Seven LinkedIn First-Time User Mistakes

Recruiters are just as discriminating when reviewing LinkedIn profiles as they are when they review resumes.

Those using LinkedIn for the first time can be in a rush, make minor or major mistakes, and don’t realize they have set themselves up for failure. Here are a few mistakes that can be easily corrected and will assist job seekers in putting their best foot forward. 

1)    Typing a full name and initials in mixed upper and lower case for name and profile information. Assume the profile is your resume. Would you send a resume to a recruiter…

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Interview with a Recruiter, Debbie Cantin, Charles F. Day & Associates

Debbie, Tell us about yourself

I have been with the company for almost four years in December. I am an Air Force Veteran so I understand the challenges individuals face transitioning from the military to the private sector.  I started with Charles F. Day & Associates, LLC (CFDay) as a Business Development Specialist. After two years, I was promoted to a Senior Technical Recruiter. A year later, I became a Human Resources Generalist. My current job encompasses the full scope of Human Resources with a specialty in full-cycle recruiting. One of my primary roles is locating viable candidates for contingent contract work. If we win the contract, we move forward…

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Should I Get a Master’s in Cyber Intelligence

One of the great things about participating in a LinkedIn group is that you can ask a question. Depending on the group you may get some really good feedback. In one particular group focused on Cyber Intelligence, we noticed this question by a transitioning military professional.

“Hello I am a recent graduate with a degree in computer forensics and I am looking at an MS in Cyber Intelligence. What is the best school for this?”

There were several answers to programs around the country with many people sharing that UMUC has a good program. However, one participant in the discussion did provide some further advice worth sharing.

Troy Mattern, Chair,…

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Ex-Army Corps Official Sentenced in Contracting Scheme of ‘Historic Proportions’

Ann Marimow (@amarimow), Washington Post. The leader of what has been described as one of the most egregious government contracting fraud schemes in history was sentenced to nearly two decades in jail after stealing over $30 million from the Army Corps of Engineers over four years. Kerry Kahn worked with a ring of fellow government contracting officials and contractors to rig bids, inflate invoices, and orchestrate kickbacks. The money fueled a multi-continent network of mistresses and purchases that defied logic when it was exposed. Federal authorities say the investigation is still ongoing with over a dozen individuals ensnared in…

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A Basic Checklist for Your Cleared Resume

Resume basics. Everyone knows those, right?

Based on the resumes in any company’s applicant tracking database, the answer is more likely, NO.

Your personal resume checklist:

__ Name.
__ City and state. Street address isn’t necessary.
__ Email address. Only one, nothing ‘cute’ or ‘funny’. Use your name. If it’s common add some numbers.
__ Phone number.  One, not work #, with a short professional message.
__ Social media links. LinkedIn or Twitter.
__ Security clearance.  If you apply for a non-cleared position remember to delete this.


Employers want to know what you can do for them. They don’t care much about what…

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