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Publisher's Letter: Job Hunting Tips for the Summertime

by Bill Basnett, Publisher

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Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

Ahh, summer - it's one of my favorite times of the year. I love the long days, family vacations and enjoying the outdoors. It's easy to get caught up in the summer fun and neglect your job search. But now is the time to jumpstart your search and here are a few simple ways you can get back on track:

Network, network and network some more. Take advantage of the summer activities to meet new people and explore new companies. You never know who you will meet so make a point of having an "elevator" pitch ready to go - just in case you meet the hiring manager at that great new company that just relocated to your city.

Fine-tune your resume. You wouldn't think of taking a vacation without giving your car a tune-up, so take some time this summer to rewrite your resume. I recommend that job seekers review their resume every three months to keep the information current and fresh. If you haven't done so yet, have a professional resume writing company review your resume. Often these reviews are performed for free and can provide some great insight into what your resume may be lacking.

Get recognized. Civilian Job News is creating a new candidate recognition program for the November issue. This program, "40 Under 40 for Military," will highlight 40 of the top military professionals for 2010. To learn more, read the article from Michael Arsenault in this issue explaining the program. Highlighting special recognition on your resume can help you stand out in a competitive job market.

So enjoy your summer; just don't have so much fun that you neglect your job search. With these few quick and easy tips, you can keep your job search going without spending too much time inside.

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

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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