Security Clearance Careers Podcast
Resumes, Interviews, How to Get Your Clearance Back
As a job seeker, there are some notable differences whether you are applying directly to the government or under a defense contractor supporting government programs. For this episode of the Security Clearance Careers Podcast, we host two recruiters, one from government and the other industry, to chat about differences cleared candidates should be aware of when applying to either entity in national security, networking tips when reaching out to talent acquisition professionals, resume guidance to stand out from other candidates, and tips on obtaining a clearance to land your dream job.
Changes Coming to the Security Clearance Application Process
The Office of Personnel Management released proposed changes to the standard forms used to process security clearance eligibility. The updated Personnel Vetting Questionnaire replaces the SF-86 and SF-85 forms, and provides an updated process consisting of a single form with different segments. Sections on drug use are clarified and mental health are sectioned out, creating what is hopefully a more clear and better to understand process for the average applicant. Security clearance attorney Sean Bigley and Lindy Kyzer with ClearanceJobs discuss the form, its changes, and what they mean (or don't mean) for clearance applicants.
How an Army Green Beret found his True North After Special Operations
Starting his career as an enlisted soldier at the age of 17, he understands the requirement to recruit great people and develop true leaders at organizations. Chris Schmitt, former Army Special Forces Green Beret and owner of Azimuth Consulting, joins the Security Clearance Careers Podcast to talk about his 30 years of service in the US Army and how the lessons learned from special operations in combat translated into him becoming an entrepreneur and running a successful (and non-traditional) leadership consulting organization.
Why Suitability is the Wild West of Federal Hiring
One of the more confusing aspects of seeking employment with the federal government is the vetting process. While many people are aware of the security clearance process, few realize that each agency also has its own suitability guidelines. Sean Bigley, security clearance attorney and Lindy Kyzer, ClearanceJobs discuss suitability and why it often seems like the wild, wild west of the federal government hiring process.