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Publisher's Letter: Get Ready for a Hiring Surge

by Bill Basnett, Publisher

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Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

Despite the gloom and doom reported on the nightly news about the continuing recession, the business media has been reporting positive news on hiring in the last half of 2010. CEOs are optimistic about increasing their payrolls in the last two quarters of 2010 and in 2011. As companies look to bring on new employees, you need to be ready to take advantage of the new job opportunities.

Freshen up your online profile. Many recruiters now look to LinkedIn and Facebook to research candidates before they even speak to them on the phone. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date. Recommendations are great tools to add to your profile so ask your former colleagues to recommend you. Your Facebook page should be free of any inappropriate content and photos. If you haven't done so yet, you should set up a specific e-mail address just for your job search. There are several Web-based, free e-mail services that are available.

Target the right companies. In May, Civilian Job News published the 2010 list of Most Valuable Employers for Military. These military-friendly employers are chosen for their 2010 recruiting and retention plans targeting veterans. If you missed this issue, check out the CJN archive.

Get your resume in the hands of recruiters. When job hunting, you shouldn't just apply for one job, limit yourself to one headhunter, or post your resume to one job board. Diversify your job search by applying for several jobs for which you are qualified and posting your resume to several job boards. If a recruiting firm wants you to sign an exclusive contract with them, be sure you want to limit yourself from other job opportunities before committing.

As the job market improves over the next few months, make sure you are ready to make the transition from the military to corporate America. Planning ahead and being prepared will ensure your success when the right opportunity is available.

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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