Security clearances. Are they the insane hassle they seem to be? To me they seem like the biggest catch 22 around. I’ve been contracted to a Govt dept for the past 12 months, coming up to the end of my non-ongoing contract. I’ve started applying for new jobs (both govt and private) for about the last 2 months, and have been turned down for countless roles simply because I don’t hold a clearance.
It’s my understanding that the process of gaining a clearance is very drawn out and can take an extremely long time to process, thus the appeal of candidates who already hold current clearances.
How then are you supposed to gain a clearance? I’ve read there’s no way to gain one by yourself, as you need to be sponsored by a govt agency in order to obtain one, yet agencies (for the most part) don’t want to know about you unless you hold one. Of course my whole two months of searching for a role may not indicate the greater reality of the situation, but I’ve heard from several people in the APS it’s a fairly common occurence due to the way the clearance process works.
Has anyone else been through a similar experience, and is it really just a case of eventually landing that one lucky job that will pay for it and put you through it?
I’m struggling with the idea that all these potential and well suited positions are passing me by, for the simple fact that I don’t have a piece of paper saying I’m trustworthy.