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

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

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by Thomas Wolfe
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597977159
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
12/31/2011
Pages:
249
Sales rank:
527,056
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.77(d)

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Meet the Author

Tom Wolfe is a recognized expert in the field of career transition. Prior to serving as the candidate strategies editor and career coach at Bradley-Morris, Inc., he was a senior partner at Career Development Corporation, where he provided guidance to separating military personnel. Wolfe graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, served as a surface warfare officer in the navy, and completed tours of duty as a flag aide, communications officer, and administrative department head. His work is regularly featured in such publications as Civilian Job News, Stars and Stripes, and G.I. Jobs. Wolfe lives in North Carolina with his wife, Julie, and their Chesapeake Bay retriever, Maggie.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 3, 1900
Date of Death:
September 15, 1938
Place of Birth:
Asheville, North Carolina
Place of Death:
Baltimore, Maryland
Education:
B.A., University of North Carolina, 1920; M.A., Harvard University, 1922; further graduate study, 1923

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Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Mark_Butler2 More than 1 year ago
Even though I had been retired from the Navy for almost six years, the title of Tom Wolfe's book, Out of Uniform was intriguing enough to get me to buy it. I'm glad I did! In fact, it is a book I wish I'd had access to when I left my uniform wearing days behind me because it would have changed a few things in my professional life. Tom addresses all that is involved in transitioning from military to the private sector employment from what the "new uniform" is to resume preparation and from interview preparation to questions to ask the interviewer and most importantly, why each is so important. The book addresses far more than just the mechanics of what to say and do, it also addresses the mental processes involved and a wonderful chapter on self-discovery that is far from what the term may invoke in a professional military person. Mr. Wolfe also addresses the various types of interviews that, while I've see some discussed nowhere else, I've experienced them all first-hand and had wondered if I'd handled them OK (I hadn't) but this book gives you the insight to succeed. It also covers the most important questions to ask at each phase of the hiring process and how to shift from job seeker to sought-after employee. This is the "go to" book for any military person looking to find employment in the private sector and I cannot recommend it highly enough to convey its true worth. This book also has value to anyone seeking to move their career beyond where it is now even if you have never worn a uniform. It is truly that good! Buy this book and get the edge you need!
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
Out of Uniform; Your Guide To A Successful Military To Civilian Career Transition by Tom Wolfe covers various angles that one has to look at when striving to make a seamless transition to the civilian sector. The following are some of the subject areas that are discussed in the book; how the job search is both about educating yourself and finding a job (page 39), an example of a resume using a sample of someone who has a Norfolk, Virginia address (page 103), and alumni associations/veteran organizations (pages 119-120). For anyone that is getting out that happens to see this review I have two more things that I learned the challenging way that I must pass on; 1) Try to hold on to your car if possible even if you are moving to an area where public transportation is available. I say this because I lost out on two different jobs due to not having a car (one job with Walt Disney world back in 2009 that would have allowed me the chance to be a travel planner and a second job around summer 2013 that was part of a program for military veterans and a decent starting salary but required a car). Additionally, trying to get a second job is not impossible but tricky due to the car situation. So whatever you do try to hold on to the car if possible. The second thing I would gently advise is to try to stay living in the vicinity of where you left the military if possible. My husband and I both experienced unnecessary upheaval after I left the navy because I cared too much of the potential of what some of my former co-workers would think if they saw me in the same area, and was still searching for a job comparable to the pay I had when I left the military. Additionally, I saw stars in my eyes and the potential to pursue my dreams of working in the travel industry of Orlando Florida while overlooking the economic goldmine in Virginia that I was moving away from and moving away so soon after leaving the military. I was granted my remaining vacation time to use up the beginning of April 2009 while still in Norfolk Virginia, and left for Orlando Florida with my husband less than two weeks later. In retrospect, I now realize that the transition would have been much smoother for my husband and I if I would have set my pride aside and settled for living in Virginia after leaving the navy. There is so much more that I could share on what I learned the hard way of what to do, but I will leave that to the paid military transition experts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago