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Career success is an “inside-out” process. If you dedicate yourself to a careful self-assessment before you launch your next job search, you will find yourself in an elite group of professionals who know what they want, know what they have to offer, and know where their careers are taking them.

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Your resume is the single most important marketing tool you have. This book covers the most important topics you will need to master in order to create a military to civilian career change resume that attracts attention and job offers. 

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Self-Marketing for Military to Civilian Career Transitions looks at the new context of work with its universal entrepreneurial culture. Whether you own your own business or are part of a giant multi-national corporation, you can’t afford to think of yourself or your career in any other terms. 

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Our Career Transition Toolbox whitepapers provide you with valuable tips, tools and information about important subject areas related to the military to civilian job search process. Be sure to browse through the entire library and download the whitepapers that will be most useful for you in your career search.

Refer back to whitepapers often and don't hesitate to contact Career Search America for more information about one-on-one career transition consultations.

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Creating a Professional Image: It’s More than Dressing for Success 

Take steps to build a positive professional image! Because your professional image is so important and is affected by so many of your actions, it’s worthwhile to know what you can do to create and maintain a great professional image. As you read through these suggestions, it’s helpful to think of the process of building your professional image as personal branding. You’re building your brand, and it’s an important investment in your career.     

The Self-Marketing Job Interview: How to Effectively Market Yourself to Your Next Employer 

Why are job interviews so intimidating? There are many reasons, but here’s a big one: it’s an artificial situation.

Even when an interviewer does her best to put the candidate at ease, the job interview is still an artificial situation. Most job-seekers, who don’t go in with the right mind-set, posture and strategy (and that’s most job seekers), see themselves trapped in an “underdog / overdog” situation. The hiring manager has all the power and the needy applicant is at her mercy. They are unprepared. They don’t know what to expect, and whatever self-confidence they have evaporates completely as soon as the conversation begins. Time to shift your perspective!

 The Veteran’s Advantage: The Valuable Transferable Skills that Veterans Bring to Employers
A career in the military is not your average career. Because of the military’s unique working environment and mission, veterans acquire unique skills and qualities that employers desire – and that give them an advantage in a career search.

 Salary Negotiation: Knowing When, Why and How to Negotiate Your Salary
Don’t get spooked by salary negotiation. Sure, it may seem like one of the toughest things you have to do. But that is most likely because you are unsure about how to conduct a salary negotiation or when it makes sense to negotiate. Furthermore, as a transition veteran, the very idea may be completely new.

Transitioning from Abroad: How to Get a Jumpstart on the Veteran to Civilian Career Transition Process While Living Overseas

A military to civilian transition has many challenges. From adjusting to the civilian workplace to choosing a new career path to interviewing for and landing your next position, there are a lot of tasks to complete on your way to a new career.

One thing that can add an extra layer of challenge is living abroad during or leading up to your transition. Though it is often adds additional challenges, living abroad also means you have  unique experiences that are attractive to potential employers. With that in mind, let’s examine how to jump-start your transition process while living abroad.

NEW | Added August 2011! Understanding Your Military Spouse's Career Transition: A Big-Picture Review of the Military to Civilian Transition Process

When a member of the military – in particular someone who has served for quite some time and has made the military a focal point of their life in so many ways – begins to contemplate a life away from the military, that person goes through a very real change of mindset. And that change of mindset often means the person is now beginning to make decisions about what he or she wants to do and where they would like to take their life.

The Career Search Process: Four Steps to a Successful Career Search

Want to know the secret to a successful career search? It’s simple: Plan the work...and work the plan. Simple, yes. But, let’s be honest. No one says this is going to be easy. You can help yourself enormously, however, by taking your time, being thoughtful, and making progress according to a carefully designed and coherent plan. That’s where we come in.

Successful Job Searching: The Four Building Blocks to a Successful Search

Job searches are work. There’s no other way to put it. Especially when you’re just getting started, it’s going to feel like an uphill climb.

It’s easy to get discouraged, but you can be sure that if you remain focused, stay organized and keep at it, those results will come, and they may turn out to be better than you could have imagined.

Effective Networking: Make Networking an Essential Part of Your Career Transition

Looking for a job takes on new meaning with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Establishing an online profile in a career networking site such as LinkedIn is crucial as part of your networking campaign; it’s a way to make new contacts and to reconnect with people you may have known in the past.

Career Transition: Plan to Work and Work the Plan

All career transitions, either military to civilian or civilian to civilian, can be challenging. You are leaving what is familiar to you and that can be disorienting and even devastating. But though career transition isn't easy, it's also potentially exciting.

Career Research: How to Ask the Right Questions, Get the Information You Need to Find Your Next Career

If you’re in transition from your current job to your next opportunity, career research maps the way ahead. When you do your research well, you develop a depth of understanding of the marketplace that will make you an educated competitor in today’s tough job market. You’ll know what the hottest jobs are, where the money is, and which careers offer the most promising future.

A Career Change Resume is Different: How to Write a Strategic, Smart and Savvy Career Transition Resume

Changing careers and changing jobs are two different processes that have very different goals. It's no different for veterans and military personnel. Any good veteran to civilian resume shouldn't be a simple "new job" resume. You are changing careers - you should submit a career change resume. After all, you have career-change goals, so your resume should reflect that fact.

The Career Change Cover Letter: When to Use One, and How to Write It

A cover letter is an elegant way to introduce yourself. A career change cover letter on the other hand, has to impress and persuade.

If a cover letter is a handshake, a career change cover letter is your sales pitch, to stimulate the curiosity of the hiring manager to turn the page to your accompanying resume. It’s not what you have done and it’s not just all about you. It’s more importantly about what you can bring to the table and how.

Career Assessment: An Overview of the Various Assessment Tools and why they are Useful

If career assessment sounds a little too introspective and impractical, there’s more to it than you might think; including a solid theoretical foundation, an established track record of effective use by fortune 500 companies from around the world, and, most important, tangible feedback that can dramatically accelerate your career search process.

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