- The Essential Military-to-Civilian Transition Resource

Publisher's Letter: You don't have to settle

by Bill Basnett, Publisher

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Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

I have to laugh when I think about kids’ responses to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” They have the optimism and courage to respond with intriguing professions such as G.I. Joe, a doctor, an astronaut, or a veterinarian. Never do you hear them say, “I’ll take whatever comes my way.”

Let’s face it, if you’ve recently turned on the news or have read an article detailing the current state of the economy, the reports are often filled with gloom and despair. Uncertainty within the financial and job markets is looming throughout our daily lives, but I think it’s imperative that we take a moment to realize that all is not lost. If you’re currently in the transitioning phase of your career, you may be hesitant and second guessing your decision to enter a highly volatile and competitive environment. After all, the military has provided you with job security, a stable atmosphere, and structure for all these years, so the civilian and federal sectors are probably unfamiliar territories for many of you. When I talk to job seekers, one of the first questions I ask is, “What do you want to do in your new career?” I can’t tell you how many respond with, “Anything” or “Whatever I can get.” Both of these responses may not help you “shoot for the stars” and I’ll explain why.

You don’t have to settle for just any job, regardless of how difficult the economy is. There are plenty of jobs available with substantial salaries in a variety of fields, but you must first do the leg work and find out which ones are your “best fit.”

This will require some research and preparation on your part: networking and talking to people already within your ideal field, reading informative articles on career advice, and most importantly, being honest with yourself. It’s essential that you recognize and meet requirements for positions you are applying for in order to ensure that your military resume won’t just go in the trash can. Certain industries demand certifications, licenses, degrees, minimum number of years of experience, and possibly familiarity in technology: make sure you’re up to speed on all these prerequisites so you’ll be competitive when submitting your military resume and application.

Thousands of military personnel are in the exact same “boots” as you, and there are many who have made the transition seamlessly. Mike Marty, one of Civilian Job News’ 2010 “Top 40 Under 40 Military,” is a great success story that showcases how a veteran can apply their military knowledge into the civilian arena. In this issue, we created a profile piece about his personal experiences to illustrate how he was able to transfer his skills gained from his Army career into corporate life. From receiving his Master’s at Harvard Business School to teaching as an instructor at West Point to being appointed CEO of a marketing agency owned by the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club, Marty exemplifies success. He used that same optimism and courage that you’ve learned during your service to your country.

For more information on how to apply for future “Top 40 Under 40 Military” recognitions, please visit our web site. We offer applications for both Military Officers or NCOs and Enlisted.

- 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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