Military to Civvie Street: Help is Here for Our Soldiers as They Plan Their New Civilian Lives

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Audrey Prenzel doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit." When the going gets tough, Audrey Prenzel just gets going - and that alone helps to explain why she has been so successful in helping retiring members of the Canadian Armed Forces find satisfying, fulfilling work in the civilian sector.

Audrey Prenzel doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit." When the going gets tough, Audrey Prenzel just gets going - and that alone helps to explain why she has been so successful in helping retiring members of the Canadian Armed Forces find satisfying, fulfilling work in the civilian sector.

Prenzel is the founder of Résumé Resources, a résumé writing and career transition firm based out of her office near Canadian Forces Base Trenton, where her husband is an Aviation Technician. Since 2001, she has been helping military personnel make the switch to civilian working life from every Base in Canada as well as the US and overseas - and what she has found over that period is that there's more to the transition than meets the eye. The career change to civilian life is more difficult than it might appear.

For one thing, departing non-commissioned members and officers have been conditioned to communicate in what Prenzel calls "milspeak," military jargon that mystifies civilians.

Prenzel quickly realized that a job-seeker's reliance on "milspeak" can be detrimental on résumés, when meeting with recruiters, while attending networking events, and during job interviews. And so, right from Day 1, she has worked persistently with her clients to drum the "milspeak" out of them, with the result that she has helped countless military clients land the civilian job of their dreams. And for Prenzel herself, the ultimate recognition - one of many such career industry honours - came when she was recognized with a global industry award as the world's #1 military to civilian résumé writer.

Prenzel's enthusiasm - and her genuine desire to help people - shine through in her new guidebook-styled publication entitled Military to Civvie Street: The Complete Job Transition Guide for Those Leaving the Canadian Air Force, Army and Navy.

This is one of those cases where you most certainly can tell a book by the quality of its cover. Prenzel promises to deliver her insights on résumé and cover letter writing - and does so clearly and logically. She promises interview, career-planning and salary negotiation tips - and delivers on her promise. And she promises networking assistance as well - and follows through as advertised.

The target audience for Military to Civvie Street is exactly what you might think. The guidebook is designed particularly for members of the Canadian Forces who are contemplating a career change, whether through retirement or their own decision to leave military life. It is designed for men, for women, for the highly educated - and the less so. It is designed for those looking for something entirely different - perhaps a job with less pressure - and also for those who wish to take another public service career path, such as with the RCMP, NATO, the United Nations or perhaps a municipal police service or fire department.

Military to Civvie Street is an invaluable resource for Canadian military personnel wanting to make a career move. Audrey Prenzel has done them a big favour by taking some mystery out of the process for the thousands of military members who enter Civvie Street each year.

Military to Civvie Street
by Audrey Prenzel
ISBN: 9780981151304
Contact Audrey Prenzel -
Trenton / Quinte West 613.394.3680 or throughout Canada and the US 1.877.204.9737
Visit Resume Resources Website

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