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Professional Overseas Contractors - Security Clearances

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Edward Snowden revealed to the world the startling breadth of the National Security Agency’s surveillance efforts, but his story also highlighted another facet of today’s intelligence world: the increasingly privatized national security sector, in which a high school dropout could bring in six figures while gaining access to state secrets.

Over the last decade, firms like Booz Allen Hamilton, where Snowden worked for three months, have gobbled up nearly 60 cents out of every dollar the government spends on intelligence. A majority of top-secret security clearances now goes to private contractors who provide services to the government.

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Working in Qatar at Al Udeid Air Base

Post Date: July 1, 2014 | Category: General Information

Professional Overseas Contractors - www.Your-POC.com

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Qatar is a sovereign Arab emirate, located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island kingdom of Bahrain.

Qatar has the world's third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves in excess of 25 billion barrels which has fueled Qatar to become world's richest country per capita and achieve the highest human development in the Arab World and the 36th highest globally; furthermore, it is recognized as a high income economy by the World Bank and also the 19th most peaceful country in the world.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors
As the Justice Department winds down its eight-year crusade against Swiss banks selling offshore tax-dodging services to wealthy Americans, the Internal Revenue Service is offering its own parting gift: softer penalties for taxpayers who come out of the woodwork to disclose their secret accounts. Call it the advent of the “I was clueless” defense.

The IRS announced last week it would ease the financial and legal pain for the estimated 6 million expatriate Americans who live and work abroad, many of whom don’t know that they must pay U.S. taxes on their foreign income. People who come forward under an amnesty program to disclose their foreign accounts and settle their U.S. tax bills won’t be charged any penalties and will simply owe back taxes and interest. Previously, they would have owed a penalty of 27.5 percent, computed as a percentage of each undisclosed foreign account.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors
To out distance your job-seeking competitors, follow this best practice... before writing your resume. Make a list of 10-15 (or more) mutual good-fit employers to target.

Do research on them to determine what makes you uniquely qualified to help them meet their current challenges, for market intelligence, and to uncover relevant keywords and phrases. Use this information to create content for your personal brand messaging and career marketing materials (resume, biography, LinkedIn profile, etc.) that will resonate with those target employers.

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Professional Overseas Contractors
Civilian federal employees serving in combat zones would receive the same tax credit available to military personnel who work alongside them, under a new bipartisan bill.

The Combat Zone Tax Parity Act (H.R. 4621) aims to address a shortage of civilian workers staffing dangerous regions by extending a federal income tax break to those employees. Civilian employees who opt for hazardous overseas duty often perform important jobs in fields such as transportation, reconstruction and health care, but do not qualify for income tax exemptions on their base pay like active duty military personnel do. Most civilians working abroad in such areas are employees of the Defense and State departments, the intelligence community and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors
Getting a job with an overseas military contractor – a private military contractor, or PMC – isn’t difficult, if you have the necessary blend of training and experience. It also helps if you’re in top-flight physical condition and have a spotless police record. Duties and locations depend on the organization you choose to work for and the skills you bring to the job.

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Professional Overseas Contractors
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so its 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 customise your CV to reflect the position you are applying for. Pay attention to key words 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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Professional Overseas Contractors - www.Your-POC.com

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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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Professional Overseas Contractors

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As a U.S. citizen/green card holder residing abroad, you still owe U.S. taxes on your worldwide income.  The U.S. has tax treaties with many countries, which allows the federal government to exchange data on its citizens living in other countries for tax purposes. Most importantly, if you do not file a tax return for a given tax year, the statute of limitations on that year never runs out.

If you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien of the United States and you live or work abroad, you are taxed on your worldwide income. However, you may qualify to exclude from income up to an amount of your foreign earnings that is now adjusted for inflation $91,400 for 2009, $91,500 for 2010, $92,900 for 2011, $95,100 for 2012 and $97,600 for tax year 2013.

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Professional Overseas Contractors - www.Your-POC.com

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Many of the positions needed in combat zones like Iraq and Afghanistan directly support military operations. The need for contractors with valid security clearances is high, and workers with security clearances may earn the highest salaries in the private sector. The average salary for private contractors is $93,961 as of December 2012. The average private government contractor with a security clearance earns about $20,000 more each year than a government employee with the same clearance.

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