A new book, Boots to Loafers, is about to be published with the transitioning veteran in mind. The book’s purpose is to show US veterans how to translate the value of their military training, experience and skills into civilian terms that HR Directors and Hiring Managers can understand and appreciate. Boots to Loafers emphasizes Transition, Transformation and Integration to any veteran in pursuit of his/her next career.
The author, John W. Phillips, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired), brings lessons from a 20-year military career and more than 12-years in a Fortune 50 Company to the reader in an effort to offer valuable resources to those seeking employment outside the gates of the military. Contributing author, Reid Baker, is a seasoned Human Resources Executive. Together they make a perfect tandem for giving very insightful and helpful direction to those leaving the military, from enlisted to officers.
The men and women who serve in the different branches of the US Armed Forces are exceptional individuals of value to any company. The book, Boots to Loafers helps veterans, as well as companies, to recognize the auxiliary intelligence and aptitude that our US veterans possess as a result of their training and service in the US Military.
One of the insightful points the authors shared during our interview was how the responsibilities of the US modern military is not just policing regions of the world and entering into combat when necessary. Today, our US Military is assisting in nation building. And, the exceptional skill needed for that is to be an expert in community relations requiring advanced interpersonal skills. These are applicable talents that companies need in order to be successful in all business situations.
Boots to Loafers also reveals another skill that is required by our military personnel; a proficiency in the use of the latest modern technologies. Being technologically savvy is a necessity in modern warfare and also outside the gates.
John Phillips retired from the military after 20 years of honorable service. When he transitioned back into civilian life, he faced the challenge that so many of our best military leaders face. Companies often tell them that they are “too experienced and educated,” or “over qualified.” If you have faced this objection, then you will want to read Boots to Loafers when it comes out.
An E-Book of Boots to Loafers is expected to be released in the next few months. When it is published, HirePatriots will post a notification. Contact information for John Phillips is noted below. In the meantime, use HirePatriots to look for a job. Then join us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I will make another post and let you know when Boots to Loafers is available.