It’s Our 10-Year Anniversary!

It’s the 10-year anniversary of, and we’re celebrating big – with a $10,000 prize giveaway and lots of special career advice for cleared job seekers. A part of that celebration included reaching out to the 1st job seeker to register at ClearanceJobs, and I have to say, we couldn’t have had a better first visitor to our site – he offered some great advice for others who are on the hunt, and I thought I’d share it here:

CJ 10th Anniversary
A decade since its 2002 launch, the ClearanceJobs website is on the cusp of reaching a half million security-cleared professionals registered on the site. Connecting employers with great cleared talent and providing life-changing career opportunities for security-cleared professionals has been the mission of for the past ten years. While the look and feel of the site has changed over the years, and new features – such as the Cleared Network – have been added, the heart of ClearanceJobs’ success remains the people who make it the go-to career site for defense industry workers.

In tracing ClearanceJobs’ history, we reached out to the very first job seeker who registered on the site on our Wednesday, July 10, 2012 launch date. Kelvin Nishikawa, the first registered user on has seen his career evolve over the years, much as ClearanceJobs has evolved to meet the needs of its core audience.

“Ten years ago, I was trying everything I could think of to get my foot in the door at a software company (unsuccessfully),” said Nishikawa. “My resume back then was scattershot and uninformed, I had no professional experience, and I was working retail to pay my way through school.”

Having obtained a security clearance with the Marine Corps Reserves, Nishikawa was looking for a way to parlay his intelligence analyst experience into a career with a software company. Like many veterans, however, thetransition from military service to rewarding civilian career isn’t always easy, and it took time for Nishikawa to develop the focus that lead to his current career.

“It may sound cliché, but I’d have to say that following my passion is what lead me to success,” said Nishikawa. “Specifically, focusing on my strengths. Over the past ten years, my résumé has become less a list of everything I’ve heard of or tried and more a description of the few things I enjoy doing at work. Every time I revise it, I judiciously remove the skills and knowledge that I would rather not revisit and refine the details about the specific things I do that align with my self-image as a professional mobile game developer. Now, as a hiring manager I see that focus in your résumé is the detail that makes you a viable candidate.”

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