How To Properly (and Effectively) List Security Clearance on Your Resume

Just getting the security clearance was hard enough. Now that you have it, it’s time to flaunt it on your next resume. But listing a security clearance is a little different than just writing down the last few jobs you’ve had. What is the proper way to list your security clearance on a resume when seeking a new job? We have answers.

What Does a Security Clearance Say About You?

Many employers have specific requirements related to your credentials, including a specific level of security clearance. You should always show this clearance, particularly if it’s a requirement of the job you’re applying for. But don’t bury it at the bottom of the resume. Instead, lead with your clearance in a bold, bulleted font.

Recruiters look for a few key requirements of the job where they can quickly discard the resume and move on to one that fits the criteria for the job. If you have the security clearance they’re looking for and it’s at the top of your resume, the chances are higher that you’ll move your resume into the “likely candidate” pile instead of the one where you get a “ding” letter.

The number of candidates with an active security clearance is usually pretty small. So, even employers that don’t require the clearance recognize the value of you’re having it. When a hiring manager sees the security clearance, they likely associate this designation with responsibility, trustworthiness, and honesty—all attributes that employers are looking for every day.

How to Put a Security Clearance on Your Resume?

To list your security clearance, follow these guidelines:

  • Understand the requirements of the position and be sure your security clearance matches.
  • Review the requirements for discussing your prior role where the security clearance was active. Beware of discussing any information that would be considered sensitive.
  • Include a professional summary at the top of the resume with your security clearance.
  • Describe your clearance in your employment history where you have bullets listing your accomplishments. Mention if you went through a polygraph or background check. If you had a prior security clearance that expired, place that in the job history, as well.
  • You can even list a section at the bottom of the resume that lists security clearances chronologically. While this is a bit redundant, it will help ensure that an applicant tracking system (ATS) will pick up on your credentials. This will give you a better show at getting a call back for an interview.

Blackstone Talent Group works closely with security clearance candidates to place them in the best jobs in the U.S. We would be happy to do a free assessment of your resume to talk about your options for employment. To start the process, simply call us or email and we’ll get the conversation started.

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