Within the contracting community, the word on the street is that individuals should mention their clearances on their resumes to be more attractive to potential employers.
In the context of the job market, this makes sense: a security clearance automatically makes an employee more valuable. Military.com claims that “an established security clearance can increase your salary anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000.”
Some contracting companies are even known to hire on clearance alone, figuring that it’s easier to train a cleared employee to perform the job’s tasks than to hire a fully qualified employee who must then wait months or even years to begin work, depending on the clearance level required.
With that sort of incentive, it’s very tempting to plaster your cleared status everywhere. But should you? Advice ranges from placing the clearance prominently at the top of the resume to discreetly stating that you’re “eligible for a security clearance.”
Margaret Dikel at Rileyguide.com has excellent advice for cleared job seekers:
- “Do not list your right-to-work or security clearance on any resume you plan to post in an online database. If you are submitting your resume to a specific employer who requests this information, then list it, but don’t place it in databases on third-party job or recruiting sites. Employers or recruiters who find your resume will contact you and request this information if they like what they see and have a need to know your status.
- Never disclose what kind of security clearance you have nor the level of your clearance except in an interview. Just note the fact that you have a security clearance by a simple listing: SECURITY CLEARANCE: Yes. The details will be discussed during that interview. And remember that information you provide will be verified, so this is definitely not the place to ‘inflate’ your qualification. “