Military Spouse's Complete Guide to Career Success: Finding Meaningful Employment in Today's New Global Marketplace

Military Spouse's Complete Guide to Career Success: Finding Meaningful Employment in Today's New Global Marketplace

by Janet I. Farley


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Military Spouse's Complete Guide to Career Success: Finding Meaningful Employment in Today's New Global Marketplace by Janet I. Farley

Helps military spouses develop an effective job search and successfully manage their careers despite the challenges associated with the military lifestyle. Packed with useful resources, inspirational stories, and practical career tools. Covers self assessment, networking, resume writing, interviewing for a job, and starting a business. Whether users are married to an active-duty, reserve, or retired soldier, sailor, airman, or marine, this book offers practical information that can be immediately used for finding jobs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570232695
Publisher: Impact Publications VA
Publication date: 02/25/2008
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication     viii
About This Book     ix
Acknowledgments     x
New Game, New Rules     1
It's Not Just Business as Usual Anymore     1
Once Upon a Time     2
Employment Obstacles: Old and New     3
What Success Means to You     4
Taking Charge of Your Professional Future     4
Setting the Stage for Success     5
Develop Career F-O-C-U-S     5
Compile Your Work History     8
Identify Your Skills     13
Name Your Objective     18
Grow Your Network     20
Educate Yourself     22
Take Advantage of the Resources     24
Get a Mentor; Be a Mentor     27
Join Professional Associations     28
Communicate Effectively With Others     29
Putting It All Together     32
Mobile and Global Career Options     33
Working for Uncle Sam: Federal Employment     33
Military Spouse Preference     37
Family Member Preference     38
Non-Appropriated Fund Positions     38
You, Too, Can be a Defense Contractor     39
Installation Exchange System: Retail Military Style     41
Small-Business Ownership     41
Non-Profit Jobs for the Idealist in You     44
Private Industry Careers     44
Volunteering as a Career Strategy     45
Overseas Employment Options     46
Creating and Maintaining an Adaptable Resume     48
One Size Doesn't Fit All     49
How to Best Format Your Resume     50
The Scanned Resume     51
Outlines, Drafts, and Revisions, Oh My!     52
Making It Picture Perfect: Details That Count     58
Give the Resume the Acid Test     59
Power Verbs for Your Resume     60
Potential Functional Headings     62
Letters, Lists, and Application Forms     78
Clear, Concise Cover Letters That Make the Grade     79
The Why and How of Cover Letters     79
Why Bother?     83
The Frequently Forgotten Thank You Letter     87
Cover Letter + Resume = Letter Resume     91
Job Search Letter and Email Strategies     93
Reference Lists You Can Use     93
Employment Application Forms     96
Tips for Completing a Job Application     96
Nailing the Job Interview From Start to Finish      101
Types of Interviews     102
Before the Job Interview     104
Questions, Questions, Questions     105
Job Search Accessories     113
The Day of and During the Interview     113
After the Interview     115
Make It a Two-Way Street     116
Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers     117
Figuring Out If the Job is Right for You     117
Negotiating Basics: Getting the Salary and Benefits You Want     119
Benefits     123
Work Schedules and Locations     124
Strategies That Work     125
When You Don't Get Offered the Job     126
Thanks, But No Thanks: Turning the Job Down     126
Managing Your Career Through Changing Times     127
Scheduling a Monthly Career Check-Up     128
Growing Where You're Planted     129
Dealing With Difficult People on the Job     130
When You Lose Your Job     131
When It's Time to Change Careers     134
When You're Stuck in a Rut     136
When You Leave the Military Behind     137
Career Resources     139
About the Author     143
Index     145

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