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

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What Is Involved in Getting a Security Clearance?

There are three main phases to receiving a security clearance. Understanding this process and the kinds of information that will be collected will help you navigate (and prepare for) the investigation and clear the security clearance hurdle:
1. The application process. This phase involves verification of U.S. citizenship, fingerprinting, and completion of the Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Be sure to answer all questions, even if they are already on your resumé or answered elsewhere. Your application must have information that meets the three Cs: correct, complete, and current.
Make sure you also include the following information:
❑ Writing or typing that is legible and correct. ...

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