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The GovGuru Answers Your Career Questions

The GovGuru Answers Your Career Questions

Chris McConnell | GovCentral

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My son 26 is an excellent worker and has had his current job a little over two years. Early in his adulthood, he managed to mess up his credit terribly. Will this prohibit him from qualifying for a government/officer job?   Thanking you in advance! -CB

Your son’s credit history may affect his eligibility for some government jobs, but certainly not all of them. The bad news: for the short-term, your son will most like not be eligible for jobs that require a security clearance. This is due to the fact that the government considers these individuals security risks, since financial troubles can mean a greater likelihood someone can bribe them for sensitive information.

The good news: depending on your son’s educational background and what he is doing in his current job, he will certainly be eligible for many positions within the government. Regardless of his past history, he should apply for any position that interests him.

MSN Money has covered this topic as well and you can read about how to GovCentral’s Guide to Security Clearances

I would caution that lying or withholding information on his credit history, can hurt his chances of working for the government even more than his current situation. Just like in elementary school: honesty is the best policy.

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