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Do not transition without reading this book!
on August 24, 2013
I read PCS four years before I actually left the military. Leaving the military successfully is extremely complicated I had seven years of service when I left and me my wife and son lived comfortably on my Army paycheck. I had a lot of unrealistic ideas about transitioning and how I should present myself to employers, PCS helped men analyze myself and ensure that when I went before employers I was ready. I went through the entire Cameron Brooks process from reading this book to the career conference to starting my career with a fortune 100 company. I recommend the entire process emphatically, I had other applications and resumes out there but in the end the opportunities presented by Cameron Brooks were far superior to other career options I found. At a minimum I would recommend reading this book before you put in your resignation. The book helps you break unrealistic expectations and turn your experience in the military into something employers value. Had I not have read the book I am confident I would have bombed numerous job interviews by talking about things that made no sense to employers and being ushered out with a "thank you for your service" (translation "I hope you find something but I can't help you"). Another reviewer talks about feeling the book condescends to the reader and tells them things they already know. I agree that some things come off as lecturing but for me this was exactly what I needed. I would rather read it in a book than bomb a couple of interviews and never get candid feedback. Cameron Brooks will always tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. This starts in the book and continues through getting and accepting a job. They will tell you what you are doing wrong and press potential employers for feedback (something you would normally never hear). I did not mind the book acting as if I knew nothing about corporate america or the business world. Although I have an MBA the fact is the only job I have had since college was as an Army Officer. PCS is written with over 100 years of collective experience placing junior military officers in top companies. Cameron Brooks earns a profit creating the match between top employers and top candidates. Bottom line is they know what works from the supply side and the demand side. Transitioning is hard and it is an emotional roller coaster, CB knows this and they have written PCS to set you up for success. The unemployment rate among veterans beats the national average handily, many officers end up taking pay cuts or working at a level of responsibility appropriate for a recent college graduates. Others change jobs every two years because thats what they did in the military. Others go back to school for two years, sometimes this works out sometimes it is a waste of time, I read somewhere that formal education makes up only 15 percent of a persons employability. So bottom line is that I emphatically recommend this book, not reading it could lead you to waste a lot of time and miss some great opportunities.