What Is It Like to be a Security Clearance Investigator?
ClearanceJobs.com contributor Tranette Ledford offered five tips for those considering a career as a contract security clearance investigator. From the application process to the realities of living in a home office, perhaps the biggest truism about work as a security clearance investigator is that you really won’t understand what it’s like until you speak with one. Here’s an excerpt from her article:
Forget about camaraderie. For the most part, you’ll be working solo. And just as in any investigative field, the information you learn must remain private and cannot be discussed outside of those to whom you report. Time management is critical, as you must meet agency deadlines when they’re provided, and keep an accurate account of all time spent. Additionally, keep government holidays in mind. They add up to about two to three weeks a year, so it’s a good idea to recognize when they occur so you can plan for slow-downs.
FYI: You may want to check out some of the forums in which contract investigators discuss issues like work/life balance, pay and other factors. Though you’ll likely hear opposing views, those discussions can help you determine how earnings, regions and agencies impact job satisfaction.
What would you add the list? What advice would you give to someone considering the career?