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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Getting Government Jobs by Partnership for Public Service

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Setting Your Expectations

Knowing up front how long the process can take will help set your expectations and manage your time (many people find temporary employment or stay in their current jobs until they get the results of their background check). The good news is that many positions permit the new employee to begin working once the background check process has started, instead of waiting until the check has been completed. Even people whose positions require a high-level security clearance may be granted an “interim” clearance to begin working once some basic checks have been completed (with favorable results) and the more time-intensive checks are underway.
Although in recent years investigations for jobs that require security clearances ...

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