Chad applied for a job in March, and we were really excited about it. It was working for a big-name company on a big-name project. The job posting practically looked like it was written for him. With the exception of some of the preferred software skills, Chad’s resume was a perfect match. I wanted him to get that job so badly, I could taste it.
We found a contact at the company through a friend of a friend. She emailed the hiring manager, and he contacted Chad. We were so excited. Then, all communication stopped.
We finally got a chance to talk to this friend-of-a-friend when we went out for drinks the other night. She said the powers that be at the company loved Chad’s resume; they were excited about him. However, they needed someone right away. And that person needed a government clearance. Which Chad doesn’t have.
Of course, getting a clearance supposedly costs companies $100,000 per person. In a good economy, this is no problem. In a down economy, no one is hiring uncleared people because it takes a long time and is too expensive. This is pretty career-limiting, especially here in D.C. where every job is defense-related. Unlike experience with software or knowledge about structural analysis, a government clearance is not something you can get by yourself. So you can’t get a job if you’re not cleared, but you can’t get cleared until you have a job!
It makes me want to tear my hair out!
While it makes me happy to know that Chad isn’t being rejected due to a lack of knowledge or skills, it upsets me that something seemingly so small is keeping him at home and out of work!