Out of Uniform

One of the awesome aspects of being the editor of the Army Wife Network blog is getting to connect with writers with unique experiences and perspectives.

Today AWN would like to highlight a resource that comes from one of our blog’s Expert Contributors.

Tom Wolfe has regularly written excellent posts for us centered on the topic of careers and job searching for those transitioning out of the military into the civilian job market. His posts are practical and helpful, and his new book Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition is the same!

From the Publisher:

After completing military service, veterans can have a difficult time finding employment when returning to civilian life. Out of Uniform, Second Edition is designed to help all transitioning military personnel, regardless of service, branch, rank, rating, time in service, time in grade, or specialty.

Not only does this book cover the basics–search techniques, networking, interview preparation, resumes, negotiation, and a new chapter on social media–it also offers guidance on topics that are often overlooked, specifically the central issues of self-knowledge, interviewing empathy, and the power of questions.

In addition to technical guidance, readers will also discover important information in the anecdotes based on the experiences of soldiers, sailors, air force personnel, and marines.

Out of Uniform, Second Edition is an invaluable resource for veterans who want to make the most out of their civilian career opportunities.

The main sections in the book include:

  • Transition Readiness
  • The Self Discovery Zone
  • The Other Side of the Fence
  • Preparations (Mechanical)
  • Preparations (Mental)
  • Interviews: Tips and Techniques
  • Interviews: Variety and Functions
  • Offer, Decision, and Launch

I’m not going to describe every section, but I will share a portion that impressed me from the first section.

“This section will help you get a handle on the big picture and map out your strategy. You will be equipped with information and tools to better define and implement your overall plan and enhance your chances of success. The tactics come later.”

Out of Uniform, Second Edition is packed full of thoughtful, practical, proven tips and tools. But it also focuses on the important aspects of knowing yourself, education, asking questions, researching companies and career fields, and mental preparations. I found the two chapters about interviews particularly fascinating, detailed, and very practical!

As an Army wife, I am not one who will have to worry about transitioning my career from military to civilian, but I will be recommending Out of Uniform to my husband and any other military personnel I come across who are facing that time of transition.


About Lisa Walters

Lisa is an Army Chaplain’s wife who is also an editor, writer, dark chocolate fanatic, Jane Austen reader, and movie lover. She recently graduated her first homeschool student, continues to homeschool her (now) high school freshman, and is absolutely loving her new view of mountains and trees in the Pacific Northwest. You can find her online at http://thearmychapswife.net and http://forloveofwords.net

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