Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The CIA Gets Social(ly) Networked

As I'd written before, social netowks are becoming a venue for employers, as well as the most popular way Generations X & Y connect and collaborate with one another.

However, employers aren't only looking to weed out the idiots from the pool of applicants...

Social networks have become tools by which potential employers are seeking out the best and brightest candidates.

For example, even the CIA is becoming social(ly) networked:

"If you're a Facebook member, a career as a government spook is only a click away.

Since December 2006, the Central Intelligence Agency has been using, the popular social networking site, to recruit potential employees into its National Clandestine Service. It marks the first time the CIA has ventured into social networking to hire new personnel.

The CIA's Facebook page (login required) provides an overview of what the NCS is looking for in a recruit, along with a 30-second promotional YouTube video aimed at potential college-aged applicants. U.S. citizens with a GPA above 3.0 can apply.

"It's an invaluable tool when it comes to peer-to-peer marketing," says Michele Neff, a CIA spokeswoman."

Read the full article here.

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