National Contract Management Association
April 2011 

Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor

 I hope you have seen rays of sunshine these last few weeks. They didn’t last long, but were enough to look forward to the fact that Spring is really here. If you graduate soon or hope to land an internship, get started now. 

In this issue, we continue with résumé writing tips and will also share information critical to your career success. The contract management and procurement fields need good employees dedicated to the profession. We hope to help you succeed in obtaining employment, while staying engaged with NCMA to continue your professional development. Thank you for taking the time to read another edition of the monthly NCMA StudentsConnect.

Shene’ Commodore, CPCM, is the government contracts manager with Intertek Testing Services.

Résumé Writing Tips: Summary of Qualifications
Author: Shene’ Commodore

As we continue our series on Résumé Writing Tips, we will discuss the “summary of qualifications or exemplary accomplishments.” This section is a brief outline of your key skills and accomplishments. You may also list related training, certification(s), or special projects you have worked on that may be beneficial in meeting the job requirements. The “summary” section is what sets you apart from the other candidates. Ready to find out how? 

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The Nine Greatest Myths Plaguing Students & New Professionals 
Author: April Silverthorn

Recently, a good friend asked for my help when he decided it was time to begin looking for a new job. We sat down to go over the area he should focus on before beginning a job search: writing his résumé, creating a LinkedIn profile, and reviewing and building his web presence. I explained the importance of each task and that I was more than happy to help him along the way.





World Congress 2011

July 10–13, 2011
Denver, Colorado 

This premier conference focuses on the most critical challenges of the contracts professionals from both government and industry. High-profile panelists and speakers, invaluable education sessions, and a truly inspirational networking community provide attendees with innovative ideas they can use back in the office.  

Earn up to 20 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours/Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) by attending this event. 


Learning Corner

This section is dedicated to answering the questions you submit. Definitions and basic contract learning tools will also be provided here. 


  • Concession: as used in a solicitation, may mean a benefit, enhancement, or privilege (other than a discount) that either reduces the overall cost of a customer’s acquisition or encourages a customer to consummate a purchase. Concessions include, but are not limited to, freight allowance, extended warranty, extended price guarantees, free installation, and bonus. 
  • Discounts: as used in this solicitation, means a reduction to catalog prices (published or unpublished). Discounts include, but are not limited to, rebates, quantity discounts, purchase option credits, and any other terms or conditions other than concessions that reduce the amount of money a customer ultimately pays for goods or services ordered or received.
  • Mutual Rescission: Parties agree to annul contract and return both parties to their original positions before the contract has been made.

NCMA Resources:

NCMA has established the Guide to the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) as the prevailing guidance for how universities should align their contract management curricula. The guide provides the knowledge areas and competencies that are integral to the contract management process and the contract management profession. Visit the NCMA Bookstore to learn more about the CMBOK and other NCMA publications.

Benefits of NCMA Student Membership include:

  • Networking opportunities with experts;
  • Real-life experience in your field;
  • Great savings on advanced training; and
  • The opportunity to have your work published in NCMA publications, such as Contract Management magazine and the annual Journal of Contract Management.

Sign up for NCMA Student Membership!

If you know others who would benefit from an NCMA membership, please forward this newsletter to them and encourage them to join. Also, please feel free to send this newsletter to any faculty members who may be interested in learning more about contract management or NCMA. If there is enough interest, your school may be eligible to charter a student chapter and receive all of the benefits of a regular chapter.

For more information, contact NCMA Customer Service at or call 800-344-8096. 

One of the greatest benefits you receive as an NCMA member is free access to our jobs board at This is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the contract management profession.

Here, employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool with relevant work experience to fulfill staffing needs. Active job seekers can showcase their skills and work experience to prospective employers to find the best job opportunities, while others can take advantage of networking, training, and career development services.

Whether you’re looking for a new job or ready to take the next step in your career, you can take advantage of the networking, training, and career development services we offer. Whatever your career needs may be, we’ll help you find the opportunity that’s right for you. 

NCMA University Outreach Committee Members 

Committee Member
E-mail Address
Angela Deren
Austin, TX
Crystal Glenn
Falls Church, VA
Edward Rinkavage
Brambleton, VA
Edward Velasquez
Irvine, CA
Ellis Hunter
Tucson, AZ
John Wyatt
Riverside, CA
Jonene Johanson
Morgan, UT
Joshua Carr
Reston, VA
Kerry McRanor
Fortville, IN
Laura Lovato
Rio Rancho, NM
Matthew Runyon
Indianapolis, IN
Patrick Walker
Newport News, VA
Peter Tuttle
Annandale, VA
Phyllis Walker
Canyon Country, CA
Rene Rendon
Monterey, CA
Richard Smith
Upper Marlboro, MD
Robert New
Los Angeles, CA
Russell Blaine
Clemsford, MA
Shene' Commodore
Powder Springs, GA
Walter Theodor Sparkuhl
Los Angeles, CA





In this Issue:
  • Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor
  • “Resume Writing Tips: Summary of Qualifications”
  • “The Nine Greatest Myths Plaguing Students & New Professionals”  
  • Events  
  • Learning Corner 
  • NCMA University Outreach Committee Members

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