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Publisher's Letter: Most Valuable Employers for Military 2010

by Bill Basnett, Publisher

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Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

This is a very special issue of Civilian Job News. We have been hard at work over the last few months to present you with the finalists for the 2010 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military survey. The MVE finalists were selected based on surveys in which employers outlined their recruiting, training and retention plans that best serve military service members and veterans.

Here are some of the comments we received from our MVE companies about the value of hiring military:

  • "Dollar General seeks candidates with leadership experience, a solid work ethic, loyalty and integrity, all attributes that military candidates offer." - Dollar General
  • "Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols, both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and materials." - Con-way Freight
  • "We have found that experienced military professionals have the behavioral characteristics that are core to the success of the company. Some of these characteristics are: team-oriented, courageous and ethical, detail-oriented, disciplined, dedicated and used to working outside in safety-sensitive environments." - Chesapeake Energy Corporation
  • "Men and women with military experience make excellent employees because a) they have maturity, b) they understand mission, c) they are disciplined, d) they understand the value of team work, d) they have a very high value system, e) they are hard workers, f) they are motivated, g) they are superb achievers, and h) they have skill sets not available in the civilian sector that are critical to the agency's mission." - Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)

At, we are proud that the employers featured on the Most Valuable Employers for Military - 2010 list represent many different industries and companies, large and small. They offer positions ranging from sales reps to engineers to field service technicians. Despite their differences, they all are committed to hiring and promoting veterans in their organizations.

As you embark on your transition from the military to a civilian career, make sure you incorporate employers from the Most Valuable Employers for Military - 2010 list into your job search. They are looking to hire candidates just like you.

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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