How to Recruit the Right Talent When Clearances are Required

Kay Curling, Salient CRGT

Finding the right talent in the competitive government-focused business is becoming more difficult, especially when security clearances and high-demand skillsets are required. On Nov. 28 in Tysons Corner, Virginia, Salient CRGT’s Chief Human Resource Officer Kay Curling spoke to the WashingtonExec’s Women CEO Roundtable Committee on how to align policies, processes and incentives in recruiting departments to tactically meet these challenges.

This exclusive association of dynamic business leaders allows them to take their business to the next level, to foster entrepreneurial thinking and to share advice on addressing business challenges. The Women CEO Roundtable provides a venue for CEOs to meet quarterly, and consists of 14 CEOs in the government contracting space.

“Kay did an exceptional job speaking to our roundtable,” said JD Kathuria, founder and president of WashingtonExec. “Her insights and expertise were very valuable to the CEOs.”

Finding the best fit is more than a recruiting effort, Curling said. It requires understanding the client’s mission, culture and other often-unstated requirements, along with understanding the motivations and desires of the applicants.

“A recruiting effort may yield many eligible candidates,” Curling said. “The best efforts consider the qualified applicant pool and find the ‘best fit’ for both the client and the prospective employee.”


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