[Novalug] OT: Baiting Beltway Bandits [was: What is your "Linux admin IQ?"]
James Ewing Cottrell 3rd
JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET
Sun Oct 4 22:04:50 EDT 2009
You are right about the fact that without hard and fast numbers, our
experiences tent o be anecdotal. My resume says: Top Secret 1979-1984
And for some reason, this seems to confuse people, and they think my
clearance is still active. The reason I put it there is to show people
that I am clearable.
Often times there follows a discussion of whether the company will
actually TRY and clear people. And it is My Recent Experience that their
attitude is generally summed up by the phrase, "Sorry, we want people
who ALREADY have clearances".
So, all I have to go on is my OWN Experience, but My Conclusions are
that Things ARE Different, and not in a good way.
I'm also hearing a LOT of people saying the same thing.
American Dave wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 04, 2009 at 08:26:19PM -0400, James Ewing Cottrell 3rd wrote:
>> Bottom Line: A Company Should Be Willing to Clear ALL It's People Who
>> Need Clearances. If A Cleared One comes along that Gravy, but you can't
>> Expect It.
> I think without numbers we're all replying based on personal experience.
> My experience (including those I know) is that skill set matters most,
> and you'll get a clearance if they want you. As you've said, if you
> have a clearance you're more attractive to an employer with the same
> clearance requirements than a similarly qualified uncleared candidate.
> Note on my saying "trivial" regarding getting clearances. Clearances do
> discriminate against those with troubled pasts. If you've had
> financial, judicial, or mental health issues, you'll have to fork over
> all of that information in gory detail to strangers. That said,
> some of the most screwed up people I know have some of the highest clearances. That includes arrests, bankruptcies, going AWOL, domestic violence, etc.
> -A. Dave
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