The Books

Successfully transitioning from the military to the civilain workforce

When we talked to veterans about their transition, they commented "It's like I was the first person to ever leave." Joining the service is easy. Leaving is a whole lot harder. Service members spend months learning their first military occupational skill – and spend years refining and expanding those skills. Becoming an expert doesn't happen overnight; it takes time and hard work. This next transition requires a similar level of dedication and commitment. Close to 65% of active-duty veterans leave their first civilian jobs within 24 months. Mission Next will help transitioning service members avoid being part of that statistic.

Transitioning service members should read Mission Next because it will increase their chances at achieving a smooth transition and finding a job that fits. It's a resource that covers every aspect of the transition from the military to the civilian workforce. Mission Next provides checklists and tips to make the journey easier. It also uses plain English to explain complicated concepts, such as civilian pay and benefits, so service members can make informed decisions about their civilian employment options.

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Building a veteran-informed culture to recruit and retain top talent

Organizations all over the country recognize the leadership capabilities and attributes that veterans can bring to their workforce: strong work ethic, mission oriented, being calm under pressure, strategic thinking, dedication, and a sense of urgency. Yet, 65% of veterans leave their civilian organizations within the first 24 months. Surveys say that pay and benefits are the problem, but the research by the consultants at Mission Next revealed a more complicated problem. Veterans leave because they struggle to integrate into cultures that don't understand and recognize their military experiences. What can HR leaders do to attract highly-qualified veterans to their organizations, and how can they build a culture where veterans want to stay and perform?

HR's Mission Next was written to help HR leaders in civilian organizations attract and retain veterans. This book helps HR leaders understand why some former service members won't identify as a veteran, why they are such valuable hires, and the challenges they face in transitioning to the civilian workforce. It provides practical advice on writing job descriptions and announcements that are veteran-friendly, unlocking hidden skills from a veteran's resume, and maximizing interviews with former service members to truly understand the talents they could bring to your organization.

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How the Books Evolved

The Mission Next consultants spent two years intensely researching why veterans leave their first jobs. We read the books, articles and research so our clients don’t have to. We even did a formal research study to gather first-hand accounts about why veterans leave. At the end 2021, John defended his doctoral dissertation on the topic of why military officers leave their civilian jobs. The process was the culmination of almost six years of doctoral studies, document reviews, research and formally presenting and defending the work. That lead to our desire to publish two books: one to help transitioning veterans with a toolkit and a second one to help organizations build a veteran-informed culture.

Mission Next is designed to improve the transition experience for every service member. It's a resource that covers every aspect of the transition from the military to the civilian workforce, including checklists and tips. It also uses plain English to explain complicated concepts, such as civilian pay and benefits, to help veterans make informed decisions about their employment options. Mission Next guides transitioning service members in rediscovering their core values, writing a resume that civilians can understand, finding a job that fits, and learning how to operate in their new civilian work environment.

What Our Clients Say

  • I was excited to participate in the research that led to the Mission Next book because it reminded me how this needed to be a priority for our organization.

    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Community healthcare organization

  • I learned that you can't walk around with your rank in your back pocket, so I had to quickly adapt in the new civilian environment. Any preparation work you can do before you make the transition is worth your time.

    Retired U.S. Army officer
    University veterans’ liaison

  • From the very beginning, I spent time working on my interpersonal communication skills. I de-militarized my speech and stopped using all the jargon. Since then, I’ve helped many veterans make that transition...

    Retired U.S. Army officer
    Human Resources Director, manufacturing company

  • I got an early copy of the Mission Next book to preview. I wish I would’ve had the book prior to my transition because I had to figure out so many of the points from the book on my own.

    Former U.S. Navy officer
    Financial advisor

Joining the service is easy.
Leaving is a whole lot harder.

If you want to contact us with questions, or to discuss our services, we'll be happy to engage in a dialogue about how we can help you or your organization.

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