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

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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 ...
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Overview

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 Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/31/2011
  • Pages: 249
  • Sales rank: 531,601
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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.

Biography

Tom Wolfe was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He was educated at Washington and Lee (B.A., 1951) and Yale (Ph.D., American Studies, 1957) Universities. In December 1956, he took a job as a reporter on the Springfield (Massachusetts) Union. This was the beginning of a ten-year newspaper career, most of it as a general assignment reporter. 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 (Jimmy Breslin was the other) 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 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 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 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 Chick & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, a highly controversial book about racial friction in the United States. The first section was a detailed account of a party Leonard Bernstein gave for the Black Panthers in his Park Avenue duplex, and the second portrayed the inner workings of the government's poverty program.

Even more controversial was Wolfe's 1975 book on the American art world, The Painted Word. The art world reacted furiously, partly because Wolfe kept referring to it as the "art village," depicting it as a network of no more than three thousand people, of whom about three hundred lived outside the New York metropolitan area. 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 been at work 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 focusing upon the psychology of the rocket pilots and the astronauts and the competition between them. 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.

"The right stuff," "radical chic," and "the Me Decade" (sometimes altered to "the Me Generation") all became popular phrases, but Wolfe seems proudest of "good ol' boy," which he had introduced to the written language in a 1964 article in Esquire about Junior Johnson, the North Carolina stock car-racing driver, which was called "The Last American Hero."

Wolfe had been illustrating his own work in newspapers and magazines since the 1950s, and in 1977 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.

In 1989 Wolfe outraged the literacy community with an essay in Harper's magazine called "Stalking the Billion-footed Beast." In it he argued that the only hope for the future of the American novel was a Zola-esque naturalism in which the novelist becomes the reporter -- as he had done in writing The Bonfire of the Vanities, which was recognized as the essential novel of America in the 1980s.

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. An account of a network television magazine show's attempt to trap three soldiers at Fort Bragg into confessing to the murder of one of their comrades, it grew out of what had been intended as one theme in a novel Wolfe was working on at that time. The novel, A Man in Full, was published in November of 1998. The book's protagonists are a sixty-year old Atlanta real estate developer whose empire has begun a grim slide toward bankruptcy and a twenty-three-year-old manual laborer who works in the freezer unit of a wholesale food warehouse in Alameda County, California, owned by the developer. Before the story ends, both have had to face the question of what is it that makes a man "a man in full" now, at the beginning of a new century and a new millennium.

A Man in Full headed the New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks and has sold 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 in his trademark white suit plus a white homburg and white kid gloves -- 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's latest novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons, explores the unique antics of college life. He lives in New York City with his wife, Sheila; his daughter, Alexandra; and his son, Tommy.

Author biography courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richmond, Virginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. (cum laude), Washington and Lee University, 1951; Ph.D. in American Studies, Yale University, 1957
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

Section I Transition Readiness

1 Life Is Like a Roller Coaster 3

2 The Education of Self 6

3 Stereotypes 8

4 Master of Change 10

5 The Four Profiles 11

6 Filters, Part One (Employer's) 14

7 When Can You Start? 17

8 Travel-Are Your Bags Packed? 18

9 Grade Point Average 20

10 How Much Are You Worth? 22

11 Will You Relocate? 25

12 Filters, Part Two (Yours) 28

13 Quality of Life vs. Quality of Work 30

14 Educational Background Check 31

15 Transition Timeline 34

Section II The Self-Discovery Zone

16 From Trees to Toilet Paper 39

17 Lifetime Tasks and Skills Inventory 41

18 What Size Company Is Best for You? 43

19 The Classifieds-More Than Meets the Eye 46

20 What's Behind Curtain Number Three? 48

21 Experience or Potential? 49

22 The Best Job for You? 51

23 Job Hunting from a Remote Location 53

24 The Geographically Restricted Job Search 56

Section III The other side of the fence

25 What's Out There? 61

26 I Want to Work with People 62

27 I Want to Be a Manager 64

28 Operations Management 65

29 Engineering 67

30 Is Consulting Right for You? 69

31 Government Contractors 71

32 Additional Options 73

33 The Boss of Me 75

34 The S Word 77

35 Your SQ Number 83

36 The Audition 81

Section IV Preparations (Mechanical)

37 Your BENCHMARK Company and Decision Matrix 89

38 The Six Ps 91

39 Documentation 93

40 Creating Your Résumé 95

41 Cover Letters 105

42 Your Reference List 108

43 Application Forms-Thank Goodness I Made a Copy 110

44 Uniform of the Day 113

45 Finding Uncle Harry or Aunt Mary 115

46 Headhunted 121

47 An Employment Perfect Storm 123

48 The Runaway Resume 125

Section V Preparations (Mental)

49 The Power of Questions 131

50 Researching Companies 133

51 Knowledge Is Power 135

52 Wallflowers and Cheerleaders 138

53 Weaknesses-Use Them to Your Benefit 141

54 Camaraderie and the Power of People 142

55 Tell'Em What They Want to Hear 145

Section VI Interviews-Tips and Techniques

56 Body Language 151

57 Interviewers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 155

58 What's with That Tie? 156

59 From Adversary to Advocate 159

60 All of My Questions Have Been Answered 161

61 Please Leave a Message at the Beep 165

62 Be Memorable 166

63 Extra Preparations 170

Section VII Interviews-Variety and Function

64 Interview and Etiquette Checklist 177

65 Interviews-Purpose, Process, and Form 179

66 Can You Hear Me Now? 183

67 Lets Do Lunch 185

68 Post-Interview Follow-Up Procedures 187

69 Until the Paperwork Is Done 189

70 Dear John 191

71 Your Decision Matrix (Part Two-Usage) 196

Section VIII Offer, Decision, and Launch

72 Learning How to Swim 201

73 The Power Shift 202

74 Job Offer-The Message and the Makeup 204

75 The REV Factor 206

76 The High Jumpers 208

77 Will You Marry Me? 211

78 One-offer-itis 214

79 Salary Negotiation 216

80 Responding to Offers-the Right Way 220

81 Lift Off and Stay on Course 222

82 A Personal Trainer for Your Career 225

83 Has the Ride Lost Its Thrill? 227

Afterword 231

Acknowledgments 233

Keyword Index 235

About the Author 239

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    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!

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