Questions Job Seekers Should Ask an Interviewer

Job seekers should have a set of questions to ask the interviewer, just as the interviewer has their own set of questions. The job seeker is looking for an employer of choice; just as the company is looking for an employee of choice. The hiring manager will ask questions directly relevant to the job and must ask all candidates the same questions, while avoiding EEOC protected topics.

Some interviewers will ask the open-ended question, “What else can you tell me about yourself?” Many interviewees believe this is an opportunity to spill details about their personal life, but you should avoid talking about family, religion, politics, ethnic background, and…

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4,917,751 Individuals Hold a Security Clearance

There are interesting numbers to be found in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) 2012 Report on Security Clearance Determinations.

As of October 1, 2012 4,917,751 individuals held a security clearance. It’s a snapshot in time, so the number is always changing.

The total for 2011 was 4,863,552, with an increase of about 54,000 year-over-year. The contractor numbers decreased by about 11,000 2011-2012, while the government numbers increased about 89,000. The other category declined year-over-year by about 23,000.

Other includes individuals who held or were approved for security clearances but could not be categorized from the available data. All CVS, JPAS and SC…

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Cleared Job Seeker Guide Released

Starting your job search and need direction? Already in your job search and need direction?

Download our Cleared Job Seeker Guide. It’s a step-by-step guide designed to assist security cleared job seekers in their next career move, providing practical tips and guidance for every aspect of a cleared job search.

From building an initial strategy, to developing job search tools such as a resume, to tips on interviewing and salary negotiation, the Cleared Job Seeker Guide is a roadmap to keep job seekers on track for for success. Chapters include:

1. Career Development Strategy
2. Resumes, Profiles and Your Elevator Speech
3. Job Boards and Career…

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April 15 Weekly Defense Industry Roundup

2014 DoD Budget a Step Toward ‘Grand Bargain’

John T. Bennett (@BennettJohnT), Defense News. The Obama Administration issued its 2014 budget last week including a $526.6 billion request for the Pentagon that ignores sequestration and mandatory limits set by Congress. There is a lot of slicing and dicing of the various numbers this week but the general consensus is that the request is really a political move to build the foundation for a hoped for “grand bargain” fiscal deal with the House Republicans. Within the budget is a call for another round of base closings and full funding for the F-35 but most see it as an

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Skip Your Resume Objective to Grab an Employer’s Attention

What is the point of a resume? It is an ad, designed to get an employer interested in you.

So why do so many people start out with a statement of what they want: “where I can contribute my skills to a growing blah, blah, blah…”  Most objectives are boringly similar and none really attract the ‘buyer’, the employer you seek. Skip them!

How do you grab an employer’s attention positively

Start your resume with a Summary that talks about what you can do for the employer immediately. This is one short paragraph or 3-5 bullet points which highlight how your past successes provide immediate value to meet the employer’s…

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