Job Search: Marketing Your Military Experience, 5Th Ed.


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Comprehensive, popular guide to a successful job search. More than 40 examples of successful resumes.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780811735902
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Henderson was a career Marine who later headed a personnel agency specializing in placement of servicemembers in civilian jobs.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction ix

1 Defining Your Occupational Interests, Skills, and Lifestyle 1

Assessment 1

Defining Goals for a Second Career 9

Key Points 18

2 The Job Market 20

Workforce Trends 25

Job Opportunities 26

Education, Training, and Skills 43

Key Points 43

3 Job Sources 45

Military Career Transition Offices 45

Military Associations 53

Networking 58

The Hidden Job Market 60

Job Fairs 61

Federal Agencies 63

State and Municipal Employment Offices 65

U.S. Employment Service 66

Newspaper and Magazine Employment Ads 67

College and University Placement Services 69

City Directories and Major City Job Books 70

Executive Search Firms 70

Employment Agencies 71

Other Media and Computerized Services 72

Key Points 73

4 Preparing for the Job Search 76

The Countdown 76

Research 78

Mentors 82

Family Service Support Centers 83

Cover Letters and Letters of Introduction 84

Resume Distribution 87

Follow-up 87

Building a Civilian Wardrobe 89

Key Points 90

5 Resume Preparation 92

Ye Olde Ground Rules 92

Information Needed 96

Resume Format Selection 97

Organization 99

Curriculum Vitae 116

The Electronic Resume 116

The Of 612 117

Field-Testing Your Resume 118

Key Points 118

6 Converging Technologies 120

The Internet and Online Services 120

Using the Internet 121

Career Transition and Job-Posting Sites 125

Computer Networking 128

The Online Job Search 129

Key Points 130

7 The Interview 131

Some Do's and Don'ts 132

Questions Often Asked at an Interview 134

Questions to Ask the Interviewer 135

Preparation for the Interview 137

What to Take to the Interview 139

The SuccessfulInterview 139

The Phone Interview 140

References 141

How Long Does It Take to Get a Job? 141

Key Points 143

8 Compensation and Benefits Programs 144

Compensation 144

Determining a Starting Salary 146

Negotiating a Salary 147

Company Benefits 149

Other Benefits 152

The Offer Letter 153

Performance Reviews and Raises 156

Key Points 157

Appendix A Resumes by Occupational Specialty and Format 159

Appendix B Sample Cover Letters and Thank-You Letters 226

Appendix C Military Service-Related Organizations 231

Appendix D Examples of Computing Salary Requirements 234

Appendix E Recommended Reading 240

Index 245

About the Author 255

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  • Posted August 12, 2009


    JOB SEARCH: Marketing Your Military Experience (Review of David G. Henderson's 5th & latest edition)

    As with earlier editions, the 5th edition of Dave Henderson's JOB SEARCH: MARKETING YOUR MILITARY EXPERIENCE provides the military's transition audience with an up-to-date, dead-on target, Bible that can make all the difference between finding and winning the ideal job, or just getting by.

    He has kept pace with today's rapidly changing job market as well as the new skills that the current generation of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are gathering in today's military. And, as he did before, provides an excellent bridge between these two worlds.

    The 5th edition is precisely presented and thorough in providing a densely packed, yet highly readable guide for everyone from young, first-term enlistees to retiring senior officers and everyone in between. It provides tailored information that will enable anyone to follow a proven, logical process from the initial self-analysis, through resume preparation to the final interview and job offer.

    Of particular value are the well-researched additions and updates to:
    . Ch 3. Outlining the latest and best cross-over opportunities for those departing the military
    . Ch 5. Resume preparation. A series of extremely practical caveats and tips to protect against identity theft, age discrimination, and to prepare a top-notch resume that meets current market demands.
    . Ch 6. Converging Technologies. A "must read" for anyone unfamiliar with the latest on-line processes and web-based opportunities for the job seeker. Understanding these technologies is absolutely critical nowadays.
    . Appendices.
    o Appendix A. Here I found invaluable and detailed information covering, among other things carefully tailored resume examples.
    o Appendix D has an extremely important, yet universally overlooked, step-by-step process to determine one's salary requirements. This appendix clears up much of the confusion in trying to compare military pay/allowances/benefits directly to civilian a salary when trying to maintain a comparable standard of living. This lets you determine a realistic "apples-to-apples" comparison between the two worlds.
    o Appendix E offers complementary reading that enables the job seeker to do additional, focused research on the job search process.

    In summary, this 5th edition of Dave Henderson's JOB SEARCH continues the earlier tradition of providing a single, comprehensive source document tailored specifically for the job seeker transitioning from military to civilian life. I'd suggest reading everything one could during this process, but I would recommend keeping this book on your nightstand and in your briefcase as the go-to reference during the often difficult, but absolutely critical search for a new, financially rewarding and personally satisfying career.

    Colonel, USAF (Retired)

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