Defense Contract Management Agency | No Greater Sense of Duty |
Published in the January/February 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
David Anderson, lead recruiter for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), has one crucial measurement for his days at work. “For me, a good day is giving somebody a job,” he said.
Anderson served in the United States Marine Corps for 21 years, retiring as a major in 2007. “I served all over the world, but it’s the Marines that I served with that I remember best,” said the combat veteran. “Through their dedication and teamwork I learned more from them than they did from me.”
The DCMA hired him as a recruiter. Since joining, he has built a new recruiting program, and saved time and money by implementing virtual job fairs and other hiring events.
The DCMA is the DoD component that works directly with defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, other federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time and at projected cost, and that they meet all performance requirements. The DCMA has a lot of openings, according to Anderson, but primarily the organization needs contract administrators, people experienced in quality assurance, and engineers. Anderson knows that a lot of veterans have those skills and he wants to hire more of them. He said that the veteran “understands the value of what we do, because he was an end user. We service the war fighter; contracts get them the best gear. Plus, they understand teamwork, carry out orders, show initiative at the right times, and always complete the mission.”
Anderson advises servicemembers to plan for their post-military careers as early as possible and take care of such details as collecting medical records and submitting VA paperwork, if applicable before leaving the military. He also encourages servicemembers and veterans to go to as many job fairs as possible, making sure to dress properly and using a quality resume.
“I know it’s stressed over and over again, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t follow that advice,” Anderson said. “It’s silly to say something that seems so obvious, but that’s what I see over and over again.”
Anderson is a big proponent of DCMA’s Recruit A Hero program. That program supports hiring 30 percent or more disabled veterans to work as part of the civilian workforce under a federal hiring authority called “30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans.” Anderson said, “There is no greater sense of duty than taking care of your fellow servicemembers.”