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How to Add a Security Clearance to a Resume

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As you pore over federal job advertisements and descriptions, you may find some that request your security clearance information, such as CIA or FBI, or ask if you have one at all. But disclosing your exact government security clearance can lead to having that clearance withdrawn. According to Quint Careers, if an organization requests that you include security clearance information on your resume, you should simply indicate whether you have one, then wait until the interview to disclose what type.

Create a bullet point list at the top of the first page of your resume beneath your header. Type "Social Security Number:", followed by your number, if the company or organization has requested you do so. Otherwise, do not include your Social Security number, particularly if you are posting your resume online.

Add "Citizenship:," followed by your country of citizenship, as the second point in the list. If the country you list is one aside from the United States, list "U.S. Visa," followed by your visa type, as the third point in the list.

Add "Military Experience" or "Veteran's Preference" and type either your military status or veteran type, such as "Gulf War Veteran." If none apply to you, type "N/A."

Type "Federal Experience" and follow with your previous federal job title, or "N/A."

Type "Clearance" and type either "Yes" if you have security clearance or "N/A" if you do not. Do not include the type or level of security clearance on your resume.


Do not include any security clearance information on a resume unless the employer has specifically requested it.


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