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Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide

The Essential Job Search Handbook for Service Members

51xn8inezkl-_sx331_bo1204203200_By Janet I. Farley
Call Number: HF5384 .F37 2010
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This handbook provides a career transition framework for service members and their families. Readers are given exit strategies for gracefully leaving the military; charts, checklists, and worksheets for planning each transition aspect; resume and cover letter samples and strategies; and interviewing and salary negotiation tips. The author also shares advice for surviving the first month on the new job and beyond. This enhanced edition includes a chapter on how to land a federal job, tips for online networking; a directory of online transition tools; and information on employment and retraining options for disabled veterans. An essential roadmap for transitioning service members and their families, this eye-opening guide addresses the entire transition process and includes the family perspective with it.

Congratulations – now get a job!

Spring Semester is over! You did it!! Graduates may be wondering about job prospects in your field, whether to transfer to a Bachelor program, or go to work with your Associates degree. If you’re not graduating, you may be considering or re-considering your major.

A resource from our library gives you access to industry growth predictions – by state – drawn from the latest government data in an easy-to-read format. I looked at automotive repair. With only 266 automotive repair shops, Alaska could use some good mechanics!

From our A-Z listof databases, select Business Source Complete. The easiest way to search is to put in the NAICS number for your industry, which can be found with an easy keyword search at: https://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/index.html

In the Business Source Complete search window, enter Barnes Reports in the first box. Then scroll down to Limit your results. Choose Industry Profile, then enter the six-digit NAICS Industry Code. For automotive repair it is 811111. Click the Search button at the bottom of the page, and a list of results will be generated. Choose the 2017 Industry and Market Outlook. This Barnes Report document reports the number of employers and employees nationwide and by state, and gives predictions of industry growth.

Have a job offer from a company? See if there is a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) of it in Business Source Complete by entering the company name in the top search box, scrolling down to Limit your results and under Publication Type selecting SWOT Analysis. I tried Frontier Communications, a local employer.

The future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades! 

Ferguson’s Career Center – your questions answered!

Ivy Tech is comprised of a very diverse group of students from all walks of life, but you will find one attribute that ties all of them together—we are a community of career-focused learners. Whether gaining a skillset to enter the workforce for the first time, or continuing education in order to advance in the field, goal-oriented students are as much concerned about what comes next in their career as which assignments are due the next day. Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is an excellent choice for obtaining information to help students make the right career choices and keep them motivated.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center features nearly every aspect of planning for and starting a career. The database has a number of articles that feature “Job Profiles” which feature detailed overviews of an occupation These include a detailed job description, the levels of education and certification required, the range of salary, and the outlook for the occupation going forward. Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center can also help with educational goals toward a career with features that help you to plan out your college timeline, show the occupational possibility of different degree programs, and even a provide a comprehensive list of internship and work-study programs for those who want to start their work experience while still in school. When it comes time to actually enter the work force, Ferguson’s also has you covered. The database features articles on how to create the perfect resume, methods for more effective networking, and how to ace a job interview. You can even search job postings by location or type of position.

How to best use Ferguson’s database varies widely by which point in education and career you find yourself, but suffice it to say, there is something helpful for everyone. A student who is considering the field of nursing might take a look at the Registered Nurse job profile and start to plan the educational path he or she will have to take, as well as what to expect from the day-to-day work as a registered nurse. Perhaps a business student is far along in their education and wants to pick up some practical skills through work experience. By clicking the “Business” category under “Resources by Industry,” they are presented with a whole list of internships that are tailored to aspiring business students. Maybe a student has reached the end of their culinary program and is ready to apply their newfound skills to a job, but is worried their resume is too weak. They can browse a whole host of articles tailored to improving cover letters and resumes, including this article which details ways to better pitch oneself to a prospective employer.

Success requires planning, and having the resources to do that planning in one place is an invaluable asset. Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center has what motivated students need to find the right career path and how to stay on that path they achieve their career goals.

By Library Clerk, David Winn

150 Best Jobs for the Military-To-Civilian Transition / Laurence Shatkin

Call number: UB357 .S53 2013


eterans face many challenges as they seek civilian jobs. This one-of-a-kind book based on a survey of 15 million veterans helps today’s returning military find the best job matches for their training, interests, personalities, genders, and more. With 45 best jobs lists and 150 detailed job descriptions, the book covers the best-paying and fastest-growing occupations held by recent veterans. Veterans can transition to these jobs using the skills they learned during their service; some occupations may require additional training or licensure, and this information is explained as well.

Best jobs lists include “Most Popular Jobs for Veterans” and Jobs in Which Veteran Status Confers Biggest Earnings Advantage.” Each in-depth job description gives information on veterans earnings compared to earnings of non-veterans; veterans’ employment by economic sector, specific information on for-profit, nonprofit, government, education, and self-employment positions; related military specialization; job growth and annual job openings; skills and knowledge required; career cluster; personality type; working conditions; and much more. (From Barnes & Noble)