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Security Clearance

#1
Please can someone, with experience of applying for (civvy) jobs for which security clearance is required, help me with a couple of questions?

Are there specialist agencies that deal with this?

Are there jobs available in commerce for security cleared people or mainly defence and other government agencies?

Would you say it's an asset to mention, on your CV, that you are security cleared and to what level?

I am looking to expand my horizons career-wise and would like to utilise this, apparently valuable, asset.

Many thanks
H
 
#2
Depends what qualifications you have. There is a considerable list of employers requiring clearance.
 
#3
Bossdog said:
Depends what qualifications you have. There is a considerable list of employers requiring clearance.
Thank you - where might I find this considerable list please? :lol:
 
#4
You won't and its not that valuable. Apply for jobs first. Its ridiculous to think you will target employers just because you have it.

You obviously aren't Int Corps...
 
#5
All the employment agencies along Victoria St in London cater to the local market - i.e. all the civil service offices. Often the adverts in the window say "security clearance required".
 
#6
Bossdog said:
You won't and its not that valuable. Apply for jobs first. Its ridiculous to think you will target employers just because you have it.

You obviously aren't Int Corps...
I agree with Bossdog, I personally left the forces holdin DV status.....guess what? Had to be DV'd again on accepting a new post as part of a short term contract. 8O
It makes little difference to a number of employers if you are cleared, they will go through their SOP's and start from the beginning again.

Best of luck :D

fastmedic
 
#7
You generally have to be security cleared for the specific organisation you're working for. You won't get a certificate. I needed to get separate clearance for the Home Office, MOD Whitehall and a host of others. It does speed things up if your name is on a list with a related organisation. e.g. my application for MOD took a week (thanks to army number) while other people in my firm took a month - the boss's application took two months because he refused advice on how to fill in a military form and it was returned three times).
 
#8
Bossdog said:
You won't and its not that valuable. Apply for jobs first. Its ridiculous to think you will target employers just because you have it.

You obviously aren't Int Corps...
Thank you for your baiting answer.

Can you please explain why you believe it is "ridiculous" to think I might look for jobs requiring it?


clownbasher, fastmedic and putteesinmyhands - thank you
 
#9
Cos its not that much of a big deal. If you haven't got it then its easy enough to get (if you fit the criteria of the questionnaire) through the potential employer.

Don't think its a magical gift and you must be special. Loads of people have it....
 
#10
My wife used to be a Registered Child Minder. Part of the process is that everybody in the house has to be police-checked. This has sometimes been more valuable than a security clearance. (Seriously - try working in some schools).
 
#11
Hartman,

You get the job because of the skills which you have, not the security clearance. That comes later.

msr
 
#12
putteesinmyhands said:
My wife used to be a Registered Child Minder. Part of the process is that everybody in the house has to be police-checked. This has sometimes been more valuable than a security clearance. (Seriously - try working in some schools).
You can apply for the CRB check at your local police station for a small fee.
 
#13
Sometimes your clearance can be passed between companies, but not from the MOD to civvie street. Its worth mentioning is your DV cleared as the comapny then knows that you will be able to pass under their wing and not waste the money! Again, its worth more as a civvie to say your DV cleared as they are much more willing to pass it accross!

OS
 
#14
Hartman said:
I am looking to expand my horizons career-wise and would like to utilise this, apparently valuable, asset.
A DV (developed vetting) clearance is required to work on some MOD/GOV contracts and is thus invaluable if you want that job. Funnily enough it comes at a cost for which the DVA in York will be happy enough render an invoice to your sponsoring organisation. More info on line.

In civvy street you might find that it means hehaw as they sometimes regards secrecy/security from a different angle.
 
#15
Or you could look at:

http://www.certes.co.uk/content_static/Security_Clearance_Jobs.asp?session_id={F0D87EA8-198E-48A9-AD79-155AACEA3004}
 
#16
Point to note, if you are looking for MoD work and have SC it counts for feck all if you haven't worked in a MoD establishment within 6 months of applying, I know, I got revetted after leaving to work in the met office and did some work at Worthy Down only to discover that I was over the 6 months and thus had to go through it again


If you are looking to utilize this in an office role then try Reed, they always ask for vetting oh and yes, stick it on the CV i got a job off that once
 
#17
Oneshot said:
Sometimes your clearance can be passed between companies, but not from the MOD to civvie street. Its worth mentioning is your DV cleared as the comapny then knows that you will be able to pass under their wing and not waste the money! Again, its worth more as a civvie to say your DV cleared as they are much more willing to pass it accross!

OS
Oh yes it can, happened for quite a few people in my last employment- TA to civi telecoms company. Really though if you have any such questions talk to your Regiments vetting officer (normally a reg SNCO or someone such). The cert can not be copied but they can get hold of the DVA number and confirm it that way methinks. Certainly didn't have to fill in the questionnaire again.

Security clearance won't get you a job on it's own, your skills will, but it can be a bit of sweetener for some companies and could help you if you were shortlisted against other, non cleared, persons.
 
#18
Oneshot said:
Sometimes your clearance can be passed between companies, but not from the MOD to civvie street. Its worth mentioning is your DV cleared as the comapny then knows that you will be able to pass under their wing and not waste the money! Again, its worth more as a civvie to say your DV cleared as they are much more willing to pass it accross!

OS
I was DV cleared approx 15 months ago as a result of my 'hobby'. At about the same time I was applying for jobs working on Govt contracts. I put on my CV that I was DV cleared and this was picked up by a company with whom I am now on contract. Because I was DV cleared they placed me in a sensitive area where SC would have been enough but DV is much better. My client tried to take ownership of my sy clearance but were told to 'bugger off' by the Govt dept in question. However, in the case of ex-govt people working on the same contract, provided they had left the services within 12 months of starting on the contract, their sy clearance was simply transferred to the contractor. Those who had left the services more than 12 months before starting the contract had to apply all over again to the DVA.

Was it worth while having DV clearance? Definitely! Although my client wanted me for my civvy skills, the DV clearance was the clincher. Having previously been an employer, I used to look for that 'something extra' on a CV and in my case it was my hobby and my sy clearance.
 
#19
I was cleared last year and even though clearance goes through the same department at DVA and I had reference numbers, etc. still had to be gone through again for the next post with the same employer.

Apply first, get the job and then do the time waiting for the clearance to come - like the CRB clearance, it's a snapshot and only as good as the time that it was taken at.
 
#20
Security clearance is really no big deal, and I don't think it's worth mentioning that you have it: reason - in the interluding 3 years since you got your pretty CRB clearance certificate you may have committed some heinous crime. Even the enhanced CRB disclosure has it's flaws - it won't show up intelligence or suspicions the local Police may have about you.

What sort of clearance do you have exactly: the MoD have 3 main checks they use - the Basic Check (BC), Security Check (SC) and Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC). Most employers will insist on all job applicants having a fresh check if the role merits it.
 

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