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5 Steps to Gaining a Security Clearance

5 Steps to Gaining a Security Clearance

Kyle Stone |

August 18, 2008

Step 1: Find Jobs Requiring Security Clearance

You cannot simply ask the federal government for security clearance. Here’s what you need to do:

• You must first be offered a position at a company or agency that requires clearance. An excellent way to find these employment opportunities is to use the USAJOBS Job Database to find positions that have been posted directly by government hiring departments.

• Alternatively, you can search for jobs with a large government contracting unit, such as Northrop Grumman, Harris, EDS, or Lockheed Martin. These companies have all have large military contracts. Other options include searching in fields such as biochemistry, telecommunications, and financial services.

• Enlisting in the military is another way to gain a security clearance. Particular positions within the military may automatically confer a cleared status to the military employee, whereas others will not.

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