A Soldier's Story - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Q: I’m quickly approaching retirement from the military. How do I turn my military procurement job into a civilian occupation? Also, my dream is to write novels for African American women. I have a lot of stories to tell about being a black woman in the military, and I have no clue of how and where to start. Can you help a sister find her place outside of the military?
–P. Jones, Ceiba, Puerto Rico

A: The good news for you is that the demand for proven purchasing/procurement professionals is as strong in the private sector as it is in the military. There are purchasing and procurement jobs across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, marketing, and information technology. You can find some opportunities by doing a search using the term “procurement jobs” at Websites such as CareerBuilder.com (www.careerbuilder.com) and Monster.com (www.monster.com). Monster has a great series of stories in its featured section on making the transition from military to civilian jobs; go to http://featuredreports.monster.com/ military/miltociv. For a more industry-specific job search, try www.buyingjobs.com.

As for your dream of becoming a published novelist, check out How to Get Your Book Published: Inside Secrets of a Successful Author by Robert W. Bly ($14.95; Roblin Press). This book covers everything from how to write a book proposal to self-publishing options, and includes directories of literary agents and major publishers, and other resources for writers. It should provide everything you need to get started.

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Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He has also hosted The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor.

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