John Phillips is a former US Army Officer, who serves as an advocate for veteran employment tissues and has authored a guidebook titled, Boots to Loafers, Finding Your New True North, which speaks to how veterans transitioning out of the military and into the private sector.
Fifteen years ago when John Phillips retired from the U.S. Army, the availability of resources to help build his resume, polish up for interviews and all the other important pieces of wisdom needed to obtain a job – just were not there for him. Phillips’ reminisces that the US Army ACAP program was simply inadequate. Today, the internet is flooded with information which is equally as challenging as our service members really just want to get to the bottomline and learn what it is they need to know in order to take the next steps out of the military and into the private sector; most importantly to land a job.
With the help of a trusted HR expert, Phillips developed a resource/tool for service members that provides practical, real-time, direct information covering areas that other resources are not currently providing; how to interview, questions to ask about benefits, negotiating a salary, translating job skills from military to civilian terminology, and so much more. Boots to Loafers, Finding Your New True North is the ultimate new Field Manual that applies 20-years of service and 15-years of employment with a Fortune 50 company – laced with all the mistakes one can make, and all the opportunities one can have.
Phillips cautions us that over the next few years, our country is expecting about 1.5 to 2 million service members exiting the military…through a number of means, voluntary and involuntary.
JOHN W. PHILLIPS has had a distinguished career in both military and civilian service. John is a retired US Army Field Artillery officer and Comptroller with 20+ years of service in Corps Artillery, Division Artillery, Army Headquarters and Forces Command, the largest command and the generating force provider for combatant commanders – at home and abroad. He has served in Europe, throughout the Middle East and the United States. Among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Assault Badge.
John is the Author of Boots to Loafers, Finding Your New True North which outlines a proven process of transitioning out of the military and into the private sector. He has been featured on The Mike Huckabee Show, the Dennis Miller Show as well as a number of radio appearances across the country. John is a finance executive at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. In his spare time, John spends his time travelling with his wife, Sailing in the British Virgin Islands, wilderness trips in the western United States, and helping our nation’s military and veterans make the transition into society and finding a job. John holds a BS in Finance from University of Central Florida and an MBA from Syracuse University. John lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia with his wife, the former Melissa K. Smith.