I wanted to follow up after reading your answer about placing a security clearance on your resume. I have heard in the past that it was discouraged (or outright inappropriate) to place your security clearance on your resume since that is sensitive information. Are you able to clarify that please?
I have seen references to DOD security clearances on resumes for 30+ years. Defense contractors frequently ask for and often require security clearances on resumes, cover letters, and application forms. USAJobs.gov, the federal government official jobs website, asks for security clearance information. Every military service member has to have at least a confidential-level clearance. Given all of that, I disagree with what you have heard and believe that references to security clearances on resumes is neither discouraged nor inappropriate. In fact, such references are often required and/or value-added. However, if you or anyone else out there has contrary information, please share!
Regardless, thanks for your question and for your service.
I am relocating from Pasadena, California to the Chicago Metro Area, and I have received minimal responses from potential employers. Does this region of the country have more caution when selecting out-of-state candidates because of higher salary req’s, relocation costs, and risk of non-conformity to the company mission statement?
The lack of response in your job search is more about supply and demand than than focusing on Chicago-land. Chalk it up to more good people than good jobs and your long-distance area code and zip code.
Moving yourself to Chicago will eliminate a big chunk of the problem and now you will be on equal footing with your competition, at least geographically speaking.
Good hunting and thanks for your service.
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Tom Wolfe is an author, columnist, career coach, veteran, and an expert in the field of military-to-civilian career transition. During his career he assisted thousands of service members in their searches for employment, placing more than 3000 in their new jobs. Prior to civilian life, he graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and served as a surface warfare officer. He teaches transition courses, gives seminars on career and job change, writes about the career transition process, and continues to counsel current and former military personnel. His book, Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition, was published by Potomac Books in 2011.