Your Candidate Profile is a snapshot of who you are. It includes a profile photo (selfies encouraged), an eye-catching cover photo, resume, and basic information like your clearance level, career level, and college degree. You also get to express some psychographic information about yourself, like personality traits, and the kind of workplace you prefer. Your Candidate Profile acts as a virtual handshake with new employers. It’s their first impression of you, so make sure you put your best foot forward.
Important: Unlike LinkedIn or Facebook, your profile is not publicly searchable. It’s only shown to vetted, U.S. based, defense and aerospace employers. So, don’t fret.
Even if you’re happily employed with no intention of leaving your company, it’s always a great idea to network. It’s like saving money for a rainy day. Build your Network with the types of employers and companies you see yourself working with one day. With ClearanceJobs, you see at a glance the companies and employers you’re connected with, and you can keep tabs on your conversations in the Message window, should the rainy day come.
Find and engage with employers you want to work with. Just like you have a rich candidate profile, employers do as well. Employer profiles contain Status Updates, Hiring Needs, Events, pictures from their last company event, and much more. You can connect with them, “Like” their Status Updates and Hiring Needs, and follow their company. Every action you take on their profile feeds them a notification. Then it’s their turn to check YOU out – so make sure your profile is up to par.
Communicate directly with connected employers using ClearanceJobs Message. After you’ve connected with an employer, introduce yourself by sending a Message, or engage in live text chats with logged in employers. Make your communications stand out with video, links, and emojis. All communications with connected employers are saved in our Message window.
Dashboard gives you full visibility in who is interested in you – and who you should be interested in. On Dashboard, you’ll see who viewed your profile, how many views you’ve received, which companies are checking you out most frequently, and so much more. And, Dashboard contains a Recommendations section suggesting employers, companies, and jobs for you to consider. You will never run out of things to do, or networking opportunities on ClearanceJobs.
Status Updates let you share your interests, thoughts, and personality with employers. Excited about a new project you’re handling at work? Curious to share a book you’ve read recently? Whatever is on your mind, this is where you share it. Attach photos or share links to generate interest. When you post a Status Update, it immediately gets shared with your employer connections. It’s a great way to initiate conversations, and make sure you’re staying in front of engaged employers.
Interested in working for a specific company? ClearanceJobs has a company directory, so you can search by company, and check out their Company Profile. A Company Profile page is a repository of all content from every employer within that company, AND all their jobs. Follow the company, connect with their employers, “Like” their hiring needs, comment on their status updates – yes, go ahead and stalk them. When you “Follow” a company, you’ll receive all their updates in your Pulse feed (hang on – Pulse is #8).
Now you’ve built your candidate profile, chatted up and connected with employers, followed companies, liked content. How does this all come together? On Pulse.
Every time you log into ClearanceJobs, you’ll see your Pulse feed. Pulse captures all the information posted from employers you’ve connected with and companies you’ve followed. You’ll see their Hiring Needs, Events, Status Updates, and Group Messages from here, and you can continue the conversation by liking and commenting on the posts.
So, that’s it – call it the ClearanceJobs 8-step path to Career Enlightenment.