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Career FAQ's for Veterans

I will be discharged from the service in a few months. How do I prepare for civilian life?

Most transitioning service members take advantage of Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshops offered at military installations nationwide. TAP workshops give information on finding jobs in the civilian labor force and include networking opportunities designed to provide transitioning military an opportunity to network with human resource professionals.  Fulcrum IT has been a participant on many of these panels.  Topics addressed include job search strategies, networking, resume writing, interviewing tips, and salary negotiations. This offers employers an opportunity to network with job seekers, offer valuable insight to the civilian workforce, and access a dedicated pool of qualified job applicants.  For further information, you can contact your installation Family Support Center or military command. 

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How can I get my resume to military-friendly companies?

Veterans can post their resumes on various military-friendly job boards where military-friendly companies search for veterans or transitioning service members to fill their open positions.  Some of these job boards include Clearedjobs.net, Clearancejobs.com, and Intelligencecareers.com to name a few. Veterans can also contact their Local Veterans Employment Representative at a local employment service office to find military-friendly companies.

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How do I translate my military experience into my resume?

Jargon and acronyms are common in the military. But it is important to relate your military skills to a civilian environment.  Avoid any military acronyms, slang, jargon or terms that are not common knowledge to any civilian. Spell out any acronyms or abbreviations you'd like to include and if necessary, explain them. If you have specialized military training, list all names and dates of professional and technical courses you have taken.

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Should I put my security clearance on my resume?

Yes. Putting your clearance on your resume is very attractive to potential employers.  It automatically makes the employee more valuable and gives him/her an advantage, especially if the job requires a clearance.

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Career Security FAQ's

What are the three levels of clearances?

A clearance may be granted at the Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret level.

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Can I apply for positions with Fulcrum if I don’t have a security clearance?

A.  Yes, however, if the position requires an “active” clearance, your clearance must be in good standing, with access to the appropriate level. Please look at the “Clearance” section of the job description for the level.

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Do all Fulcrum positions require a security clearance?

No, not all Fulcrum positions require a security clearance. If a clearance states “Be able to Obtain and Maintain”, the clearance, if DoD, must be granted prior to starting with Fulcrum. If it is for a Public Trust, then it will be started once you are hired.

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What do the terms “active”, “current”, and an “expired” clearance mean?

A.  If you possess an “active” clearance, it means you are eligible to access classified information, on a need-to-know-basis, for the level of clearance you have been granted. A “current” security clearance means you have been granted a security clearance and are eligible to access security information, but only if your clearance has been reinstated within the last two years. An “expired” clearance means that your clearance has not been utilized within the last two years and it cannot be reinstated. The individual must go through the entire clearance application process.

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What are some of the items that can disqualify someone from obtaining a security clearance?

  • Individual is not a U.S. citizen (DoD 5220.22-M, NISPOM, Para 2-209, Dtd Feb 2006)
  • Dishonorably discharged from the military
  • You have previously had a clearance revoked
  • You have been judged by a mental health professional to be mentally incompetent

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What are some instances that might delay someone from being granted a security clearance?

  • You have been convicted of a felony within the last 10 years
  • You have a history of financial problems with heavy indebtedness and late payments over 180 days, repossessions and/or garnishments, or tax liens against you
  • You have foreign national contacts or immediate family members residing in other countries)

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