How To Get Security Clearance For A Job
If you're interested in a career with the government, you may need to know how to get a security clearance for a job. People with security clearances often make thousands of dollars more than other individuals and can apply for a variety of government jobs. Getting a clearance can be difficult and the process is long, so you should know the steps to applying for one.
- Get a sponsor. According to the Security Jobs website, you can't get a clearance on your own, and you must be sponsored by the government or a contractor. If you're trying to obtain a security clearance before you begin your search for a new job for extra leverage, understand that it's impossible.
- Complete the Questionnaire for National Security Positions. The questionnaire, or SF-86, is available as an online or paper form and it questions everything from where you lived as a child to whether or not you've abuse alcohol or drugs. Have you done questionable things in your past? Don't try to hide the information on the SF-86 because all aspects of your life will be thoroughly looked into during the security clearance investigation. If the government finds out that you lied, your clearance will be denied. Make sure you contact anyone you list as a character references on the questionnaire because you don't want the individual to be surprised when the government contacts them about you.
- Meet with a security clearance investigator. You may have certain issues such as financial problems or a prior criminal history that raises red flags with the government. Instead of automatically denying your clearance, the government assigns an investigator to speak with you. Answer the investigator's questions honestly. If the concern is over a financial matter such as extreme debt and the investigator asks about your resolution plans, don't say you'll pay the debt off faster than you are really able to. Make a reasonable commitment that works for your budget.