Dr. Bill Blank, Director, Career Development, Career Services-UCF
After reading Boots to Loafers, Finding Your New True North, I was truly impressed with the thoroughness and relevance of the information. Student concerns regarding what they should know about the employer, what they should bring to an interview, whether or not it is OK to have tattoos or piercings, and what they should know about benefit packages are all questions we get routinely. Your book addresses all of them (and many more) with great detail and effective suggestions! The more students that read it the more effective they will be with their job searches!
John R. Holwege, MPA, End-Of-Runway Supervisor at United States Air Force
I just finished reading Boots to Loafers. I am completely impressed and very appreciative of your experiences you have passed along. I have been spreading the word to anyone I know of transitioning or who might be. My wife is an HR manager and she also took away some good information that Paul put in there about resumes and cover letters. We have heard lately that the military is looking at cutting its numbers, and I might be one of those cut from the Air Force enlisted this year, but that is OK with me and my family. We are ready to move on to the next chapter in our life. We are confident heading into the unknown and your book has helped us prepare just that much more. Again, thank you for the great book. I will keep spreading the word.
Tom Johnson, Former Chairman, CNN; Former Publisher, Los Angeles Times
Boots to Loafers in the ultimate best book to achieve a successful transition of our service women and men from military to civilian life. I recommend it to all those who are making the transition as well as the general public. We all need to assist our returning veterans in coming home and in restarting their civilian lives. John has achieved the transition successfully. His book is a magnificent guide for others to follow his path.
L. Dawn Halfaker, CEO and Founder, Halfaker & Associates, Captain, U.S. Army (Ret)
Boots to Loafers is the perfect tool for any soldier transitioning from a role in the military to one in the private sector. My friend, John Phillips, wore the boots for over twenty years and successfully navigated his way outside the gate taking note of his experiences along the way and applying them. Boots to Loafers provides a well-researched guide with many resources for those stepping out of their boots and into their loafers…
Jan C Scruggs, Esq., President, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Founder, Vietnam War Memorial
A crucial component of inevitably re-joining the civilian world is starting a new career. What Boots does is to explain the job seeking process methodically. A military veteran brings unique skills and values to the work place. Getting employed is the initial challenge and this book gives an overall strategy for success…
David Stephen. Powell , LTC (Ret), Field Artillery, US Army
“Transitioning into the private sector is an exceptional opportunity for soldiers to build upon and leverage what their military service has given them. . . Boots to Loafers will be an invaluable resource for enabling soldiers to move ahead confidently and successfully through this transition into the next phase of their professional lives.”
James E. Sehorn, Brig. Gen, USAF, (Retired), Vietnam War POW, 1967-1973
“Military members typically have strong feelings about love of country, patriotism, sense of duty, organizational loyalty and personal responsibility. These will not always be shared by their fellow employees in the civilian community. These qualities will, however, mark you as an employee with real potential for leadership and advancement. Don’t leave them in the out-processing line.”
COL Gregory C. Kraak, Field Artillery, US Army
“As I approached separation, I reached out to those who had preceded me out the door. Their collective wisdom was insightful and extremely beneficial. I’ve now added my own gems to that collection and share it with other friends and co-workers who are approaching D-Day. These informal tutorials are instructive to those on the receiving end, but not everyone is so lucky to receive such counsel. Having access to one last “regulation” would be extremely helpful to those who are staring down an unknown they’ve never faced before in their lives.”
Robert M. Rodgers, Capt., USAF (1990-1998)
“Jump at the chance to leverage the experience & lessons of those who have traveled before you…shorten the time that it takes to make a successful move into corporate America. Read Boots to Loafers…it WILL make a difference for you!”