Best Careers for Veterans

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Best Careers for Veterans is the ultimate career guide for military personnel who want to leverage their experience and skills into a rewarding, high-paying civilian job post-service. Whether having completed a single tour of duty or a full 20 years of service, veterans possess a unique set of technical, organizational and leadership skills. With this book veterans can learn how to parlay these skills into a meaningful civilian job with a generous compensation package. Best Careers for Veterans provides essential...

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Overview

Best Careers for Veterans is the ultimate career guide for military personnel who want to leverage their experience and skills into a rewarding, high-paying civilian job post-service. Whether having completed a single tour of duty or a full 20 years of service, veterans possess a unique set of technical, organizational and leadership skills. With this book veterans can learn how to parlay these skills into a meaningful civilian job with a generous compensation package. Best Careers for Veterans provides essential career guidance that veterans need to successfully transition into the civilian work world, with advice on: Defining career interests, skills and lifestyle Trends in the workforce Existing career opportunities Sources for jobs, such as networking, job fairs, federal, state and municipal agencies, employment agencies, Internet sources, and more Appropriate civilian career wardrobes Writing resumes, cover letters, and thank you letters that will get you noticed Resume preparation and distribution Do's and don'ts of interviewing, commonly asked interview questions, providing references Assessing compensation and benefits Performance reviews and raises

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576856703
  • Publisher: Learningexpress, Llc
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 1,484,927
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Section I Starting Over: Getting a New Start Post-Service 1

A major part of making the transition into civilian life is finding the right career. A strong resume, polished interview skills, accurately relating your military service experience, and using your networking skills can help you land the right job.

Chapter 1 Finding Yourself-Out of Uniform 3

Leaving the Military? 3

Leaving Can Affect Your Identity 7

Steps to a Successful Transition 8

Sample Budget Worksheet 12

Handling Your Transition Process 18

Embracing Your New Identity 19

A Quick Look at Transition Helps and Benefits for Veterans 22

Tap into T.A.P. 28

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Tracks 32

TAP Pre-Separation Guide 36

Basic Pre-Separation Guide Transition Tracks 38

Pre-separation Timeline 46

Chapter 2 The Military Is School: An Accelerated Course! 55

American Council on Education (ACE) 56

The ACE Evaluation Process 57

Finding a Military-Friendly College 58

ACE Military Programs 59

Army 60

Navy and Marines 61

Air Force 63

Coast Guard 64

Veterans 65

Testing Available through Your Education Center 66

Certification Programs 66

Department of Defense Volunteer Education Programs 69

Servicemembers Opportunities Colleges 71

The Navy College Program (NCP) 75

The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Student Agreement 77

SOC Consortium Member Institutions 79

Chapter 3 Building Your Post-Military Resume 101

Formatting Your Resume 102

Look Ahead, Not Behind 103

Define Your Career Objective 105

What Can You Do for Me? 108

De-Militarize Your Terminology 109

Showcase Your Track Record of Accomplishments 111

Show off YourSkills 112

Careful! Don't Give Too Much Information 112

Put It to the Test 112

Proofread, Proofread Again, and Then Ask a Friend to Help 113

Tapping Technology 113

Developing a Cover Letter 114

Cover letter Dos and Don'ts 117

Where to Get Help 118

Resources for Building Your Resume 119

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) and Resumes 122

Pursuing a Jab with the Federal Government 135

Sample Military Resume 138

Chapter 4 Mastering the Interview Process 145

Screening Interviews 147

Technical Interviews 148

Behavior-Based Interviews 149

Decision-Making Interviews 151

Answering Interview Questions 152

Informational Interviews 153

Types of Job Interviews 155

Finding Your Corporate Match 157

Dress for Civilian Success 157

Handling Social Situations during the Interview Process 161

Selling Yourself 161

A Word about Body Language 163

Post-Interview 164

A Winning Attitude Wins the Job 165

Effective Answers to Likely Interview Questions 171

The Interview: Dressing the Part 176

Managing Behavior-Based Questions 180

Chapter 5 Networking-Using Your Military Connections 185

Networking Simplified 186

To Network or Not to Network? 187

Why Should You Network? 187

When Should You Start? 188

How do you Begin to Network? 189

Networking for Officers 189

Seven Simple Rules for Networking 190

Online Networking Resources 197

Career Networking Tips 202

Section II Best Careers for Veterans 207

Whether you decide to market your current military skills of choose a new employment direction, you will want a career that gives you job satisfaction and provides a reasonable amount of job security

Chapter 6 Finding Your Right Career 209

The General Employment Market 210

Trendy Careers 211

Deceptive Careers 213

Post-Military Careers 217

Health Care Jobs 219

Skilled Trade Jobs 220

Veterans in the Federal Workforce 222

Hiring Benefits of Veterans' Preference 224

Vet-Friendly Companies 228

From MOS to JOB 232

Section III Resources and Information 263

Knowledge is power. Having a full understanding of your rights and resources will equip you for the transition, journey, and settlement into civilian life.

Chapter 7 Working USERRA 265

Overview of USERRA 266

Discrimination 268

Limitations of USRRA 269

USERRA Time Limits on Service 271

USERRA and the Department of Labor 272

Veterans Benefits Improvement Act 274

Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (Amended) 275

Purpose of the Law 275

Who Is Eligible? 275

How to Apply 276

Jobs for Veterans Act 277

Policy 277

Other Provisions for Veterans: Federal Contracting Program Reporting 278

Why Veterans Get Federal Preference 279

When Preference Applies 280

Understanding USERRA Terminology 282

Types of Preference in Federal Hiring 286

Federal Hiring and the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 289

Federal Hiring and Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority 292

Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 296

Chapter 8 Online and In-Print Resources for Veterans 305

General Information Sites for Veterans 306

Education Sites 308

Employment-Related Services 310

Employment Sites 311

Learning Express's Top Test Prep Titles and Career Guides for Vets 322

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