1. Security Clearance FAQs

Finding a job if you don't have a security clearance

Opportunities for those without a security clearance.

Candidates without clearances can search for jobs that do not require clearances at other career networking sites like eFinancialCareers – Finance, Banking, Accounting and Insurance and Dice – Technology.

If you’re interested in finding a job with a company willing to sponsor your security clearance, search defense industry career sites and include terms such as ‘clearable’ and ‘willing to obtain security clearance.’ Some companies are willing to sponsor individuals for security clearance. A company’s ability to sponsor a security clearance is dependent upon the requirements of the government. If you have in-demand skills your chances of security clearance sponsorship are greater.


Many veterans left the service with an active clearance, but let that clearance expire. It’s still worth indicating your prior clearance including the sponsoring agency and date. That’s one way to show you’re ‘clearable’ to a potential employer.

Honesty is the best policy when applying for a cleared job. Given the current delays in background investigations, things like recent drug use and bad credit may make it take months to get a final clearance determination. In contrast, with a clean background your interim clearance may be approved in a matter of weeks or months. You don’t have to spill your dirty secrets to a recruiter, but if you don’t have any, it may be worth spilling that. It demonstrates your clearability.