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Corporate Gray Newsletter
October 2019

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Transition Advice

Company Research and the Power of the Informational Interview

You hear a lot about the importance of networking in your job search. One of your main objectives in networking should be to conduct informational interviews. This is "all too often overlooked after the network contact is made,” according to Jim Dittbrenner, a second generation Army mustang and military transition specialist, in his article on the topic.

The informational interview is a type of informal interview that allows you to research companies and network with individuals that work there. It often yields not only useful company information but may lead to formal job interviews and offers.

You use the informational interview to gain job and company information, advice, and referrals. You want to learn more about the company and whether it's a good match to your background and interests. You're not asking for a job at this point, just for information and advice for your job search. This opens the door to opportunities while minimizing rejections and competition. And it has the added benefit of getting you noticed and remembered for future opportunities.

You want to engage your prospects in the 5 Rs of informational interviewing:
• Reveal useful information and advice for your job search.
• Refer you to others.
• Read your resume or online profile.
• Revise your resume.
• Remember you for future opportunities.

If you follow the principles of conducting informational interviews within your network, you will gain valuable information about the company and get on the radar of key company personnel. Discover more articles on this topic and other transition advice on the Corporate Gray Blog.

Upcoming Job Fairs

Military Friendly Job Fairs


Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair
October 16, 2019 - Virginia Beach

You are invited to meet face-to-face with over 50 military-friendly companies at the October 16 Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Interview with Lockheed Martin, Newport News Shipbuilding, Sentara Healthcare, SAIC, Booz Allen, Leidos, U.S. Capitol Police, LMI, National Security Agency, SimVentions, Shirley Contracting Company, BAE Systems, ASRC Federal, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Military Sealift Command, Edward Jones, First Command Financial Services, The GBS Group, Tecta America, StratasCorp Technologies, HII Fleet Support, Foley CAT, WR Systems, ADP, BRR Refrigeration, and many more! Job fair hours are 9 am to 12 noon with two free employment seminars from 8 am to 9 am. To see the list of participating companies registered-to-date, and to ensure you receive the job fair Employer Directory in advance, pre-register at Be sure to upload your resume so that the participating companies will have early access to your credentials. While especially for transitioning service members and veterans, this job fair is free and open to all job seekers.

Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair
November 22, 2019 - Springfield, VA

Meet face-to-face with dozens of hiring companies at the November 22 Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Waterford Reception Center in Springfield, Virginia. Interview with Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen, Leidos, Prince William County Police, OBXTek, ARServices, Preferred Systems Solutions, LMI, Cognosante, National Security Agency, Odyssey Systems Consulting, Institute for Defense Analysis, and many more! Job fair hours are 9 am to 12 noon, with an Employer Panel discussion for job seekers starting at 8 am. To ensure you receive the job fair Employer Directory in advance, pre-register at Be sure to upload your resume so that the participating companies will have early access to your credentials. While especially for transitioning service members and veterans, this job fair is free and open to all job seekers.

Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair
January 23, 2020 - San Diego, CA

Save the date to meet with dozens of military-friendly companies at the January 23 Military-Friendly Job Fair being held at the Scottish Rite Center in San Diego, California. Interview with many top employers who are seeking to hire military-experienced candidates! Job fair hours are 9 am to 12 noon, with an Employer Panel discussion for job seekers starting at 8 am. Pre-register now via Be sure to upload your resume so that the participating companies will have early access to your credentials. While especially for transitioning service members and veterans, this job fair is free and open to all job seekers.

TAOnline Virtual Career Fair
The Big Virtual - October 22, 2019

The Big Virtual is a TAOnline Virtual Career Fair where U.S. veterans and security cleared professionals can connect online with military-friendly organizations. The event will take place from your computer on October 22 from 11 am to 3 pm (ET). This event is for anyone seeking nationwide opportunities and is for all ranks and branches of service, including active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and individuals with a security clearance (including civilians). For more information and to register visit

Social Media & Your Job Search Workshops
Washington, DC Metro Area

Attend a free workshop on Using Social Media (LinkedIn and more) in Your Job Search, designed for transitioning service members and military spouses. See the upcoming dates for workshops at JB Anacostia-Bolling, JB Andrews, Quantico, and the Pentagon here:

Featured Employers, Schools, and Service Providers

These companies have sponsored The Military-to-Civilian Transition Guide because they want to reach out to military-experienced candidates. They want to hear from you! Contact them about your next career move!

Cayce/Reilly School of Massage offers students a holistic learning environment in the growing field of massage therapy. Cayce/Reilly’s well-rounded curriculum prepares students for employment in massage careers in a medical setting, chiropractic center, spa, sports therapy, or alternative healing center. Students explore anatomy, pathology, and business while also focusing on holistic healing, service to others, and the body/mind/spirit connection. Visit to learn more.

David Griswold & Associates, Inc. has helped thousands of military transition to civilian jobs for over 30 years. They partner with you to develop a career campaign strategy to put you in a new career. Their clients have recently accepted positions to include Boeing, Booz Allen, Deloitte, Ingersoll Rand, General Dynamics, GE, General Motors, MTSI, MITRE, Oracle, SAIC, Skanska, and Xerox. Visit and send them your resume to to see if they can assist you in your job search.

Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is the Department of Defense (DoD) component that works directly with Defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, Federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost, and meet all performance requirements. DCMA directly contributes to the military readiness of the United States and its allies, and helps preserve the nation's freedom. Challenge Yourself. Join Team DCMA!

Foley, Incorporated is a premier Caterpillar Dealership that serves the New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Northern Delaware Regions. Foley’s divisions provide a diversified line of products, rentals and services to support our wide range of construction, power generation, industrial engine and marine customers. Please visit to learn about our exciting employment opportunities, training, benefits and more.

Lockheed Martin is one of the foremost systems engineering, software and systems integration companies in the world. They are seeking experienced Cyber Security Engineers, Intelligence Analyst Staff, RF Engineers and more. Visit to learn more.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) mission is to license and regulate the Nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment. NRC hires engineers, scientists, security specialists, IT professionals, financial analysts, and others at all levels-from recent grads to senior leaders. Learn more at

Hot Jobs & Opportunities

Check out the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage’s full-time/part-time training programs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the massage therapy profession will grow much faster than other careers in the next 5-10 years. You can start a new career as a massage therapist in as little as eight months! Learn more at

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is seeking to hire transitioning military and veterans for many positions. Search their openings here:
Challenge Yourself. Join Team DCMA!

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the government’s principal agency for protecting the health and well-being of all Americans. There are many career opportunities at the agencies within the HHS family, which include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and more. Learn more about careers at HHS here:

Foley, Incorporated is currently hiring for multiple positions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Learn about their benefits and search all their openings at

Lockheed Martin is hiring for thousands of open positions. View all their career opportunities at

The National Security Agency (NSA) is currently hiring for multiple positions in Fort Meade, Maryland. Search all their openings at

If you enjoy managing projects and timelines, being a subject matter expert, working with a diverse team, and seeing your work come to fruition; come be a part of the Newport News Shipbuilding team as we build our next generation of national security! Meet with NNS representatives at the 16 Oct Military-Friendly Job Fair in Virginia Beach -- Our MX Trailer will be there, so we encourage you to see what the next generation of our Digital Transformation is all about. Search our current Professional & Trades/Crafts career opportunities at

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is hiring for these positions:
Temporary Summer Student in Rockville, Maryland
Reactor Inspector, GG 7/9/11; FPL13 in Lisle, Illinois
View all of NRC's open positions at

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Transition Assistance Partners

Free Resume Templates - Battlefield Resumes
Free federal resume template and civilian resume template downloads. Also, download our "Three Battlefield Tested Steps To Obtain The Highest Salary Possible" for free. In only 3 steps I will show you an easy strategy that will help you overcome the most common military-to-civilian transition problems: (1) Search for jobs based on salary; (2) Search for jobs that don't require you to translate your military experience but embrace your military experience; (3) Search for jobs that DON’T require you to start over but want you to continue to expand your military experience.

Services for NCOs
The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) was established in 1960 to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers in all branches of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserves. The Association is a leader in Veterans and Spouse Employment and is a strong voice on Capitol Hill and with the Veterans Administration. NCOA is proud to offer a wide range of benefits and services in education, healthcare, finance, and more, designed especially for current and former enlisted service members and their families. For information on benefits and to become a member, visit https://ncoausa.orgJoin NCOA Today!

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