Who wants to be a spy?
- By Dan Verton
- Aug 14, 2000
The CIA has broadened its recruitment efforts and is fishing for resumes
on the Internet for its next generation of spies.
Officials on Aug. 4 added a "Clandestine Service Operations" page to
the agency's online job center.
"For the extraordinary individual who wants more than just a job, this
is a unique career a way of life that will challenge the deepest resources
of your intelligence, self-reliance and responsibility," the advertisement
on the page reads.
"It demands an adventurous spirit, a forceful personality, superior intellectual
ability, toughness of mind, and a high degree of personal integrity, courage
and love of country. You will need to deal with fast-moving, ambiguous and
unstructured situations that will test your resourcefulness to the utmost."
The positions that the agency has posted are:
* Collection management officer.
* Operations officer.
* Staff operations officer.
* Counterterrorism specialists.
* Operations officer professional trainee.
A spokesperson for the agency said the CIA has been recruiting on the
Web for some time and that the new listings for clandestine service members
are just the latest addition to the agency's multi- faceted recruitment
effort. "We have recruited in advertisements [in] magazines [and] newspapers
around the country for several years," the spokesperson said. "It's an ongoing
Despite the move online, applicants will still have to mail in their
To find the "spy recruiting" page: From the "Employment at the CIA"
page at www.cia.gov/cia/employment/ciaeindex.htm, click on Positions, then click on Clandestine Service Operations.