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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions we receive from people who are interested in securing a contractual position through Entourage Consulting.

Does Entourage have any full-time opportunities?

Entourage Consulting is a staffing agency similar to a Kelly Services. To this end, Entourage only offers U.S. and International contracting and locum opportunities for U.S. Government opportunities in the U.S., Asia and the rest of the world.

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How long is the contract?

Contracts typically range from 1 year to 5 years. 1 year contracts may be extended or expanded to multiple years.

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What benefits do you offer?

Entourage offers paid holiday, paid liability insurance for medical professionals and company-paid background checks.

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Do you pay for relocation?

If selected for a specific position, Entourage will reimburse the cost of your transportation to the city of your new opportunity in addition to household goods up to a specific amount. This amount is based on several varying factors and will be discussed one-on-one and case-by-case.

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Can I apply if my license or a certificate has expired?

The short answer is no. Nevertheless, Entourage will assist you in locating a program near you to requalify for your BLS or other life-saving course. If your state license has expired, you will have to renew your license before you can be considered for any role with Entourage. If your license is encumbered by malpractice proceedings, you are ineligible to apply with Entourage.

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Do I need a security clearance?

Some roles require a security clearance. These role are clearly marked as opportunities that require a specific clearance level. Candidates must currently hold the stated clearance or be able to obtain the clearance level to be eligible for the role. Federal Background Checks are required for some roles. Entourage suggests that everyone applying for an opportunity to get a FBI Criminal Background Check. Entourage can assist with the documentation needed to complete your Criminal Background check or you can have Entourage complete an FBI Criminal Background Check for a fee of $30.00. If you are hired for a role with Entourage, Entourage will reimburse the fee for the Background Check. Federal Background Checks are valid and remain in the system for 7 years.

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What kind of support do you offer for overseas moves?

Entourage will support new employees with their travel arrangements, temporary lodging when you arrive in country, a welcome package with local information on the area, and bilingual support for assistance with housing. If the role does not fall under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), our local staff will assist you in setting up banking accounts, household needs, utilities and transportation.

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Do I need to have a Visa to work in a foreign country?

Many opportunities are under SOFA, so in this case the U.S. Department of Defense or other agency will provide a visa. In the event that the role is NON-SOFA, Entourage has the ability to provide a work visa if the role meets the local national threshold for a sponsored work visa.

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How many hours per week will I work?

In almost every instance, government contract work is 40 hours a week – Monday through Friday from 0730 (7:30 AM) to 1630 (4:30 PM). However, this is dependent on the role of need of the U.S. Government and some roles are on call, are shift work or have overtime. Overtime will be billed as time-and-a-half in instances where the government allows overtime to be billed. In some rare instances, overtime work is included at no extra cost to the government. Your Entourage representative will review these issues with you and they will be clearly included in your Employment Contract.

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Can I live on the military installation?

In most cases contract employees are not authorized to occupy base housing. Nevertheless, in rare cases base housing, education may be included at the Governments bequest. Ask your Staffing Consultant for details.

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How can I secure housing, and do you help?

Entourage will provide a list of realtors who will work with you to locate suitable housing. Outside of the United States, Entourage employs bilingual local national employees who will assist you to find a friendly realtor who is happy to assist you with your housing needs. Overseas, Entourage has the ability to be your sponsor in countries where we have a local office presence.

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How long after I get the position do I have to move?

If you are local, you should be ready to start in about two weeks from the time you are selected for the role. If it is an international role, it can be up to 40-days.

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Do I need to learn the local language?

All of Entourage’s available opportunities are on U.S. Military Bases or installations. To this end, it is not necessary to learn the local language. Nevertheless, we suggest that you make an effort to learn some of the local language and customs to truly enjoy your overseas assignment.

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What schools are available for kids?

If you are in the U.S. , local public, private and magnet schools are available. If you are overseas, schooling on base is an option, however it is quite expensive and Entourage does not offer children’s education as part of our employment package. International schools are also available, but once again, they can be quite expensive. Local national schools are available; less expensive, but the lessons are in the local language.

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What kind of transportation is available?

For international assignments, Entourage will provide you with local train maps, and the base can provide you with bus schedules. If you are SOFA status, you are eligible to get a U.S. Government issued driver’s permit for the local country and drive provided you hold a valid U.S. Drivers License. If you are on a sponsored visa, you can take the local driver’s test and drive in country.

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What type of insurance will I need?

If you are not attached to the U.S., Military, DoD or other government agency that provides free medical insurance, you should get some medical insurance that you can obtain locally. Drivers must have the locally required insurance to drive a motor vehicle and we suggest that you have renter’s insurance for your home.

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What happens when the contract ends?

There are some 1 year, 2 year and 3 year contracts. Often these contracts are renewed. In the event that the contract is not renewed, then Entourage will on a best effort basis find you another opportunity either in state or country or in another international location.

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How does your process work?

You, the candidate, will find a suitable opportunity in which you qualify. You will complete the application form and attach your resume and credentials (BLS, proof of graduation from an accredited school) and click the apply button. An Entourage representative will contact you to set up an interview time. After passing the interview, Entourage will submit your resume and credentials to the client for review and acceptance. Once Entourage wins the contract, you will be assigned to the role and given your start date.

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How long does the process take?

As little as two weeks, but as long as 60 to 70 days, depending on the role and the needs of the government. The average process will take place between 30 and 40 days. 

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