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February 2017
Corporate Gray Newsletter

Transition Advice

Keep your Job Search Proactive... Follow Up!

After applying for a position, don't wait for the phone to ring or the emails to come pouring in. Follow-up! Take the initiative to see where you stand. We don't mean stalking or harassing anyone, just a friendly email, voicemail, or letter to check on the progress of your application.

During an interview, be sure to ask for their decision timeline, and then follow-up with a friendly reminder that reinforces your interest in the job. A couple days after submitting the application, send an email to the recruiter who posted the job letting them know you applied (mention the specific job title) and how excited you are about the position. Take this opportunity to tell them why you are a great fit for that opening and their company, similar to the wording of your tailored cover letter; be specific, not generic.

If you don’t know the point of contact for the position, search LinkedIn for a recruiter who works at that company. Invite them to join your network and then message them about the job to which you applied, or send them an InMail if you have an upgraded account (Veterans can get a free upgraded account). Read the full article here for a hot tip on finding email addresses.

Speaking of following up, job search letters play an important role in allowing you to show your enthusiasm. Cover letters, approach letters, follow-up letters, and thank you letters can be used to tell an employer what you can do for them and why they should hire you. Take the time to tailor and personalize the letter or email. Check out Job Search Letters - Make them Count! to find steps to help you make the most of your job search correspondence.

Find more transition and job search articles on the Corporate Gray Blog.

Upcoming Job Fairs

Military-Friendly Job Fairs

Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair * February 21, 2017 * Virginia Beach, VA
Meet face-to face with 50 great companies at the February 21st Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Job fair hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm with employment seminars starting at 8 am. Some of the participating companies include: Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, Central Intelligence Agency, Deloitte, CSRA, Sentara Healthcare, U.S. Postal Service, Alban Caterpillar, Carter Machinery Company, L-3 Unidyne, Prince William County Police, First Command Financial Services, FCi Federal, New York Life, and many more! For additional information and to register, visit Free to all job seekers.

Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair * March 24, 2017 * Arlington, VA
The next Military-Friendly Job Fair in the Washington, DC Metro area will be held on March 24th at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. Meet face-to-face with Booz Allen Hamilton, National Security Agency, SAIC, YRCI, Alion Science and Technologies, FCi Federal, Fulcrum IT, Advanced Concepts and Technologies, U.S. Postal Service, GEICO, AECOM, United Medical Center, Wells Fargo, ASRC Federal, Edward Jones, and many more! Job fair hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm. There will also be an employer panel discussion starting at 8 am. For additional information and to register, visit Free to all job seekers.

TAOnline Virtual Career Fair * The Big Virtual * March 28, 2017
The Big Virtual is a quarterly TAOnline Virtual Career Fair where U.S. veterans and security cleared professionals can connect online with military-friendly organizations. The event takes place from your computer on March 28th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST). This event is for anyone seeking nationwide opportunities and is for all ranks and branches of service, including active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and individuals with a security clearance (including civilians). For more information and to register for the event, visit

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Featured Employers, Schools, and Service Providers

These companies want to hear from you!
Contact them about your next career move!


Advanced Concepts and Technologies International (ACT-I) provides trusted expertise and leadership in support of domestic and international Defense, Space, Homeland Security, and Cyber/Intel communities. ACT-I provides its customers with highly trained and experienced technical staff that is responsive and ethical, enhancing the value of any project or program they support. Learn more about their career opportunities at

Equipment Dealership

Carter Machinery has a clear vision: enable every customer to achieve their highest level of success. We demonstrate this commitment through our support of the people and equipment working in diverse industries from construction and mining to trucking and power generation. Our 20 locations across Virginia and southern West Virginia are staffed by over 1,100 top-notch professionals. As a result, we've grown to be one of the leading Caterpillar dealers in the United States. Visit for current career opportunities.

Equipment Dealership

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company is one of the largest Caterpillar Equipment dealers in the nation, serving Pennsylvania and West Virginia. With competitive compensation, affordable cost of living, proximity to big cities and outdoor adventures, Cleveland Brothers is a great place to start your next career as a CAT Technician. Visit to see their open positions.


The United States Postal Service has a long history of providing career opportunities to veterans, reservists, and their families. USPS currently employs over 113,000 Military members and Veterans, and Military service is treated as prior employment. USPS values the leadership, reliability, and high-tech skills that veterans bring to the organization. Opportunities range from administrative and technical support functions to processing and delivery operations. Visit


Sentara Healthcare is one of the most progressive healthcare organizations in the nation, located in Virginia and North Carolina and consistently top-ranked nationwide. Sentara is a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified company. They are looking for transitioning military with experience in all clinical areas and have numerous opportunities in administration, business office management, logistics and materials management. Sentara is one of the area’s top military family employers. Visit to learn more.

IT Consulting

At Hewlett Packard Enterprise we innovate for tomorrow. We move at the speed of thought to turn insights into solutions. And that starts with finding the brightest minds to fearlessly create and to challenge the way we think. HPE offers veterans and military spouses at all stages in their careers opportunities in a wide variety of roles including finance, HR, recruitment, operations, business planning, strategy, sales, account management, program/project management, technology and more. Visit

Professional Services

YRCI is a veteran-owned professional services firm located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area providing Human Resources, Acquisitions, and Management/Financial Services to federal and commercial clients nationwide. YRCI has helped put thousands of people to work, been recognized as one of the top workplaces in 2015 by the Washington Post, and is one of the fastest growing government contractors. Learn more at


Appalachian School of Law is a quiet, rural law school located in Grundy, Virginia. ASL exists to provide opportunities to students to realize their dreams of practicing law and bettering their communities. We attract a qualified, diverse and dedicated student body. The program emphasizes professional responsibility, dispute resolution, and practice skills. ASL offers both Spring and Fall start programs. Please contact Piper Doeppe (, Veterans Outreach Coordinator for more information.


Averitt Express has the utmost respect for members of the military and would be honored to have you join their growing team. They have regional truckload, dedicated, flatbed and local driving positions, as well as leadership opportunities in over 100 locations. Call toll-free: 1-888-321-1472 or visit Read Averitt's article The Value of Hiring Veterans in Transportation.

Veteran Services

Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program is a Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Veterans Services Program. V3 helps employers understand, design, and implement nationally recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring, and retaining Veterans. A V3 certification can help your company understand how Veterans can help your business, provides resources and assistance connecting with Veterans, and shares your Veteran hiring efforts across the Commonwealth. Learn more at

Hot Jobs & Opportunities

The following jobs and educational opportunities are being highlighted this month:


Averitt has regional driver positions available for military veterans throughout the Southeast! Averitt also has other driver and non-driver career opportunities nationwide:
• Driver (Local, Dedicated, & Flatbed)
• Leadership
• Diesel Mechanics
• Dock
Visit for more information. Meet with a representative from Averitt at the Feb. 21st job fair.

Carter Machinery Company is hiring! Check out their career opportunities at A Carter Machinery representative will be at the Feb. 21st fob fair in Virginia Beach.

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company has these immediate opportunities:
Industrial Engine Field Mechanic in Clarksburg, West Virginia
Construction Equipment Shop Technician in Clarksburg, West Virginia
Rental Coordinator in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Truck Shop Technician in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Click here to search for all their job opportunities, or contact Dave Greenawalt at (724)325-9324 x6324 or A Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company representative will be at the Feb. 21st fob fair in Virginia Beach.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is currently seeking veterans and military spouses for the following positions:
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Consultant (1575960) - Anywhere in U.S. except CA & NY
Sr. Sailpoint Consultant (1588722) - Location: Anywhere in U.S. except CA & NY
Service Information Developer (1597622) in Topeka, Kansas
Project Manager (1604432) in Columbus, Ohio
Experienced Business Analyst (1579608) in Tucker, Georgia
Search all their openings at An HPE representative will be at the Feb. 21st and Mar. 24th fob fairs.

Lynch Consultants is currently seeking candidates for the following immediate opportunities:
Cognos BI Consultant (2017-1016) in Arlington, VA
Senior Financial Analyst - Marine Corps HQ (2017-1015) in Arlington, VA
Data Analyst (2017-1011) in Washington, DC
Apply to these positions and more at A Lynch Consultants representative will be at the Mar. 24th fob fair in Arlington.

YRCI has the following immediate openings:
Junior Acquisition Specialist in New Carrollton, Maryland
Senior Contract Analyst II at Ft. Detrick, Maryland
Senior Contract Analyst II in San Diego, California
Senior Contract Analyst II at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
View all their openings at A YRCI representative will be at the Mar. 24th job fair in Arlington.

Companies in the Washington, DC area have the following open positions: Information Systems Security Officer, Jr. Cyber Security Analyst, Security Consultant, IT Quality Assurance Manager, Cloud Engineer, Cyber Security Engineer, Database Architect, Software Engineer, Software Test Engineer, and Signals Intelligence Software Engineer. E-mail for more information.

Find more jobs on Corporate Gray Online by clicking Find Jobs in the menu bar. Type in your Keywords or search by Company Name.


Appalachian School of Law offers a Natural Resources Law Program to train attorneys to navigate the increasingly complex world of natural resources law in terms of energy production, conservation, and improving sustainability. ASL's location in southwestern Virginia, the heart of the Appalachian oil and gas and coal-producing region, makes an emphasis on the topic a natural fit. Learn more about ASL at

Check out these Military-Friendly Schools: Appalachian School of Law, Great Lakes Truck Driving School, and Kaplan University. Learn more about these schools at

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