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Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.

General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.

But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block.

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers.

Mike Abrams is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, Director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.

Lindsey Pollak is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue.

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Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.

General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.

But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block.

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers.

Mike Abrams is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, Director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.

Lindsey Pollak is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue.

    “I thought I was prepared to exit the service; I was wrong.”

    “I thought I was prepared to exit the service; I was wrong.”

    This week, Colonel Ted Studdard joins host Mike Abrams to talk about his personal transition experience after serving 29 years in the Marine Corps; share the three elements that should form the foundation of your job search; and discuss actionable advice for making intentional decisions about your life and career after the military.
    Ted began his service as a Private and would go on to retire 29 years later as a Colonel. His Marine service included leading an artillery platoon in combat, teaching tactics and leadership at the Marine Corps University, and planning and directing combat operations for a 20,000-person multi-national force. He participated in international negotiations and worked on national security strategy in the Pentagon.
    After suffering a heart attack, Ted faced new challenges—retiring and charting a new path. Post retirement, he transitioned to his second career with The Home Depot, a company whose values aligned with his own. Ted has held positions of increasing responsibility in field operations, corporate leadership training, talent acquisition and staffing, and business to business operations. These roles have given him a unique perspective on optimizing human capital in Corporate America.
    Ted has appeared as a featured guest on national TV, radio, and podcasts. He is a published author; his book, Depot to Depot, hit shelves in the Fall of 2019.
    As a complement to his book, Ted wrote a free military transition workbook called, “Take Time to Think” in order to help as many transitioning veterans as possible. The free workbook is available to download here.
    Ted speaks to a variety of audiences about individual and organizational leadership ranging from junior leaders to executives. Ted also educates business leaders and their HR partners about the value veterans bring to the civilian workforce and how to best incorporate them into Corporate America.

    • 33 min
    Making the Ask: Principles for How to Successfully Raise Money

    Making the Ask: Principles for How to Successfully Raise Money

    How do you learn to become a successful fundraiser on behalf of a nonprofit organization or cause? Is philanthropy going up or down in response to COVID-19? Is it harder to raise money during this time? President of Averill Fundraising Solutions Robert C. Happy, Jr. joins host Mike Abrams to discuss strategies and tactics for successful fundraising amid COVID-19 and what skills and attributes make for an effective fundraiser and salesperson. 
    Bob Happy has 35 years of experience providing expert leadership and direction to clients across the not-for-profit sector. During his career, Bob has served more than 2,000 clients and has guided them to raise more than $3,250,000,000. 
    Before forming Averill Solutions, Bob served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the nation’s largest fundraising firm. He a recognized industry leader, sought after speaker, and trainer and instructor. He has mentored hundreds of professional fundraising practitioners and many have joined him at Averill Fundraising Solutions. Bob graduated from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.
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    Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.
    General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.
    But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 
    FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 
    Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.
    Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. 
    Veterans, explore new industries and make the right connections. Find a career that fits your calling. Join us at fourblock.org/
    Over 77% of FourBlock alumni stay at their first jobs over 12 months. Sponsor our program or host a class to equip more of our veterans at fourblock.org/donate.

    Follow FourBlock on Social Media 
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    • 31 min
    What Veterans Wish Employers Knew Before Interviewing Them

    What Veterans Wish Employers Knew Before Interviewing Them

    This week, we welcome back Pat Hubbell and Peter Sukits, the co-founders of Candorful, a non-profit organization that connects transitioning service members with experienced interview coaches for live personal job interview practice sessions. The final episode in a four-part series is a must-listen for interviewers, hiring managers, HR staff, and business owners. Pat and Peter join hosts Lindsey Pollak and Mike Abrams to discuss what veterans wish employers knew before interviewing them.
    Over the course of the series, Pat and Peter discuss what they’ve learned working with hundreds of veterans and employers; the biggest mistake veterans make going into an interview; how veterans can best prepare for a job interview; and what veterans wish employers knew before interviewing them.
    Pat is the executive director of Candorful and has over 17 years of experience coaching soldiers, veterans, and young professionals with career transitions at Cornell, PRTM (which is now PwC), and Keystone Strategy. She has an SM/MBA from MIT Sloan and a BSME from the University of Rhode Island.
    Peter is president of Candorful and a former Army Captain who served five years on active duty with service in the 82ndAirborne Division and with a deployment to Afghanistan. He is currently a commercial financial risk manager with GE Aviation. Peter has an MBA from Cornell, an MS in Business Analytics from Indiana University, and a BS in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon.
    ABOUT US
    Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.
    General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.
    But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 
    FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 
    Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.
    Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. 
    Veterans, explore new industries and make the right connections. Find a career that fits your calling. Join us at fourblock.org/
    Over 77% of FourBlock alumni stay at their first jobs over 12 months. Sponsor our program or host a class to equip more of our veterans at fourblock.org/donate.

    Follow FourBlock on Social Media 
    LinkedIn
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Twitter

    • 31 min
    #HiringNow: Job Searching During COVID-19

    #HiringNow: Job Searching During COVID-19

    “Do not wait and worry that now is not a good time – if you need a job now or suspect that you are going to need a job, you have to take action.”
    If you’re looking for employment right now, where do you even begin? What do you do in this type of environment? In these unprecedented times, hosts Lindsey Pollak and Mike Abrams share actionable tips and strategies for conducting a job search during the coronavirus pandemic.
    ABOUT US
    Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.
    General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.
    But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 
    FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 
    Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.
    Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. 
    Veterans, explore new industries and make the right connections. Find a career that fits your calling. Join us at fourblock.org/
    Over 77% of FourBlock alumni stay at their first jobs over 12 months. Sponsor our program or host a class to equip more of our veterans at fourblock.org/donate.

    Follow FourBlock on Social Media 
    LinkedIn
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Twitter

    • 23 min
    The Biggest Interview Mistakes that Veterans Make

    The Biggest Interview Mistakes that Veterans Make

    This week, we welcome back Pat Hubbell and Peter Sukits, the co-founders of Candorful, a non-profit organization that connects transitioning service members with experienced interview coaches for live personal job interview practice sessions.
    In this episode, Pat and Peter discuss the biggest interview mistakes that veterans make and share their advice for overcoming those missteps.
    This is the third episode in a four-part, bi-weekly series where we explore and take a deep dive into the job interview, an area that many transitioning service members, veterans, and employers find challenging. Over the course of the series, Pat and Peter join hosts Lindsey Pollak and Mike Abrams to discuss what they’ve learned working with hundreds of veterans and employers; the biggest mistake veterans make going into an interview; how veterans can best prepare for a job interview; and what veterans wish employers knew before interviewing them.
    Pat is the executive director of Candorful and has over 17 years of experience coaching soldiers, veterans, and young professionals with career transitions at Cornell, PRTM (which is now PwC), and Keystone Strategy. She has an SM/MBA from MIT Sloan and a BSME from the University of Rhode Island.
    Peter is president of Candorful and a former Army Captain who served five years on active duty with service in the 82ndAirborne Division and with a deployment to Afghanistan. He is currently a commercial financial risk manager with GE Aviation. Peter has an MBA from Cornell, an MS in Business Analytics from Indiana University, and a BS in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon.
    ABOUT US
    Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.
    General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.
    But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 
    FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 
    Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.
    Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. 
    Veterans, explore new industries and make the right connections. Find a career that fits your calling. Join us at fourblock.org/
    Over 77% of FourBlock alumni stay at their first jobs over 12 months. Sponsor our program or host a class to equip more of our veterans at fourblock.org/donate.

    Follow FourBlock on Social Media 
    LinkedIn
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    Twitter

    • 30 min
    A Look Behind the Curtain: How Companies Hire

    A Look Behind the Curtain: How Companies Hire

    This week, leadership and human resources consultant Mike Dunford joins host Mike Abrams to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the current business environment and how the nature of work will change; share behind-the-scenes insights into the corporate hiring and recruiting process; and provide actionable advice for veterans seeking employment.
    Mike is a retired Marine Corps Reserve Officer and veteran of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in Beirut, Lebanon in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In addition to his role as a veteran advocate, Mike is currently a leadership and human resources consultant who served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Covidien, an $11-billion global medical device company with 38,000 employees operating in more than 70 countries. Following the acquisition of Covidien in 2015, he founded the Dunford Consulting Group, focused on leadership development, executive coaching, and the development and execution of talent strategies. 
    Mike serves as an advisor and member on several boards, including Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Edge4Vets, the Human Resources Leadership Forum, Year Up Providence, and the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center in Massachusetts. He is a Career Readiness Instructor for FourBlock in Boston and co-chairs FourBlock’s National Leadership Council. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Greater Boston Veterans Collaborative and leads the Employment work group.  
    ABOUT US
    Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.
    General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.
    But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 
    FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 
    Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.
    Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. 
    Veterans, explore new industries and make the right connections. Find a career that fits your calling. Join us at fourblock.org/
    Over 77% of FourBlock alumni stay at their first jobs over 12 months. Sponsor our program or host a class to equip more of our veterans at fourblock.org/donate.

    Follow FourBlock on Social Media 
    LinkedIn
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Twitter

    • 36 min

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Awesome resources!

This is a great podcast, veterans are the targeted audience but this is applicable to most people

Paint09 ,

Great info

There is so much great info here not only for the veteran but their family and friends as well. Keep at it!

Nucc01 ,

Bravo 1/12

Great podcast Mike.

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