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Career success is an “inside-out” process. If you dedicate yourself to a careful self-assessment before you launch your next job search, you will find yourself in an elite group of professionals who know what they want, know what they have to offer, and know where their careers are taking them.

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Your resume is the single most important marketing tool you have. This book covers the most important topics you will need to master in order to create a military to civilian career change resume that attracts attention and job offers. 

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Self-Marketing for Military to Civilian Career Transitions looks at the new context of work with its universal entrepreneurial culture. Whether you own your own business or are part of a giant multi-national corporation, you can’t afford to think of yourself or your career in any other terms. 

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Jumpstart your career!

 The Jumpstart Session is designed to give you the feedback, advice, guidance and confidence that you need to succeed in your career transition.
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Create a Professional Image

Whether Casual or Formal, a Professional Image is Essential

Your professional image is an essential part of your military to civilian transition career search - and your subsequent career. Even in an era of largely informal business settings - coffee shop meetings and video conferences - and informal business dress codes - "business casual" and casual friday - a professional image is still expected. So if it's not the dress code, what forms the basis of a professional image? Harvard Business School professor, Laura Morgan Roberts, defines professional image as:

the set of qualities and characteristics that represent perceptions of your competence and character as judged by your key constituents (i.e., clients, superiors, subordinates, colleagues)

Simply put, Ms. Roberts is describing an ability to exceed expectations, hit deadlines, and be an overall positive contribution to your office. In some ways it's more difficult to create an maintain a professional image today, but there are also more opportunities to shape your image as well. In reality, your professional image is the entire set of impressions that people in the workplace have of you, so you can treat most interactions as an opportunity to build on your reputation.

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Creating a Professional Image in a Changing Workplace: Advice and Tips

Maintaining a professional image in an informal work environment can be tricky. Use the advice and straightforward tips in this white paper to set yourself apart from other applicants and coworkers. Click here to access the Toolbox.



 Extra Resources

Personal Image and the Dress Code: Why it Matters
Dress Code: It's About respect and your Future

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