Mission Transition: Navigating the Opportunities and Obstacles to Your Post-Military Career

Mission Transition: Navigating the Opportunities and Obstacles to Your Post-Military Career

by Matthew J. Louis


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Mission Transition is an essential career-change guide for any transitioning veteran that wants to avoid false starts and make optimal career choices following active duty.

Every year, about a quarter of a million veterans leave the military - most of whom are grossly unprepared for the transition. These servicemembers have developed incredible leadership, problem-solving, and practical skills that are underutilized once they reach the civilian world, a detriment to both themselves and society.

Well-intentioned Transition Assistance Programs and other support structures within the armed forces often leave veterans fending for themselves. And the mission-first culture of the military results in servicemembers focusing on their active duty roles in the year leading up to their separation, leaving them little time to adequately prepare to join the civilian world.

Mission Transition guides military personnel through the entire process of making a successful move into civilian professional life. This book will:

  • Guide you through the process of discovering what path you want to take going forward
  • Teach you the strategies that will make your résumé stand out
  • Provide suggestions to help you prepare for and ace the interview
  • Discuss ways to acclimate to your new organization’s culture and pay it forward to other veterans

Each chapter includes advice from other veterans, illustrations of key concepts, summaries, and suggested resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400214754
Publisher: AMACOM
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 620,804
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Matthew J. Louis is an Associate Director at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, serving senior firm leadership in addressing complex enterprise-wide transformation and business development issues. Louis holds an MBA in operations and finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a BS in mechanical engineering from West Point. He’s also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. Additionally, Louis served in the Southwest Asia combat theater and on the staff of the US Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why Write This Book? xi

Foreword xv

Introduction: Hope Is Not a Method 1

1 Understand Who You Are 15

2 Understand Who You Want to Be 29

3 Define Your Career Preferences and Personal Brand 59

4 Get Your Resume into Fighting Shape 79

5 Document Your Network 123

6 Engage the Network 133

7 Apply for Roles 155

8 Interview for Roles 171

9 Close the Deal 203

10 Acclimate to Your New Culture 223

11 Assimilate and Pay It Forward 253

Appendix A Suggested Transition Plan Timing 281

Appendix B Action Checklist 283

Acknowledgments 291

Notes 293

Index 311

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