Author Archives: Rob Riggins

Interview with a Recruiter, Andie Borcz, TASC

Andie, tell us about yourself and TASC

I have been with TASC for 2 years. I joined the company as part of the TexelTek acquisition. I am a recruiter in the Fort Meade, MD market with a focus on Intelligence community programs. I also provide support to other recruiters for various positions across the country.

Why do I want to work for TASC

The people of TASC and the customer programs they support are what drive candidates to us. We have very mission-critical work that people can feel very good about contributing towards. In my time at TASC I have experience both things: great people and rewarding mission work. I…

Read More

The Words You Use on Your Resume Are Important

We know recruiters don’t spend a lot of time looking at your resume when doing an initial review.

With the current state of the cleared job market, that means your choice of words for your resume is important. CareerBuilder recently surveyed hiring managers and HR professionals from a variety of industries to determine which words they want to see on job seekers’ resumes, and which words make them cringe.

The Most Disliked Words Seen on Job Seekers’ Resumes

1. Best of breed: 38 percent

2. Go-getter: 27 percent

3. Think outside of the box: 26 percent

4. Synergy: 22 percent

5. Go-to person: 22 percent

6. Thought leadership:…

Read More

INSA Security Clearance Reform Recommendations

Since 1947 the average spy began committing espionage after 12 years of service. That highlights why periodic reinvestigations (PR) are critically important.

The influential Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) has released the Security Reform Policy Council white paper on Leveraging Emerging Technologies in the Security Clearance Process. INSA includes a number of connected, heavy hitters so this is a preview of what may be coming to pass in security clearance reform.

There is commitment from all ends of the spectrum, agencies, contractors and politicians, to do something about security clearance reform. But it’s not as easy as it may seem on the surface. There are multiple agencies with varying…

Read More

7 Tips for Using Social Media for Interview Preparation

Your goal is to be current on the company’s activities and to develop relevant questions to ask in the interview. That demonstrates you’re an informed professional, current with today’s technology and modes of communication.

To that end, incorporate social media into your pre-interview research strategy. Companies show different sides of themselves through different social media channels. Use this opportunity to learn more and prepare to ace your interview.

Depending on the cleared position you’re interviewing for and the contractor, you may find a wealth of information or next to nothing.

If the company you’re interviewing with is one of your target companies, you should have already completed much of this…

Read More

5 Questions with Veteran Fred Wellman

Fred founded ScoutComms in 2010, a communications firm supporting veterans, military families and organizations committed to their well-being.

Fred has provided our weekly Defense Roundup for three years. That roundup is now expanding to include more veterans issues.

1.  What challenges did you face in your transition

Frankly, I took a very methodical approach to my transition to civilian life. I actually did it twice as I left active duty in 1999 in Atlanta but returned to the military on 9/11 as a Reservist. In both transitions I was extremely pro-active in figuring out what my best options were. Who I needed to network with to find a job, how…

Read More