The government intelligence sector remains a high demand, limited supply, job industry. While there may be a variety of positions available for prospective employees, there are other factors that come into play when going through the application process. This is why many can see that when it comes to the government sector, finding the right job greatly depends on factors such as talent, resources, and opportunities available.
In a recent report by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the September 2016 unemployment rate has slightly risen from 4.9% to 5%. For candidates, this can signal an increase in competition. Whether you are a searching for a contractor, sub-contractor, or permanent employee position, for the candidate with the proper credentials, the career options could be vast.
At TPGS we believe in helping our candidates find the ideal career opportunities within the intelligence community. Below are a few tips for finding the ideal government intelligence jobs.
Understanding the Agency & Role
Like any other job interview, it is important to truly understand the agency and position you are looking to work for. Doing so can provide great insight into the agency environment, current opportunities, and the role itself. Further exploring the role can also mean a more detailed look at the set of responsibilities and tasks that you will be accountable for should you be hired to fill the need.
Refine Your Resume
Having a clear, concise, and easy to understand resume that highlights your expertise can make your application stand out from the other applicants. Additionally, the way you lay out information can also say a lot about you.
From the way your data is organized to displaying a list of accomplishments, it’s important to show pertinent data relating to the role you are applying for to prospective employers. That means making sure that you cover the following:
- Collecting & displaying data: Within the bounds of your current work confidentiality agreements, providing prospective employers with a work portfolio or list of accomplishments can give you the upper hand when being evaluated.
- Actionable intelligence: Using keywords and phrases that are found in the job description of the role you are applying for allows you to show off your proficiencies.
For many looking for a career in government intelligence, having the proper government clearances is vital in being selected for a role within an agency. For many working to find the ideal position within a government agency, working past requirements such as clearances and the, at times, long list of prerequisites presents a big challenge.
With recent delays continuing to effect security clearance checks, it is now more important than ever to ensure that updating credentials are done on a routine and efficient manner. As the vast majority of government career openings require active clearances as a prerequisite, it is imperative for the following basic security clearances to be up to date prior to application.
- Confidential: Workers have access to materials that if disclosed would be reasonably expected to cause some damage to national security if the information is shared with outside sources. Renewal is required every 15 years.
- Secret: Workers have access to information that could be reasonably expected to cause serious damage to national security if disclosed to unauthorized sources. Reinvestigated and renewed every 10 years.
- Top Secret: Workers have access to information that could be expected to cause grave damage to national security if disclosed to unauthorized sources.
Similar to an intelligence briefing, communicating your experience and skillsets within your resume and in your in-person interview lets the agency know that you have looked at the role in detail and are able to speak to their needs and match such with your professional skillset. Have military experience? Make sure to highlight that within your resume. After all, a high percentage of professionals within government agencies bring a similar background to the mix.
For an in-person interview, applying critical thinking, analytical analysis, and social cues can present opportunities for setting yourself apart from other candidates. After all, the roles you will be applying for are within the intelligence community.
The Ideal Fit
Carefully researching similar roles from different sources can give insight into what the role needs, an expanded list of responsibilities, and allow you to explore similar career options. While there are many opportunities for professionals with the proper clearances, finding the ideal fit for you may not be an easy task.
At TPGS we are happy to strike a happy medium between candidate and agency. As leaders within the intelligence community, we stand by the values and are proud to support the missions set forth by government agencies.
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