Em­ploy­ers To Fea­ture Hun­dreds Of Area Jobs

Free Event Slated for Dulles Expo Cen­ter from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Washington Post Sunday - - JOBS -

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.

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