Military veterans prepare for the next mission in their careers
Written by veterans who have successfully made the transition, Down Range offers career planning guidance to U.S. military veterans coming off active duty. This is NOT simply a guide to transitioning from the military to the civilian world. This is NOT a guide to getting a job. This book IS a guide to developing a post-military career, not just for the first few days, weeks, or months after active duty, but for the rest of your employed life.
This simple and effective planning process has been taught to more than 1 million business executives in companies all over the world.
- Explains how to build an adaptable long-range career plan called a Career High Definition Destination (HDD), across a spectrum of seven key areas
- Shows how business differs from military service, how to identify the resources needed to achieve the Career HDD, and how to develop strategic and tactical courses of action that drive you to executing towards your Career HDD on a consistent basis
- Author James Murphy is founder of Afterburner Inc. and is currently working with the U.S. Army at the highest levels to develop a transition program for the estimated 1.5 million veterans who will transition from active duty service to civilian careers by the year 2020
This book challenges veterans to change their mind-set and understand just how different the "wilderness" of civilian employment is from military experience. Down Range provides an appreciation for what's important to a business, helping you to become a valuable asset throughout your career.
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About the Author
JAMES D. MURPHY is the founder and CEO of Afterburner,Inc., established in 1996. A former U.S. Air Force F-15 fighterpilot, Murphy established Afterburner to teach skills inspired byhis military training and service to business leaders all over theworld. He and his team of veterans led Afterburner to itsthree-time recognition by Inc. magazine for "fastestgrowth," and made the Inc. 500 List twice. He has been featured inthe Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc.,Newsweek, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and BloombergNews. Author of Business Is Combat and FlawlessExecution.
WILLIAM M. DUKE is a retired U.S. Navy Officer with 23years of combined active and reserve service. He also worked as anoperations and hiring manager in a U.S. Fortune 500 company foreight years. He is Director of Learning and Development forAfterburner, Inc., where he consults and trains corporate managersin a wide variety of industries. He is the coauthor of FlawlessExecution Field Manual and The Debrief Imperative withJames D. Murphy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: You Have Everything They Need 1
Chapter 1 Transition Your Mindset: It’s a Brand NewMission 7
Chapter 2 Translating the Values You Bring to Business 21
Chapter 3 Before You Step Outside theWire, Determine YourObjective 31
Chapter 4 Identify the Threats 65
Chapter 5 Identify Your Resources 85
Chapter 6 Evaluate Lessons Learned 101
Chapter 7 Develop a Course of Action 109
Chapter 8 Selling the Most Important Commodity: You! 123
Chapter 9 Interview to Win! 137
Chapter 10 Down Range: Put Your Career Plan into Action 147
Appendix A The Six Steps of Planning 151
Appendix B Career Planning Worksheet 153
Appendix C Example Career Plan 157
Appendix D Resume Construction Template and Tips 161
Appendix E Cover Letter Template and Tips 165
Appendix F Getting Noticed on an ATS Query 167
Appendix G Practice Interview Questions Bank 175
Appendix H Interview/Opportunity Preparation Checklist 185
Appendix I Men’s Interview Attire and Grooming Checklist191
Appendix J Women’s Interview Attire and Grooming Checklist193
Appendix K Summary of Veterans’ Career and TransitionResources 195
Appendix L LinkedIn Tips 199
Appendix M List of Common Threats, Resources, and LessonsLearned to Consider While Planning Your Career 201
Appendix N List of Action Verbs for Use in Demonstrations ofEffectiveness 203
Appendix O Additional References and Information Resources205
Appendix P Recommended Tasks to Include in Your Career Course ofAction 209
Appendix Q Tips for Preparing Questions to Ask an Interviewer211
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By far the best publication to read as it relates to transition from active duty to the civilian world. You will gain insight and understanding that other publications do not inform you about. Highly recommend reading this book written by veterans who have made a successful transition. It will not be a waste of time rest assured.