National Contract Management Association
May 2011 

Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor

 Welcome to the unofficial beginning of summer. This will be the last issue of StudentsConnect until September 2011. In this issue we will conclude our résumé writing tips and discuss the new online assessment for government jobs. If you have any success stories based on the information you receive from StudentsConnect, please share them with me via e-mail at

NCMA's World Congress is a great way for you to practice your networking skills, gain professional training, and participate in a career fair designed just for contract management professionals, new and established. I wish you much success with your intern plans, career transitions, and the beginning of your careers in the contract profession.  

Thank you for taking the time to read another edition of NCMA StudentsConnect.

Shene’ Commodore, CPCM, is the government contracts manager with Intertek Testing Services.

New Online Assessment for Government Job Applicants
Author: Emily Long
Date: April 20, 2011

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has a new assessment tool to replace the complex knowledge, skills, and abilities statements traditionally completed by government job applicants. The online platform, called Assess, is in a pilot phase and will be used to streamline the federal hiring process, Angela Bailey, OPM's deputy associate director for recruitment and diversity, said in an interview on Tuesday.  

Read more...

Résumé Writing Tips: Work Experience 
Author: Shene’ Commodore

We conclude our résumé writing tips with some pointers on writing your work experience and some résumé writing pointers. The “Work Experience” details how your on-the-job experience proves you have the skills to meet the requirements of the job description.





World Congress 2011

July 10–13, 2011
Denver, Colorado 

Join more than 1,600 contract professionals at this premier conference focused on the most critical challenges of contract professionals from both government and industry. Attendees are provided with several external training opportunities, the chance to meet with potential employers, and several networking and social events.   

Earn up to 20 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours/Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) by attending this event. 


Learning Corner

This section is dedicated to answering the questions you submit. Definitions and basic contract learning tools will also be provided here. 


  • Best ValueMethod of evaluating bids in which the contract officer uses many criteria, including the capabilities of the bidder, to determine which offer is in the best overall interest of the buyers. 
  • Defense ContractorAny person or organization who enters into a contract with the United States for the production of material or for the performance of services for the national defense.
  • Sole SourceA procurement where only one source is available for the goods or services required. Competition is not available in a sole-source procurement.

NCMA Resources:

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.

Sign up for NCMA Student Membership!

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.

For more information, contact NCMA Customer Service at or call 800-344-8096. is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the contract management profession. Here, active job seekers can showcase their skills and work experience to prospective employers to find the best job opportunities, while others can take advantage of networking, training, and career development services. 

Whether you’re looking for a new job or ready to take the next step in your career, you can take advantage of the networking, training, and career development services we offer. Whatever your career needs may be, we’ll help you find the opportunity that’s right for you.  

NCMA University Outreach Committee Members 

Committee Member
E-mail Address
Angela Deren
Austin, TX
Crystal Glenn
Falls Church, VA
Edward Rinkavage
Brambleton, VA
Edward Velasquez
Irvine, CA
Ellis Hunter
Tucson, AZ
John Wyatt
Riverside, CA
Jonene Johanson
Morgan, UT
Joshua Carr
Reston, VA
Kerry McRanor
Fortville, IN
Laura Lovato
Rio Rancho, NM
Matthew Runyon
Indianapolis, IN
Patrick Walker
Newport News, VA
Peter Tuttle
Annandale, VA
Phyllis Walker
Canyon Country, CA
Rene Rendon
Monterey, CA
Richard Smith
Upper Marlboro, MD
Robert New
Los Angeles, CA
Russell Blaine
Clemsford, MA
Shene' Commodore
Powder Springs, GA
Walter Theodor Sparkuhl
Los Angeles, CA





In this Issue:
  • Letter from the StudentsConnect Editor
  • "New Online Assessment for Job Applicants"
  • “Résumé Writing Tips: Work Experience”   
  • Events  
  • Learning Corner 

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