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How to Get the Most Out of ClearedJobs.Net
ClearedJobs.Net is a valuable tool in your cleared job search, offering not only the ability to search and apply for cleared jobs, but also to research the cleared job market.
1. Use ClearedJobs.Net as a research tool for developing your job search strategy. What job openings are relevant to your skill set? Who’s hiring and where? What are typical requirements? Mine data from tens of thousands of jobs, and hundreds of cleared facilities employers.
2. Upload your resume and fully complete your profile so employers can find you. Paint a complete picture of your skills, talents and abilities.
3. Employer search results are your profile information, not your resume. That’s why it’s so important to fully complete your profile, detailing your Key Skills and where you want to work.
4. Create Job Agents once you’ve figured out the keyword searches that return the results that interest you. You’ll then receive an email with any new positions that match your criteria.
5. Refresh your account when you’re in the market. When you create a profile, a date is associated with your account. Each time you log in that date is updated. That’s important because employers’ searches present what’s new or fresh at the top of their results. So be sure to log in to your account weekly or monthly to update the date associated with your account.
6. You can block employers from viewing your ClearedJobs.Net profile. If you want to be sure that your current employer can’t see your profile, flip that switch and you’re in the clear.
7. Control your profile visibility to select whether cleared employers can see your profile or not. When you’re in the market for a new position you’ll want your profile to be Active. After accepting a role, you can change your profile status to Private. You can also be an Anonymous job seeker, where your skills are visible to employers, but your name is not.
Helpful Search Tips
Understand basic Boolean search terms. When you search for jobs using a basic term like project manager, your search results will be every job with the word project or manager anywhere in the description. Typing “project manager” in quotation marks displays job descriptions that have those words, in that order. Open a job description and you’ll see that the key phrase “project manager” is highlighted in yellow everywhere it appears in the job posting. This is the same way key words appear on your resume when a recruiter searches the resume database.
Use your industry knowledge to craft search strings. Often organizations will substitute the term “program manager” for “project manager”. In this case you can use the search string: “Project Manager” OR “Program Manager” to cast an even wider net. The string “Project Manager” OR “Program Manager” OR “Program Analyst” OR “Project Analyst” is even better.
Select the clearance levels that you’re eligible to work in, not just your current clearance level. If you have a Top Secret, but would also work in a job that only requires a Secret clearance, select both choices to find more results.
Use a Zip Code and mileage radius for your geography. Unless you’re looking in an entire state or other country, it’s best to use a Zip Code vs a city name when selecting your geography. Did the person writing the job description choose St. Louis or Saint Louis or Scott AFB as the job location? Zip Codes avoid that issue.
Search broadly, then get narrow.Job descriptions are written by people, so they may not always offer the clearest picture of the actual job. Start with broad key word search strings. Use lots of “OR” connections and not so many “AND” connections at first. If your search returns jobs in the thousands, then begin adding other filters.
If you need help developing search strings or a search strategy for your skills, please contact our team.