Monday, February 18, 2008

Dubious Job Ops

I remember stumbling over this a while back but didn't blog it. I hate when that happens.

The CIA is always looking for a couple (or more) good librarians. What struck me most is they are always hiring and this bit of boilerplate at the end of the posting:

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

So not only can you not tell people you work for the CIA, you can't even tell people that you're applying. Shit, sharing this link with you, may attract the terrorists to come after me.

But something fishy's going on over at the CIA. They're always hiring. With a starting salary of $52,000, plenty of recent grads have to be applying. What is the CIA doing with all these librarians? I mean usually librarians lock-in for decades in a position. How's the CIA going through so many so fast? Are they being given highly dangerous, TOP SECRET, reference questions?

The pay, though, makes me think about applying (without telling anyone of course), though I'd totally fail the polygraph test because you know, no pulse.


Anonymous Dances With Books said...

Part of it may be that, even though they pay 52K, it is likely working in DC, which has a high cost of living. So, that may or not be a factor I would think. If I was single, I might be tempted to try out and see what happens. Not that I would tell (haha, you know, can't let the terrorist know and all). But one does wonder because I did see the CIA ads in the job boards back in library school, and clearly, they are still hiring.

9:46 AM, February 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i think most of the c.i.a librarians dont make it to retirement(we have a nice library in iraq) or a librarian that cant find the castro file might have an "accident" so that is why they must be looking for fresh blood all the time.liron

10:29 AM, February 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For shame, you failed the first test and automatically disqualified yourself by disseminating the existence of the Company.

It's so hard to find good help these days... Actually, you got me! @ the Library is really all about the CIA. "Space Ace" is Dick Cheney, "Virus Guy" was Donald Rumsfeld, and "Porn Man" is George W. Bush. :-)

11:49 PM, February 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe they mean the Culinary Institute of America. after all, someone has to catalog and organize all those recipes and cookbooks. clearly they don't want the secrets of fine, gourmet chefery to run amok in the general public. family and friends would surely want access to the secrets of making those fancy radish roses or how to really dice an onion without crying. (i suspect gas masks are involved) the constant openings are just a sign of the moral weakness of librarians who can't be trusted with the secrets of making coq au vin or the perfect chocolate chip cookie. we can't help ourselves, we were born to share important information.

12:02 PM, February 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOO I can actually answer this one!!

As one who may or may not have applied and who lives near DC I can tell you that they are in fact nor really looking for people at present. They basically leave it up there so they have a pool of applicants for when a job in fact does open.

4:50 PM, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...

Well now see that just pisses me off because I know for a fact they recently went to a school to recruit. What the hell are they recruiting for if they got nothing available?

I hate those type of of games. And yes, it's a GAME. Grr.

7:30 PM, February 21, 2008  
Blogger Canadian Girl said...

I live in Canada. I wonder if CSIS is hiring? Hmmm, I'd probably have to move to Ottawa - nah, not worth it.

1:59 AM, February 22, 2008  
Blogger GrayjayDeb said...

Well, I too am from Canada, and I don't think you'd have to keep CSIS a secret though... except out of embarassment.

12:00 PM, February 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i always thought csis's top mission was not let anyone steal the c.n tower.liron

2:00 PM, February 22, 2008  
Blogger Vampire Librarian said...

Are y'all trying to get me in trouble with the Canadian secret police? ;-)

3:43 AM, February 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Librarians are hiding something."

10:45 AM, March 03, 2008  

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