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September 2012
Message from an NCMA Staff Member

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Member Benefit Highlight:

Have you ever reviewed job postings to give you an idea of the proper compensation for acquisition professionals? As an NCMA member, you have a far better and much more reliable resource—complimentary access to the archive of NCMA's annual salary surveys. You'll be glad to know that this annual resource continuously demonstrates that those in the profession are well rewarded in terms of salary and bonus.

Access the 2011 NCMA Salary Survey to get a look at compensation based on age, gender, education level, experience, employer, industry, organization size, location, and so much more.


Correen Dingle
Marketing Specialist



A Career Antidote to a Deep
Recession and a Shallow Recovery


Market Research—
More Important Now Than Ever

100 Words that Kill
Your Proposals

This great article emphasizes that the job market has changed and old fashioned job-search techniques just won't work, especially in this recession. The author states that your career will suffer if you don't keep your skills up-to-date and continue to upgrade your capabilities and your credentials. Read this article to learn how to persevere even in the tightest job marketsRead More.

Market research is a critical part of the acquisition process and without it contracts often fail to achieve the customer's expectations. ASI Government explores market research—what it is, when to do it, who does it, and why it's important. This publication includes a table of recommended "do's and don'ts" and a list of additional resources for market research.  Read More

Bob Lohfeld, CEO and general manager of Lohfeld Consulting Group, has compiled a list of the most frequently used words that should be avoided when writing proposals. Lohfeld states that these words and phrases can weaken a proposal and even undermine the bidder’s credibility. The list doesn’t cover every word that should be avoided, but it does provide guidance and suggestions that will strengthen proposals.   Read More

Did You Know?


How many government jobs are in your area? Click on the infographic below to see the percentage breakdown by region. (Courtesy of the Partnership for Public Service.)



Events: Upcoming Career Fairs, Networking, and Professional Development Opportunities

You are in the early stages of your career, so it is even more important for you to take advantage of all the professional development opportunities available to you. You also want to make yourself known—so please get out and meet, network, and get to know the people that can help guide you. Below are just a few upcoming events. Contact your local chapter and view NCMA's online calendar for additional events.

September 13: NCMA Pentagon Chapter Educational Dinner Meeting - Arlington, VA

September 13: University of New Mexico Business and Accounting Career Fair - Albuquerque, NM*

September 18—19: National Seminar on Government Contracts - St. Paul, MN

September 19—21: University of Maryland Fall Career & Internship Fair - College Park, MD

October 1: James Madison University Fall Career & Internship Fair - Harrisonburg, VA*

October 3—4: George Mason University Job and Internship Fair - Fairfax, VA

*NCMA will have a table at this event. Stop by and see us!


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