"Operation Lily Pad" is more than just a basic job hunting "how-to" guide. Instead, this book is designed to enable veterans to realize there is more to job searching than just crafting a resume and following the cookie-cutter template of preparation! This insightful book dives deeper into many seldom – or lightly discussed factors – impacting job hunting. And yes, resume optimization, cover letter customization, LinkedIn profile (i.e., social media) preparation, and interview approaches and techniques are also covered. This is a must-have guide for all veterans who are transitioning into civilian and professional life!
According to the Department of Defense (DoD), every year in the United States, approximately 200,000 service members leave military service. For a country with the best-trained, best-equipped, and best operational-ready armed forces in the world, we do a very marginal-to-poor job of preparing these men and women for life after their service in uniform. According to a study completed by Syracuse University, about fifty (50) percent of veterans feel ill-prepared for their post-military transition, including how to effectively job hunt. But why? Are we just not doing a great job preparing veterans to find work after service in uniform? Or is there more to the challenges facing transitioning veterans? We can help them better prepare and meet these challenges—this is the catalyst behind "Operation Lily Pad".