Your Candidate Profile is a snapshot of who you are. It includes a profile photo, an eye-catching cover photo, resume, and basic information like your clearance level, career level, and education. 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 employers. Rest easy knowing your information is safe with us.
Once you have created your profile, you will want to make sure your Profile Searchability is toggled on. If you are searchable, that means you will show up in employer search results, and can network with recruiters through individual connections, Groups, and Messages.
Remember: ClearanceJobs is completely secure. Worried about your employer finding you? These days, it's almost expected that everyone has a digital presence on career networks - it's not necessarily a sign of disloyalty.
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. Set up Job Alerts to keep the networking opportunities (tailored to your unique needs) coming straight to your inbox, automatically.
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 within Messages.
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 gives them a notification. Then it’s their turn to check YOU out – so make sure your profile is up to par.
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? Recently read an interesting article from ClearanceJobs news? 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.
Now you’ve built your candidate profile, chatted up and connected with employers, followed companies, and liked content. How does this all come together? On Pulse.
Every time you log into ClearanceJobs, you’ll see your Pulse updates. 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.