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CRACKING THE FEDERAL
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Can I apply to a Federal job if I have bad credit or a legal issue?
If you have had a minor altercation with the law or some financial hardships, you may
still be eligible for Federal employment. Your eligibility for employment will depend on
agency policy, how serious the incident was and how long ago it occurred. Whatever
the circumstances are, be honest in your responses to any questions you are asked
because an agency can terminate your employment immediately if you are not
completely honest during the investigation process. Even more importantly, you must
disclose all of the event details and the progress you are making to move forward.
For example, if you owe Uncle Sam back taxes, make a payment arrangement and
stay on track; show your proof of payment during the background process. In some
instances, there may be hurdles of which you should be aware. For example, if you
can’t manage your own checkbook but are applying to positions in which you would
be managing Uncle Sam’s checkbook, it is probably best for you to look for other
types of positions. Similarly, if you have a history of drug abuse, the Drug
Enforcement Agency is not interested in you applying to positions within that agency.
We hope this information has been useful and will help you crack the code to your
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