Field Tested

Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans

 Field Tested

Author: Emily King
Pub Date: November 2011
Print Edition: $29.95
Print ISBN: 9780814417799
Page Count: 192
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814417805

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THIS BOOK IS WRITTEN for organizational leaders, managers, and human resource professionals, all of whom play an essential role in an employee's decision to stay or to go. I want to distinguish the book from my audio course for veterans themselves, titled "Your Military Transition," which speaks directly to the individual veteran about some of the same topics you'll read here. The audio course is intended as a self-paced learning tool for job seekers or new-hires transitioning from military service to civilian employment.

Throughout the book you'll hear me refer to "recruit for retention," which means recruiting for lasting talent versus recruiting for immediate relief followed by recruiting to replace those who were hired and quit. I use a variety of terms to refer to the veteran, such as "veteran," "service member," and "military new-hire." These are interchangeable. The reason for using multiple terms is that many civilians and veterans alike do not relate to the word "veteran." It seems to bring to mind World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and isn't easily relatable to the gulf wars. Therefore, in an effort to be inclusive, I have provided alternative terms, and I hope it doesn't confuse readers.

Another term you'll see is "veteran-friendly." It refers to organizations that deliberately set out to attract and retain veterans. They invest, to varying degrees, in programs and marketing meant to brand them in the job market as welcoming to service members. Currently there are a relative handful of companies hitting it out of the park in this regard, but I hope and expect to see an increase with the availability of this book.

The book's primary objectives are to increase your organizational capacity by:

--Anticipating and heading off challenges related to the military-to-civilian transition

--Gaining maximum leverage from the strengths brought by military service members

--Positioning them for success in your organization.

These are three important drivers of satisfaction and retention among military hires, and they are your keys to success as a veteran-friendly employer of choice. Further, the book is aimed at increasing your own professional capacity as a translator of culture and master of making the implicit explicit. You will learn all about this concept as the book continues. Whether you are an organizational leader, line manager, or internal human resource professional, stepping up to the translator role will set you apart from your peers and directly impact the retention of your top talent. Many of the concepts and suggestions in the book apply to any and all new-hires and will strengthen your organization across the board. That said, my particular interest is in the success of veterans, so I'll leave it to you, the reader, to broaden the context to include other new-hires.


Excerpted from FIELD TESTED by Emily King. Copyright © 2012. Published by AMACOM Books, a division of American Management Association, New York, NY. Used with permission.

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