Hi this is Pete Blum bringing you another episode of the Veteran Connections Podcast where my mission is to help transitioning Veterans and Veterans already out of the military engage with the business community, and to share the knowledge and tools needed to successfully start a business. The Veteran Connections Podcast brings you experience and advice from fellow Veterans who are business owners and have made the transition from the military and into the business community.
There are Veterans transitioning out of the military every day. Some of them have an idea or a passion that they want to turn into a business. Having the right connections can be the one thing that makes the difference between a success or a failure. In this Veteran Connections Podcast I will be talking to Veteran business owners about what steps they are taking, the hurdles they have ran into, what advice they have for you, and what they hope life will look like a few years from now. With these real life interviews and real life results you can gain the expert knowledge from those that have been there. From your military brothers and sisters.
Today’s guest is on the front line of helping Veterans with translating their military experience into civilian language and making a bulletproof resume. He is an Army Veteran and believes in giving back to Veterans and their families. He served 21 years and retired as a Major. He is the Founder & CEO of Battlefield Resumes. I would like to welcome Bruce Benedict.
You can follow Bruce here
Bruce is a retired US Army Major with a commission from OCS and also served over 7 yrs as a DoD GS-15 Hiring Manager. He is a Certified Federal Résumé Writer, a Certified Federal Career Coach, and Certified Coach, Speaker, and
Trainer with the John Maxwell Team. Bruce collectively has over 29 years of military, the federal government and federal/defense contracting experience. Bruce developed the Battlefield Résumé Methodology (BRM), which has deciphered the federal employment process and cracked the code on military-to-federal employment. By leverages military doctrine and strategy, he created an easily understandable and relatable system that helps lessen the anxiety and stress when transitioning Battlefield Résumés into the Federal Employment.
Bruce, you served 21 years in the military from right out of high school and during your career, you went from enlisted to officer. Tell me how it all started and what your career in the military was like.
So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military.
So I see you are in Stafford, VA, did you retire there after getting out of the military?
When I was stationed in Quantico I lived in Stafford. I liked it, nice little place. I really want to get back up there and see the National Museum of the Marine Corps
Transition from the military (easy or hard)
What was it that caused you to start your business?
Tell us about your company’s mission
Battlefield Resumes not only helps veterans transition their battlefield experience into civilian language but also uses military tactics and doctrine when applying for civilian jobs
I like your tagline: Aim accurately at your next career
What were the steps you took to get your business up and running?
Do you feel like your military experience and training helped prepare you to be a Veteran business owner?
What were some of the challenges you faced getting your business started?
What is the key to the success of your business?
Would you say it was your military experience or other things you learned that have been more helpful in making you successful in your business?
Are you going to use your business in some way to either help or hire other Veterans?
What is the one most important thing you have learned since starting your business that you can share with future Veteran business owners?
In this episode with Bruce we heard some great advice you can take advantage of on your own vetrepreneur journey!
- Networking is essential to starting a business and helps in so many ways like getting those questions answered by those that have been there
- The main steps for success are determining your target, getting your process down, and figuring out your pricing for your product or service
- Outline the total cost of the business, money going out and money coming in
This episode with Bruce is so packed with value bombs there are too many to list so be sure to listen!
Are you ready to start a business or find a job? Bruce tells you how to lay it out like a battle plan! He talks about it in terms you already understand!
The Veteran Connections Podcast provides advice from Veterans for Veterans. A lot of people like you and me that have been through the military have the same thoughts and a lot of the same questions. We may have even had the exact same struggle. I hope you find some answers as you go on this Veteran Connections journey with me where we will learn, explore, and get answers to your questions.
Another great resource for Veterans wanting to start their own business is the Small Business Administration (SBA)
If you need more information or want assistance implementing one of the things you learned about today you can contact me. I can teach you techniques and strategies to help you connect and network in the business community so you can reach your personal or professional goals. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can help you!
I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast episode and if you have a burning question that you would like to get answered by an experienced Veteran business owner about starting your own business go ahead and email me. I will be sure to answer it in a future episode!
Thank you for listening! -Pete