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Publisher's Letter: Springtime is the Right Time for Military Job Fairs
by Bill Basnett, Publisher

 


Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

We are on the verge of spring, the days are getting longer and the warmer weather is right around the corner.  Springtime brings us not only flowers, but also a full job fair calendar.  As a job seeker, you should attend at least one job fair in the next few months. 

Military Job fairs provide a perfect opportunity to meet recruiters from the nation’s top military-friendly employers.

Job seekers at the CivilianJobs.com 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 positive conversation with – a recruiter?”  Many 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 many companies, the online application provides the tracking they need for reporting back to the government.

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.  Even though you have only a few minutes, 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.

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 “gijoe” 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 MySpace and/or Facebook page; 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.  More and more recruiters are turning to the Internet to find the digital dirt on job seekers so don’t give them a reason to rule you out before you’ve even interviewed for the job.

We want to know the issues and challenges you are facing in your transition and we want to know about your successes.  Send us an e-mail with your questions, comments, concerns, and story ideas to info@civilianjobnews.com.  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 CivilianJobs.com.

 

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