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Networking For Veterans: A Guidebook for a Successful Military Transition into the Civilian Workforce 1st Edition

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“Networking for Veterans serves as an effective guide to help veterans make strong first impressions, build those initial connections into professional relationships, and finally turn interviews into job offers. This book is a great tool to prepare for and take advantage of programs, like Hiring Our Heroes, and hundreds of others around the country that are making a concerted effort to connect veterans with meaningful employment.”
Kevin Schmiegel, Executive Director
Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


“One of the major barriers veterans face when reentering the work force is an understanding of how to find their new path through networking. As a veteran, it took me several years to realize the importance of finding a trusted network of advisors and mentors. Networking for Veterans teaches us how to find our paths after military service and translate past experiences into successful professional careers.”
Derek Blumke, Co-Founder
Student Veterans of America

 

“This is a guidebook with routes toward future success at home for transitioning military personnel. Networking for Veterans provides invaluable insight to getting connected with civilian culture and the workforce. Every college career center in the nation should have this resource.”
Stephen Clark, M.A.
Acting University Director for Veterans’ Affairs
CUNY Central Office of Student Affairs

About the Author

Mike Abrams joined the Marine Corps following the September 11th attacks, serving on active duty for seven years and deploying to eastern Afghanistan with an infantry company as the artillery forward observer. After leaving active duty, Mike attended New York University’s Stern School of Business, graduating with an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. While in business school, Mike co-founded a veteran mentoring program called Four Block. The program focuses on providing professional development to student veterans and connecting them with internship opportunities and entry-level positions at corporations.

 

Dr. Michael L. Faulkner is a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran who served from 1964—1970 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He spent 30 years in a variety of leadership and management (“coaching”) positions with Dun & Bradstreet, the

Direct Marketing Association (DMA), and entrepreneurial start-ups, as well as helping run the family business before moving into the academic world. Today Michael is a professor at the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. Michael is a member of MENSA, a former twotime national champion of Athletic Dueling, and an International Rotary Fellowship award winner. He has been published in peer review journals, dozens of magazines, newsletters, websites, and blogs, and has written half a dozen white papers, including one that was circulated to all elected members of Congress and the major media outlets. He has written or co-authored nine books and two one-act plays, which were both performed in regional theaters.

 

Andrea R. Nierenberg, best-selling author, speaker, and world-renowned business authority, is the force behind The Nierenberg Consulting Group.  Called a “networking success story” by The Wall Street Journal, Andrea founded The Nierenberg Consulting Group in 1993. With a stellar 29 years as a leader in sales and marketing, Andrea is an in-demand business expert both at home and abroad. Her company partners with an array of the world’s leading financial and media industry businesses.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions; 1 edition (November 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1256888877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1256888871
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Miners on November 10, 2012
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Transitioning from the military is a huge adjustment highlighted by the need to reconnect to a civilian world that often doesn't understand military service and the excellent skills that veterans have acquired along the way. Whether you are going back to school on the GI Bill or interviewing for a job, Networking for Veterans is a MUST read. The authors....all experts in their own right....have created a book that offers great insights on what networking is all about and how it can be effectively used. The book is clearly written, engaging and uses examples that are easily understood. If you buy this book and use it, you will save a tremendous amount of time and energy wondering what you should be doing to get the future you want. The military should issue Networking for Veterans to every member of the Armed Forces who is being discharged.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damien P. Bertolo on November 18, 2012
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The short answer: Every Veteran needs this book.

Why?

As a recently transitioned Veteran, with a degree, and luckily enough to have had great mentors, instruction, and a growing network - I can speak smartly about the practical relevance the material Networking For Veterans provides. I have taken the Marine Corps' "Transition and Preparation Seminar" course, and their new, revamped "Transition Readiness Seminar - Employment Track". I have a degree in Business Administration, earned while on Active duty, and have been lucky enough to take a Career Development course with instructors whose resumes include Executive and Executive Board Member positions at AOL, PepsiCo, Taco Bell, Jenny Craig, and have been consultants to start-ups and small businesses.

The Military Transition courses, while a solid attempt to aid in the transition, are lacking and often off the mark. The instructors are often under-networked, and don't have relevant real world experience outside of a military installation, or installation hosting town. There are still important classes that provide information that is important, so I do not take away from that. However, the information provided really doesn't address, or give practical examples or instruction on truly transitioning out of the uniform and into a suit, or tool-belt. The University given, Career Development course on the other hand did a great job of emphasizing the importance of building a network. However the Career Development course was geared to students... who will be entering the civilian and corporate world and didn't address the complete life-change of exiting the military.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristine L on December 4, 2012
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Networking for Veterans is a well-organized guide for transitioning into the civilian workforce. It takes our transitioning military personnel through a professional journey, teaching them to capitalize on their strengths, identify their weaknesses, and accept their new reality. The book helps veterans recognize and utilize various channels and resources for successful networking as they take the corporate world by storm! Abrams, Faulkner, and Nierenberg do a wonderful job of illustrating a detailed strategy for this process along the way, rather than just simply stating the obvious. The real life testimonies add a nice personal touch as well.

As a Staff Advisor at a local university for an SVA chapter, I recommend this book to all of our student veterans. I have also recommended it to staff and faculty members to gain a better understanding of what our veterans go through as they transition back into the civilian workforce. An absolute must have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy on November 8, 2012
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I am a veteran that had a challenging transition out of the military after I served in Iraq from '03-'04. I wish this book was available back then, because I really could have used it. What's great about this book is that is was written by someone who has been over there and knows what its like coming home, but he's also teamed up with experts in the field who can give the returning veteran an edge he or she might not otherwise have without this book. Definitely recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark McMahon on December 5, 2012
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Networking for Veterans is a multidimensional road map for veterans seeking professional opportunities outside the military. It describes the asymetrical landscape a veteran faces in leaving the military and provides the veteran with a "scorecard" to make sense of it all. Its strategic and tactical insights and recommendations are organized in much the same way a job search should be organized.

The "mission orientation" and the effective team work, which is a hallmark of good military units, are highlighted as well. These qualities, coupled with intelligent perserverance and an upbeat attitude, are in demand wherever people work together on common goals. The unique experience of military service, which always involves trying conditions, is recognized as great preparation for future success. This guidebook will help veterans translate a "gung ho" attitude into the language of business. It fills a significant need and a dog eared copy should be in most veteran's back packs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By christine bury on December 7, 2012
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What a GREAT resource!! Networking for Veterans should be required reading for all members of the military that are beginning their separation process. Networking is about relationships, and this book does a great job of sharing real life examples of how to build, maintain and grow relationships that have long term meaning and benefits. The book is well written, organized and easily understood. The author has done a great job of bringing together a diverse group of veterans who have been through the process from beginning to end. The lessons shared in this book are not just about how to prepare for a job interview or college. Networking for Veterans is one of the few books I've read that is able to combine practical professional development advice and direction for veterans with principles that apply to everyone preparing for a major transition in their life. I highly recommend this book to veterans and their families. Well Done to the authors!!!!
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