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Asked by Noah A. on September 5, 2017

My previous internship required that I obtain a government security clearance. Will having this clearance in the past positively benefit me in my career search in the future? What message does this send to employers on my behalf? Is it even worth mentioning?

Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on September 7, 2017

I think it really depends on what your career goals and ambitions look like. In general, it certainly can't hurt. If you're interested in future jobs with governmental agencies, showing that you've been able to go through the clearance process would certainly be helpful. Whether or not it's worth mentioning I think again depends on the types of roles that you're aiming to move into. Many applications ask if you've had any security clearances in the past, and listing them there would be a great place to start. Best of luck with your search! -Phil

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Answered by Amy , Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on December 20, 2017


I think this is something worth mentioning if the job(s) you are applying to either require you to have clearance or would offer more opportunities by having it. If the job(s) do not relate to the government i do not thing it is something that would give you an upper hand, although it is always something positive to mention and use as a talking point. A good practice when searching for jobs is to tailor your resume to the positions you are seeking!

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