- The Essential Military-to-Civilian Transition Resource

Publisher's Letter: Most Valuable Employers for Military - 2009
by Bill Basnett, Publisher


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 of our first annual "Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military" survey. The MVE finalists were selected based on surveys in which employers outlined their 2009 recruiting, training and retention plans that best serve military service members and veterans. Contrary to many reports on the nightly news, many companies are hiring in 2009 and they are aggressively recruiting military-experienced candidates.

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

"Military talent displays both technical and mechanical skills that Nalco highly values. Military personnel also typically possess traits such as high work ethic, high autonomy, affiliation and a strong competitive drive." - Nalco

"Military hiring is an important element of our Talent Acquisition strategy. Most military candidates possess qualities that align with the skills and experiences that we want in all associates who come to work for Sears Holdings." - Sears Holding Company

"The health care provider industry today requires leaders who are committed to helping make a difference in the lives of patients and seasoned in working in crisis situations. Military members provide DaVita with a strong leadership aptitude and solid alignment with our mission and core values. Having voluntarily served in the armed forces, the leaders that we hire have a genuine passion to continue to serve members of their community who are in need of quality health care. They bring a unique and diverse perspective which directly correlates with the needs of teammates and the vulnerable patient population we serve." - DaVita

"Military experienced employees have the direct customer experience we are looking for to fill the positions supporting government clients. They have the "been there, done that" experience and know the demands and stresses our clients work under. Their industry knowledge is well above your non-military equivalent. On top of that, military-experienced employees have been tried and tested and are willing to go the extra mile for their employers and the customers." - InTec

At, we are proud that the employers featured on the "Most Valuable Employers for Military - 2009" 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 each 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 - 2009" list in your job search. They are looking to hire candidates just like you.

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  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


Return to June 2009 Issue