- The Essential Military-to-Civilian Transition Resource

Publisher's Letter: Stand Out From The Crowd in 2010
by Bill Basnett, Publisher


Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

Happy New Year… Are you ready for 2010? The majority of economic indicators show 2010 will be a much better year for job seekers. To take full advantage of the turning job market, you need to be prepared. What are you doing to set yourself apart from other job seekers? Standing out from the crowd can be accomplished, but it takes a strategic plan and an outstanding resume. Most of us start each New Year with a resolution; let’s start 2010 with the resolution to make sure that you, the military job seeker, “stand out in the crowd.”

Developing a job search timeline is unique to each individual. Many factors must be considered; however, let me address one specific area: geographic preference. The geographic preference of your job search will greatly affect your timeline. Many of you will be targeting a specific city, state, region or country as you begin your job search and timeline. The more specific or restrictive you are geographically, the more time you need to plan for your job search. I recommend a timeline of 6-8 months if you are targeting a specific city. Naturally, targeting a broader geographic region generally equates to a greater number of opportunities and a shorter timeline. If you are targeting a region, I recommend a 4-6 month timeline. Keep in mind that deploying internationally could include an additional 90 days of pre-deployment steps, such as passport and travel visa processing.

Once you have your job search timeline completed, the next step in “standing out in the crowd” is having an outstanding resume. For planning purposes, you should have your resume completed six months prior to your transition. Many resources are available for resume preparation. The TAP and ACAP offices on military installations are a valuable resource and are prepared to assist transitioning veterans. An outstanding resume is essential as it is the first contact between you, the job seeker, and an employer. Your resume creates the first impression, so it needs to be an impression that sets you apart from the crowd. Of course, there can be no spelling or grammatical errors. The key point, however, is a clear, concise, and understandable resume. We recommend a reverse chronological resume, with sections organizing your educational and professional experiences. Taking the time to create an outstanding resume is critical. With the trend toward online resume submission, your resume could be the only thing that helps you land an interview!

Developing your job search timeline and creating an outstanding resume for 2010 are two critical steps for standing out in the crowd of job seekers. Civilian Job News will continue to provide guidance and advice for the military job seeker throughout the year. I encourage all of you to make a 2010 New Year’s resolution to “stand out in the crowd.”

We want to hear from you. Please tell us about the issues and challenges you are facing in your transition or send us your success stories. We can be reached via e-mail at with your questions, comments, concerns, and story ideas. Civilian Job News will successfully meet its mission if you are all involved with us.

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


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