Kathleen Smith's Blog (22)

Buzzword Bingo - Talking Tech

In any industry, and particularly the government, and government contracting community, we are familiar with buzzword bingo. A term is…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on May 7, 2014 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Cleared Recruiters To Do List for 2014

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Added by Kathleen Smith on January 7, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Tips for Recruiters and FSOs to Get New Hires Through the Security Clearance Process

If You're a Recruiter

So, you’re filling a position that requires your prospective employee to be able to obtain a security clearance. This is a challenge that many recruiters face because, although your applicant may have the skills and qualifications to perform the job, he may not have the “background” that allows the government to trust this applicant with classified or sensitive information. The last thing you want to do is spend time and money hiring an…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on October 11, 2013 at 9:22am — No Comments

Be Calm and Carry on During #Shutdown2013

Frustration, anxiety and uncertainty. Yes, we all have it! What to do next?



As recruiters in the federal government community, we are also confronted with a large community of job seekers who are flooding you with resumes and applications. When the ball gets rolling again, you will need to hire -and fast- qualified cleared talent. What do you do while at a standstill?



Here are some recommendations on maintaining your employer brand and keeping your talent pipeline…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on October 9, 2013 at 9:58am — No Comments

Recruiter Tips from a Pirate - Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! September 19th

 

Having fun at work and with my colleagues makes everyday just awesome. Marketing is my passion and working with a marketing team that loves challenges especially the challenge of "no budget".

So in honor of "Talk Like a Pirate Day", September 19th, I created this little ditty to celebrate the day:…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on September 18, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

2012 Best Recruiter Celebration and Recognition for Recruiting Leadership by Tim Strike, Director Staffing and Recruiting, General Dynamics IT

The Best Recruiter Celebration is the recognition of all the recruiters who have been voted by the security cleared job seekers over the last year at the Cleared Job Fairs. Over 150 recruiters were recognized this year at a breakfast celebration which included a keynote presentation by Gerry Crispin of Career Crossroads. Gerry commended…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on November 29, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Recruiters, Be All That You Can Be

At the most recent recruitDC, I had the privilege to share with the recruiting community tips on how to incorporate veteran hiring into a recruiter’s mindset. The poignant beginning of this presentation was the opening by Colonel…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on May 31, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

2011 Best Recruiters Announced

At 2011 Cleared Job Fairs® security-cleared job seekers vote for the best recruiting experience provided by the defense and government contractor employers in attendance. The top three companies at each event are recognized as Best Recruiters.  

 

“The Best Recruiter program has become an important part of the security cleared community. The recruiters and their supervisors realize…
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Added by Kathleen Smith on September 14, 2011 at 9:14am — 1 Comment

Some Common Mistakes in Your Job Search

So we had great fun working with I Wear Your Shirt to promote ClearedJobs.Net. They were wearing our Summer Concert T-Shirts and did some of their usual wacky things they do to promote companies they work with.

I thought this was a great take on the Common Mistakes in a Job Search.

 

 

Added by Kathleen Smith on June 14, 2011 at 4:58pm — No Comments

The Afterlife in Social Networking

Every month I have the honor of presenting, How to Use the Internet and Social Media in Your Job Search, to a group of very dedicated government professionals who are transitioning. While we present this class to many groups each month, this group is the most challenging due to their resistance to being on the internet, let alone using social media. And they have good reason to…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on April 25, 2011 at 8:28am — 3 Comments

Who’s at the ERE Expo? Jimmy, Stuart, Manolo, Anne Wrap Up



As suspected, the shoes were a hit! While not the online viral marketing sensation I had hoped, but some interesting facts did come out of…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on March 28, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Who’s at the ERE Expo? Jimmy, Stuart, Manolo, Anne

 

I am here at my first ERE conference – I know what took me so long! My first day was great – I loved the ideas about employment brand, thrilled by the discussions of engagement and envious of the really cool tools some of the companies can afford. Just as thrilling is catching up with folks I haven’t seen since the last conference or finally meeting someone face to face that I have only known online.

 

But I am also a big people watcher, more importantly shoes! No, I…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on March 25, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Four reasons not to stop your job search during the holidays

A lot of job seekers assume that the holidays stretching from Thanksgiving until after the New Year are a time to put their job search on hold. If you tell yourself no employers hire over the holidays, no employers interview during December, everyone is physically (or mentally) on vacation...stop! Sure the festive nature of the holidays means that less will get done, but take advantage of this slower time. We've…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on December 6, 2010 at 2:17pm — 1 Comment

ClearedJobs.Net debuts new “Cleared Military” community online to provide timely career search and private-sector employment support

ClearedJobs.Net, a veteran-owned job board serving the security cleared community, unveils a new online community to continue its outreach to the veteran and military community. Building upon its successful Military Spouse Appreciation Day campaign for the last two years and its longstanding relationship with the US military, ClearedJobs.Net has launched “Cleared Military”…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on November 8, 2010 at 6:53pm — No Comments

2010 Best Recruiters in the Defense and Intelligence Community

During each of the Cleared Job Fairs held throughout 2010, participating security cleared job seekers were given the opportunity to vote for the nation’s top recruiting experience from a pool of employers and defense contractors seeking professionals with active security clearances.





Over 5,000 job seekers in the security cleared marketplace have since selected more than 120 recruiters from defense and intelligence…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on November 1, 2010 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

"It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!"

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to incorporate one of the season’s classics into our Movie Quote Mondays. For many “Halloween” with Jamie Lee Curtis or “Fright Night” or “Twilight” may be more in keeping with the season, but Linus in his pumpkin patch is one of my all time favorites. It’s a tossup between “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” but we will get to that in another season.

There were many who decided to do a reflection of the major…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on November 1, 2010 at 10:03am — 3 Comments

2010 Best Recruiters announced

During each of the 2010 Cleared Job Fairs, participating security cleared job seekers were given the opportunity to vote for the nation’s top recruiting experience from a pool of employers seeking professionals with active security clearances.

Over 5,000 job seekers in the security cleared marketplace have since selected more than 120 recruiters from government agencies and defense and intelligence government…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on October 28, 2010 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Sharing the Good News!

It is interesting with all the new technology that is out there, some things still stay the same - job fairs.



Yes, I know this is considered "old fashioned" and maybe even down right boring but you have to look at the niche industries to see something a little different, like mine for instance.



For those who don't know me or my industry, I work inside the Beltway ( Washington, DC ) and in the security cleared community. And while the rest of the world is finding candidates… Continue

Added by Kathleen Smith on October 15, 2010 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Finding Your Exit Buddy - Movie Quote Monday

In our next installment of Movie Quote Monday - we go under the sea for inspiration!









Anyone who is in the midst of a job search knows that it can be a lonely and frustrating venture. The one thing that I am surprised at is that I don’t see more pairing up of job seekers to support, coach and keep each other motivated ( and honest) during a job search.…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on September 19, 2010 at 8:03pm — 4 Comments

What language do you speak? Talk like a Pirate Day September 19th

I am very tickled with the idea of “Talk like a Pirate Day” as it gives us all another opportunity to give rise to a variety of our voices.



Many may think that talk like a pirate day is a folly, however, did you ever look at how you talk normally? No matter the industry you are in – government, recruiting, non-profit, mommy, daddy- we all have specific ways that we talk a majority of the time. There are key phrases we…

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Added by Kathleen Smith on September 17, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

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