Roadblock to Success!

  • Roadblock to Success!

     Tina updated 1 week, 6 days ago 4 Members · 7 Posts
  • Mark

    Member
    November 18, 2020 at 13:29

    There are a lot of job opportunities in my area; however, many of these opportunities require “an active (level) security clearance”. While I have held a clearance in the past, my past two jobs have nor required one and my clearance has long expired. Does anyone have a recommendation on how to pursue obtaining a clearance to open the door to these opportunities. With so many individuals leaving military service in this area I am a definite disadvantage.

  • Tina

    Moderator
    November 18, 2020 at 15:20

    Hi Mark – good question – let me see if I can find some answers on this – stand by.

  • Matthew

    Member
    November 18, 2020 at 15:26

    I can’t help with the initial part of the question in terms of obtaining a clearance/renewing, but I do know that once you are in the system for clearances it is that much easier to renew. At least that’s what I was told years ago. It might be worth submitting yourself even while your clearance is inactive as if they want your skills, theyll probably put you through for it.

  • LaNiece

    Moderator
    November 18, 2020 at 15:32

    Hi Mark, I know it can be incredibly frustrating to feel as if you are at a disadvantage because of an expired security clearance. Indicate on your resume and/or application that you are eligible for clearance although you currently do not have one and will require sponsorship. Typically, you must get the job before getting clearance. Hope this helps.

  • Mark

    Member
    November 18, 2020 at 15:40

    LaNiece and Matthew, I have submitted a few for positions I was interested in and my resume indicates I have held a clearance in the past (and the level) yet so far no responses. I live in the Tidewater area of Virginia and with several hundred Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine well qualified veterans becoming available each month the competition is tough. I actually discussed this problem with one headhunter and they told me that most organizations are unwilling to even review a well qualified candidate because they are unwilling to spend the money to reactivate a clearance when they can get someone who already has one.

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 18, 2020 at 15:52

      Without knowing what you do specifically or looking at your resume, there are a couple of broad suggestions: 1) Look outside your area at remote positions 2) use your network to get an introduction to the hiring manager or someone in HR and try making a personal connection with them. Most jobs are filled before they are even listed on a website or job board. You will find that a with a personal/internal recommendation you will get much further in the interview process even if you require sponsorship for clearance.

  • Tina

    Moderator
    November 18, 2020 at 16:08

    Hi Mark – I had a chat with our CIO and he noted that you would need an organization to sponsor you and the best thing for you to do is let them know that you have previously held [insert name] clearance and that you are eligible for reinstatement. I hope that helps and it appears that it may not be as big of an issue as it may first appear as organizations will expect to provide sponsorship for your clearance when/if needed.

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