Publisher's Letter: Get a Game Plan for Job Search
November is one of my favorite months: the days are cooler and the holiday season is right around the corner. As the holidays approach, so does a new year. 2009 has been a challenging year for many Americans; it will be a year that we won't forget for many years to come. But as 2010 approaches, the economy is showing signs of recovery and companies are expected to begin hiring again.
Now is the perfect time to get your job search game plan in place so that you are ready for the 2010 hiring surge. The first step in a successful military-to-civilian transition is planning. Failing to properly execute your military-to-civilian transition can be a costly error, so make sure you follow some of my tips for planning a successful transition:
Time: Make sure you give yourself enough time for your job search. You should start your job search at least 6 months before your separation date.
Research: Research job opportunities that match your background and skills. Once you determine the type of career you want to pursue, you need to develop a list of companies to target that hire military (check out the May issue of CJN to see our list of the Most Valuable Employers for Military.) Once you have a job title and employers to target, then you are almost ready to start applying for jobs.
Resume: In today's job search, you need a knock-out resume. If you don't have a resume, you can work with your ACAP or TAP center to get one created. If you have a resume already prepared, then look at it again with a critical eye. Is it fully up to date? Are you using active words? Did you "civilianize" your job responsibilities? Did you quantify your job experience accurately by showing numbers of people or budget amounts you were responsible for? These are just a few of the things that you can do to make your resume stand-out to a civilian recruiter. Also, check out the "From the Blog" column written by Jessie Richardson, director of resume services at MilitaryResumes.com, the military-to-civilian transition experts.
With the job market turning, you need to be prepared to make a successful military-to-civilian transition. If you put in the extra time and effort now, you can ensure a smooth move back to civilian life with a new career ahead.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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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