Interview with a Recruiter, John Garrett, Systems Made Simple

John, tell us about yourself and Systems Made Simple

Recruiting was a career change for me after spending 8 successful years in business development and sales. I started my recruiting life In the Agency world with one of the largest privately owned firms in the US and eventually spent several years Recruiting/leading teams on large contracts for top 5 Integrators. I’ve also refined recruiting process and strategy in addition to recruiting model and business consulting.

I’ve been with Systems Made Simple/SMS for over 2 months as Recruiting Manager, overseeing all recruiting operations and process for the US and our 6 competency centers. Founded in 1991, SMS has become one of…

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April 22 Weekly Defense Industry Roundup

Pentagon Reaches Deal on $10 billion Arms Sale to Middle East Allies

Craig Whitlock (@CraigMWhitlock), Washington Post. Friday brought news of a complex multi-billion dollar weapons deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates just as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel headed to the region. The Pentagon has been very clear that this deal is designed to equip our friends in the face of Iranian threats and the U.S. effort to “pivot to Asia”. The sale includes aerial refueling aircraft, V-22 Ospreys and anti-radar missiles for Israel, aircraft missiles for Saudi Arabia and two dozen F-16s for the UAE. Hagel made it clear in

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Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2013

In 2009, ClearedJobs.Net launched an effort to publicly recognize military spouses on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

ClearedJobs.Net’s military spouse appreciation endeavor is an exclusive Twitter-specific initiative using the Twitter handle @milspouseday. Military spouses from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces are honored, and this year’s @milspouseday initiative is Monday, April 29 through Military Spouse Appreciation Day Friday, May 10, 2013.

Our goal is to recognize military spouses who often must endure months apart from their loved ones, uprooted lives, and the general uncertainty that comes with being the spouse of a military member.

Do Know a Military Spouse We Should Honor


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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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