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Publisher's Letter: Spring is the Season for Job Fairs

by Bill Basnett, Publisher

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Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

Springtime is just around the corner. The days are getting longer and warm weather is headed our way. We all look forward the warmer weather, but you should look forward to a busy job fair schedule as well. As a job seeker, you should attend at least one job fair in the coming months.

Job seekers at the Job Fairs will often ask me, "Why am I required to apply for a job or submit my resume online when I have already given my resume to - and had a positive conversation with - a recruiter?" Virtually all military-friendly companies are required to track employment applications by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). OFCCP ensures employers comply with nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws and regulations when doing business with the federal government. For these companies, the online application provides the tracking they need for reporting back to the government. Simply stated, the online process is a basic requirement to get into the company's hiring system.

Regardless of the application process, military job fairs provide you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with recruiters and they give you the chance to learn about a company from an inside source. You can make a great impression that will give you an edge over other job seekers. Use your time with a recruiter wisely - the impression you make can ensure you an interview and possibly a job offer. When going through the company's online process, be sure that you indicate where you first learned about the company. Many recruiters use this functionality to track their recruiting results and to make sure the best candidates they met at the Job Fair get into their hiring systems.

In previous issues, we have featured articles on the impact of your online image. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a professional e-mail address for your online applications. Does "armydude" or "navydiva" really convey the image you want to project as you transition from the military to corporate America?

In addition to your e-mail address, take a second look at your internet "footprint." Complete a simple Google or Yahoo search using your name. Does your Facebook account pull up? Do you have any photos displayed that you wouldn't want your boss or mother to see? If so, then you should remove them while you are job hunting.

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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