In a cleared market, passive candidates with an active clearance are a recruiters dream. It pays to keep your eye on the job landscape so that you’re ready to make a move when the right one comes along. Waiting until you’re fed up with your boss or completely out of opportunities is often the wrong time to start searching. Keep up the passive scrolling, checking out opportunities like a contract win for Palantir or potential future growth options so that when the right job pops up, you’re ready to make a move. It’s also important to keep adding accomplishments to your resume so that whenever a custom, made-for-you job comes along, your resume and cover letter are ready to go out the door. Waiting until your dream job comes along is not the most ideal time to start reworking your resume.

Contract Opportunities to Watch

Palantir Palantir received a five year, $89.9 million contract with the National Nuclear Security Administration. With nuclear weapons comes the need to keep safety at the forefront of everyone’s minds, which is why the NNSA awarded Palantir to provide a platform that measures the health of its safety program.

“Our work with NNSA illustrates Palantir’s mission to provide software to the world’s most important institutions in support of their most critical work,” said Akash Jain, president of Palantir USG. “We are excited to expand our work within the U.S. government and provide the NNSA with a high-tech solution to make the best possible use of its resources in support of the nation’s nuclear security missions.”

Key Employer in the Cleared Industry

Peraton Peraton makes their employees part of a movement to solve the most daunting challenges facing humanity today. With hundreds of open, cleared positions around the country, joining their team means protecting and promoting freedom around the world, securing our future for our families, our communities, our nation, and our way of life. Join their team.

Cleared Job of the Week

Cryptologist If math, puzzles, and mysteries are your thing, the world of cryptology could be a right fit for you. Between deciphering secret codes and encryptions to creating some of your own, many military and government agencies have contracts (and federal government positions) that could take your natural skill sets and put them to work. Backgrounds in mathematics, computer science, programming, engineering, or foreign languages are a good start into the field. While entry level, analyst support may not need graduate degrees, advancing in the world of intelligence is often aided by more education.

If you want to work in national security in the field of cryptology, many contractors, like Booz Allen or Leidos, have open positions or contracts that can get you into this field.

Growth Opportunities

One contractor who is working with cutting edge technologies is Citadel Defense. Along with a recent $5 million contract with the DoD to protect soldiers from hostile drones on the battlefield, Citadel also supports defense agencies worldwide. While Citadel’s roots are as a startup, the organization has maneuvered past that phase with its Titan counter-drone system.

Citadel’s Titan uses artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as low-collateral electronic measures in order to keep a bad acting drone out of air space and “blind” the pilot. Along with their defensive capabilities, the Titan system also provides an after event threat analysis report, identifying patterns and providing insights on the ground.

“Our team is honored to support the military’s efforts by delivering operator-centric and mission-proven CUAS solutions to the front lines,” Citadel Defense CEO Christopher Williams said. “Titan gives U.S. troops and allies an advantage over non-state actors using drones as a weapon.”

The drone scene has exploded, and it’s a threat that cannot be overlooked when it comes to engaging on the battlefield. The systems are small, but the threat is large.




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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.