I accepted a job right before graduation last April and need a secret clearance to start working. I took the summer off and then got a temporary job that goes until the end of this month thinking the clearance should be almost completed by then. It’s been transferred twice because investigators were out of state. I just got an email asking me to call them to confirm my work location so an investigator could be assigned to me in the “Near future” I’ve started looking for other jobs but can’t find any that are temporary so my options are:
- Wait around and hope the investigation finished very soon because I don’t have a lot of money to pay the bills.
- Get a full time job, not tell them I’m being investigated and then leave if my clearance finishes I can start (I’m not sure if the background investigator would contact my boss which could get me fired before I have my clearance?)
- Get a full time job and tell the original company that hired me that I’m taking a different position and stop my investigation (Would this hurt my chances of passing a future security clearance if I get a job with another company that needs one down the road? Is there any action the company could take against me - I have’t been paid at all yet but they may have paid for my investigation)