Best Practices for Security Clearance Search
Option 1: Security Clearance Filter
The first option is to use our “Security Clearance” filter. This filter takes keywords/company information and other indicators within a candidate profile to identify cleared candidates. Hiretual's knowledge graph infers that a given set of keywords or phrases within a candidate's public profile disclose that they have a particular clearance, even if it's not directly stated on the profile. You can see how Hiretual comes to a conclusion about whether or not a candidate is cleared and what type of clearance they have directly in their clearance-related Profile Insights.
You can locate the Clearance filter at the left-side of AI Sourcing.
*Tip: it is a selection-limited filter, so you can only choose from a range of options given. Selecting multiple options will increase the number of people in your talent pool since the filter follows 'OR' logic when there are multiple inputs*
Option 2: Company search
The second method you can use to identify candidates with a security clearance is by using our “Company filter”. This will help ensure that Hiretual is able to pick up on candidates that may not have directly listed any keywords associated with a clearance in their profile, but they may have a relevant clearance based on the companies they work for.
In this case, you can save a list of target companies that typically require security clearance within your account, and easily populate this list whenever needed. You may find a list of recommended companies at the end of the article.
As in the screenshot below, I often source for cleared talent, and so I've created a saved company list titled "Top Companies for Cleared Talent". I can click this to have my saved list applied to this search criteria.
Select the "Current Only” from the drop-down to have great assurance that the candidate's clearance is active (note: clearances typically expire 2 years after someone leaves their current role where that clearance was required).
Another way to do this and achieve similar results is by adding a few companies and selecting the “Included Similar Companies” box. Doing so will search for similar companies to those that you've input.
Tip: When searching for candidates based on company or industry it doesn't hurt to add the clearance terms in the preferred skills section.
Option 3: Skill Search
The third method you can try is targeting different clearance titles or acronyms in the Keywords filter. Input a boolean string to indicate clearance status - this search format is the most direct in terms of sourcing candidates that directly list their clearance type/status.
Note: Be sure to click the 'Search' button to ensure that your boolean string is being applied to the search.
Here are some skills/keywords that you may consider using:
Top Secret, Top Secret Clearance, Security Clearance, TS Clearance, TS SCI, TS/SCI, TS / SCI, Special Access Program, Full Scope Poly, CI Poly, SSBI, DoD, Special Agent, CISSP, SBI, SCI, SIDA
Some additional ones that may be of use:
Single Scope Background Investigation, Sensitive Compartmented Information, Department of Defense, DoD, DIA, NGA, NSA, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Department of Justice, DoJ, FBI, Department of State, DoS, ANACI, Advance National Agency Check with Inquiries, NACLC, National Agency Check with Law and Credit, MBI, Moderate Risk Background Investigation, NACLC, Personal Subject Interview, PRSI, SSBI-PR, SSBI Periodic Reinvestigation, PPR, Phased Periodic Reinvestigation, PRS, Periodic Reinvestigation-Secret, T3, T3R, Tier 3, Tier 3 Reinvestigation, T5, T5R, Tier 5, Tier 5 Reinvestigation, Yankee White, CI, FSP, FS, LS, Lifestyle Poly, Interim Top Secret, Interim TS / SCI, IRS - MBI, ISSA / CISSP, NAC, NASA, NATO
Option 4: Sourcing Veterans with the Diversity Filter
Last but not least, you can always use our Diversity filter to source cleared veterans. This diversity filter can be used on its own, or in addition to any of the other 3 search formats covered in this article.
Tip: Market Insights and Cleared Candidates
If you ever are working on a challenging role and trying better understand the market and how many candidates that meet your search criteria will also have a clearance, look no further than the Market Insights function.
Within the Market Insights filters, you have access to security clearance, company, keywords, and diversity filters, so you can build searches similar to how you would with the AI Sourcing workflow outlined above.
What's unique about the data that you'll find here is that Hiretual provides a breakdown of the talent pool as a whole. As an example, for search with a given clearance type and skills set, you can not only see how many candidates are in the pool (i.e. will the pool be a relatively small one to work with?), but also see the top companies that these candidates are working for (or have previously worked for) and the locations where the candidates are based - this can be a great starting point for taking a more data-driven approach to sourcing!
*List of Companies to use in Company Filter
Click the 'Add/Edit List' button, then Copy/Paste and name this list of saved companies for future use
Northrop Grumman Corporation
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Huntington Ingalls Corporation
Booz Allen Hamilton
Day & Zimmerman