Early in my career, I was an experienced program manager and systems engineer at a major defense contractor. After several years, I was ready for a job change. In preparation, I hired a career coach to help update my resume, coach me on interview skills, and research companies.
We found a job posting that was a perfect fit for me—exact technical expertise, years of experience, and size of projects and budgets. I confidently submitted the polished resume. I knew the waiting would be difficult, but I also knew how rare the requested skills and security clearances were.