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January 2018
Corporate Gray Newsletter

Transition Advice

Company Research and the Power of the Informational Interview

You hear a lot about the importance of networking in your job search. One of your main objectives in networking should be to conduct informational interviews. This is a type of informal interview that allows you to research companies and network with individuals that work there. It often yields not only useful company information but may lead to formal job interviews and offers.

You use the informational interview to gain job and company information, advice, and referrals. You want to learn more about the company and whether it's a good match to your background and interests. You're not asking for a job at this point, just for information and advice for your job search. This opens the door to opportunities while minimizing rejections and competition. And it has the added benefit of getting you noticed and remembered for future opportunities.

You want to engage your prospects in the 5 Rs of informational interviewing:
• Reveal useful information and advice for your job search.
• Refer you to others.
• Read your resume.
• Revise your resume.
• Remember you for future opportunities.

If you follow the principles of conducting informational interviews within your network, you will gain valuable information about the company and get on the radar of key company personnel. Read these articles for more on how to conduct informational interviews and how to research the companies you are targeting:
How to Get the Inside Scoop about a Company: Informational Interviews
The Power of the Informational Interview
How to Research a Potential Employer

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 14, 2018 * Virginia Beach
You're invited to meet face-to face with dozens of military-friendly companies at the February 14th Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Some of the early registrants include: ARServices, Carter Machinery, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Edward Jones, MBP, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, U.S. Postal Service, Newport News Shipbuilding, and more. Job fair hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm, with two free employment seminars from 8 am to 9 am. To ensure you receive the job fair Employer Directory in advance, pre-register at And if you upload your resume, the participating companies will have early access to your credentials. This military-friendly job fair is open and free to all job seekers, but especially for transitioning service members and veterans.

Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair * March 23, 2017 * Arlington, VA
Save the date to attend the next Corporate Gray Military-Friendly Job Fair in the Washington, DC Metro area on March 23rd at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. Job fair hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm with an Employer Panel discussion for job seekers starting at 8 am. To ensure you receive the job fair Employer Directory in advance, pre-register at And if you upload your resume, the participating companies will have early access to your credentials. This military-friendly job fair is open and free to all job seekers, but especially for transitioning service members and veterans.

TAOnline Virtual Career Fair * The Big Virtual * February 6, 2018
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 February 6th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (ET). 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

Federal Job Search

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Featured Employers, Schools, and Service Providers

These companies have sponsored The Military-to-Civilian Transition Guide because they want to reach out to military-experienced candidates. They want to hear from you! Contact them about your next career move!


Lockheed Martin is one of the foremost systems engineering, software and systems integration companies in the world. They are seeking experienced Cyber Security Engineers, Intelligence Analyst Staff, RF Engineers and more. Visit to learn more.

Equipment Dealership

Ransome is a premier Caterpillar Dealership that serves the Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware Regions. Ransome provides sales, parts and service to the region’s construction, power generation, industrial engine and marine customers. Please visit to learn about our exciting employment opportunities, training, benefits and more.


The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is the Department of Defense (DoD) component that works directly with Defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, Federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost, and meet all performance requirements. DCMA directly contributes to the military readiness of the United States and its allies, and helps preserve the nation's freedom. Challenge Yourself. Join Team DCMA!


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulates the civilian use of nuclear power and nuclear materials to protect the health and safety of the public, the environment, and the nation. Consistently ranked as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government," the NRC has positions for engineers, scientists, security professionals, and more. NRC offers careers that make a difference every day, protecting people and the environment.


Koch Industries, Inc. provides the ultimate career transition for military veterans. Our diversified international group of companies offers career opportunities in engineering, IT, logistics, maintenance, operations, business and manufacturing. Join forces with a company that aligns with your beliefs and offers a diverse range of opportunities to create your own career path. Visit to learn more.


Great Lakes Truck Driving School is committed to serving veterans from the point of enrollment and throughout their entire career. Many programs are approved for GI Bill benefits include commercial truck driver training, NCCER heavy equipment operation, oilfield certifications for the drilling industry, as well as combinations thereof! Complimentary lodging for out of the area students. For more information on training opportunities and their Veteran Service Program, call 866-932-3436 or visit

Veterans Services

David Griswold & Associates, Inc. has helped thousands of military transition to civilian jobs for over 30 years. They partner with you to develop a career campaign strategy to put you in a new career. Their clients have recently accepted positions to include Boeing, Booz Allen, Deloitte, Ingersoll Rand, General Dynamics, GE, General Motors, MTSI, MITRE, Oracle, SAIC, Skanska, and Xerox. Visit and send them your resume to to see if they can assist you in your job search.

Hot Jobs & Opportunities

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


AMVETS National Service Foundation is currently seeking an Executive Director. The NSF Executive Director serves as the chief administrative official for the National Service Foundation. Click here to learn more. Qualified candidates must submit their resume and cover letter to Pimjai Krot at or Fax: 301-683-3058.

Koch Industries is currently hiring for the following positions:
Military Marketing & Product Manager (#051499) in Kennesaw, Georgia
Public Affairs / Communication Manager (#052141) in Wichita, Kansas
IT Director - Supply Chain (#052274) in Atlanta, Georgia
Supply Chain Analyst (#052046) in Atlanta, Georgia
Click here to search more job opportunities at Koch. BEFORE applying to a position, send an email with your resume attached to John Buckley at Let him know the position(s) for which you are interested and that you were made aware of the openings through Corporate Gray. John will help you navigate the Koch selection process to improve your chances of success!

Lockheed Martin has the following immediate openings:
Cyber Threat Analyst in Linthicum, Maryland
Assember in Camden, Arkansas
Software Engineer in Fort Worth, Texas
Manufacturing Engineer in Littleton, Colorado
View all their career opportunities at

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


Great Lakes Truck Driving School offers a Premier Driver Development Program which includes Class A CDL/Heavy Equipment Operation/Oilfield Safety/600 Clock hours. View all their programs at

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