The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, honor actors for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. If you missed it this past February, no problem. We’re bringing round II of the Oscars, ClearanceJobs style.

Introducing the Annual ClearanceJobs Golden Squirrel Awards™ for the defense recruiters crushing the recruitment game!

The world of recruiting can be a magical place. As recruiters seek out the elusive Purple (or in this case, Secret) Squirrel, their squirrels are like jewels waiting to be discovered because they fit highly specialized qualifications, experience, and salary expectations. Sound too good to be true? It usually is.

The best recruiters on ClearanceJobs should be recognized for their diligent efforts in recruiting and retaining the highly sought-after Secret Squirrels. With what, you ask?

With the highest honor of all, of course – the ClearanceJobs Golden Squirrel Awards.

By using all the features of ClearanceJobs – and using them with great skill and tenacity, these recruiters exemplify all the characteristics of the word “BEST.” They demonstrate maximum effort, and the greatest degree of excellence – surpassing other recruiters in their efforts, cracking nuts and taking names.

Congratulations to the Golden Squirrel Award recipients in the following categories:

Small Direct Hire Firm – Best Recruiter & Honorable Mention

The Small Direct Hire Firm category for Best Recruiter is awarded to Matt Campbell of GS5, LLC, now Vickers Nolan Enterprises . GS5 LLC, (now Vickers), is a Virginia-based company, providing management, intelligence, and technical services to clients across Federal and commercial markets. This privately-owned company uses its domain expertise in business management methods and management tool development. Check out their current openings.

Honorable Mention is awarded to Chiara Amos with SHR Consulting. SHR Consulting Group is a Virginia-based, minority-owned, small IT firm named #5 on Washington Technology’s Fast 50 List for 2017. They are an 8(a) Small Business that has a successful history serving defense and civilian agencies such as the Defense Information System Agency (DISA), Joint Service Provider (JSP), the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). See what they’re hiring for now.

Mid-Sized Direct Hire Firm – Best Recruiter & Honorable Mention

The Mid-Sized Direct Hire Firm Best Recruiter award goes to Paul O’Brien with The Buffalo Group. The Buffalo Group is a premier provider of professional services, dedicated to providing superior human capital and unparalleled customer-focused program management to the federal government, in both CONUS and OCONUS locations. Their programs focus on Intelligence, Analytics, Information Technology, Language, Culture, and Operational Logistics. Check out their open reqs now.

Honorable Mention is awarded to Mitch Winter of Acclaim Technical Services. Their company provides support to programs within the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, Department of Homeland Security, federal law enforcement agencies, and other components of the federal government charged with national security responsibilities. They are experts in the identification and recruitment of cleared individuals with strategic language skills who are highly proficient in intelligence gathering and analysis, document exploitation, translation, interpretation, government policy, language instruction, and role playing. See who they’re trying to hire.

Large Direct Hire Firm – Best Recruiter & Honorable Mention

Best Recruiter for Large Direct Hire Firms goes to Tim Minnick at Zenetex. Zenetex offers their customers and partners small business agility coupled with big business acumen and processes. Zenetex is an experienced prime contractor powered by proven leadership, tactical innovators, knowledgeable communicators, and out-of-the-box problem solvers. Their senior leadership team has adopted the best corporate processes of a large business and adapted them to form a flexible, non-bureaucratic operation that truly focuses on customers, employees, responsiveness, and quality results. Check out their current openings.

Honorable Mention goes to Ricardo Munoz at Alion Science and Technology Corporation. Alion delivers advanced engineering, IT, and operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results. For customers in defense, civilian government, and commercial industries, Alion’s engineered solutions support smarter decision-making and enhanced readiness in rapidly changing environments. Building on over 75 years of innovation, Alion turns obstacles into opportunities to help customers achieve their missions. See who they’re hiring now.

Staffing Firm – Best Recruiter & Honorable Mention

The Best Recruiter, Staffing Firm award goes to Debbie Peda at The Josef Group. The Josef Group Inc. is a certified woman-owned permanent staffing agency specializing in Information Technology, Engineering, Legal, Office Support, Accounting and U.S. government cleared IT candidates. For over twenty years, The Josef Group has specialized in serving the national security community, connecting government agencies with defense contractors, the Department of Defense with secure, highly trained personnel. Check out their open positions.

Honorable Mention is awarded to Jose Ramirez of Entegee. The recruiters of Entegee are engineering placement pros, and the company has over 50 years of experience and 100 locations. Their engineering knowledge and technical expertise allows them to place quality technical personnel. All offices combined currently employ over 2,500 contract engineering and programming specialists, with an internal staff of over 300 successful recruiting and customer service personnel. See who they’re searching for.

Congratulations to the 2020 Golden Squirrel Award recipients! Thanks for your hard work connecting cleared candidates with security clearance jobs to keep our country safe.

A Word to Other ClearanceJobs Recruiters…

Other recruiters may be asking themselves… “How can I win MY own furry friend statue for the 2021 ClearanceJobs Annual Golden Squirrel Awards™?”

It’s a piece of cake – as long as you put in the work and recruit to the fullest. Simply use all the tools ClearanceJobs has to offer, and trust that we will be watching as you chase after the elusive secret squirrels and purple unicorns.

You, too, can achieve greatness, the envy of your peers, and bragging rights on social media. Best of luck in recruiting your Secret Squirrel candidates in 2020!

Check out the coveted statue, the winning recruiters, and the metrics used to determine awards.

If you’re wondering whether we’re really registering the “Annual ClearanceJobs Golden Squirrel Awards” phrase for a trademark… No. We are not. The TM symbol actually has no legal meaning. Feel free to copy this idea in your marketing programs. 😉

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Katie Keller is a marketing fanatic that enjoys anything digital, communications, promotions & events. She has 7+ years in the DoD supporting multiple contractors with recruitment strategy, staffing augmentation, marketing, & communications. Favorite type of beer: IPA. Fave hike: the Grouse Grind, Vancouver, BC. Fave social platform: ClearanceJobs! 🇺🇸