This week’s show is special because we are digging deeper into the military to civilian career transition experience. Kevin Kermes was a lieutenant in the Army and worked as a headhunter for ten years before founding All Things Career. Clarity is essential for your job search. Kevin’s advice and story is paramount to understanding why. I want to thank our mutual friend Michelle Lederman for introducing us and suggesting him as a potential guest.
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Kevin founded All Things Career in 2008. He has also founded the sites Career Attraction,Every Veteran Hired, and CareerMeh. They have been featured in major sites such as Forbes, CareerBuilder, and the Wall Street Journal.
Here are a few highlights from our discussion:
- Kevin shares about his transition from military to civilian experience
- Transition back to civilian life is on going. There are “landmines” on the road to finding work that you love
- Kevin and many other military veterans are”…crystal clear about what they are moving away from but not what you’re moving towards.”
- “It’s a little bit of a calibration process…because something doesn’t work doesn’t mean that you’ve failed.”
- Working with a headhunter only presented opportunities available through them, not the whole career landscape
- Before getting out beef up your civilian network to gather wider job market intelligence
- Going back to school is not always the answer
- The cultural shift is huge and thinking everyone has the same background as yours is a major adjustment
- Finding what you are looking for in a culture is important, perhaps even longevity. Working with a team with the same goals and objectives
- Your military unit and its value is difficult to find in a company
- Finding purpose is a journey, takes sorting out beyond salary
- In finding your purpose and work you love, Kevin suggests you go back to people you’ve worked with and ask, “What did I do to make your life easier?”
- Listen to how you made people feel
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