Down Range: A Transitioning Veteran's Career Guide to Life's Next Phase

Book description

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.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Introduction: You Have Everything They Need
  5. Chapter 1: Transition Your Mindset: It's a Brand New Mission
    1. Scale and Variety
    2. Hierarchy versus Flatness
    3. Mission-Driven versus Profit-Driven
    4. Service versus Employment
    5. Intrusion versus Privacy
    6. Constant duty versus On the Clock
    7. Learning the Language
  6. Chapter 2: Translating the Values You Bring to Business
    1. LOCKED
  7. Chapter 3: Before You Step Outside the Wire, Determine Your Objective
    1. The Six Steps of Planning
    2. The Planning Horizon
    3. The Career Key Areas
  8. Chapter 4: Identify the Threats
    1. Six Steps of Planning
    2. Threat #1: You!
    3. Threat #2: Your Virtual Signature
    4. Threat #3: OPSEC and Recruiters
    5. Threat #4: Flat Hierarchy and Fit
    6. Threat #5: Language and General Knowledge
    7. Threat #6: Civilian Misperceptions and Stereotypes
    8. Threat #7: Resumes
    9. Threat #8: Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs)
    10. Threat #9: Interviews
  9. Chapter 5: Identify Your Resources
    1. Six Steps of Planning
    2. Veterans' Benefits
    3. Leadership Training
    4. Dual Career Option
    5. Networking, Mentors, Coaches, and Recruiters
  10. Chapter 6: Evaluate Lessons Learned
    1. Six Steps of Planning
    2. Translating Job Titles
    3. Researching the Opportunity and the Company
    4. Consider Timing
    5. Play the Field
    6. Establish Career Progression
    7. Go or No-Go
  11. Chapter 7: Develop a Course of Action
    1. Six Steps of Planning
    2. Maria's Story: Getting Started
    3. The Course of Action
    4. Red Team Your Plan
    5. Career Contingency Planning
  12. Chapter 8: Selling the Most Important Commodity: You!
    1. Your Value Arsenal—Demonstrations of Effectiveness
    2. LOCKED—Leadership
    3. LOCKED—Organization
    4. LOCKED—Communication
    5. LOCKED—Knowledge
    6. LOCKED—Experience
    7. LOCKED—Discipline
    8. Draft Your Targeted Value Proposition
  13. Chapter 9: Interview to Win!
    1. Preparing for an Interview
    2. What to Expect in an Interview
    3. Interview Questions
    4. Negotiating an Offer
  14. Chapter 10: Down Range: Put Your Career Plan into Action
    1. Rising Opportunities for Veterans
  15. Appendix A: The Six Steps of Planning
  16. Appendix B: Career Planning Worksheet
  17. Appendix C: Example Career Plan
  18. Appendix D: Resume Construction Template and Tips
    1. Resume Tips
  19. Appendix E: Cover Letter Template and Tips
  20. Appendix F: Getting Noticed on an ATS Query
    1. Step 1
    2. Step 2
    3. Step 3
    4. Step 4
    5. Step 5
  21. Appendix G: Practice Interview Questions Bank
    1. The STAR Method
    2. Behavioral Practice Questions
  22. Appendix H: Interview/Opportunity Preparation Checklist
    1. Preparation for an Interview
    2. Materials for an Interview
    3. Interview
    4. Follow-up
  23. Appendix I: Men's Interview Attire and Grooming Checklist
  24. Appendix J: Women's Interview Attire and Grooming Checklist
  25. Appendix K: Summary of Veterans' Career and Transition Resources
  26. Appendix L: LinkedIn Tips
  27. Appendix M: List of Common Threats, Resources, and Lessons Learned to Consider While Planning Your Career
  28. Appendix N: List of Action Verbs for Use in Demonstrations of Effectiveness
  29. Appendix O: Additional References and Information Resources
    1. Veteran Support and Benefits Websites
    2. Books
    3. Recommended General Business Books
  30. Appendix P: Recommended Tasks to Include in Your Career Course of Action
  31. Appendix Q: Tips for Preparing Questions to Ask an Interviewer
  32. Index

Product information

  • Title: Down Range: A Transitioning Veteran's Career Guide to Life's Next Phase
  • Author(s): James. D Murphy, William M. Duke
  • Release date: December 2013
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781118790151