Do you have a golden ticket? When you are getting out of the military, everyone thinks your security clearance is a golden ticket that is going to lead directly to a job.
Whether your security clearance classification is confidential, secret, top secret or TS/SCI with poly (top secret/sensitive compartmented information with polygraph), everyone thinks you have it made. They think you can wave your security clearance out of your window, and recruiters will come running like you are Charlie in the Chocolate Factory distributing Wonka bars by the gross.
Not so much. While I do recommend chocolate as an excellent coping tool during a job hunt, the security clearance is trickier to use. I'm sure you know veterans who got their first civilian job based on their security clearance. Yet in a recent online poll, more than half of our Military.com followers said that their security clearance netted them nothing on the job search. What kind of golden ticket is that?
What Kind of Golden Ticket Is a Security Clearance?
A security clearance is the kind of golden ticket you need to learn to use before you get out of the military -- no matter your rank or branch of service.
I frequently hear questions about security clearances from our Veteran Employment Project community as Military.com's transition master coach. Since the security clearance is such a big part of getting a federal job or a job in the defense industry, I took all those questions and went out to get answers for you and put together a new master class live on Thursday, April 28, at 4 p.m.
Since the point of a Veteran Employment Master Class is to help you find a job, I invited CACI International's Gary Patton, VP of veteran and military affairs. Named a top veteran champion in corporate America by G.I. Jobs, he will answer your questions and mine about security clearance jobs. In this class, you will learn:
- The 10 commandments of security clearances. Some rules absolutely cannot be broken.
- Where to find all the best security clearance jobs now.
- How to position your security clearance on your resume and on LinkedIn so that recruiters can find you (without breaking any security regulations).
- How to get your inactive security clearance reactivated.
The class will be live on Thursday, April 28, at 4 p.m. Eastern. If you can't make the date, sign up and I will send you a free link to watch the video. You can view previous classes in our video library. Questions for Jacey? Visit our Facebook page.
Jacey Eckhart is Military.com's transition master coach. She is a certified professional career coach and military sociologist who helps military members get their first civilian job by offering career-level Master Classes through our Veteran Employment Project and on her website SeniorMilitaryTransition.com. Reach her at Jacey.Eckhart@Monster.com.