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angelhaswings  
#1 Posted : Saturday, January 21, 2012 12:54:24 AM(UTC)
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Hello

I have a conditional offer from a contractor. I was at first excited about it because I always wanted to work for the government and found this as a great way to get my foot in the door and learn a bit. I live in the DC metro region where there are tons of companies that deal with the government in some capacity so I figure the skill set I develop at this contractor working with a DOJ agency would be great and make me marketable. I have an accounting degree and plan to start taking the CPA exam when I get this job. My concern is I got the job in October. A few weeks ago I met with the Investigator and the company that hired me told me that it means the investigation is almost up and they will either grant interim or full clearance. I am working a temporary job as of right now and know my job is secure until June 30th. However, I have been looking for other jobs as well. I really need stability having a 6 month old. After reviewing my offer letter, my job can be terminated at any time and is due to funding and etc. I don't know much about the job, except I will be dealing with accounting/financial/procurement in some capacity. I would feel bad turning down the job after going through the security clearance because I know it takes alot of time and money. However, I am also scared because I can be let go anytime. Also the benefits with this contractor suck. I have 5 vacation days which I must accrue every pay period. Being a recent graduate, Aug. 2011 I am looking at the bigger picture and hoping its a good way to start off and move on. I am tempted to take another job that is permanent though. Any advice? Anyone been through something similar? Sorry for the essay but I NEED HELP! 
Fed1969  
#2 Posted : Saturday, January 21, 2012 3:06:44 AM(UTC)
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angelhaswings wrote:
Hello

I have a conditional offer from a contractor. I was at first excited about it because I always wanted to work for the government and found this as a great way to get my foot in the door and learn a bit. I live in the DC metro region where there are tons of companies that deal with the government in some capacity so I figure the skill set I develop at this contractor working with a DOJ agency would be great and make me marketable. I have an accounting degree and plan to start taking the CPA exam when I get this job. My concern is I got the job in October. A few weeks ago I met with the Investigator and the company that hired me told me that it means the investigation is almost up and they will either grant interim or full clearance. I am working a temporary job as of right now and know my job is secure until June 30th. However, I have been looking for other jobs as well. I really need stability having a 6 month old. After reviewing my offer letter, my job can be terminated at any time and is due to funding and etc. I don't know much about the job, except I will be dealing with accounting/financial/procurement in some capacity. I would feel bad turning down the job after going through the security clearance because I know it takes alot of time and money. However, I am also scared because I can be let go anytime. Also the benefits with this contractor suck. I have 5 vacation days which I must accrue every pay period. Being a recent graduate, Aug. 2011 I am looking at the bigger picture and hoping its a good way to start off and move on. I am tempted to take another job that is permanent though. Any advice? Anyone been through something similar? Sorry for the essay but I NEED HELP! 

As a contractor employee you can be laid off any time.  I suggest you look into the Navy intern programs.  

Wish you the best
$600ToiletSeat  
#3 Posted : Monday, January 23, 2012 3:39:39 AM(UTC)
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Take the permanent job.

Losing the time and money put out toward getting your clearance is a cost of doing business. You won't be the first person to do it, nor the last. They can't expect someone to not take a permanent job to take their part time gig, even with a clearance.

Contractors can be laid off at anytime--for many reasons. But that's mostly true on the outside as well.

I'm a contractor and I've been working in the same place for 20 years. And I work in a right-to-work state where I can be terminated in no time.

I'm not immune. They keep telling us 2013 is looking dire (as was 2012, 2011, 2010...). And a lot of my coworkers have jumped ship in the past 3 years due to the insecurity.

Good luck!
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