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U.S. Contractor in Iraq Accused of Charging $900 for $7 Control SwitchA U.S. government contractor in Iraq charged the Pentagon a whopping amount of money for inexpensive items, including $900 for a $7 control switch, according to a new report from a U.S. watchdog.

U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart W. Bowen Jr. said review found that Anham, LLC, which is based in suburban Washington, allowed its subcontractors in Iraq to also charge $3,000 for a $100 circuit breaker, and $80 for a piece of plumbing equipment worth $1.41.

As a result, Bowen's inspectors are seeking to review all Anham contracts with the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan, which total about $3.9 billion.

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U.S. Defense Contractor Accused Of Negligence

U.S. Defense Contractor Accused Of Negligence Nasir Ahmad Ahmadi was hired to work as an interpreter alongside American troops in Afghanistan. But soldiers were alarmed by his strange behavior, his inability to do the job and the foul condition of his living quarters. They suspected he used drugs.

Just a few months after he arrived at an Army Special Forces base near Kabul, Ahmadi was ordered to pack his bags and leave. Instead of getting ready for the next flight out, Ahmadi grabbed an AK-47 assault rifle from another interpreter's room on the base and started shooting. He killed two unarmed soldiers and wounded a third.

On Monday, nearly 18 months after the January 2010 shootings, the survivor and family members of the slain soldiers filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mission Essential Personnel, the U.S. defense contractor that hired Ahmadi as it rushed to put more interpreters to work in Afghanistan. 

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From time to time I randomly read resumes and profiles submitted to our database. What is becoming increasingly apparent is some young professionals simply do not know how to apply for jobs. This is especially true for service members transitioning from the military.

The fundamental lack of understanding of how to sell yourself to a prospective employer could be the problem, so in this article, we are going to focus on your cover letter. Writing a good cover letter is your best shot at getting noticed. If a recruiter dislikes your cover letter, they won’t even look at your resume.

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You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so it's vital your CV is as strong as possible. There is no such thing as a standard format, but by applying some simple strategies you can write a winning resume.

A professional resume communicates the positive difference you will deliver for each employer you approach. You should customize your CV to reflect the position you are applying for. Pay attention to keywords in the job description and thoroughly research the company to gain a firm understanding of what they are seeking. Use this knowledge to demonstrate how you’ve successfully handled similar situations.

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When applying for work abroad, make sure that you customize your resume to the given job, ensuring specific skills and regional experiences are addressed properly. The recruiter may not see the link between your attributes and their job, so provide connections in the resume, and also it will be beneficial to include a personal statement to galvanize any important points.

First impressions are very important, especially when looking at work abroad. Overseas recruiters will use this document as a symbol of your presentation and conduct, so make sure that the document is flawless and visually attractive. Don’t go overboard though- simplicity and conciseness are the keys here.

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