23 Jul

How to become a secret agent

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Everyone has always wondered what it would be like to be a spy. Going undercover in foreign countries, meeting exotic lovers, setting off on insane adventures, helping out your country, and getting paid to do so.

you might think that life life of a secret agent is glamorous because of how Hollywood has portrayed it in every Bond movie, but you are sorely mistaken. If you feel you still want to be a spy after you read this, go right on ahead, we are rooting for you and your safety, and we’ll even tell you how you can follow your dream.

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What does a CIA agent do?

Generally spies for the CIA are referred to as Operations Officers. They work in the clandestine service of the CIA under the Directorate of Operations. They work overseas in foreign countries. CIA agents are the human element of intelligence collection. They collect vital information on the ground. The kind of information satellites and computers can’t collect. They must be very good at international espionage and recruiting informants or spies native to the target country. They use these informants to gather pertinent information.

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Requirements

As you would’ve guessed its no easy task getting hired by the CIA. They are extremely selective.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Under age 36
  • U.S. citizen. If married, spouse must also be a citizen.

Preferences:

  • Military Experience
  • Proficiency in Middle Eastern or Asian languages
  • Advanced degrees in business, physical sciences, international economics, mathematics, computer science, or psychology.

Want to Apply?

The application process can take up to a year or more. First you need to go to the CIA’s assessment career director at: https://www.cia.gov/careers. Review the clandestine service career selection. This will give you more information about current position openings. Then, submit your resume online for the position you desire.

What to Expect

The CIA will spy on you if they are interested in you. All of the skeletons in your closet will be found. They will do extensive background checks in order to uncover your past. So, if you have a former employer or ex girlfriend or boyfriend, you better play nice and mend burned bridges. You will also undergo several mental and physical examinations. Oh by the way, if you do drugs or have done recently, you might as well stop reading immediately and consider a different career. You will get drug tested and take an extensive polygraph interview.

If you get hired…

You will live in Washington D.C. making around $47,390 a year. Expect 1 to 3 years of extreme training before you are sent overseas. The training will be conducted at “The Farm,” the CIA’s secret training facility in Virginia. You will undergo military boot camp style training. You will also learn the spy craft in the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Yes, it’s a tough to become a secret agent, but what did you expect? Good luck out there and if you do make it, thank you for protecting our country!

 

 

01 Jul

Top places to work in IT in 2014

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If you’re a techie and are looking for a place to excel in your IT skills, here’s a list of some of the best places to work in 2014:

Large Organizations

1. Quicken Loans
Detroit, Michigan

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Top 10 rankings:

No. 1 for retention, No.4 for career development, No. 10 for benefits.

  • 200 hours of tech training each year.
  • US based employees: 10,470
  • US based IT employees: 1,108

2. General Mills
Golden Valley, Minnesota

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Top 10 rankings:

No. 1 for benefits.

  • US based employees: 16,288
  • US based IT employees: 634

3. DHL Express
Plantation, Florida

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  • US based employees: 6,024
  • US based IT employees: 71

4. Genetech  
South San Francisco, California

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  • US based employees: 14,500
  • Us based IT employees: 561

Mid Size Organizations

1. LinkedIn
Mountain View, California

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Top 10 rankings:

No. 7 for retention.

  • Techies host all company parties! “Work hard, play hard.”
  • US based employees: 3,447
  • US based IT employees: 112

2. Mastercard
Purchase, New York

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Top 10 rankings:

No. 6 benefits

  • US based employees: 4,100
  • US based IT employees: 1,503

3. Informatica
Redwood city, California

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Top 10 rankings:

No. 1 for training.

  • 16 days of training each year
  • US based employees: 1,410
  • US based IT employees: 76

Small Organizations

1. Noah Consulting
Houston, Texas

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Top 10 rankings:

No. 8 for retention.

  • Volunteer activities: Habitat for Humanity construction projects
  • US based employees: 72
  • Us based IT employees: 60

2. UHC (University HealthSystem Consortium) 
Chicago, Illinois

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Top 10 rankings:

No. 4 in training, No. 4 for retention.

  • US based employees: 297
  • US based IT employees: 66

3. Coca-Cola Enterprises
Atlanta, Georgia

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Top 10 rankings:

No. 2 in training, No. 6 for career development.

  • US based employees: 176
  • US based IT employees: 92
  • FREE Coca-Cola!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Jun

12 high paying careers you’ve probably never thought about persuing

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1. Air Traffic Controller

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Median salary: $100,000

2. Tower Technician

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Median salary: $60,000-70,000

  • College degree or any kind of education is not necessary. Pays no less than $20/hr with plenty of overtime.

3. Industrial Design

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Starting salary: $50,000+ a year

4. Unexploded Ordnance Technician

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Starting salary: $65,000

  • Can build salary to $80,000 in 3 years

5. Court Stenographer

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Starting salary: $65,000

  • Can build salary to $80,000 in 2 years

6. Anesthesiology Assistant

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Median salary: $120,000

7. Physician Assistant

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Guaranteed 6 figure salary

  • 2-2.5 years post grad program

8. Hospital Technology Repair

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Starting salary: $55,000

9. Internal Auditing

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Median salary: $100,000

10. Environmental Management

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Median salary: $100,000

11. Mining Engineer

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Starting salary: $100,000 (+bonus and benefits)

12. Funeral Director

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Median salary: $60,000

  • Embalmers make twice the amount, if you want to get your hands dirty.

 

 

09 Jun

Highest Paying Industries

Everybody that is just graduating college or trying to decide what they want to major in should take a look at these statistics on what Industries have the highest starting salaries. Let’s face it we all want to make money.

First of all the average starting salary for people in the US in the year 2012, was $44,482. In 2013, it was $45,633. The good news is the number is going up, but the bad news is, so is inflation on pretty much everything.

1. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil/Gas Extraction

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