So how does one who doesn't have a clearance currently (but had a TS/SSBI in a previous life) find a job that will get them one? I find that most recruiters won't even talk to me unless I have the clearance. So, um, 20 years of IT experience doesn't mean anything. Gotcha. No offense, but I really hate that the world is flooded with terrible IT recruiters, and it's a 99% chance that the person who calls you for a job a) doesn't have any sort of agreement with the company they're recruiting for and b) are merely looking to build their resume database.