NEWS + ADVICE
Interview with a Recruiter, Andie Borcz, TASC
Andie, tell us about yourself and TASC
I have been with TASC for 2 years. I joined the company as part of the TexelTek acquisition. I am a recruiter in the Fort Meade, MD market with a focus on Intelligence community programs. I also provide support to other recruiters for various positions across the country.
Why do I want to work for TASC
The people of TASC and the customer programs they support are what drive candidates to us. We have very mission-critical work that people can feel very good about contributing towards. In my time at TASC I have experience both things: great people and rewarding mission work. I am fortunate to have an amazing and knowledgeable manager, who continues to make me appreciate my role here at TASC.
Tell us about the TASC hiring process
Our hiring process varies for each position we recruit for, however, on average, candidates can expect to come in for two interviews per position. A background investigation and drug screen is required for any candidate who receives an offer at TASC. Since the majority of our positions require an active security clearance, there is also a security clearance transfer process that occurs. Some of our highly technical positions often require work samples, testing, and possibly multiple interviews.
What’s it like for transitioning military to work for TASC
TASC has great appreciation for the service that active and retired military have provided to this country. In fact, about one third of TASC’s employees are former military. We do targeted outreach to attract veterans to apply to our positions. We also have recruiters on staff that focus on veteran hiring. Those recruiters are consistently attending and speaking at military events, as well as serving as an advocate to those who are hired once they start with TASC.
Do you use search engines / social media to screen job seekers at any point in the hiring process
I often use LinkedIn to screen a candidate once I’ve spoken with them, in an effort to confirm details that we have discussed. I also use social media, Twitter and Facebook, to promote job openings, solicit referrals for candidates, and to show where TASC will be attending recruiting events.
What types of cleared positions do you fill
Since I have been at TASC I have been very fortunate to be exposed to a variety of different positions. Software development has always been my prime focus, but I also recruit for cleared finance, program management, systems engineers, and cyber professionals.
What type of certifications or training can you recommend for someone looking to get a job with your company
I always say the more certifications and trainings, the better! If your current company is willing to pay for any type of training or education, take advantage! Certifications are very specific for each position and skill set, so I would recommend looking at some online job postings in your area of interest to get an idea of the types of requirements companies are looking for in those positions.
What are the toughest security cleared positions for you to fill and why
Fully cleared software developers are definitely the hardest positions to fill. Developers who have the highest level clearances are very hard to find, and in very high demand…especially good ones!
What do you see security cleared job seekers doing wrong
Always keep your resume and LinkedIn profile updated! In our current market, contract funding could be reduced or cut, so you should always be proactive. The more you grow and stay connected to your network the easier it will be when it comes time to find a new position.
What’s the craziest thing a job seeker has ever said to you
I am 6 months pregnant, and at a job fair a few weeks ago, a candidate came up and rubbed my belly while he was talking to me. I felt that was a pretty crazy situation!
What do job seekers need to know about your job as a recruiter
We are here to help you in your job search, even if the job you end up in is not at TASC. We work in such a small community that we all need to work together to help each other be successful. We are bound to cross paths down the road somewhere!
What’s the most inappropriate thing you’ve seen on a resume
Please don’t ever put excessive personal information on your resume! I have seen people put their social security number on their resume, and I just cringe!