Tag Archives: Networking

Am I Going to Be Hired at a Cleared Job Fair

Job seekers do get hired at Cleared Job Fairs. In fact General Dynamics-IT will have hiring managers on site for the April 5 Cleared Job Fair, and they do make offers on-the-spot.

Many other companies bring hiring managers, such as HP, and they consistently provide feedback that they make hires from job seekers they meet at each Cleared Job Fair. These aren’t necessarily on-the-spot hires, but the initial conversation does start at the event.

Resume Reviews

But the majority of job seekers will not be hired at a Cleared Job Fair – whether hiring managers are present for a particular company or not. A…

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Organizing your LinkedIn Connections with Tags

Figuring out how to manage your LinkedIn connections can be a challenge. To help, LinkedIn has developed ‘Tags’. Tags are simple keywords that you create to organize your connections for quick filtering. It’s the same concept as circles on Google+.

How tags are helpful:


When you view a contact, tags appear in the right-hand column. If you don’t recognize the name, the tag may jog your memory


Use tags to filter your connections so you can quickly review only contacts within a certain group, such as Recruiters or Co-workers.


You can send a message to a group of individuals – for example sales prospects – without trying…

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The Worst Mistake in a Job Search

At the most recent Cleared Job Fair, Patra Frame reviewed job seekers’ resumes. Patra shared one issue that challenged many of the job seekers she spoke with:

How do you write a resume when you don’t really know what you want to do?

You may have great skills. But do you know what you want to do with those skills?

“What do I want to be when I grow up?” Some of us may never be able to answer that question. So it may become, “What do I want to do in my next job?”

Finding the answer to one of the above questions is critical to…

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Job Search Networking

“Networking is a dreeeaaad word for job seekers,” Patra intones.

But it’s not as hard as you may think it is. Check out this video and find out how networking can be relatively painless.

Why is networking important? Two thoughts:

1. Networking is your window on the “hidden” job market. The vast majority of jobs are not advertised publicly and to tap into this hidden market you must network and connect with others.

2. It’s an important component of your job search research. Find out what it’s like to work for companies you ‘re targeting. What is their corporate culture? How do they treat their employees?

“Who can

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Military Transition Tips from a NOVA Corporation Hiring Manager

David Sims, an Air Force veteran and hiring manager for NOVA Corporation, took time away from his duties at a recent Cleared Job Fair to share some tips for transitioning military. Nova Corporation is a Native-American tribally-owned defense contractor that provides benefits to the Navajo people through education and housing programs.  

As a hiring manager who has seen the mistakes that transitioning military often make in a job search, David shared these recommendations:

-      Avoid military jargon and civilianize your resume.

-      Obtain industry-level certifications if you’re an information assurance professional.

-      Attend as many job fairs and networking events as you can.

-      Make sure…

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