How to Land Your Dream Job

Here are eight (8) steps to help you land your dream job!

• Use your NETWORK! Contact Friends, Associates, Professional Colleagues, College Dean, Alumni Associations, Professional Organizations and Linked In Contacts/Recruiters to let them know you are actively seeking a job and ask if they have any leads.

• Identify companies where you desire to work, find connections on Linked In (managers, recruiters, HR, employees) and request an Informational Interview to learn about open positions and/or if opportunities are available to you within the company.

• Attend Career Fairs and ask recruiters to review your resume and ask for tips to improve your possibilities of getting hired at their organization. The recruiters are the gateway to getting you the job!

• Contact your college/university career resource office for job leads and resume/cover letter assistance.

• Visit your local Microsoft Store and ask for one on one Linked In training to learn how Linked In can help you in your career search.

• Join Professional Organizations to network, gain leadership opportunities and training.

• Volunteer at non-profit organizations, local churches, social clubs or private organizations to gain work skills and experience.

• Take free or low cost training to sharpen your skills and to fill any gaps identified while applying for jobs.

Training websites:

Linked In Learning

FED IT Training

Veteran Training Resources

Course Offerings

Code Academy

Code Avengers



Girl Develop It

Khan Academy

Learn Python the Hard Way

MIT Open Courseware





Non-Profit Fundraising Tips

#ThursdayTips My Sisters and Brothers of #BJM44 and #ATH142 planned the BEST parties!!! We held an annual Halloween Party in Germany. We were overseas and the military and civilian communities became family. Our Masonic PHAMily was strong. We raised money for philanthropic efforts (minus operational/admin expenses) to include: donations to support the USO Warrior Unit, Fisher House, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, and other local charities. We partied with a purpose. We helped to raise thousands for our local chapter, our district and our sister/brother organizations. No matter what we worked together.

Many think about how to raise funds for their organizations. First: YOU NEED A TEAM! Consistency is key. Showing up. Being ACCOUNTABLE.

Here’s a proven formula that works: You plan an event around major holidays and/or with a hot theme: Halloween/Black Party/White Party/Masquerade Ball/Mardi Gras Party/Super Bowl Rep Your Team Party/etc. You book a venue. Consider Military Enlisted/Officer Clubs, Local VFW Halls, Hotel Banquet Halls, or Club Venues. Don’t forget your DJ, Lighting, Caterer, Bar/Drinks, Security, Tickets, and Marketing (Flyers/Social Media). Challenge your TEAM to each sale a certain amount of tickets. Charge enough to cover venue costs and other expenses. Calculate in your desired revenue to make profit. For example: Charge $35 per person . Your goal is to sell 300 tickets. You earn $10,500 for your event. Deduct expenses. I’ve found the venue and the bar/caterers to be the most expensive overhead cost. It helps to build relationships and to know where to get the best bang for your buck. CONSISTENT annual events generate a pretty substantial income for a non-profit organization.

To those newly in elected seats in non-profit organizations and those that sit on boards a little advice: ASK THOSE THAT HAVE COME BEFORE YOU. As the secretary and the head of multiple organizations I kept records of the planning documents, income/expenses, budget, and after actions reports. I now serve with the United Way National Capital Area and gained insight on grants and building non-profit boards. I served with multiple military organizations and we raised thousands volunteering at the Preakness and NFL Games.

Nothing is new. All of these organizations have been planning and organizing events for years. You don’t have to struggle reinventing the wheel. Ask those who have done it before you how to be successful.

Google for Veterans

They call me Ms. Google (Chuckles) imagine if #Google hires me one day. 😉😉😉 Google has launched this handy feature to help Veterans search and find jobs. You just type in your MOS/AFSC/etc. and Veteran Jobs in the Google search bar. A list of applicable jobs will magically appear. Try it and show me what you find! #SimplyEbony #Veterans #Jobs #JobSearch Google Search:

Financial Peace University

Before I got to the point of financial peace by attending the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, I had mounting debt and was irresponsible with spending and planning. I left the military in 2012, worked in the private industry, doubled my salary, went through unemployment following the furlough fiasco and was still able to successfully pay off all debt, save thousands, and purchase a home!

I paid down my debt using the snow ball method. Paid the lowest off first and used the extra money once paid off towards the next lowest debt. I cut up all of my credit cards and used only cash or my debit card.

My credit score increased dramatically. I was approved for a mortgage and purchased my home in a little over 3-weeks! I prepared a year in advance by attending a HUD Approved first time homebuyers course. Plus carefully monitored my credit.

I landed a job through hard work applying daily for positions, but consider this…I was unemployed for 4-months! In the interim I served as a political consultant and I established a non-profit The Next Chapter, which cost several thousand dollars out of my own pocket to incorporate. Never once did I worry about bills because I had savings, a budget, and a plan.

My quality of life did not suffer. I gained financial peace in less than two years! Discipline+Purposeful Planning+Goals

=Financial Peace.

Check out the classes or get info here:

Every Dollar Budgeting Tool

Dave Ramsey Store (Books, Classes, Financial Tools)

#SmartMoney #TotalMoneyMakeover #FinancialPeaceUniversity #DavidRamsey #SuccessCreators #SimplyEbony

Simply Ebony Career Information for Jobseekers and Transitioning Veterans

#SimplyEbony Career Tips for Jobseekers, Transitioning Veterans, Military, and Students. Land your dream job! Brand yourself. Learn interview skills. Update your LinkedIn.

Social Media Skills for Military to Civilian Job Search

The Northern Virginia Chapter of MOAA featured a presentation by: Karin Durkee, Director of Social Media, Corporate Gray ( on the use of the new, updated LinkedIn, for job seekers transitioning from the military.

The following Q&A brought out a number of useful tools and uses of the social media. She is the author of Social Media and Your Job Search: Maximizing Your Network for a Successful Transition. According to Impact Publications ( her book is “specifically designed to help military personal and their families develop and use social media skills in their military-to-civilian job search.”

Copies of this inexpensive tool for job seekers can be secured here: I don’t do this often, however, there were so many positive comments I feel this is worth knowing about as a truly helpful resource.

Fort Belvoir Career Fair
Date: April 27, 2017
Sponsored by Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program

Register here:

Goodwill Industries of Chesapeake, Inc. is hosting a hiring event on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 10:00am-2:00pm, in Baltimore! Companies include: CVS, Goodwill, Marriott, 7-11, Radisson Hotel, and Chipotle. (See Flyer for more details)

Military Spouse (Hiring Our Heroes) Career Event – Personal Branding, Hiring Fair, and Career Planning

Jobseekers find your perfect job on Beyond!

Didlake Career Opportunities

Didlake facilitates individual job success through careful screening, job training and continuing support. Excellent wages, benefits and the opportunity to make a difference have earned Didlake the reputation for being a great place to work. Didlake offers employees a variety of benefits that encourage long-term employment and upward mobility. More than 75 percent of Didlake employees are people with disabilities and our contract services support jobs at dozens of work locations in Virginia and the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Transitioning Military and Veterans get great information about job fairs, employment webinars, veteran friendly companies, hot jobs and education opportunities here:
Corporate Gray Newsletter

Corporate Gray also offers a great Transition Guide for transitioning military and veterans:
How to Make the Most of the Job Fair Experience

Attending a job fair can be an effective use of your time, but you will only get out of it what you put in. Make the most of your job fair experience by following some simple tips to help you prepare beforehand and use your time wisely during the event.

Research the companies in advance and be prepared to talk to recruiters about their openings and how your background matches their needs. Visit the company’s website, and use,, and to learn more. Also contact your LinkedIn connections working at those companies to ask for information about the company and for assistance in identifying appropriate job opportunities.

Come prepared with questions about the companies and be ready to explain what you can do for them. Make the most of the face-to-face opportunities the job fair offers. Obtain as much information as possible from the recruiters to help determine whether you and their company are a good fit.

Don’t expect to receive job offers on the spot, as most companies must follow a vetting process before a job offer can be extended. View the job fair as an opportunity to present your skills and demonstrate your enthusiasm. At the end of the conversation, ask the recruiter about next steps. After the job fair, invite them to join your LinkedIn network.

Read more here

Upcoming Job Fairs

Military-Friendly Job Fairs

Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair * March 24, 2017 * Arlington, VA
Meet face-to face with dozens of great companies on March 24th Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. Some of the participating companies include: Booz Allen Hamilton, National Security Agency, SAIC, YRCI, Alion Science and Technologies, FCi Federal, Fulcrum IT, Advanced Concepts and Technologies, U.S. Postal Service, GEICO, AECOM, United Medical Center, Wells Fargo, ASRC Federal, Edward Jones, and many more! Job fair hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm, with an employer panel discussion starting at 8 am. For additional information and to register, visit Free to all job seekers.

Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair * April 20, 2017 * Springfield, VA
Save the date for the April 20th Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Waterford Reception Center in Springfield, Virginia. Job fair hours are 9 am to 12:30 pmwith an employment seminar starting at 8 am. Meet face-to-face with representatives from Booz Allen Hamilton, Leidos, U.S. Postal Service, YRCI, AECOM, Fulcrum IT, ACT I, New York Life, and many more! For additional information and to register, visit Free to all job seekers.

TAOnline Virtual Career Fair * The Big Virtual * March 28, 2017
The Big Virtual is a quarterly TAOnline Virtual Career Fair where U.S. veterans and security cleared professionals can connect online with military-friendly organizations. The event takes place from your computer on March 28th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST). 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 for the event, visit

Get up to date job fair info here:

Upcoming Webinars

Sponsored by Battlefield Resumes, LLC

Free Weekly Employment Webinars
Join our free weekly 1-hour webinars and learn how to translate your military experience into civilian language; how to find jobs that align to your military experience wherever you want to live; how to tailor and target your résumé and cover letter; and how to tailor your interview answers so you have an advantage over other applicants. Learn the Federal Government (USAJOBS, etc.) hiring process as well as the Corporate Defense Contractor hiring process. Résumé Writing Certification Programs also available. All free webinars are conducted on our YouTube channel under “Upcoming Live Streams.” Here is the link to the site:


Department: Department of the Navy
Agency: U.S. Marine Corps
Hiring Organization: Headquarters United States Marine Corps
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 1 vacancies – Arlington, Virginia
Salary: $124,406.00 to $187,000.00 / Per Year
Series and Grade: ES-1102-00
Open Period: Thursday, March 23, 2017 to Monday, April 24, 2017 <about:blank>
Position Information: Senior Executive Service (SES) – Full Time
Who May Apply: All groups of qualified individuals – Actual salary may vary depending on the scope and complexity of qualifications and the current compensation of the selectee.
JOB FAIR – “FREE” AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- Job Fair, April 8th, 2017

Please see the attached flyer with listings of employers and open positions. Feel free to post on your social media sites: Facebook and LinkedIn!

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Somali Linguists Wanted!

LOOKING FOR CAT II and CAT III Somali linguists for Somali and Djibouti
Somali (SM)

Somali/Amharic (SM/AC)

Somali/Arabic (SM/AD)

Somali/French (SM/FR)

Acholi (AH)

Also, we are able to sponsor clearances for the following languages:

Somali/Arabic (SM/AD) and Somali/Amharic (SM/AC)

Location: Somalia and Djibouti

At least a US citizen.

We will sponsor your clearance if you are just a US citizen for Somali/Arabic (SM/AD) and Somali/Amharic (SM/AC) Linguists, but are also looking for people who have SECRET and TOP SECRET clearances as well.

You will be working alongside the troops. Your main function will be translation.

That could be in the form of face to face translation, listening to radio intercepts, and reading documents. Most of your time will be on a base there, but there could be some patrols as well. All with the US military with them at all times.

This job directly impacts the safety and security of the United States of America. Your role is huge in ensuring that we as a country stay safe and that our soldiers come home to their loved ones. This is not something we take lightly at all.

No Experience required. Must be a US citizen. This position is also open to naturalized US citizens.

Please send resume to discuss salary range, doe

These salaries are federal tax free.

This will be for a one year contract, where your room and board are paid for.

This is a renewable contract.

We also offer world class benefits, there is an R&R Incentive of up to $2,500 per R&R up to three times in a 12 month period.

Company 401k, where we will match up to 4% of your total compensation and you are vested immediately.

Additionally, you will receive Profit Sharing at the end of every quarter.

Please note that WE ARE the only DLITE company with a universal participation profit-sharing plan.

As a thank you for your service, we will provide you with a security clearance and also offer you up to 3 months off a year that you can take to be home with your families as well.

Lucy Jensen | Military – Civilian <; <;

(310) 455-2002 | <>

ManTech Seeks West Virginia TS/SCI Professionals

Got a friend with great skills and a TS/SCI looking for a new position?

If you know someone actively seeking a new opportunity in Clarksburg, West Virginia that would be interested in attending this event on either day, please send a copy of their resume to Mike Giovanetti at — Mike can provide details on how to earn your $1000 referral.