Employers To Feature Hundreds Of Area Jobs
Free Event Slated for Dulles Expo Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
When you walk into The Washington Post MEGA Career Fair on Jan. 26, you may just be taking an important step toward your next great career opportunity. Free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will feature dozens of area companies with hundreds of area jobs to offer.
Make sure you have hard copies of your resume with you. Employers will be organized into three main areas, including a nursing and healthcare pavilion and a professional pavilion. The third area will be an engineering, technology and security clearance pavilion, where candidates must be U.S. citizens with at least two years of engineering, technology or defense industry experience in addition to a related degree or comparable military background. Some employers will require an active security clearance as well.
This is the case for the majority of the positions at MITRE, which has participated in The Post’s jobs fairs twice a year for many years. One of Fortunes “100 Best Companies to Work For” over the last nine years, MITRE has more than 160 openings throughout the metro area, including: cyber security professionals; communication/network systems engineers; contract and acquisition specialists; enterprise architects; information systems engineers; and software systems engineers.
“We prefer candidates with four or more years of previous experience in these fields, as well as prior working experience in—or in support of—the federal government,” Gary Cluff, MITRE’s corporate recruiting manager said. “With a significant hiring push underway at this time, we hope to find several candidates at this month’s event,” he continued.
And once you have done all of the meeting and greeting that you can at the jobs fair, plan to invest some additional time in follow-up, ManTech International Corporation’s vice president of staffing, Nancy Cavanaugh, advised. “Job fairs are a great way to find out more about a potential employer, so go ready to meet and learn,” Cavanaugh said. “But once it’s over, you should follow up with those you met. Go to the career sites of prospective employers after the event and look at all of the openings that might be a good fit for you. You may find additional opportunities that fit your skills and interests, and you’ll learn more about those employers.”
Your final step, Cavanaugh said, is to apply online. “Having your resume in an employer’s database is the best way to get yourself visibility for the positions that you’re interested in,” she said.
ManTech provides national and cyber security technology services to the federal government. The company’s robust growth means that about 1,000 jobs are currently available for highly qualified applicants in high technology and technology services roles. ManTech needs professionals in several key disciplines such as cyber security, C4ISR, logistics and supply chain, information technology, intelligence analysis and other technology areas, according to Carlos Echalar, executive vice president of human resources. Job seekers with clearances are highly encouraged to apply online at mantech.com/careers.
You will find other resources and assistance at the MEGA Career Fair as well. While you are there, take advantage of the free resume-writing workshops that will happen throughout the day, led by Bert Greene of Annointed Word in Washington, D.C.