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Six-Part Series Focuses on Managing Reserve Career “Make no


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									          Career Speak
      C A R E E R                    S P E A K

                                                                                                                           Promotion Boards are Neither                                  The Importance of Mentors/Personal
                                                                                                                           Mysterious nor Mythical                                       Board of Directors
                                                                                                                                You’ve heard the old saying about “location, location,       A key step in building a career plan is recruiting a
                                                                                                                           location.” Well, when it comes to promotion boards, it’s      successful Senior Reserve Officer as your primary
                                                                                                                           all about your record, your record, your record! Accurate     career mentor. Then, establish a personal Board of
                                                                                                                           and timely OERs, resumes and communications to                Directors (BOD) to assist you in setting your correct
                                                                                                                           boards are critical. Ask any outstanding RJO and/or any       course and speed. Add to that board your spouse (or

                              Six-Part Series Focuses on
                                                                                                                           successful Senior Reserve Officer (SRO) that has been         significant other), a Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer
                                                                                                                           through the promotion board process (at least twice)          (ROJO), and your most trusted friend who really cares
                                                                                                                           successfully. They get it. CAREER SPEAK will focus

                              Managing Reserve Career
                                                                                                                                                                                         about you and your Reserve career success. Make sure
                                                                                                                           on “promotion boards” in an upcoming article.                 your board members have your permission to properly
                                                                                                                                                                                         motivate you if you are slacking off. As a round table
                                                                                                                                                                                         exercise, identify those required skills, competencies,
                                                                                                                           Your Personnel Record is Your                                 education and training targeted to enhance lifelong
                                                                                                                           Marketing                                                                                            career growth. Add
    CAREER SPEAK is a six-part series of articles that
    will appear in future issues of The Reservist in          First and Foremost — Take Control                                                                                                                                 timelines and
                                                              of Your Career!                                                   Your next step is to                                                                            milestones that
    support of a broader Reserve Junior Officer (RJO)                                                                      validate the
                                                                  Let us begin with one of the most basic of all career                                                                                                         reaffirm your
    Career Management Program initiative. The                                                                              completeness of your
                                                              management questions: “Who is running my career?”                                                                                                                 dedication and
    series will discuss successful career strategies                                                                       personnel record. One

                                                                                                                                                                “Make no mistake
                                                              When was the last time (if ever) that you actually asked                                                                                                          commitment.
    and important how-to’s in managing your                   yourself that question? Was your answer the Coast
                                                                                                                           quick way to do this is to                                                                           Next, program
    Reserve career. Enlisted members are also                                                                              contact CGPC-OPM-                                                                                    yourself over the
                                                              Guard? Maybe it was the folks at the Reserve Personnel

                                                                                                                                                              about it — articulating
    encouraged to read this series to gain insight,                                                                        adm for assistance.                                                                                  next 24 months to
                                                              Management (RPM) Division at Coast Guard Personnel
                                                                                                                           Additionally, if you are                                                                             build out
    especially if considering the Selected Reserve            Command? Maybe your servicing Integrated Support

                                                                                                                                                              and maintaining your
                                                                                                                           in the Washington D.C.                                                                               pathways to “best
    Direct Commission program in the future.                  Command (ISC)? Maybe no one? If you are stumbling
                                                                                                                           area, contact the Coast                                                                              qualified” status.
                                                              for an answer, then you could be in big trouble.
                                                                                                                           Guard Personnel                                                                                      Write your

                                                                                                                                                              personal reputation is
                                                              However, if your immediate response was, I AM, then
                                                                                                                           Command and arrange                                                                                  Individual
                           Part 1:
                                                              there is hope you may reach the rank of commander or
                                                                                                                           to visit and personally                                                                              Development Plan
                                                              captain in 20 years if that is your Reserve career goal

                                                                                                                                                               a critical element in
                                                                                                                           review your record. You                                                                              (IDP) and share it
                                                              coupled together with a real passion to make it happen.
                                                                                                                           would be surprised at                                                                                with your BOD.
                                                                                                                           the number of records

                                                                                                                                                               the success of your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The IDP should be
                                                                                                                           that are found to be
          Are YOU Running Your Career?                        Let Your Passion Drive Success                               incomplete when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                part of your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                personnel record.

                                                                  Let us ask another important question. Does your         reviewed before                                                                                      CAREER SPEAK
                By CAPT Michael Price                         career plan focus and target your career goals on            promotion boards. Prior                                                                              will address the
       Division Chief, CG Personnel Command                   maximizing professional growth, training and                 to almost every board,                                                                               “art of
                                                              educational opportunities? Does your plan affirm your
                     (CGPC-rpm)                                                                                            RPM staff members are                                                                                mentoring” in an
                                                              willingness to be a risk taker? Moreover, does your plan     required to call Reserve                                                                             upcoming
                                                              specifically articulate the importance of your reputation,   officers, or their                                                                                   article.
       No one has published a how-to manual for
                                                              character and values system? Can you create a career         commands, searching
   inexperienced Reserve Junior Officers (RJOs) seeking
                                                              plan that addresses so many principles of behavior?          for missing OERs that
   “best qualified” status as determined at Inactive Duty
                                                              Absolutely! This challenge becomes your first step in        are critical to the
   Promotion List (IDPL) promotion boards. In fact, you
                                                              creating your new career management strategy.                promotion process.
   will not find textbooks explaining the nuances of
   successful career management at any Reserve officer
                                                                  Embedded in your new career image is your                Furthermore, while not required (but strongly                 Finally, Broaden Your Horizons
                                                              personal reputation and how you want senior leadership       recommended), resumes and “communication” letters                 Try writing a page or two about what you would like
   level. Lacking formal references or official guidance,
                                                              to view you over the length of your career. Make no          are often missing. It is well known throughout the            to do the rest of your Reserve career. You will open up a
   Reserve officers are forced to figure things out the old
                                                              mistake about it — articulating and maintaining your         Reserve community that for Reserve officers, resumes          new range of possibilities. It is OK to begin to crystallize
   fashioned way … on the job and by trial and error.
                                                              personal reputation is a critical element in the success     and letters to the board are highly encouraged.               your dreams and aspirations. You need to choose the
       As you know, that can be a prescription for career
                                                              of your career. Once you have established a positive         CAREER SPEAK will also address the importance                 road you intend to travel. If your intention is to become
   disaster, not success. You are better than that, and you
                                                              reputation, you must next focus on and package yourself      of complete OERs and supporting documents in an               a successful Senior Reserve Officer, put into action your
   want a better approach to your career. To seize success,
                                                              for attaining “best qualified” achievement levels on         upcoming article.                                             personal career management plan. Now feel the release
   you need to be as passionate and proactive managing
                                                              every task, assignment or challenge put before you. Do                                                                     of new energy, passion and optimism — and go for it!
   your own career as you are about managing your health,
                                                              not hesitate to seek out opportunities or challenges that
   family and civilian career.
                                                              others avoid, even if some risk is involved.                                                                                                Semper Paratus!

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