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

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I am not a contracts professional, but there are times when I have to pat myself on the back because I can sit amongst contract management professionals and actually keep up with the conversation. I know that I can attribute my knowledge not just to my role at NCMA, but largely to Contract Management magazine. If it's helping a "marketing specialist" get a better grasp on contract management, I can't even imagine how helpful it is for you.

Here's the digtal edition of the January issue in case you haven't already had a chance to dig in. The February issue will be at your doorstep in a matter of days. 

Correen Dingle
Marketing Specialist


The New Rules For Cover Letters


Why Every Jobseeker and
New Grad Should
Volunteer (6 Reasons)

2013’s Top Trends in Acquisition and Program Management

I've come across so many discussions lately on whether or not a cover letter should accompany a résumé. I say yes, it's an attention grabber, but with online job submissions some say cover letters get overlooked and are unnecessary. I think this article has some good advice should you choose to include oneRead More.

My messages in StudentsConnect over the past several months have encouraged interning, mentoring, networking, and volunteering. It's always good to come across articles that speak to your points and this quick-read sums up why you should volunteer. Side note, NCMA is always looking for volunteers. Contact your local chapter for information.      Read More

It's obviously a good idea to stay up-to-date on current acquisition hot topics and developments. This article provides a look at what we can expect this year. Read on as four experts touch on the top acquisition and program management trends for 2013.  Read More

Events: Upcoming 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. The following are just a few upcoming events. Contact your local chapter and view NCMA’s online calendar for additional events.

February 20: George Mason University Career Fair - Fairfax, VA*

February 21: George Mason University Career Fair - Fairfax, VA*

February 28: GovLoop’s Virtual Career Fair - Online

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

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