The Cyber Challenge for a New Era

This morning I attended the FCW Cybersecurity Summit: The Cyber Challenge for a New Era (#FCWCyber). I’ve put together a high level overview of the top focus areas discussed. My key takeaway is that we have brilliant people running our federal…

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Winning the Talent War 101

The good news is our economy is strong. The overall unemployment rate as of May 2017 was just 4.3% – the lowest rate in 16 years! Unemployment is so low that we are actually past the point of full employment….

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Are you an interview STAR?

Behavioral interviewing is used to predict future performance based on past performance and behaviors. Instead of yes or no answers, these questions allow you to tell the story of the situation, explain your decision process, and show the results of…

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Attracting & Retaining Cleared Employees

There is essentially full employment for cleared professionals in the Washington, DC area.  If you have a clearance, you have a job, and probably lots of recruiters calling you daily.  Demand continues to outpace supply, but salaries can only go so high…

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Does a clearance earn you more money?

There is a significant backlog in security clearance processing which is only getting worse.  According to David Berteau, CEO of the Professional Services Council, the backlog increased 22% in 2016. Processing times are averaging 105 days for Secret and 214…

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The Skype Interview: Success Strategies

Last week we talked about the emerging trend of video interviewing. While that focused on pre-recorded interviews, the more common method is still the Skype interview. You may already use this technology to keep in touch with family and friends,…

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Video interviewing: are you ready for your close-up?

Technology drives efficiency. Usually I am all in favor, but sometimes efficiency pushes aside humanity. One new trend in hiring technology that may cross this line is the subject of this week’s discussion: Video Interviewing. What is it? What are the…

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