Resumes for Defense Employers – Recommended Format

Defense Industry recruiters prefer chronological resumes. Sure, there are various kinds of resumes for various kinds of jobs, and situations.  It is easy to get differing advice on format and style. That advice is not necessarily wrong. It usually represents the industry focus of the presenter. DoD and the IC recruits for specialist: What, When … Read more

Resume Cover Letters – Waste of Time?

Question:   Are cover letters worth your time adding to a resume? Answer: When submitting a resume online, the answer is NO. Almost always no. Sometimes: Yes. Your resume will usually be parsed into an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) which extracts keywords and keyphrases associated with your background, training and experience. Everything an employer needs to … Read more

Gadzooks! They want to pay how much?!

Some Career Advice — Your value changes based upon location and job responsibilities. The very same job can also pay two very different amounts in different locations. Just saw a post where someone warned Metro DC folks (includes northern Virginia and most of central Maryland) that salaries CAN BE much less in Florida. Well, yes! … Read more

Put expired Security Clearance on Resume?

Question: Should expired security clearances be listed on resumes? Answer: If you are applying for a position with a defense industry or government employer: Yes. Having had a previous security clearance and successful background investigation indicates that you should be able to do it again. Listing a clearance also indicates the level of trust placed … Read more

Intelligence Careers and Master Degrees

QUESTION: Am considering a master degree in Security Studies or Intelligence. Will that open doors for me? ANSWER: Maybe. Probably not. I do not recommend pursuing either degree, unless you already have a security clearance and are employed within the world of intelligence on the government side of the house. These degrees are great for expanding your … Read more

Changing Jobs with Interim Clearance? OMG! Red Flags Alert!

https://www.dss.mil/ma/tw/dvd/vroc/eligibility/Thinking about changing jobs while your security clearance is in interim status? Or has an employer submitted your paperwork for a clearance but things are still in process? ? Are you at risk of Loss of Jurisdiction? Below is a video by a respected Security Clearance Legal Advisor Annie Stellato that plainly explains what Loss … Read more

Law Enforcement and Intelligence = Career?

IALEIA – International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts IALEIA is the largest professional organization in the world representing law enforcement analysts. It is based in the United States, and is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation. Purpose The purpose of IALEIA is to advance high standards of professionalism in law enforcement intelligence analysis at the … Read more