Security Clearance Guide

Are you currently seeking Federal employment or, perhaps, looking for a career in the military? If so, you will need to familiarize yourself with the subject of security clearances. Without being approved for a security clearance, you might not be allowed to perform certain duties or you could be rejected for a specific job. As such, a clear understanding of what security clearances entail is well worth exploring.

What exactly does a security clearance entail? Basically, this is a provision given to those that work in government or are contracted to work with a government agency. Specifically, this provision will state that certain classified information will be provided to the person with a corresponding level of clearance. Also, restrictions in terms of the specific government facilities the person might visit will be lifted. Basically, the person with the proper clearance will be allowed to operate in an unrestricted manner when handling certain tasks and duties in the performance of his/her job.

How does one achieve a certain level of security clearance? A background check will be performed and this will explore various different facets of the individual's personal, professional, financial, and even political life. This way, safety levels can be maintained and those that might pose a security risk will be kept from achieving a security rank they would otherwise be best not receiving.

Some may wonder why security clearance is required. This will depend upon the tasks at hand. In some cases, the items that the individual comes in contact with could contain sensitive information of a personal nature about fellow citizens. By requiring a security clearance, such private information will be effectively protected.

Then, there will also be issues of a national security related situation. In certain government and military duties, highly classified security information must be protected from being released to those that would leak or compromise the information. By requiring a security clearance, such information does not fall into the wrong hands.

There will also be different levels of security clearance available (make sure to state what level you have in your Federal resume). Terms like "Top Secret" and "For Your Eyes Only" are not rooted in the cinema. They have their origins in the world of government and military operations. They also exist for good reason. Again, privacy and security issues need to be properly weighed when examining the various factors that need to be considered when working in such functions.

The process of being examined for a security clearance is relatively simple. You would not have to do anything other than provide investigators with specific information. From this, you can then wait until the background check is finished. As long as there are no problems, you will end up being approved for your security clearance rating.

The concept of a security clearance is a relatively simple one. It is understandable that the government would require such clearances. And, quite honestly, the criteria for receiving such clearance levels are not unfair. As such, their presence is understandable.


Gail Esparan