In an economy on a precipice in which major corporations are laying off employees by the tens of thousands, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has some good news to share: the FBI is hiring. Not only is the FBI hiring, a wide variety of FBI jobs in a vast array of locations are available. Available FBI jobs include 2,100 professional level positions nationwide and 850 slots for special agents. The FBI has created an FBI jobs website (fbijobs.gov), to recruit new employees for its Washington DC headquarters and its 56 field offices located throughout the United States of America.
According to CNN, the FBI has characterized this FBI hiring effort as “one of the largest hiring blitzes in our 100-year history.”
The FBI jobs site is so popular this afternoon that the capacity of the site servers was overloaded and those seeking applications at 1:30 this afternoon were advised to check back after 3 p.m. The site says that the FBI is seeking to expand the capacity of its servers (good task for one of those IT professionals it’s looking to hire.) Because of the server overload, the FBI announced that it will extend application deadlines for the positions listed at the FBI jobs website.
What Work Is Available Through FBI Jobs?
Among the employment available through FBI jobs are language, training, management and program analysis, IT and intelligence analysis, and physical, natural and social science positions. FBI jobs also has listings for accounting, administration and human resources positions, surveillance and security work and compliance and quality assurance.
What Kind of Background Check is Required for the FBI Jobs?
Any job at the FBI requires not only a background check but a FBI Top Secret Security Clearance. Criteria leading to automatic disqualification are posted on the FBI jobs site and include felony conviction, use of illegal drugs in violation of FBI policy, default on a student loan, failing a urinalysis, and, if applicable, failure to register with the Selective Service. If you are applying for an FBI job as an intelligence analyst, additional bars to employment include bankruptcy and marriage to a foreign national.
The FBI’s illegal drug policy precludes employment of persons engaging in any illegal drug use other than marijuana use during the ten years prior to employment or more than minimal experimentation during their lifetime. Marijuana use is a bar to employment at the FBI if it occurred with the three years prior to application.
The background check performed by the FBI for FBI jobs seekers covers much more than drug testing. An interview and a polygraph exam are standard issue. Survive that phase of the process and the FBI will examine your credit records, perform a police records check, and interview your friends, neighbors and co-workers. This process often consumes several months.
The FBI may not be the easiest place in the world to get a job, but it has something to offer that many other employers do not: jobs!
Sources: http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/news_article.aspx?storyid=104421&catid=3; http://www.fbijobs.gov/;http://www.wkrg.com/crime/article/wanted_850_new_fbi_agents/22347/.