January Podcast Roundup: Who’s Hiring Vets, Remote Work Opportunities and Tips for Building Your Network

Posted by Pat Tovo

Security Cleared Jobs: Who’s Hiring & How is brought to you by ClearedJobs.Net and hosted by Kathleen Smith and Rachel Bozeman. Our January roundup includes:

  • John McCracken, Director of Talent Acquisition, Battelle
  • Melissa Foley, Director of Mission Systems Capabilities, Lockheed Martin Space
  • Bonus Episode, Expanding Your Professional Network
  • Scott Tekesky, Director of Talent Acquisition, Chameleon Consulting Group

Are you hoping to make 2023 a fresh start? Maybe advancing your career to the next level? Or landing a remote job? You’re in the right place. Our January podcast episodes deliver good information on where the jobs are and what top companies are looking for in candidates.

Battelle | John McCracken

Battelle is the largest independently operated not for profit research and development company. Their motto is Profit for a Purpose. The company has a need for radio-frequency engineers, network and software engineers, as well as vulnerability researchers. Cleared positions are available in Ohio, Northern Virginia, Massachusetts, and Alabama.

John supports the contract research side of the business for the DoD, the intelligence community, and other federal civilian agencies. John has worked to streamline the hiring process and his advice to job seekers is understand everything you can about your security clearance. Battelle gives back their profits to STEM education for underprivileged children, so if you think you would like to work for a charitably minded organization, you can contact John at [email protected].

Listen to the episode here >>

Lockheed Martin Space | Melissa Foley

Working the Space division of Lockheed Martin, Melissa places candidates for anything from satellite to ground stations, as well as Orion spacecraft to GPS. Her hiring needs include software developers, cyber, and systems engineers. Those positions are in their main employment hubs of DC, Pennsylvania, California, and Colorado but they do have some flexibility with remote positions.

At Lockheed in the Space Division, 16% of their employees are veterans. The organization believes in work/life balance, with most of their positions having a flexible schedule, working 4 days a week at 10 hours a day. They create programs that encourage a long, fulfilling career with them. If flexibility interests you, you can reach Melissa through LinkedIn.

Listen to the episode here >>

Bonus Episode: How to Expand Your Professional Network

It’s no secret that networking is critical not only for a job search but for building a pathway to a successful career. A few tips you will hear discussed in this podcast include:

  • Define your networking goals
  • Connect through a variety of communication channels
  • Take advantage of social media
  • Personalize your outreach
  • Stay in touch with your network
  • Give as good as you get

Tune in to hear all the good information, whether you are job hunting or just expanding your knowledge of the cleared community.

Listen to the episode here >>

Chameleon Consulting Group | Scott Tekesky

At their heart, Scott says that Chameleon (CCG) is a technology company who has their customers in the government and DoD space doing architecture and design work on products and systems. They have projected a growth of 50% for new hires in 2023 in the fields of software engineers, dev ops engineers, and vulnerability researchers. They can clear professionals for all their government contracts.

Many CCG employees are veterans who understand the mindset of mission first and the company looks for candidates who are problem solvers. Scott believes that their success comes from a hiring practice of not compromising on talent. Most of their employees are remote workers or on a hybrid schedule. If that and a mission focus appeals to you, you can reach Scott via LinkedIn.

Listen to the episode here >>

Tune In for More Episodes

Don’t miss out on new episodes filled with invaluable career intel every Wednesday. You can access each episode, notes about the show, transcripts, and ways to contact each recruiter via Or listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other popular podcast directories.

This entry was posted on Monday, February 06, 2023 9:00 am

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