JOBS: The Benefits of Having a Security Clearance


A security clearance assures government-sector employers that the applicant is able and willing to safeguard classified national security information. It also means that an applicant lacks a criminal background and has undergone one or several security background investigations which gives the applicant a competive advantage in getting hired.

The Benefits of Having Active or Inactive Security Clearance

  • If you are already “cleared”, you would be able to avoid more background investigations. The agency where you apply will not need to contact your current employer.  Thus, your current employer will not know that you are searching for other work.
  • Increased marketability with civilian employers that may require security cleared employees.
  • Many Department of Defense contractors give hiring preference to ex-military personnel with current security clearances.
  • Doubles your value and ability to get certain jobs in sectors where non-cleared personnel are not eligible.
  • Since employers do not have to pay for your clearance application, the money saved could go back into the employee’s earnings.

The Benefits of Having a Lapsed Clearance

  • Employers are more willing to hire people with a prior security clearance for positions where you can apply without a clearance and the firm will sponsor you to re-obtain your security clearance.
  • Depending on how long it has been since you last had a security clearance, the investigation process can take much less time than for applicants that have never had a security clearance.

A Guide to Security Clearance

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