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Publisher's Letter: They Value Your Service

by Bill Basnett, Publisher

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Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

Civilian Job News is pleased to announce our third annual “Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military®” recognition. Last year’s winners showcased a variety of companies and industries all actively seeking military veterans for hire, and this year’s list is no different. Several exciting new companies made the cut, and there are some familiar repeats.

The MVE winners were selected based on surveys completed by employers outlining their 2010 recruiting, training and retention plans that best serve transitioning military and veterans. You will find that although these companies are diversified in their sizes and business practices, they all share one commonality: their commitment to hiring and promoting veterans within their organizations.

It should come as no surprise as to why employers continue to embrace this trend. Here are some of the comments we received from our MVE companies on why they actively seek out candidates with a military background:

“We believe that veterans have the skills, training, character and leadership experiences to not only identify with our company culture, mission, and values, but provide unique capabilities and real world experience to meet our client’s toughest challenges today, tomorrow and in the future.”

- Halfaker and Associates, LLC

“We hire from the military because they exhibit the core competencies we look for in employees, including service before self, ability to adapt to changing environments, ability to perform under pressure, leadership, integrity, attention to detail, strong follow-through, and dedication to process improvement. These competencies have been tested in the military in a high-speed, high-stress environment with proven results.”

- Sprint

“We value the training and leadership development that candidates gain from their military service and experience. We find they bring a unique set of skills and point-of-view to our company. Military-experienced candidates have a first-hand appreciation and passion for our business, products and services.”

- Northrop Grumman Corporation

I have found that military-experienced candidates have several key qualities that make them attractive to companies, including excellent leadership skills, loyalty, and a work ethic beyond reproach. Frankly, employers need to look no further than what you have to offer. Your experiences and expertise gained in the military make you the ideal candidate for many private sector companies.

We are proud that these employers are committed to helping transitioning military and veterans make the move into a civilian career. Make sure to include the “Most Valuable Employers for Military” list as a resource for your civilian job search as you begin your new journey.

- 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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