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Publisher's Letter: Challenge to you for 2011

by Bill Basnett, Publisher

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Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

As we look forward into 2011, we here at CivilianJobs.com are seeing some signs that the economy is beginning to find its way out of the woods. More companies that were hiring intermittently or not at all are now evaluating full military-recruiting programs. Key hiring indices also appear much more positive, especially when compared to last year.

While the overall hiring trends are improving, the focus of businesses on hiring veterans is greater than this time last year as well. SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest human resource management association, included a session aimed at helping businesses hire veterans at its 2010 annual conference. And just last month, the U.S. Department of Labor launched a new Web site to help employers hire military: Hiring Veterans, a six-step toolkit for employers.

All of this adds up to employment opportunities for transitioning military and veterans that have not been seen for more than two years.


However, I will also include a challenge to you, the military job seeker. The axiom “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” could never be more true. Some of the stars are aligning for your job search, but you still have to put in the legwork to make it happen.

Just applying for jobs online will not get it done. I have excerpted some of the Top Ten Military Transition Tips from our parent company, Bradley-Morris, Inc. (BMI), below. Follow these steps and other suggestions that you find in the pages of Civilian Job News. Remember, finding a job is a full-time job. Take on this “job” like any you accomplished in the service - with determination, thoroughness and persistence.

Be “The Early Bird” - Don’t wait until you’re 30 days away from separation before starting the military-to-civilian transition process.

Civilianize - Reframe your resume, experience and verbiage in civilian-friendly terms during your interview. Be aware that most hiring managers in corporate America will not understand military lingo. Don’t expect them to be able to translate - you must do that for them.

Explore ALL of your options - Keep an open mind. Don’t allow yourself to eliminate a company, a location, or even a particular type of job until you fully familiarize yourself with all of the information available.

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket - You want to give yourself as many options as possible. Applying for jobs with only one company, working with a “handcuff” or exclusionary placement firm, or working with only one military-to-civilian transition resource is not in your best interest. Take advantage of all the available free services: military placement firms, military job boards, military job fairs, TAP/ACAP. Don’t be afraid to network on your own to find a military connection (VFW, former military colleagues and friends, military associations such as AUSA, MOAA, Marine for Life, etc.).

Read the full list of Top 10 Military Transition Tips here:
www.Bradley-Morris.com/MilitarytoCivilianTransition.html

 

Bill Basnett is a graduate of the U.S.M.A. at West Point and former cavalry officer with the U.S. Army. He began his recruiting career with Bradley-Morris, Inc. in 1991 as the first candidate recruiter and regional operations manager. He has over 18 years in the recruiting industry, focusing on the hiring and placement of transitioning military and veterans. In December 2008, he was promoted to the position of vice president of CivilianJobs.com.

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