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CIA Recruitment Center Exploring Innovative Outreach

The Central Intelligence Agency, like other government employers, can be found at college career fairs across the country as well as in magazine and media ads. Now the CIA Recruitment Center is offering new ways to reach the public that reflect the growth of social media and give prospective applicants a feel for what CIA employees do on the job.

In March 2012, Agency recruiters participated in a Virtual Career Fair sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The CIA sponsored “booths” for its high demand occupations including clandestine services, IT and security operations, student opportunities, and foreign language instructors. Thousands of visitors moved around among the virtual booths just as they would at a regular career fair, posing questions for recruiters and getting answers in real time. Recruiters engaged in group chats in the booths and also held private chats with individuals. As one recruiter commented, the virtual career fair format is “a good tool to provide information and guidance to so many people from diverse backgrounds in such a short time.”

The CIA is also exploring creative methods to give applicants a sense of what work at the Agency may be like. Recruiters who hire analysts for the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), for example, have pioneered “analytic simulations” in which teams of college students experience what it is like to be an analyst in the middle of a crisis scenario. The simulation uses a role play in which events unfold rapidly and senior U.S. policymakers rely on the particpants’ expertise and judgment to help them make decisions.

The CIA has staged several simulations so far including competitions between teams from different colleges and universities. Students have overwhelmingly praised the opportunity to quickly digest mock intelligence, prepare briefings for DI analysts who role play as U.S. Government policymakers, and eventually learn whether their analysis was correct.

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Posted: Apr 13, 2012 09:09 AM
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