NCMA's StudentsConnect
April 2013
Message from an NCMA Staff Member



Networking is a great way to build relationships, learn about your career options, and gather advice for achieving your goals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking.

Start now and check out this discussion on LinkedIn about starting a career in contracts!

Kelly Higginbotham
Marketing Specialist


Agencies Brace for Exodus of Contracting Professionals


 Job Search Stress? 4 Key Ways To Manage Your Angst

How to land a top paying federal job

The number of retiring acquisition professionals jumped from 805 in 2009 to 1,239 in 2012. Will this leave a gap in the marketplace for new acquisition professionals?

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This article provides you with four key ways to boost your job search morale. Number one on this list: Become active in professional associations and groups relevant to your line of work, something you are already doing with NCMA!

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Is the government still hiring? Get the answer to this question and more with this great blog post. Also, make sure to check out the High Achievers Guide at the end of the post!

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Contract Management Term of the Month

business process improvement (BPI): A methodology for focused change in a business process achieved by analyzing the "as-is" process using flowcharts and other tools, then developing a streamlined "to-be" process in which automation may be added to result in a process that is better, faster, and cheaper. BPI aims at cost reductions of 10-40 percent, with moderate risk.

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Events: Upcoming Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

You are in the early stages of your career, so it's 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. The following are just a few upcoming events. Contact your local chapter and view NCMA’s online calendar for additional events.

April 17: Everything as a Service: Myth or Reality? Seminar - Washington, DC *

April 17: NCMA Members-Only Webinar Series - FREE Online Event!

April 22: Next Generation of Government Training - Los Angeles, CA

*NCMA's Executive Director, Mike Fischetti, will be a speaker at this event— stop by and say hi!

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