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"Building Your Career Transition Strategy"

How to Successfully Reintegrate into the Workforce

A guide for returning military personnel,
vets and those who support them

Written by: Elizabeth Hirsh, MS, and Katherine W. Hirsh, DPhil,

Are you or someone you care about returning to the workforce?

If you have been away from the job world for sometime (such as with military deployment), you may find the biggest challenges to reintegrating into the work force are the mental and emotional aspects, not the work itself.

You might find its also stressful on your family.

This guide book will help you and or a loved one win the mental and emotional battle of making a career transition and reintegrating into the workforce.

It's written for those going through through the transition, as well as those helping them.

"Building Your Career Transition Strategy" uses "personality type" to provide a framework and specific advice for each of the 16 different types.

Why Use Personality Type

Personality type (psychological type) is based on how each of us prefers to interact with the external physical world and the world inside our heads.

Personality type is used to help a person understand where their strengths and blindspots lie.

Personality type is also used to help us understand and interact with each other more productively.

Personality type can indicate what sort of reintegration problems one might face and then suggest, in advance, a more effective approach to take.

For example, people who prefer thinking might start out trying to go through the transition based on a logical analysis alone, only occasionally taking stock of their emotional reactions. The guidebook will suggest finding people he / she can trust and discussing how the transition makes them feel. This change in approach can result in unexpected breakthroughs.

Case Studies and Short Articles

Case Study: Career Transition

Case Study: Planning a Party: A Tale of Two Approaches - Introversion versus Extraversion

Case Study: ENFJ Returning to Civilian Life

Creating Your Own Career Script - Using Personality Type

Put Your Career Style To Work

Zeroing in on Your Work Values

Finding Your Fit in the Civilian World

Taking Charge of Change

A Good Relationship Requires Head and Heart - ISTP example

Self-Care: Doing Your Best Requires Being Your Best


The guidebook will also remind people who prefer thinking to include those they are close to in their decision-making process because family members and friends are usually going through stress as well. When people do not take important relationships into account, this just causes more stress. It takes more courage to reach out than to struggle on your own.

You can discover your personality type with CareerPlanner's free Personality Test. It takes 10 to 15 minutes.

Or you can take the Official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) which comes complete with a phone or Skype interpretive session which will help make sure you have the correct four letter type code.


About the Authors

Elizabeth Hirsh, MS, is an internationally recognized author, educator, and consultant from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, who uses type to help people pursue their personal and professional best. Elizabeth has preferences for INFP.

Katherine W. Hirsh, DPhil, is an internationally recognized author, educator, and consultant based in Hamburg, Germany, who uses type to help people aim for excellence. Katherine has preferences for INTP.

Contact the authors at:


From the Authors

Our purpose in writing this guide is to offer support and guidance on your reintegration journey "no matter its magnitude" through the use of personality type.

Whether simple or complex, reintegration is composed of common elements that affect your well-being. Sense of purpose, personal values, beliefs about the world, relationships, family roles, and jobs are some of the many things that are affected by time in service and the reintegration that follows. Coming to terms with all you have experienced, and how things have changed in your internal as well as external landscape, can be a challenge.

We also want to help you understand how your reintegration and career transition affects others "loved ones, friends, colleagues, helping professionals, community members, and so on" and what they might do to support and better understand your reintegration journey. Recognizing how personality type influences reintegration can be instrumental in helping you and others engage in meaningful dialogue. When you are armed with a better sense of who you are and how that intersects with what is happening in the world around you, misunderstandings can be reduced, and an awareness and appreciation of differences can develop.

16 Types / 16 Reports Plus One "Master Edition"

These are all PDF downloads, no shipping required. Simply purchase here online and you can have the report in seconds.

There is a separate report for each of the 16 types, and there is a "Master Edition" which contains the all 16 types plus additional resource material which will be especially useful to counselors, coaches, career advisors, etc.

Each report is based on the psychological type, or personality type of the person who is facing the challenge of reintegration. It's meant for them and for their close friends and loved ones who will be supporting the process: Each personality type wants to be treated in a way that is consistent with their type and "Building Your Career Transition Strategy" shows you how to do that.


SKU: HW-RE-Master

All 16 Types Master Edition

$ 30.00


ISTJ Version

$ 10.00


ISTP Version

$ 10.00


ESTP Version

$ 10.00


ESTJ Version

$ 10.00


ISFJ Version

$ 10.00


ISFP Version

$ 10.00


ESFP Version

$ 10.00


ESFJ Version

$ 10.00


INFJ Version

$ 10.00


INFP Version

$ 10.00


ENFP Version

$ 10.00


ENFJ Version

$ 10.00


INTJ Version

$ 10.00


INTP Version

$ 10.00


ENTP Version

$ 10.00


ENTJ Version

$ 10.00


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This guide is for:

  • Active-duty military personnel, Reserves, National Guard returning home following a combat deployment
  • Veterans
  • Their families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues
  • Professionals and community advocates (e.g., chaplains, career counselors, social workers, and VA personnel)
  • Civilian employees of the armed services
  • Military contractors
  • U.N. peacekeepers
  • Diplomats, aid workers, and other governmental personnel
  • Nongovernmental workers (e.g., missionaries, disaster relief workers, and service volunteers)
  • Emergency and medical services personnel
  • Embedded journalists
  • Other individuals and groups engaged in service who have deployment-type experiences
  • Those moving to a new duty station, service branch, or role
  • Those retiring from active duty