I have recently moved to the Washington D.C. area and work remotely on a contact. That contact is likely to expire in a few years, and I've noticed that local companies are willing to be an incredible premium for people with security clearance. So, in the interest of thinking ahead, I'm wondering if it's possible to obtain security clearance not through any existing job but "personally". I know this is really weird, but hopefully this is doable.
- Can I somehow start the process of seeking to obtain a security clearance with no specific job in mind?
- If so, how?
- I'm sure it will be as expensive as a decent car, but nonetheless, how much would it cost?
Side note: I'm plenty familiar with the background check process, so no need to warn me about the intrusiveness, the fact that it will take years, etc etc thanks. The fact that it takes years has everything to do with why I want to get ahead of this.