Publisher's Letter: Education and Your Job Search
Ah, the good ole days of summer are here... Wait a minute - that was the Publisher's Letter from July. Now, it's September and the summer of 2009 is over. Where did the time go? The end of each summer triggers me to think like a student. Can't we go to the beach one more time? Another baseball game? School doesn't bring on the excitement of summer activities, but education is very important during your job search.
All veterans have training and some form of formal education in their backgrounds. During the job search,
you must ensure that you are highlighting and explaining all areas of your education. Most of us are all too familiar with the recognized high school, college, undergraduate degree, and graduate degree educational progression. But how do you highlight and explain the less recognizable military training and education you have received along the way to a civilian hiring manager?
All of us as veterans are graduates of basic training but this isn't the training that I am suggesting you focus on as you begin a career transition. Most of you will have received advanced and highly technical training during your time in the military. Don't assume the employer completely understands or recognizes that you have military training and education. You must highlight this within your resume and talk about it during job interviews. Many employers are targeting veterans with specific military training and education. Don't be left out just because you didn't get it on your resume or didn't discuss it during an interview.
One last comment as I mourn the end of one more summer: I was fortunate enough to go straight from high school to West Point and spent four short summers getting ready for the coming fall academic semester. I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to finish my aerospace engineering degree in four years. I know many of you are in different stages of finishing your degrees. I commend you on your efforts thus far and I encourage you to complete that next step in your education. The new GI Bill benefits and the access to online education and degree completion programs are great resources. Take my "end of summer" schoolboy mentality and enrich your education. It will only enhance your present job and help with the job search.
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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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