Heroes Get Hired

How to Use Your Military Experience to Master the Interview

Going back to work after being in the military can be a daunting yet rewarding experience. As a veteran re-entering the workforce or looking to change jobs, you may face a unique set of challenges as you become accustomed to civilian situations, expectations, and demands. Your recent experiences may be very different from those of the average civilian candidate.

In Heroes Get Hired: How to Use Your Military Experience to Master the Interview, I address the particular issues, questions, fears, and mental roadblocks that you as a veteran may encounter as you re-enter the civilian workforce, and how you can overcome these challenges to acquire the skills you need to excel at the interview process. Featuring contributions from IAVA and MSCCN, this free book sponsored by Citi, sheds light on the specific strengths and competitive advantages that you as a veteran bring to the civilian workforce, and how you can make sure to communicate these qualities to a recruiter or potential employer.

 This book is FREE for veterans and their spouses!

Michelle as an Author

Michelle has written several books that truly help people work better together. From getting the job you want in Nail the Interview, Land the Job and Heroes Get Hired to continuing to build your network in The 11 Laws of Likability and The Connector’s Advantage. Michelle provides the resources to further your success. Featuring real-life anecdotes, activities and self-assessments, her books are easily actionable and perfect for anyone at any level of an organization.

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Meet Author Michelle Tillis Lederman

A Message from Col. Jack Jacobs (ret.)

Lessons from the book

Chapter 1: Your Three Words
Chapter 2: Male Interview Attire
Chapter 3: The Waiting Room
Chapter 4: Building a Rapoprt
Chapter 5: Getting to Know You
Chapter 5: Your Resume and Beyond
Chapter 6: Circumstances, Actions and Results
Chapter 6: Circumstances, Actions and Results
Chapter 7: Managing Tough Questions
Chapter 8: Inappropriate Questions
Chapter 9: Asking Questions & Showing Interest
Chapter 10: Ending the Interview
Chapter 10: Land That Job!

Veteran Success Stories

Staff Sergeant Matt Colvin
Specialist Pheobe Gavin
Sergeant Tireak Tulloch

Companion Worksheets

(click below to download the PDFs)

This Project Is Brought to You By

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (iava.org)           NBC Publishing           Citi Group           Military Spouse Corporate Career Network


Our returning troops and their family members can offer an extraordinary combination of leadership, dedication and technical expertise in today’s civilian workplace. The information and advice contained in this book is designed to prepare our service members to successfully make the transition from active-duty service to a meaningful job here at home.”

Michael E. O’Neill
Chairman, Citigroup Inc., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1969-1971

Michelle has my utmost respect. I can personally testify that she walks her talk! I’m the president of a 501c3 nonprofit that helps transitioning troops find meaningful, high-quality new careers. I invited Michelle to connect with me and join our group. Michelle not only joined, she has been personally volunteering her time to help our transitioning troops ace their interviews and get hired for their dream jobs! We absolutely LOVE her!

Nancy Laine | US Veteran Advocate, Project Transition USA

This was a great read. I highly recommend this book for the transitioning soldier and their spouse. Great tips and guidance that would be difficult to find anywhere else. Great job Michelle. 

Randy Purham

Searching for jobs in our ever changing economy is challenging. Michelle Tillis Lederman, takes a complex subject and breaks it down into very simple steps. By doing so, the task is not as daunting. As a former Marine, I appreciate how Michelle has addressed veterans and military personnel who are transitioning to civilian life. I am a Human Resource Professional and will add this to my resources that I recommend.

Frank Bilski, HR manager, Intertek