- If you are a Current College Student or a Recent Grad, you can get a Government Internship, and I could be wrong, but I believe most of them will give you some kind of clearance, be it Public Trust or Confidential. Interns can even have higher clearance access as Software Engineers working on mission-critical code.
- While most people will try to find Government Jobs through USAjobs.gov, I recommend thinking outside the box and looking for Government Contractor jobs instead.
Let’s pause here for a moment.
You’re going to ask me, “What’s the difference between Government Jobs and Government Contractor Jobs?
The Difference between Government Jobs and Government Contractor Jobs
-Government jobs employ people who work at the Social Security Office or the IRS. Government contractor jobs are private company workers who build interstate highways or manage projects.
-When you work directly for the government, the pay is… well… it’s not so great. When you work for a company that won a government contract to build a missile or something, guess what? You make bank.
-Plus, you are constantly in high demand because you have government experience, regardless of the job market. This part is what’s most important.
NOTE: Even if you don’t have a security clearance, the fact that you have any government experience at all would make you desirable to one of these government contractors like Boeing or Raytheon.
BTW, if you are a Veteran, you are even more desirable.
How do I find Government Contract Jobs?
-You could search for the major government contractors on Indeed like “Lockheed Martin”, “Boeing”, “Northrop Grumman”, “Raytheon”, “General Dynamics”. But these Fortune 50 companies are competitive — I would still try them though.
-The best way to search for Government Contract jobs is by searching for the smaller companies that still make a LOT of money. These companies are still big, but not Fortune 50, so the competition is not as fierce.
NOTE: I’ll try to write and video about my personal career journey and how I got into Government Contracting very soon. So make sure you stay connected with me on my blog and my YouTube.