Clearance is fully processed, haven't been on-boarded. Can I apply for other clearance jobs while I wait?


#1

Hello. I received an offer with a DoD agency September 2016. I was recently told by Recruitment that my TS clearance has been fully finished and I have been put into “awaiting placement” status. They said that this process can take a short amount of time or even another year.

ClearanceJobs.com’s definition of current is “you have had a job in the past two years that required use of a clearance”, but I have yet to actually be an employee there. I know this means my clearance isn’t “active”, but is it considered “current”?

Can I join ClearanceJobs.com? Can I apply for other clearance jobs?

Thank you! I am new to all this.


#2

From my understanding you are able to apply for other jobs. You have two years to get picked up before the clearance becomes invalid. That is what I was told.


#3

So in theory, say you got your clearance then your official offer from the the sponsoring agency or company. Can you decline it and take a better job somewhere else with the same clearance that they paid for? I understand on the flip side the govt can rescind offers or put you on a “awaiting placement status”, but if it doesn’t halt your investigation, would this be alright? It seems like wasting $$ to me.


#4

Yes I agree with you. This is a grey area where someone on this site with more experience will hopefully chime in. I think until you sign the contract you are free to take that clearance anywhere. I got my DOD secret and the FSO from the company said the position was no longer available. He told me to apply to other positions within the company AND I can apply for other companies if I would like. I ended up getting an offer from a different company, and will not be working for the company who sponsored my clearance. If they don’t want to give you an immediate position, that’s their loss.


#5

You may not have an active clearance, but you can accurately say that you have a favorably adjudicated background investigation and eligible for a TS clearance. Nothing prohibits you from applying to other jobs, Good Luck!


#6

Marko, thanks for the response! I hope to still work at that agency later on when I am finally placed. Will working for a contractor ruin that job process? Also, should I list “Adjudicated and eligible for TS/SCI-Poly clearance” on my resume?


#7

No one expects you to sit idly by and wait for a job offer, that would be unreasonable. Just list favorable T5 with the closed date and w/ poly date passed if you were notified in writing that you passed it.


#8

Thanks for the info!


#9

Thanks so much for the info! I’m going to join ClearanceJobs.com as a “current” clearance to find temp jobs and list it the way you suggested, hope that’s okay.


#10

I was employed with a secret clearance from 2005 through 2012. Since then I worked in the private sector. But, last year I was offered another position requiring a clearance and that clearance was recently adjudicated in my favor. I’m waiting for DOHA to push my status out to JPAS so that my sponsor can on-board me.

When I attempt to join ClearanceJobs.com, I can’t check the box that says I have held a cleared job in the last two years. I don’t want to lie and check that first box.

So . . . I have to wait?