a high-level security clearance, Julie thought the job search would be a breeze. After discovering the only place she could find a job was retail, she was determined to gain her education and improve her marketability. She now advocates for other service members through Veterans Upward Bound and promotes networking as part of Bold Vets. Together we cover translating military skills, the value of education, networking and much more. 

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Military Transition Q&A with Tyler Burkholder

Season 2 Episode 81:

Tyler's service in the US Navy was not always a positive experience and he was determined to have a successful transition. He is here to ask some insightful questions about the transition such as how can veterans do a better job of supporting each other, how can we get information to active duty service members who are not on social media, what are some tools you can use to find your post-military career focus and how can you relearn your self-worth after being torn down by your leadership or those around you?

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Transforming from Victim to Victor with Robert Washington

Season 2 Episode 80: 

After serving in the US Navy for 9 years, Robert left the military to compete as a professional mixed martial arts fighter. After fighting professionally for several years, he went through multiple career transitions and is now working in tech for Microsoft. Robert had a very tough upbringing, but he learned to reframe his mindset and leverage his struggles into strengths to achieve career success. Robert is also a professional motivational speaker and you will find yourself inspired to take action after listening to his episode.  

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Taking an Active Approach to Your Transition with Joshua Atkinson

Season 2 Episode 79:

Joshua Atkinson's transition out of the Marine Corps after 11 years of service was unplanned, rushed and rocky. He has dedicated much of his career to helping other service members be better prepared than he was. Listen in to this episode to hear Josh's very strategic and tactical viewpoint on how to approach and prepare for a successful military transition. Josh is the co-founder of a certification training company, but he also has some interesting information on the value - and dangers - of pursuing certifications for your next career. 

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Fighting Imposter Syndrome with Hayden Barnes

Season 2 Episode 78:

When Hayden Barnes made the decision to separate from the US Army, his senior leaders told him there was no way he would be successful in the civilian workforce. Not only has Hayden achieved success, he has thrived in his new role. He is an advocate for junior enlisted servicemembers and a proven mentor who helps veterans navigate their way into a career in information technology. He joins Lori to discuss imposter syndrome, how he leveraged his infantry experience into tech and how he overcame the negativity to achieve success. This episode marks the launch of the Lessons Learned for Vets YouTube Channel which will feature weekly bonus questions from our guests. You can subscribe and watch our videos at https://tinyurl.com/llforvets22.


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Dealing with the Emotional Challenges of the Military Transition with Olivia Nunn

Season 2 Episode 77:

When Olivia Nunn decided to retire from the US Army, as the host of the Army's Soldier for Life Podcast, she had access to all the resources and information she needed to land a great job. She did all the right things for her job search and landed a role very quickly. However, the emotional toll of the military transition caught her by surprise. All the changes that she was facing, both in her career and her personal life, took a toll on Olivia and she found herself struggling - almost to the point of no return. She has since become a mental health advocate and shares a portion of her struggle and the keys to her successful journey to improved mental health and happiness in this episode. 

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Getting Inside the Mind of the Recruiter with John Axtell

Season 2 Episode 76:

John Axtell retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2014. He was an infantryman and military police officer and though he wrapped up his career as a military recruiter he thought he was not qualified to do anything but law enforcement and security. After attending TAP with Lori Norris, he discovered that he had transferable skills and was able to land a role in talent acquisition for an airline. He now works for Wells Fargo on the Military Talent Programs Team. John has been recruiting, screening and hiring candidates in the corporate world for 8 years now and he shares some of the similarities and differences as well as some candid "insider" information from the recruiter's perspective on job search best practices.

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Military Transition Q&A with Andro Infante

Season 2 Episode 75:

Andro Infante is wrapping up a 20-year US Army career and is seeking roles in talent acquisition. He asks some great questions about resumes and making it through the scan, how to assess culture and determine whether you fit better in a small or large company and the cause of high rates of veteran turnover. We also discuss strategies to effectively announce your "open to work" status on LinkedIn. 

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Leaning on Mentors with Richard Comitz

Season 2 Episode 74: 

Rich Comitz retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army in 2019 and wrapped up his career as a Professor at the US Military Academy at West Point. After working in higher education for just over 2 years, Rich took on the role of Senior Vice President of American Corporate Partners, or ACP, at the end of 2021. Rich is here to share the struggles he went through, even as a senior officer with a PhD. Rich also talks about the power of a mentor and how ACP is matching veterans to high-quality, targeted mentors. 

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Flipping the Script on Transition and Finance with Scott Tucker and Jen Amos

Season 2 Episode 73:

This episode features husband and wife duo Scott Tucker and Jen Amos. Scott served 10 years in the US Army as an officer. Scott founded US VetWealth in January of 2012, offering financial services for career military families. Jen, who is a Gold Star daughter, joined the business in 2016 as the Director of Community Relations. She is also the host of the award-winning podcast, Holding Down the Fort. They discuss how they are looking at financial planning and benefits plans differently. Scott also shares his non-traditional approach to the military transition process. 

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone with Michael Klemmer

Season 2 Episode 72:

As an officer retiring from the US Army in the midst of COVID, Michael Klemmer found the transition resources to be lacking. He took matters into his own hands and pursued other resources. He landed a SkillBridge program and then a job. However, today he is here to also talk about his new business venture, Aerial Resupply Coffee. Even if you don't want to start a business, you will enjoy Mike's words of wisdom about taking the risk of doing new things - even if it's uncomfortable. 

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Military Transition Q&A with Eric Crist

Season 2 Episode 71:

In the first military transition Q&A episode of Season 2, I sit down with US Army Command Career Counselor Eric Crist to discuss all things transition. He asks about common experience gaps for veterans, the timing of when to write your resume, how to leverage digital platforms in the transition and the most common transition struggles. It's a great conversation full of valuable information!

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Learning You Don't Have to Be Perfect with Tom Zacher

Season 2 Episode 70:

Tom Zacher retired from the US Navy in 2019. What makes Tom so relatable is that he made many mistakes in his transition, but he has still found success in his post-military career. He teaches us that if you are determined, you are consistent, you are resourceful and you are willing to take action, the transition doesn't have to be complicated. Tune in to hear all of Tom's lessons and get an update on Charlan Rieve and her son Rowan's illness.

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The Power of a Positive Mindset with Samira Searcy

Season 2 Episode 69:

Samira Searcy retired from the Army, landed a SkillBridge role and started a permanent position all before her retirement was official. Unfortunately, she also was let go of that same position within just a few months. Samira is the host of the On the Bounce Podcast, which is all about resilience. When she lost that first job, she practiced what she preaches - she picked herself up and got back in the game. The very next day, she met her current boss at a networking event, who was so impressed he created a position just for her. Not only will you learn a few things, you will walk away feeling recharged and energized.

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Pulling Back the Curtain on the Hiring Process with Michael McCoy

Season 2 Episode 68:

Michael McCoy is still active duty in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He has been working in talent acquisition for more than 2 years and he is here to share insider details on job search best practices such as resume writing, how he uses the dreaded ATS, interviewing, networking and labor market research. This is a good one you might have to listen to twice and take notes!

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Being Honest About Military Transition Struggles with Mark Brock

Season 2 Episode 67: Mark Brock achieved the rank of Command Sergeant Major before he retired from the US Army in 2019. Mark had a smooth transition from SkillBridge into a great job with the same company in a different department. Little did he know that the transition struggles reached far beyond just getting a job. Because he had seen so much bad advice out there, he vowed that he would wait 2 years before offering transition advice. He gets candid and shares his list of 10 lessons he learned in his transition on this show. 

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Taking Advantage of Veteran Benefits and Resources with Tyrone Hewitt - Part 2

Season 2 Episode 66: 

Tyrone Hewitt is back in this second episode where he talks about how to choose which Veteran Service Organizations and veteran benefits to use. He talks about disability, education and employment benefits and shares some of the key resources available to you in the military transition. 

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Tapping into the Knowledge of the TransitioNerd with Tyrone Hewitt

Season 2 Episode 65: 

After much of his US Navy career was spent in aviation maintenance, when Tyrone Hewitt retired, he knew he want to make a change. He started the planning and preparation process early and found that his initial intent to become a teacher was not the right path. Now he teaches other veterans as a transition program facilitator. He is a self-proclaimed TransitioNerd due to his dedication to researching policies, gaining in-depth information and an unwillingness to provide inaccurate information. This is Part 1 of a 2-part series with Tyrone. 

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Finding Out You Don't Have to FITFO with Kasie Valenti

Season 2 Episode 64: Kasie Valenti intended to make the US Army a career and retire after 20+ years. When her life and her priorities changed, she made the decision to separate after 8 years. Kasie found herself feeling shameful, guilty and very unprepared. She thought she had to FITFO - which stands for "figure it the F@*K out." She is here to talk about why and how active duty service members should start preparing for life after the military, sooner than you think. 

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Navigating VA Home Loan Benefits with Michael Hunter

Season 2 Episode 63: 

Michael Hunter served 26 years in the US Army and just retired at the end of 2021. He now works as a Military Liaison for Aligned Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 that educates and supports active duty military, veterans, families and real estate agents in the VA home loan benefit. In this episode, Mike talks about what made him completely change his career focus, He offers financial tips to prepare for your military transition as well as some guidelines for buying a home with the VA home loan benefits.

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Making the Transition Look Easy with Rich Pelletier

Season 2 Episode 62: After retiring from the United States Air Force after 27 years and reaching the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant, Rich started working as an Operations Manager at Amazon before he was officially retired. From the outside looking in, Rich's transition looked like he hit the easy button. However, Rich put in focused, strategic effort that paid dividends with 4 solid job offers. In this episode, Rich and I recreate a class we taught together at Luke AFB and we each share our top 3 transition lessons. 

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Bridging Knowledge Gaps Using Certifications with Misty Moreno and Jeremy Burdick

Season 2 Episode 61: 

We welcome back Misty Moreno from Season 1, who is joined by Jeremy Burdick from Vets2PM to discuss their new aPHR certification. Misty takes the time to discuss all the similarities and differences between HR in the military and the private sector. Even if you are not interested in an HR career field, you will get lots of value listening to their take on whether certifications are really necessary for post-military employment. Misty will give you a fresh perspective on assessing what level you target in your first role out of the military.

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Finding New Ways to Stay Connected with Benjie Manibog

Season 2 Episode 60: 

After serving 15 years in the United States Marine Corps, Benjie Manibog's military career came to an abrupt halt due to his wife's illness. Though he struggled initially, once he decided to follow his purpose, he launched Thrash N' Raid, a skateboard and apparel company and serves on the leadership team for Six Feet Above, a non-profit that uses skateboarding to help veterans stay connected. Benjie may not look like the traditional Marine Raider with his blue hair, but he has great insight into leveraging your military lessons into your post-military career. 

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Celebrating One Year of the Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast - Part 2

Episode 59:

Surprise! I know I said that last week was our final episode of the season, but we had so much fun recapping the highlights of the last year, that I invited Bob Newlin and Jonathan Fisher to join me to share their favorite episodes. We highlight Episode 2 with Keith Forte, Episode 8 with Ben Killoy, Episode 15 with Misty Moreno, Episode 16 and 17 with Herb Thompson and we look at another clip from Episode 19 with Adam Braatz. Jonathan and I revisit my resume episode with Alfredo Torres and we wrap up Episode 50 with Matt Scherer and Episode 52 with Don Gleason. 

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Celebrating One Year of the Lessons Learned for Vets Podcast - Part 1!

Episode 58: We are welcoming back our friend and, now three-time guest, Chris Dreisbach to recap his favorite episodes from the last year. We are so grateful to have you as our listener and want to thank you for tuning in to all the episodes. These recaps will wrap up our Season 1 of the show. Be on the lookout for Season 2 in early January 2022. More details to come!

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Growing Stronger Through Adversity with Lakeydra Houston

Episode 57: Lakeydra Houston is currently going through her retirement from the United States Air Force. She is in the SkillBridge program and offers some program insight and advice. Lakeydra talks about her experience with sexual assault in the military and how her avoidance of that experience and other tragedies led her to attempt suicide. Today, she is committed to advocating for other victims and she talks about how she fought her way through the darkness to thriving today. If you or someone you know is struggling or having suicidal thoughts, you can reach help with the Suicide Crisis Number at 800-273-8255.

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Showcasing Your Personality with Charlie Wells

Episode 56: After retiring from the US Marine Corps, Charles Wells had an easy transition. He quickly landed a good job in the private sector through networking. Within a few months, he was able to secure a position with the federal government, where he gets to continue making a difference for military service members. He attributes his "easy" transition to his mindset. Charlie is known for his humor and outgoing personality, but he has so much great advice about the military transition in this episode including his 6 steps to success, creating LinkedIn content and the importance of being authentic.    

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Navigating the Veteran Benefits Process with Cheryl Mason

Episode 55: Cheryl Mason is the Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals. As a military spouse of a former USAF officer and the daughter of a veteran, Cheryl understands the veteran benefits process, both from a leadership perspective and a personal viewpoint. Cheryl gives input on navigating the benefits process, both as you transition and throughout your life as your needs change. She discusses the transition process as a military spouse and the importance of mental health awareness as her father and brother, both veterans, committed suicide. She shares many resources as well as the Suicide Crisis Number at 800-273-8255.

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Military Transition Q&A with Jonathan Fisher

Episode 54: Jonathan Fisher is preparing to transition from a career in the US Army in aviation maintenance into the IT career field. He comes on to ask me questions about transition burnout, pursuing SkillBridge opportunities, how often and what to post on LinkedIn, how to translate transferable skills and how to take advantage of all the Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) out there without getting overwhelmed. Jonathan also shares his news about landing two great SkillBridge offers and how he made the decision of which one to accept, even though the other one was his "dream" opportunity. 

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Focusing Your Job Search with Jason Willett

Episode 53: Jason Willett retired from the US Army as a Command Sergeant Major. He went from deployed overseas to retired in a very short period. That abrupt "full stop" caused some bumps in his transition, but after he focused on where he wanted to live and what he wanted to do, his networking efforts helped him land a great job. Though it was a good job, he found himself feeling unhappy and unfulfilled and he set out to discover his purpose. Jason shares his struggles and what he learned from that process as well as valuable insight into SkillBridge internships and networking. 

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Discovering Your Purpose with Don Gleason

Episode 52: Retired US Air Force officer Don Gleason knew exactly what he wanted to do with his career from a very young age. He had a successful military career and then a smooth transition to the private sector. However, his focus changed several years ago and he found a new purpose as a career coach and in serving veterans in transition. He walks you through his process of discovering your purpose, creating your life plan and shifting your point of view about the difficulty of your military transition. 


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Military Transition Q&A with Darwin Maull

Episode 51: Retiring US Army officer Darwin Maull gets the chance to ask Lori some of his important questions about the military transition. This episode touches on topics such as the most common pitfalls of the transition process, how to figure out your post-military career focus, when and how to use a "master" resume, how to learn to translate military terminology and "speak civilian," as well as tips for international job hunting and video interviews. 

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Leveraging LinkedIn with D. Matt Scherer

Episode 50: Matt Scherer retired from the Air Force from a career in public affairs. After completing his degree, he had a successful public relations career in the private sector. Today, Matt focuses his efforts on teaching LinkedIn profile creation and how to leverage your profile. He is the author of several books, including LinkedIn for Military: Your Interactive Transition Networking Guide. Matt and I walk you through creating your LinkedIn profile from top to bottom and then discuss how to effectively use this valuable job search tool.

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Networking for Introverts with Quincy Harper

Episode 49: Quincy Harper landed and quit 4 jobs before he found the right position after he retired from the United States Air Force. Now, as a Military Recruiting Talent Lead with Accenture Federal Services, he shares some job seeker best practices and advice. We talk about how it felt, as a veteran who is naturally loyal, to quit those jobs and whether or not he regrets the path his transition took. For those of you who feel nervous about networking, be sure to tune in to hear Quincy's take on how he handles networking and seeking out mentors, even as an introvert. 

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Leaving the Safe Path Behind with Dr. Vincent Soto

Episode 48: Dr. Vincent Soto retired from the US Navy as a hospital corpsman. He knew his passion was teaching and training, but he chose the safe path and took a well-paying job in the healthcare industry. Though he stuck it out for 7 months, he knew from his first day that this job was not the right path for him. In this episode Vince talks about how he used networking to change career fields and he now uses his own experience to educate transitioning service members. 

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Asking the Right Interview Questions with Beau Higgins

Episode 47: Retired US Marine Corps officer Beau Higgins is a senior manager on Amazon’s Military Affairs team. He oversees a team of recruiters dedicated to educating, recruiting, hiring and retaining veteran talent and currently manages 30K job openings. After retiring in 2014, Beau attributes landing both of his post-military jobs to networking. As someone who has hired 1000s of veterans, Beau offers advice on job search strategies, resumes, job interviews, networking and finding the right culture fit.

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Hitting the Pause Button with Lori Norris

Episode 46: With the events that have been unfolding this week in Afghanistan, I made the decision to hit the pause button on new episodes regarding transition. I want you to take this as your opportunity to remember that it is okay to take a break and hit pause on your transition efforts to take care of yourself and your family. Please take a minute to hear my message of gratitude and encouragement for all who have served - whether you directly deployed to Afghanistan or not. We will be back next week with our regular episodes!

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Preparing for Post-military Culture Shock with Ryan Thuyns

Episode 45: After a USAF career that started in IT and telecommunications, Ryan Thuyns retired as a Command Chief. Ryan leaned into mentorship and accepted Lori's challenge to grow his LinkedIn network from <100 to 500+ connections in 6 weeks. In this episode, he not only shares his strategies for LinkedIn growth, he also talks about how he landed a leadership role at Amazon, 7 months before retirement! Stick around for the good stuff at the end when Ryan talks about the surprise culture shocks he has faced and wants other transitioning service members to prepare for.

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Opening Your Mind to New Possibilities with Peter Cline

Episode 44: After serving 4 years in the US Army and being recognized as the 2020 NCO of the Year, Peter Cline made the decision to separate from the military and pursue his education. Along the way, he co-founded Boots to Books, a non-profit that is making a huge impact to service members in all facets of their transition - including college admission, certifications and trainings, grants and employment. Peter gives advice on starting a non-profit as well as tips on how to avoid undervaluing yourself and the importance of keeping your mind open to new career options. 

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Military Transition Q&A with Lisa Ceron

Episode 43: Lisa Ceron asks some great questions as she prepares for her retirement from the US Navy. We discuss mental health stigmas, being yourself in the job search and some of the "common denominators" of the  military transition process. I ask her some questions about the lessons that she has learned about the transition process. Along the way, I share some coaching and insight about interview preparation, moving from "we" to "I" when discussing your accomplishments and much more. 

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Taking Control of Your Job Search Round 2 with Chris Dreisbach

Episode 42: You may remember USAF veteran Chris Dreisbach from Episode 25 when he shared with us the story of why he left his first post-military role within just 3 months. Chris is back to give us an update on what he's been doing, how he approached the next job search in a much more methodical way so that he had more control and tells us all about the great new role he landed. He changed his approach to interviewing and to researching his potential employer which he shares with you in this episode. 

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Going from Laid Off to Hired in 5 Hours with Marina Rabinek

Episode 41: US Navy veteran Marina Rabinek had a smooth transition. She started networking early, built a strong LinkedIn network, created a support tribe and participated in a SkillBridge internship that turned into a full-time role when she retired. Unfortunately, within 3 months her position was eliminated. That is when Marina's hard work and strong network paid off. Marina is a super-connector and master networker. In this episode, she shares how she went from being informed that she was laid-off to getting offered a new job in such a short time.

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Simplifying Your Transition with William "Bill" Kieffer

Episode 40: Though his transition from the US Army was 20+ years ago, Bill Kieffer was unprepared for his transition. He had to quickly learn how to network, write a resume and market himself. He went on to build a successful career in human resources and is now a coach and mentor for service members and others in career transition. Bill discusses the upcoming launch of his book "Military Career Transition: Insights from the Employer Side of the Desk." He shares valuable insight, from the employers' point of view, into the job search and military transition process. 

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Growing and Sustaining Your Network with Clifton Clevenger

Episode 39: US Army veteran Clifton Clevenger served 10 years and has been a military spouse for 16 years. Cliff made some mistakes along the way, but he has become an expert networker. He is now dedicated to serving veterans and military spouses by providing job search support. He shares what he has learned along the way as he has had to restart his career 8 times due to military PCS moves. Listen in for Cliff's advice on networking, writing a resume, researching your potential employer and preparing for the job interview process.

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Prioritizing Your Mental Health to Achieve Post-military Success with Ray Jokie

Episode 38: Ray Jokie had great success in the United States Air Force and his identity was closely tied to his USAF career. Unfortunately, when he retired, he struggled so much that he was not sure if he would make it to the next day. Thankfully, he found several sources of support and refocused on his mental health in order to pull himself out of a rough period. Now, as a talent acquisition specialist, Ray shares not only his struggles, but also his advice for connecting with recruiters, building your resume and networking to achieve success. 

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Networking Strategically and Knowing your Recruiters with Wayne Worthington

Episode 37: USMC veteran Wayne Worthington went from his 5-year service into the executive recruiting career field. Wayne gives us his insider's perspective on the different types of recruiters, strategies to optimize your success working with recruiters and even shares a few names of veteran-focused recruiting agencies. Additionally, Wayne has a great strategy for networking strategically and building your own transition accountability and support group.

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Accepting Change and Practicing Gratitude - Even in the Face of Traumatic Events with Justin Constantine

Episode 36: Wounded Warrior and USMC veteran Justin Constantine was shot in the head by a sniper in Iraq and though he has had countless reconstructive surgeries, he has gone on to build his own business, enjoy a successful career with a workforce development company and launch a non-profit called Veteran Success Resource Group. In 2020, Justin was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer, but listen in as he shares how his attitude toward life has helped him succeed, despite all the setbacks he has faced.

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Getting Comfortable with being Uncomfortable to Find the Right Fit with Greg Fischer

Episode 35: Greg Fischer served 4 years and 3 combat tours in the US Marine Corps. When he separated from the military, he went to school, completed his degree and took a job in insurance and finance. On the surface his transition looked seamless. However, he was not happy in this role. In 2020, Greg and a business partner started Burn Pit BBQ teaching people how to barbecue and selling rubs and sauces. Listen as Greg discusses what helped him make this change and all the times he had to learn to embrace discomfort in order to move forward toward a fulfilling career.

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Making the Connection between Military Skills and Your New Career with Dave Poole

Episode 34: 21-year USMC veteran Dave Poole served as a combat engineer who successfully landed a post-military role in software development. In this episode Dave takes us through how he made this big career change. Networking and mentorship through a new connection he met on LinkedIn played a key role in him landing this new role. He also participated in the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) SkillBridge program and shares some resources he developed to help other veterans interested in MSSA.

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Improving Your Marketability and Enhancing Your Leadership Skills with the RBLP Certification

Episode 33: USMC veteran Mark Holman and US Navy veteran Marina Rabinek discuss the Resilience-Building Leader Program and the value of the Resilience-Building Leadership Professional certification. Listen in as Mark tells us how the certification program can improve your ability to communicate your value and Marina takes us through the program and how active duty service members can pay for their certification before they transition.

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Bouncing Back from Getting Fired to Finding the Right Fit with the Federal Government with Cindy Dorfner

Episode 32: Cindy Dorfner retired from the USAF in 2013. She quickly landed a director-level role in the private sector and although she wasn't happy with the role herself, within 6 months she was fired from her first post-military job. Today, she holds a high-level leadership role in the federal government and has found that the environment is a better fit for her. She shares her insight on successfully applying with and working for the federal government, both as a job seeker and a hiring authority.

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Honoring the Military Spouse in the Transition with Shelley-Rose Illig

Episode 31: In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we are hearing from Shelley-Rose Illig. Rose is the spouse of US Army active duty soldier and now US Army reservist. Rose is a business analyst and project coordinator with a financial institution. However, the transition out of the military was neither planned nor a smooth process for her and her husband. We discuss the challenges of the military transition from the spouse's perspective. Rose also has some great financial insight that you may not have considered yet in your planning process. 

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Pursuing Your Dreams After the Military with Chris McGhee

Episode 30: After retiring from the Air Force, Chris McGhee made the decision to pursue his lifelong dream of going to law school. Listen in as Chris talks about how his maturity and his military career has helped him get through the challenges of law school. In addition, Chris shares the lessons he has learned about networking, navigating the online application process and his own strategies for success in acing the job interview. Chris also highlights his podcast "20 Years Done" focused on aircraft maintenance.

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Adapting to the High-tech Culture as a Veteran with Jerry Prochazka

Episode 29: A Navy veteran and a veteran of the gaming industry, Jerry Prochazka transitioned out of his military service as a nuclear engineer and is now the CEO and co-founder of Ganymede Games, a start-up game design company that is launching its first game later this year. Jerry shares insight into the different structure and communication style of the tech industry while also discussing the common factors he has seen among the veterans who achieved success in high-tech careers. 

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Negotiating the Salary You're Worth and Translating Your Skills with Mark Holman

Episode 28: Mark Holman retired from the US Marine Corps 10+ years ago. He shares the transition mistakes he made as well as valuable insight for job seekers that he has gained as an executive leader and hiring manager. Mark and Lori give advice about how to research your value and have the salary conversation with your future employer. Also, Mark gives a real-world example of how to translate military leadership into terms any private sector employer will understand. 

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Military Transition Q&A and a Bonus Success Story with Robert "Bob" Newlin

Episode 27: Bob Newlin asks some great job search and military transition strategy questions as he prepares to retire from the United States Air Force from an overseas location. In this episode we talk about value-add versus non-value-add job search tasks, who to connect with on LinkedIn and beating the ATS. As a bonus, Bob comes back for a follow up to share some exciting news and give you his "4 BE's" that contributed to his relatively new military transition success.

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Finding Your Why, What and Where You're Going with Justin Pearson

Episode 26: Retired Army leader Justin Pearson has been a mentor and advocate in the military transition space since 2016. Justin has held senior leadership roles with companies such as AAFMAA and Wells Fargo. He discusses how he navigated the transition landscape before there were so many resources available, how he found his way to networking and mentorship and what he learned from his stumbles and struggles.  

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Finding out Your Dream Job is a Nightmare with Chris Dreisbach

Episode 25: On the surface, 21-year USAF veteran Chris Dreisbach had a seemingly perfect transition - from service to SkillBridge to multiple job offers and a great job above his salary goals. Within 3 months he was overworked and unhappy. He had the courage to leave his first post-military job that wasn't right for him. He shares what he learned along the way and highlights how this podcast helped him through it all.

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Overcoming Early Trauma and Building Resiliency with Ericka Kelly

Episode 24: Ericka Kelly retired from the US Air Force Reserve where she was one of the top 3 Chief Enlisted Master Sergeants and from Federal Law Enforcement, working for the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Agency. This episode is a bit different in that it starts with stories of Ericka's earlier life that shaped her resiliency and built who she was in the military and is today.

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Writing Your Military Transition Resume Part 2 with Alfredo Torres

Episode 23: In the 2nd part of the episode with US Navy veteran Alfredo Flores, he and host Lori Norris discuss the resume. They cover subjects such as should you pay for assistance with a resume and offer tips on what a good resume should include. To wrap up, Alfredo shares his lessons learned during his career as a veteran in transition, a veteran advocate and educator.

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Adapting to Overcome Military Transition Barriers with Alfredo Torres

Episode 22: After suffering what he calls a "very painful transition," US Navy veteran Alfredo Torres has today settled into his role as the Virginia Transition Assistance Program Regional Coordinator. He dedicates his time and efforts to helping other veterans avoid the obstacles he faced. In part 1 of this two-part episode, Alfredo shares his thoughts on how veterans can adapt to achieve success.

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Military Transition Q&A with Derek Moore

Episode 21: USMC veteran Derek Moore asks some great questions about the transition process such as the importance of SkillBridge and mentors, the best job search websites, the pros and cons of professional resumes and Lori's top 5 transition preparation action items. Additionally, he shares how he was able to prioritize his education while serving, as he will have almost finished a doctorate degree.

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Following the Non-traditional Post-military Path with Amanda Huffman

Episode 20: After serving 6 years in the Air Force, Amanda Huffman traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag and focused on being a stay-at-home mom. Along the way, she discovered a passion for sharing stories of women in the military as a blog and book author and host of a podcast. In the episode, she shares some of her most important lessons she learned along the way.

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Strategies to Fight Veteran Underemployment with Adam Braatz

Episode 19: After a diverse USAF career as a member of the USAF band and as a Military Training Instructor, Adam separated from the Air Force to pursue private sector employment, working for both corporations and non-profits. He learned the importance of knowing his value and networking to avoid underemployment. He gets candid about his struggle with depression and his lessons learned.

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Expanding Your Post-military Career Options by Achieving Financial Stability with Patrick Weinert

Episode 18: Retired USMC officer Patrick Weinert discusses how to remove financial success road blocks in your life and how to achieve more freedom in your post-military career. He offers his advice on how to manage your finances and provides insight into how he successfully launched a financial coaching business.

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Own Your Transition Part 2 with Herb Thompson

Episode 17: In the second half of my conversation with Herb Thompson, retired US Army Green Beret and Drill Instructor, he talks about how important it is to make your transition your own experience and truly take ownership of the process. Herb shares what he would do differently if he could go back and do it all over again and he closes the episode with his biggest lessons learned.

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Deploying to the U.S. & Learning to Speak Civilian with Herb Thompson

Episode 16: Retired US Army Green Beret and Drill Sergeant Herb Thompson discusses his approach to planning for his military transition. This planning process was the catalyst for him to write his book "The Transition Mission." Listen in for Part 1 of the 2-part episode, as Herb discusses how he learned to "speak civilian" and translate his skills.

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Landing your Next Role by Building a LinkedIn Presence with Misty Moreno

Episode 15: Misty Moreno is a LinkedIn "success story." As she was preparing to retire from the US Air Force, she followed all the steps, created a LinkedIn profile and strategically started building an online presence. She shares her LinkedIn strategy that landed her a position and many more great insights about post-military employment.

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Navigating the Federal Job Search Process with Chip Lankert of FEMA

Episode 14: USMC veteran and recruiter for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Chip joins me to discuss federal employment. From the federal resume writing process to tips on how to succeed in a federal interview, Chip gives valuable insight into this process that can be daunting for many people.

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Military Transition Q&A with MaryKate Soliva

Episode 13: US Army veteran MaryKate Soliva asks me some great questions about the military transition process such as how to leverage volunteer work in your transition, how to involve your spouse in the transition and networking best practices for introverts. MaryKate also practices marketing herself to potential employers.

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Don't Be Afraid to Pivot and Start Over with Jennifer Foxworthy

Episode 12: After retiring from the US Navy, Jennifer decided to follow a non-traditional path of becoming a motivational speaker and launching a non-profit. The journey has not been without obstacles and Jennifer gets real about the pivots and changes she has had to make being self-employed.

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Creating Your Long-term Transition Plan with Gregory Austin

Episode 11: As an analytical engineering manager trained in Lean Six Sigma, Greg leveraged these skills to achieve post-military success as a Process Engineer after retiring from the United States Air Force. Listen as Greg teaches you his next-level transition planning strategy.


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The 5 Most Common Transition Obstacles with Michael Radynski

Episode 10: After retiring from the Marine Corps, Mike quickly found a job through networking. After 4 years, Mike left that job to follow his passion and live in his dream state. Mike also discovered the 5 most common obstacles of a typical military transition while researching his Master's thesis. 

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Transitioning Out of the Military with PTS with Kristin Scott

Episode 9: Listen as a retired Navy Chief shares insights on the SkillBridge program. She also gets candid about how she found post-military career success while dealing with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and opens up about a life-changing PTS treatment to manage her symptoms.


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Discovering Your Legacy with Ben Killoy

Episode 8: After separating from the USMC, Ben spent 7 years in a corporate job before discovering his purpose to serve veteran dads as a podcast host, instructor and blogger. Ben shares an important lesson about focusing on your own personal legacy.                               



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Leveraging Free Resources with Matthew Langseth

Episode 7: After serving in the Army and National Guard, Matt landed his first role after the military through the power of networking. In this episode, Matt shares his lessons learned about LinkedIn, Vets2Industry and other resources and VSOs available for veterans.                     

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The Power of Mentorship with John Mazza

Episode 6: As a retired USAF Command Chief, John was looking for senior leadership roles. It took longer than he expected, but he landed a great  job. John discusses what caused him to change jobs several times his first few post-military years.        


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Military Transition Q&A with Mark Gavin

Episode 5: In this bonus episode, Mark, an Army veteran in transition, asks transition questions such as resume length, interview prep, video interviews and more. Mark also gets the opportunity to practice marketing himself to potential employers.                       

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Figuring Out Who You Are with Rob Rens

Episode 4: After separating from the USMC, Rob spent many years in corporate America before launching his own business. Rob advocates for taking the time to figure out who YOU want to be outside of the military as a priority.


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Trusting Your Instincts with Wendy Brazier

Episode 3: Wendy landed an HR role a few months after she retired from the USAF and has continued to progress into higher level roles. Not only does she share how she did it, as a hiring authority, she gives great interview and job search tips. 

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Finding the Right Culture Fit with Keith Forte

Episode 2: After retiring from the USAF, and changing jobs 4 times in 6 years, Along the way, Keith learned the importance of finding your purpose and the best cultural fit. Keith advocates for giving your transition the time and attention it deserves.

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An Introduction to Your Podcast Team

Episode 1: A quick intro to Lori Norris, your host, and Charlan Rieve, our editor and behind-the-scenes mastermind. In this introduction to us, we will tell you about the purpose of our podcast, what you can expect and why we both got involved in the podcast project.


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