Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition

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Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition

Format:  Paperback,

239 pages

Publisher: Potomac Books Inc

Publish Date: Dec 2011

ISBN-13: 9781597977159

ISBN-10: 1597977152

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After completing military service, veterans can have a difficult time finding employment upon returning to civilian life. "Out of Uniform" is designed to help all transitioning military personnel, regardless of service, branch, rank, rating, time in service, time in grade, or specialty. Although all service members share many common denominators, each individual brings something unique to the job market. The parameters of the search may vary, but the target is the same land the right job the first time. The information in this book will enhance the odds of hitting that target.This book is divided into eight sections, covering matters in roughly the same order that they occur in the military-to-civilian transition process. Another useful feature is the KeyWord Index, which allows the reader to locate specific information throughout the book, regardless of the part or chapter. In addition to all of the technical guidance, readers will also discover important information in the anecdotes based on actual experiences of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. "Out of Uniform" is an invaluable resource for veterans who want to make the most out of their civilian career opportunities.

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Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Publish Date: Dec 2011
ISBN-13: 9781597977159
ISBN-10: 1597977152
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 239
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.25 x 0.75

About the author

Biography of Wolfe, Tom

Tom Wolfe was born March 2, 1931 in Richmond, Virginia. He received his Bachelor's from Washington and Lee in 1951 and his Ph.D in American Studies from Yale in 1957. In December 1956, he took a job as a reporter on the Springfield Union. For six months in 1960 he served as The Washington Post's Latin American correspondent and won the Washington Newspaper Guild's foreign news prize for his coverage of Cuba.

In 1962 he became a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and, in addition, one of the two staff writers of New York magazine, which began as the Herald Tribune's Sunday supplement. While still a daily reporter for the Herald Tribune, he completed his first book, a collection of articles about the flamboyant Sixties written for New York and Esquire and published in 1965 as The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby.

The book became a bestseller and established Wolfe as a leading figure in the literary experiments in nonfiction that became known as the New Journalism. In November 1965, there was a one-man exhibition of his sketches, followed by another in 1974. In 1968 he published two bestsellers on the same day: The Pump House Gang, made up of more articles about life in the Sixties, and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a nonfiction story of the hippie era.

In 1970 he published Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, a highly controversial book about racial friction in the United States. Even more controversial was Wolfe's 1975 book on the American art world, The Painted Word. In 1976 he published another collection, Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine, which included his well-known essay "The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening". In 1979 Wolfe completed a book he had worked on for more than six years, an account of the rocket airplane experiments of the post-World War II era and the early space program.

The Right Stuff became a bestseller and won the American Book Award for nonfiction, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Harold Vursell Award for prose style, and the Columbia Journalism Award. Wolfe had been illustrating his own work in newspapers and magazines since the 1950's, and in 1977, he began doing a monthly illustrated feature for Harper's magazine called "In Our Time". The book, In Our Time, published in 1980, featured these drawings and many others.

In 1981 he wrote a companion to The Painted Word entitled From Bauhaus to Our House, about the world of American architecture. In 1984 and 1985 Wolfe wrote his first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, in serial form against a deadline of every two weeks for Rolling Stone magazine. It came out in book form in 1987. A story of the money-feverish 1980s in New York, The Bonfire of the Vanities was number one of the New York Times bestseller list for two months and remained on the list for more than a year, selling over 800,000 copies in hardcover.

It also became the number-one bestselling paperback, with sales above two million, and was recognized as the essential novel of America in the 1980's. In 1989 Wolfe outraged the literacy community with an essay in Harper's magazine called "Stalking the Billion-footed Beast". In 1996, Wolfe wrote the novella "Ambush at Fort Bragg" as a two-part series for Rolling Stone. In 1997 it was published as a book in France and Spain and as an audiotape in the United States.

The novel, A Man in Full, was published in November of 1998, and headed the New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks and selling nearly 1.4 million copies in hardcover. The book's tremendous commercial success, its enthusiastic welcome by reviewers, and Wolfe's appearance on the cover of Time magazine, along with his claim that his sort of detailed realism was the future of the American novel, if it was going to have one, provoked a furious reaction among other American novelists, notably John Updike, Norman Mailer, and John Irving. Wolfe has also coined several phrases, including "The Me Decade", "Master of the Universe", "Radical Chic", and "The Right Stuff".

Chapter outline

Preface
Introduction
Transition Readiness
Life Is Like a Roller Coaster
The Education of Self
Stereotypes
Master of Change
The Four Profiles
Filters, Part One (Employer's)
When Can You Start?
Travel-Are Your Bags Packed?
Grade Point Average
How Much Are You Worth?
Will You Relocate?
Filters, Part Two (Yours)
Quality of Life vs. Quality of Work
Educational Background Check
Transition Timeline
The Self-Discovery Zone
From Trees to Toilet Paper
Lifetime Tasks and Skills Inventory
What Size Company Is Best for You?
The Classifieds-More Than Meets the Eye
What's Behind Curtain Number Three?
Experience or Potential?
The Best Job for You?
Job Hunting from a Remote Location
The Geographically Restricted Job Search
The other side of the fence
What's Out There?
I Want to Work with People
I Want to Be a Manager
Operations Management
Engineering
Is Consulting Right for You?
Government Contractors
Additional Options
The Boss of Me
The S Word
Your SQ Number
The Audition
Preparations (Mechanical)
Your BENCHMARK Company and Decision Matrix
The Six Ps
Documentation
Creating Your Rsum
Cover Letters
Your Reference List
Application Forms-Thank Goodness I Made a Copy
Uniform of the Day
Finding Uncle Harry or Aunt Mary
Headhunted
An Employment Perfect Storm
The Runaway Resume
Preparations (Mental)
The Power of Questions
Researching Companies
Knowledge Is Power
Wallflowers and Cheerleaders
Weaknesses-Use Them to Your Benefit
Camaraderie and the Power of People
Tell'Em What They Want to Hear
Interviews-Tips and Techniques
Body Language
Interviewers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
What's with That Tie?
From Adversary to Advocate
All of My Questions Have Been Answered
Please Leave a Message at the Beep
Be Memorable
Extra Preparations
Interviews-Variety and Function
Interview and Etiquette Checklist
Interviews-Purpose, Process, and Form
Can You Hear Me Now?
Lets Do Lunch
Post-Interview Follow-Up Procedures
Until the Paperwork Is Done
Dear John
Your Decision Matrix (Part Two-Usage)
Offer, Decision, and Launch
Learning How to Swim
The Power Shift
Job Offer-The Message and the Makeup
The REV Factor
The High Jumpers
Will You Marry Me?
One-offer-itis
Salary Negotiation
Responding to Offers-the Right Way
Lift Off and Stay on Course
A Personal Trainer for Your Career
Has the Ride Lost Its Thrill?
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Keyword Index
About the Author

Book description

After completing military service, veterans can have a difficult time finding employment upon returning to civilian life. Out of Uniform is designed to help all transitioning military personnel, regardless of service, branch, rank, rating, time in service, time in grade, or specialty. Although all service members share many common denominators, each individual brings something unique to the job market. The parameters of the search may vary, but the target is the same--land the right job the first time. The information in this book will enhance the odds of hitting that target.

This book is divided into eight sections, covering matters in roughly the same order that they occur in the military-to-civilian transition process. Another useful feature is the KeyWord Index, which allows the reader to locate specific information throughout the book, regardless of the part or chapter. In addition to all of the technical guidance, readers will also discover important information in the anecdotes based on actual experiences of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. Out of Uniform is an invaluable resource for veterans who want to make the most out of their civilian career opportunities.

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