Your security clearance resume

I receive a lot of questions regarding the placement of a security clearance on a military resume.  Many separating military members gain employment in defense contracting where they can utilize their military training.  These jobs typically require background checks.  Therefore, a security clearance becomes a valuable asset.  But increasingly, the medical, telecommunications, security, education, and financial fields (among others) are seeking out candidates with current security clearances.

When employers do not have to invest time and money into a background check, it gives an equally qualified candidate with a security clearance a definite competitive edge.  The money saved may even increase a new employee’s salary by $5,000 to $15,000 some experts say.

Even if it is not a requirement, most hiring managers understand the intrinsic value of a clearance.  Possessing a security clearance means that your loyalty, character, trustworthiness, and financial responsibility have passed intense scrutiny.  For all of these reasons, I highly recommend placing a security clearance at the top of your resume as demonstrated below.


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Aircraft Electronics Technician / Aviation Maintenance Professional

Secret Security Clearance · Quality Assurance Advocate

Quality Assurance professional advocating superior service, workplace safety, training and proper functioning of aircraft systems and components. Experienced technician with strengths in avionics operation, repair, and service. Customer service-minded professional completing service orders and meeting critical time lines. Management abilities include direct supervision, inspection, and skills development through training.