Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor
I hope everyone had a great summer. Now is a great time to start the school year and incorporate the skills you may have learned while working this summer or even building from the knowledge gained during our most recent school term. Let’s have fun, but stay focused and maintain positive thoughts about our career and educational choices.
During this issue, I have added some interview questions you can use to prepare you for your entry into the job market. Interview tips and contract definitions will be regular parts of the newsletter as we hope to ease your transition from student to employee.
Remember that we are always looking for great articles to include in our monthly newsletter. Please contact me if you would like to submit an article.
Shene’ Commodore, CPCM, is the government contracts manager with Intertek Testing Services.
By: Shene’ Commodore
Research has shown that the most qualified candidates often do not always get the job. Many jobs are given to candidates with the best interpersonal skills who know how to promote themselves. You should have great listening skills, not be easily intimidated, and of course arrive to your interview on time.
Before going to the interview:
- Make sure you do your research about the company you are interviewing with. What is their mission and what are their values?
- What kind of career development can you achieve with the company? Remember, you should be interviewing them as well.
- Did you prepare a portfolio? This should include additional copies of your résumé and examples of your work. A portfolio is also a good way to answer a question and show specific examples of how you have successfully applied the knowledge you have as it relates to the job.
- Do a practice run of the interview.
Questions you can ask:
- Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position?
- Is there a formal process for advancement within the organization?
- What are the traits and skills of people who are the most successful within the organization?
A Typical Work Day in Contract Management
By: J'Netta Gaulding
As a contract specialist, the art of multitasking in today’s fast world of “need it now” is a key component in the contract profession. People who work in the field of contracts are required to have business skills and knowledge. The federal government requires contract specialists to have at least 24 hours of business skills in core classes such as management, marketing, accounting, and finance.
Writing Tip: How to Read in Government and Corporate America—Use the Models of Writing to Get Things Done
By: Stan Berry and Stu Tanquist
Clearly written communications drive productivity within your organization. But, being read today is no easy task. Everyone has had the experience of sending out e-mails and other documents that didn’t get read—it’s as though they got stuck in cyberspace and never landed anywhere.
Government Contract Management Conference 2010
December 9–10, 2010; Arlington, Virginia
Mark your calendar today for this unique event that promises to educate and inspire you to make accurate and informed decisions in contract management. Attendees earn up to 12 continuing education hours (CLP/CEU equivalent) by attending the conference.
- Indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) – a type of contract that provides for an indefinite quantity of supplies or services during a fixed period of time.
- Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) – Federal standards designed to provide consistency and coherency in defense and other government contract accounting.
- Contract financing – Obtaining the funds necessary for performing the contract, including payment methods, performance incentives, advanced payments, progress payments, and contract funding.
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.
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.