There’s a lot to consider when searching for your next cleared job, regardless of your experience level. Whether you’re just starting out or leveling up in your career, it’s essential to be prepared heading into the cleared job application process. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

1. NARROW DOWN YOUR SEARCH

When it comes to important life events, having a clear vision of what you’re looking to achieve can make a world of difference. The same can be said when searching for your next cleared job. So before you start your search, ask yourself a few questions. 

  • Are you willing to relocate, or do you need to stay where you are?
  • Will you make a lateral move, or is it time to move up the ladder?
  • Are you open to jobs in both the public and private sectors?

Your answers will keep you focused throughout the process.

2. DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE

Armed with a vision, start applying to cleared jobs. Instead of submitting resumes at random, take the time to research the companies you’re applying to. What are the company values? How many employees do they have? Are there any recent news articles about the company that catch your eye? Understanding who they are and what they do, and then articulating that knowledge in your application goes a long way in standing out from the crowd. 

3. PRIORITIZE NETWORKING – ON AND OFFLINE

Connecting with your professional network is vital when making a career move. Prioritize networking within your industry by finding trade shows, conferences, and groups dedicated to your field. And while it’s helpful to update your online professional platforms, joining a dedicated Cleared Community gives you a leg up on the competition. You’ll be able to connect with recruiters, join specialized groups and attend virtual events. 

4. LET YOUR TRUE SELF SHINE

Interviewing can be intimidating, especially if you’re transitioning to civilian life. It’s easy to get swept up in interview jargon, putting too much pressure on yourself and the interview. Recruiters can tell if you’re overly rehearsed and will look for ways to get a feel for your personality. As long as you’re prepared and stick to your main bullet points of why you’re a good fit for the job, let yourself relax a little and be your authentic self. 

5. SEND A FOLLOW-UP MESSAGE

No, you don’t need to send a handwritten “thank you note,” but an email or phone call thanking the interviewer for their time and consideration is a kind gesture that has the potential to go a long way.

Job hunting is a process, but it’s worth it when you find the right fit. While no job is perfect, finding the right one for your lifestyle can greatly improve your quality of life. Your next cleared job is out there, so stay up-to-date with the latest postings

 

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Phoebe Wells is a writer, marketer and podcast host living in the Adirondack mountains of Upstate NY. She works full-time in marketing but operates a content marketing and copywriting business. Phoebe previously worked as a news anchor for iHeartRadio, writing, hosting and producing the award-winning true crime podcast Upstate Unsolved. When she's not writing, Phoebe can be found on her yoga mat, connecting with nature, or watching hockey with her partner and two huskies.