Career transition calls for research, planning

Dear J.T. & Dale: I am a retiring from the U.S. Navy as a senior officer in logistics and operations. I am looking to a whole new chapter, outside federal or military service. My strength is problem solving and large team leadership. However, it seems my problem with civilian companies is that I may be too much of a generalist and not specialized, but that is how the USN has utilized me over my career. I’d appreciate any suggestions or tips on marketing myself to civilian industry. – Martin

J.T.: First, thank you for your service. As you move ahead, transitioning can feel daunting, especially if you are seen as a generalist when most private sector employers have a specific problem or pain they need alleviated, and they want a specialist who knows how to solve it.

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