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Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans Hardcover – November 10, 2011

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excellent guide that explains subtle, but critical, cultural differences between military and corporate environments...must-read for leaders, managers, and human resources professionals across industries.” --HRWorldToday



"King issues a call to duty for businesses." --Jim Pawlak,The Career News column



“…must-read for leaders, managers, and human resources professionals across industries…This one-of-a-kind guide reveals how to make the most of America’s top talent.” --SHRM blog



“… provides a powerful and results oriented base, for both job seeking veterans and employers, to ease and enhance the transition for individuals from military life to civilian careers.” --BlogBusinessWorld



"...gives real-world examples, practical models, and savvy advice in this book of insight and tools intended to help civilian employers recruit and retain veterans.” --Military Officer



The Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity selected Emily King as recipient of their Diversity Award 2012



"…Field Tested by Emily King, you’ll learn how to keep the best employee you may ever have.” --Terri Schlichenmeyer, Nationally Syndicated Columnist



The Axiom Business Book Award 2014

Book Description

Veterans are a tremendous source of untapped talent and come with a wealth of skills and experience beyond those of typical civilian employees. Field Tested gives readers the insight and tools they need to recruit and retain veterans, and to maximize their value in any organization.

A must-read for leaders, managers, and human resources professionals across industries, Field Tested uncovers key cultural differences between the military and civilian workplace, and reveals how these differences can affect employee performance, satisfaction, and retention. Complete with real-world examples, practical models, and savvy advice, this book shows readers how to:

• Attract and interview veterans

• On-board them quickly and effectively

• Position them for success

• Ensure a smooth cultural transition

• Manage performance

• Help them develop lasting careers.

Smart companies that hire veterans owe it to themselves and their employees to under stand the unique considerations involved. This one-of-a-kind guide reveals how to make the most of America’s top talent.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 187 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814417795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814417799
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Emily King appeals to national pride and country loyalty in this book on recruiting veterans.

Her point is their training (which you paid for through your tax dollars) can be valuable to a company. They have learned loyalty, how to work as a team, how to handle adversity (is not in battle, in boot camp). This said, there are differences in military and the corporate worlds. Understanding these can help make transitions easier. She covers recruiting, on-boarding, performance, and career development among other things.

I am often surprised by the people I meet (often at very high levels) that have military backgrounds but I did not know. This means they can clearly "fit in".

The military teaches a respect that I find is sometimes missing in younger people (now I sound old). This respect is the positive. In my experience, this can also come with taking orders without full creativity or thinking. That said, the creativity can be trained. And the problem is not as much as it might seem depending on the person.

A person who rises through military ranks has to work hard, be bright and ambitious. Chances are good, they will be the same in corporate life.

I think as with all background and training, there are good people, ones who can learn and grow and some who are more challenged.

King has a deep consulting background and specializes in helping companies capitalize on ex-military people. She is certainly qualified in the field (no pun intended).

I have a daughter and son-in-law in the military and hope that some day an employer will have read the book and hire them.
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Great companies are full of people inspired by their mission. The military is full of people who lay down their lives for their mission. Leadership, hard work and dedication are hallmarks of success in both the military and corporate workforces. So why is it so difficult--and rewarding--for companies to harness the competitive advantage they achieve by hiring military Americans?

Emily King explains the essential differences between military and corporate cultures and lays out actionable steps companies can take to realize the competitive opportunity inherent in hiring military Americans. I have worked in this area for many years, and, yet, I found myself constantly gaining new insights and discovering new, common sense steps to take.

The author has many years of consulting experience in the HR world, and she does an excellent job of bringing this unfamiliar territory into easy reach for HR professionals. Truly, a must read for anyone seriously committed to this work.
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Field Tested is an excellent resource for HR executives & leaders.

Ms. King provides sound, practical guidance for onboarding and transitioning military leaders into civilian leaders. As a HR executive, I learned a tremendous amount from this book about helping veterans with their transitions to the civilian workplace. Instead of dropping them into the workplace, it pays a great ROI to provide them with an organizational and cultural awareness of their new surrounding and how to help them succeed in this new chapter. For HR, hiring and retaining veterans is more than just a patriotic nicety, this is an organizational and diversity imperative to improve how veterans are integrated into the civilian workplace. HR leaders can learn to be more effective internal coaches and consultants to improve how veterans (or any new employee) can be better and more successfully onboarded in their companies. Smart and savvy HR leaders will read this book and use these learnings to accelerate successful onboarding and retention with veterans.

Additionally, I've taught military Transition Assistance Program classes - and Field Tested is a fantastic companion resource to the TAP program. Retiring military personnel also owe it to themselves to read this book to learn how they can be more effective and productive civilian employees. I think that Field Test should be required reading for anyone retiring from the military. This book will provide you with outstanding life lessons as you transition from the military to the private sector.

Thanks for a great book!
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