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Table of Contents

Introduction: You Have Everything They Need 1

Chapter 1 Transition Your Mindset: It's a Brand New Mission 7

Chapter 2 Translating the Values You Bring to Business 21

Chapter 3 Before You Step Outside the Wire, Determine Your Objective 31

Chapter 4 Identify the Threats 65

Chapter 5 Identify Your Resources 85

Chapter 6 Evaluate Lessons Learned 101

Chapter 7 Develop a Course of Action 109

Chapter 8 Selling the Most Important Commodity: You! 123

Chapter 9 Interview to Win! 137

Chapter 10 Down Range: Put Your Career Plan into Action 147

Appendix A The Six Steps of Planning 151

Appendix B Career Planning Worksheet 153

Appendix C Example Career Plan 157

Appendix D Resume Construction Template and Tips 161

Appendix E Cover Letter Template and Tips 165

Appendix F Getting Noticed on an ATS Query 167

Appendix G Practice Interview Questions Bank 175

Appendix H Interview/Opportunity Preparation Checklist 185

Appendix I Men's Interview Attire and Grooming Checklist 191

Appendix J Women's Interview Attire and Grooming Checklist 193

Appendix K Summary of Veterans' Career and Transition Resources 195

Appendix L LinkedIn Tips 199

Appendix M List of Common Threats, Resources, and Lessons Learned to Consider While Planning Your Career 201

Appendix N List of Action Verbs for Use in Demonstrations of Effectiveness 203

Appendix O Additional References and Information Resources 205

Appendix P Recommended Tasks to Include in Your Career Course of Action 209

Appendix Q Tips for Preparing Questions to Ask an Interviewer 211

Index 213

About the Author

JAMES D. MURPHY is the founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc., established in 1996. A former U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter pilot, Murphy established Afterburner to teach skills inspired by his military training and service to business leaders all over the world. He and his team of veterans led Afterburner to its three-time recognition by Inc. magazine for "fastest growth," and made the Inc. 500 List twice. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal , BusinessWeek, Inc. , Newsweek , and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg News. Author of Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution. WILLIAM M. DUKE is a retired U.S. Navy Officer with 23 years of combined active and reserve service. He also worked as an operations and hiring manager in a U.S. Fortune 500 company for eight years. He is Director of Learning and Development for Afterburner, Inc., where he consults and trains corporate managers in a wide variety of industries. He is the coauthor of Flawless Execution Field Manual and The Debrief Imperative with James D. Murphy.

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