What is your Marketplace Salary Value?

$$ — HOW MUCH ARE YOU WORTH in the marketplace? Government service provides a very predictable path for promotion, career advancement, salary and compensation, as well as regular pay raises. Being a defense contractor provides little predictability. How money finds its way into your wallet can be a mystery in the DoD and IC services … Read more

Changing Jobs with Interim Clearance? OMG! Red Flags Alert!

https://www.dss.mil/ma/tw/dvd/vroc/eligibility/Thinking about changing jobs while your security clearance is in interim status? Or has an employer submitted your paperwork for a clearance but things are still in process? ? Are you at risk of Loss of Jurisdiction? Below is a video by a respected Security Clearance Legal Advisor Annie Stellato that plainly explains what Loss … Read more

Resumes for Defense Employers – Recommended Format

Defense Industry recruiters prefer chronological resumes. Sure, there are various kinds of resumes for various kinds of jobs, and situations. It is easy to get differing advice on format and style. That advice is not necessarily wrong. It usually represents the industry focus of the presenter. DoD and the IC recruits for specialist: What, When … Read more

Resume Cover Letters – Waste of Time?

Question: Are cover letters worth your time adding to a resume? Answer: When submitting a resume online, the answer is NO. Almost always no. Sometimes: Yes. Your resume will usually be parsed into an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) which extracts keywords and keyphrases associated with your background, training and experience. Everything an employer needs to … Read more

Resumes for Defense Employers – Recommended Format

Defense Industry recruiters prefer chronological resumes. Sure, there are various kinds of resumes for various kinds of jobs, and situations. It is easy to get differing advice on format and style. That advice is not necessarily wrong. It usually represents the industry focus of the presenter. DoD and the IC recruits for specialist: What, When … Read more

Gadzooks! They want to pay how much?!

Some Career Advice — Your value changes based upon location and job responsibilities. The very same job can also pay two very different amounts in different locations. Just saw a post where someone warned Metro DC folks (includes northern Virginia and most of central Maryland) that salaries CAN BE much less in Florida. Well, yes! … Read more