Career Advice / Who are the best headhunters for Top Secret intelligence professionals to seek out?

Question

What are the best ‘headhunters’ to talk to regarding positions both in DC and the New England area for a mid-high level TS/SCI cleared intel professional?

Answer

None. Nada. It really does not matter what part of the country you live in: headhunters very rarely are in search mode for intelligence professionals … except maybe at the CXX level.

Headhunters or executive search specialists are generally interested in only the most rare of professionals. That is because companies normally only turn to them once they have exhausted all less expensive methods to find you.

A headhunter or some such can cost a company 20-35 percent of your first year of income in fees. So companies generally try other methods first ~~ which, when it comes to intelligence professionals ~~ are often successful enough that headhunters rarely (as in extremely rarely) are used to find cleared intelligence professionals.

Reality is that through 2016, cleared intelligence professionals will be fairly abundant and many will be willing to work at lower rates than before the 2013-2014 years.

Your best bet is to A) network; let other professionals know that you are in the market; B) post your resume to clearance-centric jobboards like ours; and C) make Google your best friend and search for positions in locations that match your Subject Matter Expert (SME) qualifications. Example: put Google to work by searching on some term like Logistics Subject Matter Expert Job or Transnational Financial Transactions Subject Matter Expert. Do that and you will find that the intelligence jobs are out there ~~ even if they do not call them intelligence specialist positions.

Here are some quicklinks to some currently available Intelligence professional jobs.

Best regards,
Bill Golden

IntelligenceCareers.com
USADefenseIndustryJobs.com
USAJobZoo.com

WGolden@IntelligenceCareers.com
www.IntelligenceCareers.com

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Career Advice / New MA Graduate / No Security Clearance / What is a Think Tank?

QUESTION

I recently came across your site while trying to get my foot in the door to the intelligence community. I am a MA graduate in War Studies from a major university and have several years of work experience in unrelated fields.

Unfortunately, I do not have a security clearance. This has been a major stumbling block for me though my job search. Do you have any advice on how best to get myself in this field with this in mind?

ANSWER

The security clearance will remain a huge hurdle for you so my recommendation is that you should go in a different but parallel direction.

You need to become a consultant with organizations that think about doctrine, scenarios and policy.

One such organization is the Institute for Defense Analyses, www.IDA.org, a not-for-profit corporation that operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing. IDA exists to promote national security, preserve the public welfare, and advance scientific learning by analyzing, evaluating, and reporting on matters of interest to the United States Government.

Rarely is a security clearance needed.

The IDA falls within the category of ‘Defense Policy Think Tank’. Here is more information on this category of employers and career opportunities: http://tinyurl.com/odv55qa

Often you can get hired on with one of these organizations: starting at the bottom, or not too far therefrom, as an information research analyst supporting a team of analysts. Where you go from there depends upon your innovativeness in proposing solutions to tough problems and then presenting the data behind your recommendations.

Best regards,
Bill Golden

IntelligenceCareers.com
USADefenseIndustryJobs.com
USAJobZoo.com

WGolden@IntelligenceCareers.com
www.IntelligenceCareers.com

LinkedIn: http://Linkedin.com/in/BillGolden
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ICDefenseJobs
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IntelligenceCareers


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Resumes – About Your Resume – Some Tips and Thoughts

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About your resume – Some basics, important for both beginners and seasoned professionals by Bill Golden, USAJobsBlog.com guru, and CEO of USAJobZoo.com and IntelligenceCareers.com

Annual List of Strangest Interview Blunders from CareerBuilder

Survey Identifies Six Common Interview Mistakes That Can Cost You the Job

Chicago, Illinois — One-in-four workers (25 percent) reported they plan to change jobs in 2013 or 2014. If you’re looking to make a move in the New Year, check out CareerBuilder’s annual study on the most common – and most outlandish – job interview mistakes to avoid. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive(©) from November 1 to November 30, 2012, and included more than 2,600 hiring managers and 3,900 workers nationwide

Most Outrageous Interview Blunders

Inexperience with proper interview etiquette or the pressure to make a lasting impression on a prospective employer can sometimes cause workers to show surprising errors in judgment. Hiring managers provided real-life examples of the most peculiar behaviors they witnessed in job interviews:

– Candidate said he had to quit a banking position because he was always tempted to steal.

– Candidate denied that he had a cell phone with him even though it could be heard ringing in the briefcase beside him.

– Candidate emptied the employer’s candy dish into her pocket.

– Candidate said he didn’t like getting up early and didn’t like to read.

– Candidate asked to be paid “under the table.”

– Candidate reached over and placed a hand on the interviewer’s knee.

– Candidate commented that he would do whatever it takes to get the job done, legal or not.

– Candidate hugged the president of the company.

– Candidate called his wife to see what they were having for dinner.

– Candidate asked to postpone the start date so she could still get holiday gifts from vendors at her current job.

– Candidate called in sick to her current employer during the interview, faking an illness.

– Candidate said he didn’t want the job if he had to work a lot.

– Candidate wouldn’t answer a question because he thought they would steal his idea and not hire him.

Six Fatal Interview ErrorsWhile the outrageous can result in lost opportunities, so can other behaviors that are seen more frequently. When asked to identify the top detrimental mistakes in job interviews, hiring managers reported:

Mistake: Appearing disinterested is the No. 1 turnoff, according to 62 percentof employers.

Tip: A lack of enthusiasm can leave the employer feeling less than enthusiastic about you as a candidate. Maintain good energy throughout the interview. Make sure to ask thoughtful questions about the company’s competitive positioning and growth prospects, and come in with ideas.

Mistake: Answering a cell phone or texting – 60 percent

Tip: Make sure to turn your phone or tablet off, or better yet, leave them at home. This is a major pet peeve for employers and can often be a deal breaker.

Mistake: Dressing inappropriately – 60 percent

Tip: It’s better to err on the conservative. Wear a business suit or business casual (ie, a nice pair of pants/skirt and button down shirt).

Mistake: Talking negatively about a current or previous employer – 58 percent

Tip: This is a good way to be labeled as a troublemaker. Even if you are completely justified in your assessment of a past employer, don’t badmouth him/her. Focus on what you learned from that company and how it’s relevant to the job at hand.

Mistake: Failure to make eye contact (72 percent) or smile (42 percent), bad posture (38 percent) and a weak handshake (28 percent)

Tip: Body language speaks volumes. Chin up, back straight, big smile, firm but not too firm handshake and look straight at the interviewer.

Mistake: Not providing specific examples – 34 percent

Tip: Vague responses can sometimes imply a lack of knowledge or experience. Come equipped with specific examples of how you contributed to the success of other organizations, quantifying results whenever possible.

“One-in-four workers plan to find new jobs this year or next,” said Rosemary Haefner,

Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. “A job interview can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences out there, so it’s important to plan and practice. Have a friend run through a mock interview with you, asking questions you think will come up and some curve balls you’re not expecting. Thoroughly research the company ahead of time and draft responses that incorporate your accomplishments. The more prepared you are, the less likely you are to run into mishaps.”

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive(©) on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,611 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,991 workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between November 1 and November 30, 2012 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples of 2,611 and 3,991, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.92 and +/-1.55 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

About CareerBuilder®

CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset – their people. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 49 million resumes. CareerBuilder works with the world’s top employers, providing resources for everything from employment branding and talent intelligence to recruitment support. More than 10,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder’s proprietary job search technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.

Gain the Job Interview Advantage with Top Tips from Body Language Expert Gil Shermeister

LOS GATOS, CA   —  Your body language during an interview may be revealing things to a potential boss that you didn’t know. The interviewer’s body language also can reveal what he/she is thinking. Learning how to use and read non-verbal cues can give job seekers a clear advantage over other contenders.

“Job seekers invest a lot in preparation for an interview: new clothes; perfect hair and nails; company research, and role playing the interview so they have all the right answers. But knowing how to use non-verbal cues and communication to build trust and confidence is just as important,” said Gil Shermeister, behavioral zoologist that 12 years ago co-invented the Body Language Cards, a method used in the training of executives, sales forces and professional security personnel.

Shermeister’s top six interview tips include:

1. When entering, people tend to create an imaginary barrier to protect themselves by clutching a handbag or crossing their arms. To the interviewer this “says” insecurity. Keep an open body stance (no crossed arms or legs) and maintain eye contact.

2. Avoid making the upper hand handshake which indicates a need to dominate.

3. If interviewed by several people, always identify the decision-maker. This is the person others glance at when they are finished talking. Direct comments/replies to the decision-maker.

4. Under stress people instinctively tend to protect the main artery. In modern society it is manifested by touching the tie or playing with a necklace (image) Don’t fidget with jewelry or garments in this way.

5. The interviewer may reveal a need for more information by putting an object in his/her mouth or motioning with a pen or the tip of the glasses (image). Take the cue and provide more details.

6. If the interviewer puts his fingers together (pyramid-like), this may indicate an attempt to “connect the dots” (image). Another good sign is when the interviewer rubs his hands together. Both gestures indicate satisfaction.

“Having worked in the careers/employment industry for more than 30 years, I know that many job seekers inadvertently sabotage their own searches because they don’t understand the messages that their body language communicates,” said Wendy Enelow, with Career Thought Leaders Consortium. “The moment I saw the Body Language Cards, I knew that I was looking at something special.”

To learn body language secrets for acing interviews and creating a positive professional image, visit http: www.bodylanguagecards.com.

Body Language Cards (www.bodylanguagecards.com) are part of the “Skill in a Box” series developed by Gil Shermeister, Dan Rolls and Liat Zohar. Body Language Cards are available on the web for $24.95 as an accessible instrument for quickly learning and recognizing non-verbal gestures and cues. They are published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and German and may be customized for use by corporations and groups worldwide.

This release was issued through The Xpress Press News Service, merging e-mail and satellite distribution technologies to reach business analysts and media outlets worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.XpressPress.com.

SOURCE  Body Language Cards

The 6 Dumbest Resume Mistakes, and How You Can Avoid Them

MCLEAN, VA /PRNewswire/ — With the majority of job searching and recruitment taking place strictly online, it is absolutely necessary to distinguish yourself from the crowd. In this competitive market, even with ideal work experience, glowing references, and an endless catalogue of professional achievements, you can still miss out on your dream job due to these small, yet critical common errors.

Wasting space on experience that does not apply

Resume real estate is both scarce and valuable. Recruiters care most about your recent experiences and accomplishments, so do not waste your efforts and their time on a lengthy description of your college work/study position. Maximize your precious space by crafting a powerful career profile, focusing on what you have accomplished in your last two or three positions. Limiting the number of jobs listed on your resume will allow you to devote more attention to phrasing, tone and keywords. Be sure to start off with content that is truly meaningful and illustrates the essence of who you are as a professional.

Email blunders

Never, ever use your work email address on your resume. This will most assuredly reveal your job search to your current supervisor, putting both you and him/her in an awkward position. Likewise, spending company time and resources to explore your career options is disrespectful, and potential employers are likely to perceive this as a reflection of poor character. The rules are the same for your work phone number–just don’t.

Since you won’t be using your work email address, be sure that the one you use is still professional. Off-the-wall email address such as PelicanKillerNo1@xyz.com and 2CutetoBReal@xyz.com (and yes, these are real email addresses from real job seekers) will not paint an appropriate picture. Keep your address neutral, limiting it to your name or initials and, if necessary a number.

Making the recruiter guess what you do

A generic resume will automatically be deleted or ignored. Potential employers want to know who you are. Once you’ve determined your professional identity, prove to recruiters that you have the skill set and experience that will add value to the position in question. Make sure that each job description is specifically worded to highlight any specific qualifications. Katie Adams, a professional resume writer and career consultant explains, “Concentrate on your abilities and achievements most applicable to the position at hand. Professional resume writers can help you find exceptional ways to present your talents and avoid being so cookie-cutter.”

One easy way to avoid confusion is by including a unique profile or targeted statement briefly describing what you do and what would make you an invaluable employee. Use this space to summarize the talents that your two to three job descriptions illustrate in detail, and highlight those most applicable to the position you seek.

Using that tired, old reference line

Though you might think the phrase “references available upon request” is covering the necessary bases, but the fact is this line is obsolete, and will actually flag job seekers as out-of-touch. There is generally no need to mention your references at all, and they should only be included in the application process if it is explicitly required that you do so. Instead, create a separate reference page that you can present in interviews upon request. It is also important to remember that previous employers are legally not allowed to reveal anything about your term of employment beyond confirmation that you worked for them, and whether you were terminated, part of a layoff, or that you left voluntarily.

Grammar and spelling errors

Typos, misspellings and poor grammar are, unfortunately, fairly common in resumes. Though this seems it should go without saying, have your resume proofread by at least two or three people before sending it out. Many job seekers are nervous or insecure about having others read their resumes. Get over it. Any anxiety you might have over sharing your work experience will be quickly replaced when someone points out that the date is not, in fact, 20012.

Badmouthing your previous employer

Though this particular gaffe is most applicable to cover letters or interviews, it is imperative to avoid at all costs. While it is certainly normal (and common) to harbor some unenthusiastic opinions about your former boss or employee, understand that negativity generates nothing but more negativity. “Divulging these feelings is a recipe for disaster,” says Peggy Padalino of Jobfox, “If a job seeker indicates that he was fired from his previous position because his boss ‘had it out for him,’ so to speak, the implications of this revelation would certainly eliminate him from the running. Think about it. Is this person going to be pleasant to work with? Unlikely. Is this person going to speak poorly of me in the future? Most definitely.”

About Jobfox

Founded in 2005 in McLean, Virginia, Jobfox is a leading job search and career-networking site designed to find candidates the right jobs at the best companies. Through a comprehensive skills-based matching system, Jobfox connects thousands of employers to the most qualified individuals, as well as linking job seekers to relevant job opportunities in their fields. With over 1 Million resumes improved, Jobfox is also the largest provider of professionally written resumes online.  For more information, visit www.jobfox.com

SOURCE  Jobfox

Web Site: http://www.jobfox.com

The 5 Smartest Things People Can Do To Get Hired

MCLEAN, VA /PRNewswire/– Employers receive hundreds of applications in response to job openings, so it is imperative that you and your resume stand out from the crowd. Here are five surefire practices that will help you get your foot in the door.

Skip the objective statement – See editor note below

Instead of putting an objective statement at the beginning of your resume, create a job-specific, targeted introduction outlining your capabilities. Here, it is essential to avoid descriptions that could apply to a multitude of other job seekers. For example, drop lines like “I am people oriented,” and replace them with actual facts about your accomplishments. “Increased supplemental sales by 45% with widely recognized customer service abilities” says the same thing, but is both personal and illustrative of actual achievements. “Specifically, statistics and awards naturally distinguish you from other candidates because no one else can claim them as their own. When you include measurable accomplishments in your resume, you are demonstrating that you are a proven performer, and this gets the attention of hiring managers,” explains Alex Soto, a professional resume writer and career consultant.

Show what you can do

Successful job seekers show what they can do for an employer by relating their experiences in a way that is specifically tailored to an employer’s objectives, expectations and requirements. It may be your resume and experience, but your job search is definitely not about you. Understanding as much as you can about a potential employer is invaluable — thoroughly research the company and study the job description to ensure that your resume and cover letter are customized and reflect time and effort spent.

Make sure your resume reflects your experience level

If you are a recent graduate, your resume won’t, and shouldn’t be expected to, resemble someone’s with ten years of experience. A job seeker who has been a part of the workforce for a decade or more should focus heavily on achievements and progress. Someone just out of school, however, should concentrate on projects and accomplishments, and possibly some community, educational or sports activities. Do not attempt to pad your resume to make you look like someone you are not.

Express in writing why an employer should hire you

Why are you better than everyone else? Emphasize your strengths and don’t be afraid to mention your abilities. Just be careful how you phrase it. “A successful resume and cover letter should exhibit your track record as an achiever, not a doer. If you simply describe each job as a list of completed tasks, recruiters will write you off. A mere catalogue of duties does not communicate strength or value,” says Peggy Padalino of Jobfox.

Static expressions like ‘responsible for,’ ‘able to do,’ or ‘participated in’ are passive and reflect demonstrate a tendency to follow, not lead. Instead, communicate your achievements in a more dynamic manner, making use of proactive phrases like ‘chosen to lead…,’ ‘used knowledge of…’ or ‘played a key role in…’.

Be confident

The final, and most important thing you can do to get yourself hired is to exude confidence. Be secure and self-assured — without the right attitude, your chances of being hired diminish greatly. Although it’s natural (and generally recommended) to shy away from tooting your own horn, humility is not always productive when trying to get a job. If you want to get the job, you have to get noticed. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, as they say, so squeak on!

About Jobfox

Founded in 2005 in McLean, Virginia, Jobfox is a leading job search and career-networking site designed to find candidates the right jobs at the best companies. Through a comprehensive skills-based matching system, Jobfox connects thousands of employers to the most qualified individuals, as well as linking job seekers to relevant job opportunities in their fields. With over 1 Million resumes improved, Jobfox is also the largest provider of professionally written resumes online.  For more information, visit www.jobfox.com

SOURCE  Jobfox

Web Site: http://www.jobfox.com


USAJobZoo.com Editor Note: There has long been controversy about having an objective statement. If you are applying for a very specific position then we DO recommend that you have an objective statement which complements the job that you are applying for.

When it comes to defense industry jobs we ALWAYS recommend that you have an objective statement: I am seeking a junior/mid/senior level position as ____.

Despite marketing to the contrary, many companies do not hire you because you are a bright individual with a great education and potential. They hire you because you can perform a specific role or set of roles within their company. If your objective statement is tailored to the job and you are specific then we believe that it greatly increases your chance of getting to the right place in your career.

Q&A ~ Am leaving the military. When should I start applying for jobs?

by Bill G.
CEO, IntelligenceCareers.com

Question: I am separating from the Military, how many months out should be actively applying for jobs?

Answer: It doesn’t hurt to begin applying for jobs 60-90 days before your availability date. Most recruiters will not contact you or give you serious consideration until you are 2-4 weeks from your actual availability date.

Your availability date will be your ETS date.

BE SURE to indicate on your resume what your availability date is. I recommend putting that information right up front on your resume; see example below:

Your Name Address Email / Telephone

OBJECTIVE: Seeking junior/midlevel/senior position as ____.

CLEARANCE: (If you have a security clearance list it here.)

AVAILABILITY DATE: Month, Day Year ~ this should be your actual ETS date.

Best regards,
Bill G.

CEO, IntelligenceCareers.com

aka DefenseCareers.com, USADefenseIndustryJobs.com and USAJobZoo.com

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Germany ~ Meet Bill Golden, Jobs Guru ~ Seminar ‘Finding Your Next Career’

You are invited to meet with Bill Golden, CEO of USAJobZoo.com, USADefenseIndustryJobs.com and IntelligenceCareers.com to discuss the job market of 2011 through 2017 as you ‘Find Your Next Career’.

Bill Golden is being hosted by the Stuttgart Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).

Format:  Seminar

Cost: FREE

Time: 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

~ Feb 17 – Stuttgart, Germany

~ Feb 18 – Stuttgart, Germany

~ Feb 20 – Kaiserslautern, Germany

~ Feb 21 – Heidelberg, Germany

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This will be a ‘comprehensive’ seminar covering:

* Economics 101 – the state of our current economy

* Identifying specific opportunities for you

* Employment trends across a wide range of industries

* Understanding opportunities in the defense and intelligence industries

* Discovering new career opportunities

* Determining your marketplace value

* Determining if you should go back to school

* Identifying relevant career opportunities

This seminar is appropriate for all levels of job seekers that are ‘professionals’ with a definable skillset, or that are engaged in studying for a careerfield.

A benefit of attending this seminar is that your resume will be evaluated after the event, your general market value estimated in up to three job markets, and we will work to identify relevant opportunities with specific employers.

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About your presenter

This seminar will be given by Bill Golden, a senior career advisor for more than 100 career information blogs  sponsored by USAJobZoo.com and USADefenseIndustryJobs.com, aka IntelligenceCareers.com

Bill’s background includes almost 35 years working within defense and intelligence, either in operations (’75-96) or as an industry analyst and consultant (’96-present).

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Why this seminar is free

USAJobZoo.com, USADefenseIndustryJobs.com and IntelligenceCareers.com represent a combined 100,000+ job listings for professionals across the USA and in 28 countries.

We earn our way in life in getting you to use one of our recruiting websites and applying to employers. The more professionals that apply to companies puts more money in our pockets for a job well done.

Our method is to help you become successful in your job search. A bit of good advice just might get you a great job and one day your company will probably need someone like us to find more professionals. Your recommendation of us to your employer matters.

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SOURCE IntelligenceCareers.com

Customer Service, 1.800.919.8284 or customerservice@intelligencecareers.com

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Job Interview Tips

Job Interview Tips

An interview gives you the opportunity to showcase your qualifications to an employer, so it pays to be well prepared. The following information provides some helpful hints.

Preparation:

  • Learn about the organization.
  • Have a specific job or jobs in mind.
  • Review your qualifications for the job.
  • Be ready to briefly describe your experience, showing how it relates it the job.
  • Be ready to answer broad questions, such as “Why should I hire you?” “Why do you want this job?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
  • Practice an interview with a friend or relative.
  • Personal appearance:

  • Be well groomed.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Do not chew gum or smoke.
  • The interview:

  • Be early.
  • Learn the name of your interviewer and greet him or her with a firm handshake.
  • Use good manners with everyone you meet.
  • Relax and answer each question concisely.
  • Use proper English—avoid slang.
  • Be cooperative and enthusiastic.
  • Use body language to show interest—use eye contact and don’t slouch.
  • Ask questions about the position and the organization, but avoid questions whose answers can easily be found on the company Web site.
  • Also avoid asking questions about salary and benefits unless a job offer is made.
  • Thank the interviewer when you leave and shake hands.
  • Send a short thank you note following the interview.
  • Information to bring to an interview:

  • Social Security card.
  • Government-issued identification (driver’s license).
  • Resume or application. Although not all employers require a resume, you should be able to furnish the interviewer information about your education, training, and previous employment.
  • References. Employers typically require three references. Get permission before using anyone as a reference. Make sure that they will give you a good reference. Try to avoid using relatives as references.
  • Transcripts. Employers may require an official copy of transcripts to verify grades, coursework, dates of attendance, and highest grade completed or degree awarded.
  • Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition

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