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Security Clearance Careers Podcast

Your National Security Job Depends on the Adjudicative Guidelines

Are you in tune with the 13 adjudicative guidelines? Your national security job and your eligibility for maintaining a security clearance depends on them. Lindy Kyzer and Sean Bigley discuss the education and guidance that is critical for providing information to applicants and maintaining the cleared workforce.

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    The military transition, though difficult in a number of ways for each person, proves to be an obstacle for service members shifting from one phase of their life to another.Eric Ryan, a US Air Force veteran, is the Sr. Director of Military Operations at the University of Phoenix – here he manages all functions of the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, including engagement, outreach, operations, training, amongst other things for military-affiliated students and staff.He joins the Security Clearance Careers Podcast to highlight some recent studies they have conducted.
  • Security Clearance Transfer of Trust Remains a Problem

    Security clearance reciprocity and transfer of trust remain key topics in the security clearance reform process. The security clearance process has been on and off the Government Accountability Office (GAO) high risk list for several years. The GAO high risk list flags programs ‘vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement, or in need of transformation.’ Alissa H. Czyz, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, discusses a recently released GAO report on the transfer of personnel security clearances. The GAO identified issues with technology and also the - irony rich - issue of agencies lack of trust in the security clearance processes and eligibility of other personnel.
  • No One Likes a Micromanager

    Micromanagement, while often well-intentioned, can have several negative consequences in the workplace. One major issue is decreased morale and motivation among employees. When workers feel like they are constantly being scrutinized and their every move is being controlled, it can lead to feelings of frustration, disempowerment, and lack of trust in their abilities. This can result in decreased productivity and creativity as employees may feel stifled and demotivated to perform at their best.No one likes to be micromanaged, but that is what happens in most organizations when leaders manage people instead of their promises, says management trainer Eric Papp. His new book, Manage Promises Not People: How to Create a Self-Managing Team, reveals the superpower every leader has, but most fail to use: honoring their word to build trust, drive success and increase their power.He joins the podcast to discuss the negative impacts this can have on your workforce.
  • Tax Considerations for Security Clearance Holders

    Taxes are complicated. Whether it's intentional or unintentional, a number of cleared professionals and applicants find themselves falling into tax issues. Unfortunately, taxes can cause big problems, and may require a tax attorney, accountant, or some kind of professional financial assistance to help you ensure you're doing things correctly. Common issues come from unpaid taxes, tax issues from an estate, or small business or payroll tax issues for employees.
  • How to Increase Your Salary in GovTech

    Symone B, who joined the podcast last year for Unlocking Success in GovTech: Insider Tips to Make Over $200,000 and Navigate the Cleared Job Search, discussed their story and how they were able to climb up the ladder in this industry from a really young age.For this episode, we dive in a little bit more into the national security tech industry and talk about many of the hottest GovTech (Government Technology) jobs that pay really well.
  • Outside the Box Security Clearance Defenses

    The path to a security clearance isn't always straightforward - and sometimes it winds its way through a graveyard or two. Lindy Kyzer and Sean Bigley discuss some of the more unexpected security clearance defenses that have been used over the years. Including the time an applicant argued he was so in love with this country - he'd already bought his burial plot.
  • What Fields Do Candidates Prefer in National Security?

    ClearanceJobs is the largest cleared career marketplace or networking platform for job seekers with an active security clearance and recruiters looking to hire cleared talent. In this episode of the Security Clearance Careers Podcast, the content team drills down on the top ten preferred fields or niches within the national security sector.IntelligenceMilitary and Law EnforcementIT - SecurityManagementAerospace and AviationIT - SupportLogisticsSecurityIT - SoftwareBusiness - Support
  • Unexpected Innovation Inspiration Courtesy of Punk

    Punk and innovation – a match made in the mosh pit? Dan Ward, a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and author of the recently released Punk: Prompts and Provocations for Authentic Innovations discusses the book and why a little bit of punk may be just the unexpected angle your problem needs. In Ward’s extensive career as a program manager and innovator, he’s seen the benefit of looking at complex problems from different viewpoints. Whether you’re a fan of punk music or not, the book is worth checking out. From how to channel anger, to why fresh perspectives are often the needed ones, how to make some noise, and use your authentic voice, Punk is a great addition to the innovator’s toolkit.
  • Scammer Apps Don’t Sleep on the Off Holiday Season

    Imagine you get a notification that $800 was transferred out of your account from an “authorized user” when you’re the only one with access. Phishing attacks, online scams, and cyber criminals in general, are becoming more commonplace but also are finessing their sophistication in the ways they attack.BuddoBot is a veteran and minority-owned business, that specializes in authentic offensive cybersecurity. They believe that by emulating real-world attacks continuously, they go beyond traditional automated scanning and compliance. Luke Secrist, CEO of BuddoBot and US Marine Corps veteran, joins the podcast to talk all things cybersecurity, whether you are a user or company looking to strengthen your efforts.What Marine Corps nickname does Luke prefer? Devil Dog, Leatherneck, and he’s not opposed to jarhead.