Praise for Networking for Veterans
“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.