Kathleen Smith

The State of recruitDC: 2016 and Beyond

As we enter into the seventh (!) year of recruitDC, it was time for the board to take stock of where we have been, what we are doing and where we would like to go. Thanks to Susan LaMotte and exaqueo team we were able to do research and focus groups with the community.  From this research and...

recruitDC Announces New Board Members!

As the recruitDC organization continues to grow, we have recruited additional board members to help bring programs and events to the community. Please join us in welcoming them! Board members Pete Radloff and Mike Bruni will continue to serve on the board. Kathleen Smith will continue to serve on the board as President. Our new...

Jason Redman: A Veteran’s Perspective

By Kathleen Smith Jason Redman is a keynote speaker on the second day of the CyberMaryland 2014 conference. Jason is a U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant (retired), Founder of SOF Spoken Speaking company, author of “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal Leader” and CEO and Founder of Wounded Wear. I feel really...

Got Community?

By Kathleen Smith Community as an aspect of our daily lives – not the television show – has become another buzzword. We want to live in a community -sometimes a gated community-, we want to be part of a community to learn, share, become popular; entrepreneurs want a community to make revenue and recruiters want...

The Candidate Experience – Each Candidate Is Different

By Kathleen Smith Thanks to several programs and general awareness a focus in recruiting now is the candidate experience. While this is all good, we have to remember that not all candidates are created equal. 

Social Media Recruiting in the Defense and Intelligence Community

By Kathleen Smith The buzz concerning social media for recruiting and employer branding has reached a fever pitch. What was once thought impossible, namely access to social media sites, and is now permitted. But now that the gates have opened many are in a quandary as to how to implement social media.

Attracting Younger Professionals into the Intelligence Community

By Kathleen Smith There has been a lot written about the challenges of recruiting, hiring and retaining Millennials. At a recent Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA ) event Millennials, the Community and  Social Media panelists discussed how this generation is impacted and can have an impact in the intelligence community.

Your Biggest Asset: Your Network

By Kathleen Smith No matter how much things change, they stay the same. Recruiting is about developing relationships, and not just one type of relationship. Candidate relationship, internal hiring relationships and your colleague relationships for referrals and, heaven forbid, if you have to find another job.

recruitDC Sneak Peek: Talk Tech To Me – Buzzword Bingo

By Kathleen Smith In any industry, and particularly the government, and government contracting community, we are familiar with buzzword bingo. A term is developed, it catches on and before you know it there are conferences developed to discuss this one term. If the term is really prevalent, there may even be some budget put towards...

Spring Is Here: Grow Your Veteran Candidates

By Kathleen Smith We continue to see a large veteran work force transition and even with all the transition support programs out available, veteran unemployment still stand at 5.6%. Veteran hiring was the topic of conversation at a recent recruitDC Military Hiring Networking Session, where attendees looked at veteran recruiting through two lenses: from veteran...
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