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Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide , 2nd Edition

Book Description

Readers are given exit strategies for gracefully leaving the military; charts, checklists, and worksheets for planning each transition aspect.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. CONTENTS
  7. INTRODUCTION
  8. CHAPTER 1: Act II, Starring You
    1. Getting There from Here
    2. The Current Economic Environment
    3. Great Expectations
    4. It’s Not Just About You
    5. Culture Shock 101
    6. Show Time
  9. CHAPTER 2: Your Transition Mission
    1. Establishing a Realistic Timeline
      1. Scenarios to Consider
      2. A Suggested Timeline for Success
        1. Transition Timeline
    2. Your First Visit to the Transition Office
    3. The Preseparation Counseling Checklist
      1. Section I: Privacy Act Statement
      2. Section II: Personal Information
      3. Section III: All Transitioning Service Members Must Read, Sign, and Date
      4. Section IV: Services and Benefits
        1. For Active Component Service Members (DD 2648):
      5. Section V: Remarks (DD 2648)
        1. For Reserve Component Service Members Released from Active Duty (DD 2648-1):
      6. Section V: Remarks (DD 2648-1)
    4. Effects of a Career Change
    5. Available Assistance
      1. Employment Assistance
      2. Relocation Assistance
      3. Education and Training Assistance
    6. Health Care and Insurance
      1. VA Medical Care and Health Care
      2. Life Insurance
      3. VGLI
      4. Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)
      5. Family SGLI (FSGLI)
      6. Dental
      7. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
      8. For Your Medical “To Do” List
    7. Finances
    8. Reserve Affiliation
    9. Disabled Veterans
    10. Leaving the Service: Important Points to Remember
      1. Your DD 214
      2. Military Records
      3. Discharge Decisions
      4. Miscellaneous Tips
    11. At Your Final Out-Processing
    12. Year One as a Civilian
  10. CHAPTER 3: VA Benefits and Other Opportunities
    1. Your Veterans Benefits
    2. Education and Training Benefits
      1. Post-9/11 GI Bill
      2. Montgomery GI Bill—Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
      3. Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
      4. Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
      5. Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
    3. Life Insurance Benefits
      1. Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
      2. Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
      3. Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
      4. Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance
      5. Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
    4. Home Loan Benefits
    5. Disability Compensation and Pension Benefits
      1. Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP)
      2. Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)
      3. Disability Pension
    6. Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Benefits
    7. Re-employment Benefits
    8. Unemployment Compensation
    9. Medical Benefits
      1. Combat Veterans
    10. Dental Benefits
    11. Family and Survivor Benefits
    12. Other Benefits
    13. Other Opportunities
      1. Workforce Investment Act
      2. Licensing and Certification Information
      3. Self-Employment Resources
      4. Wounded Warrior Resources
  11. CHAPTER 4: Job Search Basics You Need to Know
    1. Job Search Myths and Realities
    2. Getting Your Priorities Straight
    3. Effective Job Search Strategies
      1. Think Like an Employer
      2. Organize Your Job Search Campaign
      3. Tap into Available Job Assistance Resources
      4. Identify Your Work History, Marketable Skills, Abilities, and Experiences
      5. Identify Sources of Employment Opportunities
      6. Activate Your Network
      7. Use Internet Job Boards Wisely
      8. Select Your References with Care
      9. Pitch Yourself
      10. Be Realistic and Reasonable
  12. CHAPTER 5: Writing Effective Resumes
    1. Designing Your Resume Is as Easy as 1-2-3-4-5
      1. Step One: Identify the Focus for Your Resume
        1. Heading
        2. Objective
        3. Summary of Your Professional Qualifications
      2. Step Two: Identify the Content and Language for Your Resume
        1. Using the Right Lingo
        2. Common Translations
        3. Resume Sentence Structure
      3. Step Three: Select the Best Format to Use
        1. Chronological Resumes
          1. The Heading
          2. The Objective
          3. The Summary of Qualifications
          4. The Employment History
          5. The Education Section
          6. General Comments
        2. Combination Resumes
          1. Sample Combination Skill Headings
        3. Contract Resumes
        4. Curriculum Vitae (CVs)
        5. Federal Resumes
          1. Job Information
          2. Personal Information
          3. Veterans’ Preference
          4. Reinstatement Eligibility
          5. Education
          6. Work Experience
          7. Other Qualifications
      4. Step Four: Identify Additional Experience and Include as Appropriate
      5. Step Five: Review, Edit, and Revise Your Resume as Necessary
    2. Resume Writing Tips Worth Reviewing
  13. CHAPTER 6: Creating Effective Job Search Letters
    1. The Cover Letter and Its Parts
      1. Heading
      2. Date
      3. Addressee
      4. Salutation
      5. Introduction
      6. Main Body
      7. Conclusion
      8. Your Signature Block
    2. Thank-You Notes
      1. Main Body
      2. Conclusion
    3. Networking Letters
    4. The Letter Resume
    5. Other Types of Job Search Correspondence
    6. Cross Your T’s; Dot Your I’s
      1. Letter Length
      2. Typeface Recommendations and Enhancements
      3. Paper Types
  14. CHAPTER 7: Winning Interview Skills
    1. Understanding the Interview Process
      1. The Informational Interview
      2. The Screening Interview
      3. The Employment Interview
    2. Tips, Techniques, and Tricks of the Trade
    3. Before the Interview
      1. Get Your Facts Straight
      2. Dress for Success
      3. Wear a Good Attitude
      4. Consider the Interviewer’s Perspective
      5. Expand Your Knowledge of the Company
      6. Practice Answering Common Interview Questions
      7. Know How to Handle Potentially Illegal or Insulting Questions
      8. Prepare Your Own List of Questions
      9. Show Yourself the Money—and the Benefits
      10. Be True to Yourself
      11. Review Your Resume
    4. The Day of the Interview
      1. Arrive on Time
      2. Recon the Perimeter
      3. Pay Attention to Your Body Language
      4. Listen
      5. Embrace the Silence
      6. If You Want the Job, Ask for It
      7. Control the Future
    5. After the Interview
      1. Send a Thank-You Note
      2. Follow Up
      3. Continue Your Job Search Efforts
  15. CHAPTER 8: Negotiating Job Offers
    1. Evaluating the Offer
      1. Do You Really Want the Job?
      2. Can You and the Employer Agree on an Acceptable Compensation Package?
        1. Show Me the Money: Salary Expectations vs. Salary Realities
        2. Salary Negotiation Basics and Tips
        3. Benefits and Perks: The Other Half of the Salary Picture
          1. Compensation-Related Benefits
          2. Paid Time Off
          3. Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
          4. Financial Benefits
          5. Work-Related Benefits
    2. Making the Decision: Using Your Gut
  16. CHAPTER 9: On-the-Job Survival Skills
    1. The Basic Facts
    2. Essential Strategies for Success
      1. Strategy #1: Keep Your Mouth Closed and Your Eyes Open
      2. Strategy #2: Check Your Inner Napoleon at the Door
      3. Strategy #3: Don’t Gossip
      4. Strategy #4: Be a Joiner
      5. Strategy #5: Get Over Yourself
      6. Strategy #6: Build and Solidify Your Power Base
      7. Strategy #7: Be on the Lookout for Your Next Job
      8. Strategy #8: Keep Your Skills Current
      9. Strategy #9: Be Willing to Admit to a Mistake
      10. Strategy #10: Keep Your Resume Updated
      11. Strategy #11: Keep Networking
      12. Strategy #12: Work Across Generations Effectively
      13. Strategy #13: Control Your Digital Dirt
      14. Strategy #14: Be a Company Moneymaker
      15. Strategy #15: Think “Green”
      16. Strategy #16: Make a Good Thing Better
    3. Parting Thoughts
  17. APPENDIX: Career Transition Resources
    1. Career Decision Making
    2. Education
    3. Employer Research
    4. Family
    5. Federal Employment
    6. Health Care
    7. Job Links—Civilian
    8. Legislative/Government Agencies
    9. Military Associations
    10. Military Compensation and Benefits
    11. Military Transition
    12. News
    13. Relocation Assistance
    14. Self-Employment
    15. Service Agencies
    16. Veterans and Retirees
    17. Voter Information
    18. U.S. Military Components
  18. INDEX