Boots to Loafers
Finding your new true north
Author: John Phillips, Copyright @ 2013

Every military service member will experience three phases as he moves from a military career to a life outside the gate: transition, transformation, and integration. The foundation of "Boots" is built upon these three concepts. They provide the structure for the advice and guidelines I want to convey to you. You may experience each of these to different degrees depending on your wishes, circumstances, goals, and surrounding environment. These three stages will vary from individual to individual, and they will be shaped by one’s attitude and inner strength as well as his ability to manage the hurdles of life.

From the first day you set foot into boot camp, no matter what service you have been in, until the final days of predeployment training exercises or redeployment, you are taught to always pay attention to every detail in every situation. Our military knows how to turn you on and get you fired up for a mission. Transitioning out of boots will require the same focus on details and the energy to get fired up for your next mission, getting a job.

More than a decade of war in God knows where in the world and many of America’s treasure, our young men and women, will come home and be lost when it comes to preparing for their next fight—finding a job! Many will leave the military voluntarily; more than 1.5 million will leave in the next 5-years. Boots gives them a helping hand, a guide, their new field manual that I never had when I retired from the US Army and entered corporate America. Let me help them find their new true north.


Business Networking for Veterans, 2nd Edition
A guidebook for a successful military transition into the civilian workforce
Authors: Mike Abrams, Michael Lawrence Faulkner and Andrea Nierenberg, Copyright @ 2013

Your military skills and experience will be invaluable to you in civilian life. But your successful transition won't just happen. You need a network of people who can help you decide where you want to go and then help you get there.

Don’t know how to build that network? No problem: Business Networking for Veterans will help you. Not comfortable drawing attention to yourself? Don't worry: networking is about service, not showing off. And service is something you've already mastered.

Authored by two former U.S. Marines and a world-renowned business consultant, Business Networking for Veterans will teach you everything you need to know to succeed. From start to finish, it focuses on the unique challenges you face as a transitioning veteran and the unique skills and resources you bring to the table.

You've already proven yourself as a leader in service to your country. This book will help you do it as a civilian, too.

  • Why networking is even more important for transitioning veterans: Employers won't just hire you, because they may not understand you

  • How to network well even if you're not comfortable doing it: Not a natural talker? Use your powerful listening skills

  • How to use online social networks to support your in-person networking: Magnify your impact with LinkedIn, Facebook, and other online services

  • Where to start today: A complete plan that starts with the network you already have


Heroes Get Hired
How to use your military experience to master the interview (FREE)
Author: Michelle Tillis Lederman, Copyright @ 2012

Going back to work after being in the military can be a daunting yet rewarding experience. As a veteran re-entering the workforce or looking to change jobs, you may face a unique set of challenges as you become accustomed to civilian situations, expectations, and demands. Your recent experiences may be very different from those of the average civilian candidate. This is part of your advantage and what sets you apart from other candidates, but it also can contribute to these unique challenges.

As you go through the job-interview process, you may need to learn to align yourself with new protocols, environments, and codes of behavior. You may also be learning to adapt to civilian life with certain physical or invisible difficulties, such as hearing loss, that are the result of your military service.

In Heroes Get Hired: How to Use Your Military Experience to Master the Interview, author Michelle Tillis Lederman addresses the particular issues, questions, fears, and mental roadblocks that you as a veteran may encounter as you re-enter the civilian workforce, and how you can overcome these challenges to acquire the skills you need to excel at the interview process. Featuring contributions from IAVA and MSCCN, this free book sheds light on the specific strengths and competitive advantages that you as a veteran bring to the civilian workforce, and how you can make sure to communicate these qualities to a recruiter or potential employer.


Jobs and the Military Spouse, 2nd Edition
Married, mobile, and motivated for employment
 Author: Janet I. Farley, Copyright @ 2003

This book reveals the secrets of job search success for military spouses, who face special career challenges because of their mobility.











Jobseekers Guide
Ten steps to a federal job for military personnel and spouses, 8th Ed
Author: Kathryn Troutman, Copyright @ 2017

The Jobseeker's Guide is the resource guide used at more than 150 military bases worldwide to teach Kathryn Troutman's highly acclaimed Ten Steps to a Federal Job to military personnel and family members.

This title is recognized as the leading guide on the topic for 100,000 military spouses worldwide. The new edition continues to use a colorful workbook style loaded with pages of exercises, samples, and charts throughout and is particularly effective for class training. This military / family-friendly publication contains:

  • Fully updated information on special hiring programs for military members and spouses
  • Updates with the latest federal hiring changes and initiatives
  • Latest salary and online builder information
  • Before and after resume samples


Military Handbooks
FREE military handbooks for active and retired U.S. military personnel
Link to download FREE handbooks at www.militaryhandbooks.com​

Military Handbooks offers free military handbooks for active and retired US military personnel. Includes:

  • 2016 Getting Uncle Sam to Pay for Your College Degree
  • 2016 U.S. Military Handbook
  • 2016 U.S. Military Retired Handbook
  • 2016 After the Military Handbook
  • 2016 Military Childrens' Scholarship Handbook
  • 2016 Base Installation Directory
  • 2016 Guard and Reserve Military Handbook
  • 2016 Veterans Healthcare Benefits Handbook
  • 2016 Benefits for Veterans & Dependents

Military Handbooks was launched with one simple goal – to give the military community the very best information available about pay, benefits, retirement planning, education benefits, career decisions, much more! And to provide it to you in a series of straightforward, easy-to-understand handbooks – for FREE!


Military to Federal Career Guide, 2nd Edition
Federal resume writing for veterans
Author: Kathryn Troutman, Copyright @ 2010

President Obama has created an Executive Order to help veterans start a career in the federal government. The President s Initiative on Employment for Veterans will make a difference for veterans transitioning to the federal government. BUT ... Veterans STILL need a federal resume that will get them at least minimally qualified, and hopefully best qualified. Write a stellar federal resume and get hired into best jobs in America and throughout the world. Get critical resume tips on: how to add keywords to match your federal resume to a particular vacancy announcement; highlighting your accomplishments so that federal human resources specialists will notice them; and interpreting important sections of the vacancy announcement, such as HOW TO APPLY instructions. Includes short, easy-to-read, samples of Military to Federal Resumes in the Outline Format for USAJOBS, CPOL, DONHR, AVUE, Talentlink, and other federal resume builders.


Mission Entrepreneur
Applying lessons from military life to create success in business startups
Author: Jen Griswold, Copyright @ 2017

Women entrepreneurs - Career military? Leaving the military for civilian life? Either way, you can leverage your experience into some great new business startup ideas.

Business success: Are you ready to leverage your experiences into great new opportunities? Help is on the way. Jen Griswold, veteran, CEO, and mentor to over 9,000 entrepreneurs, shares her journey that led to over $20M in annual sales. Whether you are a professional looking to hone your business skills, thinking of launching a new career or side gig, or maybe you are ready to turn your hobby into a profit, this book is for you! Mission Entrepreneur will get you ready to launch your journey towards startup success.

Are you trying to find your niche in our modern world? Navigating how to launch a new business in our mobile and busy lives is a challenge. Fortunately, lessons from military life can help you launch your next great startup, build wealth, and find happiness. In fact, some of the best startup ideas are yet to be discovered. Jen shares her journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur while managing responsibilities as a mom, wife, and veteran. Now, Mission Entrepreneur offers five easy startup ideas and guides you on your journey towards startup and business success!

The underemployment problem: As both a spouse and a veteran for 20 years, Jen witnessed countless men and women struggle to keep their careers afloat while managing a family, relocations, and the demands of a busy life. Now, Mission Entrepreneur shares inspiration, resources, and the tools you need to take control of your situation.

Female entrepreneurs: Female entrepreneurship saw the biggest increase in the past 20 years. What’s more…4 out of every 10 new entrepreneurs are women (and the growth of female billionaires is outpacing that of male billionaires)! What’s stopping you? Using a lifetime of experience and lessons from military life, Jen inspires women to manage the bumpy journey to become successful entrepreneurs and shares tips to get started. Whether you are a mom, spouse, CEO….Women know what they want and they’re going for it! You can too!

Mission Entrepreneur: From her extensive training in the Air Force and experience coaching women over the past several years, Griswold discovered that by giving back to her military community, she could change the world a little bit every day. America needs more men and women entrepreneurs who pay it forward and here is where we’ll start. Welcome to Mission Entrepreneur.


Mommy Retailing
A mom's guide to starting a boutique
Author: Lakesha Cole, Copyright @ 2017

When military life gives you lemons (or orders), make lemonade (or build a brand). Written by Lakesha Cole, mom, Marine spouse and shop owner of She Swank Too, this beginner's guide brings Lakesha's earnest approach and genuine love for boutique retail and her unwavering grit and determination to build a brand and business despite the frequent moves and career pitfalls associated with the military lifestyle. Being a mom is a full-time job, and starting a business is no easy task. Lakesha is here to teach you how she did both, between drop-off and pick-up, as a mom of three, while moving back and forth across the country and overseas. If you've ever considered opening a boutique but don't know where to start, Mommy Retailing: A Mom's Guide to Starting A Boutique is perfect for you. This book is packed with practical solutions on balancing work time and mom time and actionable tips about all the aspects of starting your own retail store. Details business planning and day-to-day operations on running a boutique, how to fund your business, where and how to source merchandise, branding, and marketing, how to pick a location, planning a grand opening and how to use your business to give back and create goodwill in the community.


Out of Uniform
Your guide to a successful military-to-civilian career transition
Author: Thomas Wolfe, Copyright @ 2011

​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.


PCS to Corporate America, 4th Edition
From military tactics to corporate interviewing strategy
Author Roger Cameron, Copyright @ 2013

PCS to Corporate America: From Military Tactics to Corporate Interviewing Strategy is both a workbook and a reference book for any junior military officer who is considering a permanent change of station (PCS) to the business world. Written by Roger Cameron, a leading authority on preparing JMOs for a successful transition to corporate America and the cofounder of the recruiting firm Cameron-Brooks Inc., this best-selling resource guides candidates through each stage of the job search—from making an application to accepting an offer, with emphasis on mission-critical preparation for the initial and follow-up interviews.

Cameron discusses the wide array of questions you can expect in an interview and gives readers the tools and techniques to develop excellent responses based on a self-assessment of your abilities and accomplishments. Most importantly, he provides confidence-building exercises to help you understand the value of your military experience in a corporate setting.

The author also offers ideas for adapting individual’s unique military background to a company’s culture and requirements. In addition to a reading list that provides a sound knowledge of basic business concepts, the book contains a wealth of practical tips for writing an effective resume, dressing appropriately, establishing rapport with the recruiter, conveying problem-solving and leadership skills, and much more—while avoiding the many pitfalls that can result in a negative impression.

This edition of PCS to Corporate America, written with the assistance of Cameron-Brooks team members Chuck Alvarez and Joel Junker, has been updated to reflect the current business and military environments. The advice in these pages will not only prepare you for a new future in corporate America but also foster your professional growth as you advance in your business career.


Start Your Own Business and Hire Yourself
Insider tips for successful self-employment in any economy
Author: Suzanne Caplan, Copyright @ 2009

Solid advice on all aspects of starting a business, from writing the business plan, to finding customers, to managing costs and turning a profit.







The Prior-Service Entrepreneur
The fundamentals of veteran entrepreneurship

Author: Michael Kaplan, Copyright @ 2014

If you’re a hardworking wage earner trying to succeed, your financial future looks scary. The same government policies that are preventing our economic recovery are also devaluing every dollar you earn. Technology is ushering in a new era of unemployment, potentially causing thousands of production and administrative jobs to be lost. Additionally, your taxes are being raised to support national social welfare programs at a time when your cost of living is rising steadily.

Don’t get frustrated, don’t get discouraged and most certainly … don’t give up. There’s an answer to your financial problems to which you have immediate access, and it lies within your “Entrepreneurial DNA.” It knows you want to succeed, enjoy a prosperous life and secure an independent future for those you care about most.

In this highly inspirational book, Kaplan uses a unique approach that combines optimal mindset with experiential leadership to provide you with the greatest opportunity for success. His 30 years of successful military and business experience lays a solid foundation to provide exacting strategies for both personal and professional development. He offers an in-depth approach to taking control of your life and successfully reach the goals you set for yourself despite any obstacles you believe stand in your way.

The Prior-Service Entrepreneur is MUCH more than a book for starting a business; it provides valuable insights into life skills, job readiness and mastering your competitive advantage. It will show you how to overcome personal challenges, increase confidence and reinvigorate your passion and sense of purpose. When you follow Michael Kaplan’s easy to read advice you will be prepared to achieve success, enjoy financial independence and change your life forever.

Your new future starts today! Claim it … it’s yours.


U.S. Veterans in the Workforce
Why the 7 percent are America's greatest assets
Author: Michael Schindler, Copyright @ 2016

Navy veteran Mike Schindler, Founder and CEO of Operation Military Family, tells the stories of our returning heroes so that we might gain a true understanding of life for returning vets and their families. While addressing some of the hardships of returning vets, Schindler also reveals another side of America's heroes―the side that celebrates the triumphs and hirable qualities offered by our veterans including:

  • A Strong Work Ethic
  • A Positive Attitude
  • The Willingness to Do More
  • Strong Job Preparedness
  • Being Solution Minded
  • High Energy

U.S. Veterans in the Workforce sheds light on the American heroes who come home to new heroic endeavors―the ones that make America worth fighting for.


Your Next Mission
A personal branding guide for the military-to-civilian transition
Author: Lida D. Citroen, Copyright @ 2014

Your Next Mission: A personal branding guide for the military-to-civilian transition, is a powerful new employment resource available for the millions of veterans currently or soon-to-be transitioned into the civilian sector. This book specifically addresses the gap in current tools available for the military-to-civilian transition challenge by providing a clear, compassionate, and compelling guide to building a unique personal brand, evaluating career options based on individual values, and providing clarity in the job search process for veterans. With interviews from key executives from America’s leading companies, transitioned veterans and veteran advocates, 

Your Next Mission provides insight, tools, confidence, and competitive advantage for the veterans’ next chapter in their lives. Author Lida Citroën offers numerous exercises, examples and scenarios for veterans to learn to promote their value on social networking; through in person networking, image and body language; and in the development of their core messages, including their elevator pitch.
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