Transitioning from the military is one of the hardest obstacle you will be faced with. Whether you are transitioning, Nation Guard, Reserves or a veteran that has served in the Armed Forces, "Never Undersell Yourself" is a MUST read. We have worked exceptionally hard to create a step by step guide that will provide detailed information along with real world examples to prepare you from transitioning from the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard back to civilian life.
When we joined the military, Uncle Sam spent a lot of time and money transforming us from a civilian to a soldier. Now that we have decided to exit the military, the reality is Uncle Sam will not spend the same amount of time and money transforming us back to a civilian. "Never Undersell Yourself" guides you to bundle all your knowledge into a platform to land that career opportunity. You need more than words such as dedication, commitment, drive and discipline on a resume to impress and land a well compensated career.
"Never Undersell Yourself" was written by an Army NCO that understands obstacles and how corporate America works. It doesn't matter if you exited 10 years ago or are in the transitioning process. All of your training and experience is worth more than the vast majority of veterans could ever imagine when seeking your dream position.
Thank you to all veterans for your sacrifices. https://www.TMVeterans.com
In 1992, I decided to join the Army. I was a young person with no vision on what I wanted to do with my life. That changed the second I stepped into basic training. I was told there was no way I could become a soldier which was the start of a huge chip on my shoulder to prove everyone wrong.
After serving at Benning, Korea, Stewart and multiple deployments, I decided to get out. My transitioning was a joke. I literally walked in and got the paperwork signed and stamped for each class and before I knew it, I was a civilian. Although I had a plan it was quickly axed as I showed up and was told that they were conducting cutbacks and I didn't have a job.
The first thought that ran through my head was going back into the military. But I told myself that I would succeed, and the journey began. My resume was worse than a train wreck since I was told during transition that the resume class was once a month and I would be good to go since I was an NCO. So, I tried my best to create a resume and printed out 100 copies and went to the post office and got 100 stamps.
I then proceeded to look through the yellow pages getting addresses to companies that sounded interesting. The mass mailing was sent. Less than a week later I had two interviews in the transportation industry. Over the next ten years I kept moving up the chain with several companies ultimately becoming the director of transportation. During this time period I always was assisting HR and the recruiting department hire veterans as I preached to the top brass that veterans bring a unique skill set to the table.
Then the day came when I was attending a job fair as a potential employer at a military base along with being a guest speaker to the troops. Later in the day I was asked to sit on a panel where we were asked questions from active duty soldiers in the transitioning process. A Sargent asked, In the civilian workforce how important is a resume? A lady that was representing a large fortune 500 company that NEVER SERVED immediately communicated that if she received a resume that the "summary" was not perfect, she would immediately place in the do not call stack.
Obviously, I wanted to answer the same question which I communicated that your uniform is the resume. Right then I knew our veterans needed assistance with companies that want to hire veterans knowing the immediate impact they will receive on daily goals and objectives. Today, I continue to work with veterans, transitioning personnel and families of service members.
The Hard Facts When Transitioning 10
Chapter 1 ~ The Beginning 15
Chapter 2 ~ Promotions 18
Chapter 3 ~ Decision Time 21
Chapter 4 ~ TAP/SFL Classes 25
Chapter 5 ~ Where to Call Home After Service 28
Chapter 6 ~ Deciding What to Do 30
Chapter 7 ~ Entrepreneurship 34
Chapter 8 ~ Resume (Includes Sample) 40
Chapter 9 ~ Market Yourself 48
Chapter 10 ~ Job Fair/Career Day 51
Chapter 11 ~ Landing your "DREAM" Job 56
About The Author 61
What Is TM Veterans? 63