Wanted: gregarious, quick thinker for overseas posting. Willing to work after hours, lie about job except to employer, and extract information from foreign contacts. Trench coat optional.
The CIA is looking for a few good spies. No cloak-and-dagger involved in this search. The U.S. intelligence agency has hit media outlets and the Internet with its call to service -- a full-page ad in "The Economist" magazine describes the job as "the ultimate international career."
The spy agency is focused on building up its clandestine service, which sends operatives out into the world to collect information and report back.
And it is aggressively seeking to more than double its team of analysts based at Langley headquarters, who sift through classified and unclassified material to discern what is afoot in a geographic region or area like biological warfare.
A new training program for analysts will pilot in fiscal year 2000.
About 39,000 resumes were received by the agency in fiscal 1999, which ends Sept. 30, a 56 percent increase over the previous year, and 74 percent of job offers were accepted, the CIA said.