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To Clearance Holders: Don’t Be This Guy

December 4, 2015 A new campaign from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence urges clearance holders, “Don’t Be This Guy” – the one who overshares on social media and opens himself up as a victim of social engineering. It’s a problem intelligence leaders know about firsthand. The CIA director recently discovered...

Got a Clearance? Getting a Job Just Got Harder

October 26, 2015 As the Office of Personnel Management begins rolling out its notifications to personnel affected in the breach of approximately 20 million current or former security clearance holders and applicants, the negative effect on cleared recruiting is already being felt. In a survey of recruiters and hiring managers in the cleared...

How the OPM Breach Affected Hiring for Clearance Jobs

October 26, 2015 As the Office of Personnel Management begins rolling out its notifications to personnel affected in the breach of approximately 20 million current or former security clearance holders and applicants, the negative effect on cleared recruiting is already being felt. In a survey of recruiters and hiring managers in the cleared...

Phishing Scams Aren’t Likely to End Federal Careers Anytime Soon

September 28, 2015 Love online coupons? Can't get enough gaming from your work PC? Do you click every interesting link that lands in your inbox? The chief information security officer at the Homeland Security Department wants those who fall victim to multiple phishing attacks to lose not just their pride — but their...

Wonder What’s Hidden in Your Personnel File?

September 4, 2015 Did you know you can easily request a copy of your official personnel file? Or if you’re a security clearance holder, it’s possible to request a copy of your Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) records or background investigation? All of this information is available via a simple Freedom of Information...

What Does Your Sex Life Have to Do With Your Security Clearance?

August 21, 2015 Over the past several months we’ve been lamenting the massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. In the latest data breach, however, it seems federal employees and service members have no one to blame but themselves. This week’s high profile release of online information about users of Ashley...

Four Ways Your Spouse Can Screw Up Your Security Clearance

July 2, 2015 When someone obtains a security clearance, the government is making a decision to allow that person access to classified information. But qualifying for a clearance goes beyond just a single individual. Your spouse or partner is intimately involved in the process, from being included on your SF-86 background investigation paperwork...

6 Tips for Writing Federal Resumes

June 5, 2015 If you’re interested in working for the federal government, you’ll need to navigate one very particular and time-consuming task—federal resume writing. You may have a perfect one-or two-page resume for career fairs or online profiles, but for your federal resume, you’ll want to consider a few tips. 1. Rules of...

What Are Your Odds of Getting a Security Clearance?

May 21, 2015 Is it easy to get a security clearance? It depends on who you ask. Among the uncleared population there sometimes is a misperception that anyone can get a clearance, based on the millions of clearance-holders out there. In 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper criticized the size of the...

What Women Want: A Fair Shot at Defense Careers

April 20, 2015 Discrimination is still an issue in the defense industry and the government isn’t doing enough to attract women to defense and government careers, according to a recent ClearanceJobs survey of cleared professionals. ClearanceJobs surveyed more than 1,200 men and women, asking for their thoughts and experiences with discrimination in the...