BTU #18: Tom Wolfe – Everything you need to know to plan your transition

“Open your eyes, be receptive, try to learn about what’s unknown to you, in addition to what you’re already aware of.”
– Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe is a career coach, author, and columnist. He is the author of OUT OF UNIFORM — Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Transition, as well as a columnist of 11 years for CivilianJobs.com. Tom has over 29 years of experience in the Career Development industry. Tom is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and served as a Surface Warfare Officer and Admiral’s Aide.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Stereotypes about veterans – how to use stories in interviews to reinforce the positive ones, and preemptively combat the negative ones
  • Common mistakes veterans make – like being too humble or understated in an interview
  • Job hunting techniques (like using informational interviews to see if you’d like a career and potentially get your foot in the door of an organization)
  • Using Filters for your job search so you can avoid boiling the ocean when looking for your ideal job
  • Using a career coach as a personal trainer for your career
  • Tactical exercises you can use to improve your self knowledge as part of a job search
  • And much, much more…

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Scroll below for links and show notes…

Selected Links from the Episode

Show Notes

  • [3:10] – Tom’s background in writing and career coaching
  • [4:10] – The most common mistakes Tom sees veterans make in their career transition
  • [13:27] – Stereotypes – how to reinforce the positives and preempt the negatives
  • [24:26] Reasons why veterans get rejected in interviews
  • [27:00] – A surefire way to succeed in an interview
  • [28:33] – How to gather information about what you want to do as efficiently as possible
  • [33:18] – Using Informational Interviews to figure out what you want to do… and potentially get your foot in the door
  • [36:12] – How to use filters to simplify your job search
  • [43:20] – 1/2 of veterans end up working for a company they weren’t aware of at the start of their search..how to broaden your search to be aware of broader opportunities
  • [47:50] – A personal trainer for your career – Career Coaching
  • [57:03] – Using mistakes to learn in you job search
  • [58:32] – Where you can learn more about Tom’s work