MJ Sweeney, Certified Federal Career Strategist and Federal Resume Writer
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired) Mary Jo Sweeney is an accomplished military and corporate executive whose 26 years of Navy service laid the foundation for a successful corporate career in corporate marketing and military affairs at military-focused financial services companies. She specialized in operations leadership in the Navy and in military marketing and engagement in her corporate career. Mary Jo is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds M.S. degrees in Management and Transportation/Logistics. Now on her third career, she delights in spending time assisting others through career consulting, with an emphasis on veteran and military transition.
Highlights of Mary Jo’s Navy career include serving as Commanding Officer of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet special mission ships (oceanographic and surveillance) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and in major command, as Commander, Military Sealift Command Atlantic, a major command, directing the Navy’s 100+ Atlantic Fleet logistics, special mission and contract-operated ships supporting combatant ships in an area of operations spanning the Atlantic Ocean. During her final tour as Deputy Director, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), The Pentagon, she handled the continuity of operations in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack, performing a key role in the re-staffing and restoration of the CNO’s staff and workspaces. With the 350-person staff of the Navy’s leadership displaced, Mary Jo quickly got the staff functioning and settled in temporary spaces, even as casualties were being tallied, communications were down and all normal operations were disrupted. In addition to being recognized for her actions during the attack and subsequent explosion at The Pentagon, she earned several personal and unit awards during the course of her distinguished Navy career.
Upon retirement from active duty, Mary Jo joined USAA, a Fortune 500 military-focused financial services provider, to direct corporate marketing sponsorship and military affairs relationships in the Northeast. She led a USAA Military Affairs division covering 16 states and Washington, DC, leading all face-to-face activity in support of strategic and tactical engagement plans with active duty, Reserve, Guard and military spouse organizations. Following a rewarding two years as part of the Executive Team of the USS ZUMWALT Commissioning Committee, she joined First Command Financial Services as a regional director, hired to revitalize all strategic and tactical marketing and military affairs relationships in the Northeast. In both corporate roles, she was heavily involved in the enterprise engagement strategy with the military, veteran and military spouse markets, in the areas of corporate sponsorship, military transition/hiring and military spouse hiring activities.
Mary Jo then shifted her servant leadership skills to consult with veteran and military nonprofits on strategic planning for corporate sponsorship relationships and career transition programs, devoting herself to her passion for helping veterans on a pro bono basis, with an emphasis on career transition from uniformed service to further education and civilian careers. She currently serves on several veteran-military organization advisory boards. She is an experienced consultant, lending her expertise as a career transition coach and corporate veteran hiring engagement expert, as well as her insights as a hiring manager in the Department of the Navy for senior Federal civil service staff. Mary Jo has always enjoyed professional writing, and appreciates the opportunities offered by Federal Job Results to use her military and corporate background to help clients with their career-related writing projects, resumes, and corporate and civil service employment goals.