This is so Frustrating!

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Registered: 03-26-2003
This is so Frustrating!
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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 9:38am
I just have to vent about something.....last August I applied for my dream job with the federal government, had an interview in November, got a verbal offer in December and completed the paperwork to start my background investigation for a security clearance in February. I know the clearance is in the final stage and has been for 2 1/2 months now. I've been waiting rather impatiently thinking it could come through any day now. Yesterday I got a letter from the agency that hired me. In that letter it started that the "pre-employment activities" could take up to 15 months! I can't wait another 10 months for the job to start! I know that 15 months is probably not the norm, but just the idea that it's a possibility is so depressing! My current employer is already aware of the situation (since the investigator actually talked to my coworkers and read my personnel file) and they're phasing me off my project. Once that happens in another 6 weeks, I'll basically be given crap work until it's time for me to leave the company. I'm not happy about the prospect of many months of that type of work. I also fear that if there's nothing for me to do, they might just tell me to leave now.
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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 10:52am
Uh? Did I miss something here? DREAM JOB? So what if you have to do work you don't like for 10 months - isn't it totally worth it? I'd be so happy, so long as I knew there was an end in sight.

Of course, if they let you go before the new job that may be a problem? Can't you find a part time job to hold you over? Or start now and save up some $$?

Just remember the light at the end of the tunnel. Good luck. Go.

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 07-01-2003 - 12:36pm
I think I'd be on the phone asking what in the world takes 15 months. Of course, that's just me. I have to know everything down to the last detail.

Just keep your eye on the prize. It'll come, even if it is a little farther off than you'd like.

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Tue, 07-01-2003 - 12:59pm
I've called every office at the agency that I think might have a clue about where things stand and I keep getting told they won't even check on the status of the clearance until it's been at least 8 months.

My biggest fear at this point is losing my current job when someone new replaces me on the project. I'm safe through mid-August, but beyond that I'm not sure I have any guarantees. I've been saving every single vacation day for a while, so if worst comes to worst, I'll have pay for about another month's worth of work.

My other concern is the 4 months of training when I start the new job. It's in a really bad part of DC, so I was hoping to be able to get through a lot of it when I'd still be leaving work during daylight hours.

I know I should just be grateful that soon I'll have a really cool job. I need to learn patience!