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Old 01-09-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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well if you are spending 3 hours commuting, plus put in 8 hours and 1 hour lunch and 7 hours sleep what does that add up to? 19 hours that gives you 5 hours for your self.
or move to an area you dont have to make as much to live
computers/IT jobs are everywher in the US.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:12 PM
 
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With your clearances in hand and good IT skills, plus the psych and management feathers, you should be able to write your own ticket. Major private sector contractors back to the defense and intelligence communities would probably be one place to look. CACI, SAIC, General Dynamics IT, Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corportaion...all of these do boatloads of contract work for the USG. They are always looking for people with clearances. Of course, you could always try the agencies themselves, but you might make more working from the outside. These guys run job fairs around the region about once a month. They are usually advertised in The Post. Keep an eye out...
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:49 AM
 
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If you live in Centerville, I would try to find a job in Chantilly. There are a lot of companies there, especially along Westfield Rd.

I belong to a group called toastmasters, and several of the members work for Northrop Grumman. It seems like they're regularly looking for people with a Top Secret security clearance. I would suggest contacting the HR department ... or, if you like the idea of networking, stop by a toastmasters meeting and see if you can befriend a NG employee. There's a good chance you could meet someone who would be happy to refer you (because NG employees usually get a bonus for referring someone for a top secret job).

Networking really works. If toastmasters doesn't appeal, you can get the same result from other community groups, church groups, and from volunteering.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:14 AM
 
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Misery loves company, but I don't feel any better knowing that you very close to where I was a year ago! I am not in IT or consulting but I was also on a short leash (what do you mean you didn't check your email at 11:30pm?!?!) and I finally had enough and snapped and unleashed the wrath on my coworkers/boss. I expected an escort out the door, but instead I was suprised to learn that keeping me was actually worth some changes. In the end, I told them what I would and would not do and I stick to it. When they make demands of me that are outside of this plan and it is clearly not a business need, I politely say that I will take care of it first thing in the morning. We should ALL practice saying this one word - NO. When my slacker team mates would slop in at 10 I was already hours in, and I put the burden on them - I didn't wait, they had to catch up.

I think we all tend to get sucked into things and forget we can say NO. You can not change what you tolerate, and you might be suprised what happens when you make a stand. Having said that, with your clearance and other skills, you should be golden. As someone already said, Chantilly is full of companies that need clearances. Good luck!
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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Curlygirly, that is great advice.
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