Thursday, August 5, 2010

VBT Pit Stop with Diane Griffin for Security First

Please welcome my guest Diane Griffin.  Diane is the owner of Security First and author of Everything You Need To Know About The Security Clearance Process.  Thank you so much for stopping in Diane.

Bio:    Diane Griffin, President and owner of Security First & Associates, says her motivation for writing Everything You Wanted to Know About the Security Clearance Process, But Are Afraid To Ask: Professional Guidance for Obtaining and Maintaining a Security Clearance came from the more than two decades of people she has assisted, both in her role as a private security contractor, and as the head of personnel or security within major governmental contractors, in finding their way through the complicated security clearance chain. 
Synopsis: If you have plenty of time to click around through myriad government websites and the patience to cut through red tape and make sense of confusing bureaucratic talk, you may be able to find some of the answers to your questions about the security clearance process,” Griffin says. “Chances are, however, that you will still be left with some of your questions unanswered, because there are some questions that the government just doesn't address. So, unless you know someone who is well acquainted with the process from a first-hand perspective, good luck.
What I sought to do was compile all of these answers into one easy-to-read compendium of advice and guidance, giving my readers signposts along the way to assist them in navigating through the clearance process. I believe I've come up with a volume that will greatly help its users, and being able to assist folks in working through this process is extremely gratifying to me.” GROUNDBREAKING SECURITY CLEARANCE EBOOK A ONE-STOP KNOWLEDGEBASE FOR THOSE CONFUSED BY THE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS.

Today's economy is one of the most difficult times in recent history to find work, and many people are not even making use of their college degrees as related to employment! The number of people unemployed is staggering, and the overall lasting impact on our nation as a whole is, I believe, still not completely understood. There is hope, however. 
President Obama plans on hiring 270,000 people for federal jobs. Many of those positions will require a security clearance. These jobs will become available in varying fields, and encompass all types of skills sets. The war on cyber crime has been declared, but our country is facing a shortage of computer professional holding valid security clearances,  Federal jobs, as I am sure you know, provide an opportunity for a solid career path complete with its own set of benefits and rewards that are becoming less and less common as small business America is forced to spend less and less money on these things for its employees in a tough economy. As I mentioned, most of the federal jobs that will be available for your students will require a security clearance of some type. For those with the skills to obtain a high-paying or advanced position, higher and higher levels of security clearances will be needed. This is nothing new, but with the changes that have taken place since the Patriot Act was enforced, the process is quite complex. Many people are discouraged by this and end up taking jobs elsewhere as a result when they could be quite successful if they could just get past that initial phase of getting the security clearance. 
For the past 20 years, I have been walking people through this process and helping them get on the right path to security and success. My company, Security First and Associates, has assisted individuals, government contractors, and entire companies in getting the security clearances they needed in order to get the job, be awarded that contract, or be able to continue working as a vendor to the federal government.
Everything You Need to Know About the Security Clearance Process, But Are Afraid to Ask is now available for $19.95, from my website, amazon & lulu.
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Have any dreams been realized as a result of your writing? 
Yes, that I can start something and accomplish it. I would like to be able to reach my target market of students that are interested in pursuing Security clearances or jobs with the federal government, the process, so that they can get a better understanding of the process
Is there a message in your novel you want readers to grasp? 
Yes, just tell the TRUTH
Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?   
I would love to try my hand at writing other books – not necessary about Security
What advice do you have for writer's just starting out?   
Determine if you are writing for yourself or for an audience and if it is for an audience, how will you reach them?

Anything else you would like to share with us today? 
Thank you for allow me to share my ebook guide with you and if you have any questions about the security clearance process, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Security First & Associates LLC
(410) 312-3597

Security First Associates

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Thank you again for stopping in Diane.  Your post was very informative and definitely gives a clearer understanding.  I wish you much success in the future.


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