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.
JAMES D. MURPHY is the founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc., established in 1996. A former U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter pilot, Murphy established Afterburner to teach skills inspired by his military training and service to business leaders all over the world. He and his team of veterans led Afterburner to its three-time recognition by Inc. magazine for "fastest growth," and made the Inc. 500 List twice. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc., Newsweek, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg News. Author of Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution. WILLIAM M. DUKE is a retired U.S. Navy Officer with 23 years of combined active and reserve service. He also worked as an operations and hiring manager in a U.S. Fortune 500 company for eight years. He is Director of Learning and Development for Afterburner, Inc., where he consults and trains corporate managers in a wide variety of industries. He is the coauthor of Flawless Execution Field Manual and The Debrief Imperative with James D. Murphy.
Introduction: You Have Everything They Need 1 Chapter 1 Transition Your Mindset: It s a Brand New Mission 7 Chapter 2 Translating the Values You Bring to Business 21 Chapter 3 Before You Step Outside theWire, Determine Your Objective 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 Checklist 191 Appendix J Women s Interview Attire and Grooming Checklist 193 Appendix K Summary of Veterans Career and Transition Resources 195 Appendix L LinkedIn Tips 199 Appendix M List of Common Threats, Resources, and Lessons Learned to Consider While Planning Your Career 201 Appendix N List of Action Verbs for Use in Demonstrations of Effectiveness 203 Appendix O Additional References and Information Resources 205 Appendix P Recommended Tasks to Include in Your Career Course of Action 209 Appendix Q Tips for Preparing Questions to Ask an Interviewer 211 Index 213
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