I don’t know if anyone reading this is interested in random international relations stuff:
As the world’s largest private intelligence company, [firm] is on the lookout for the best, brightest and most iconoclastic to work as analysts on issues ranging from geopolitics to security to global environmental issues and beyond.
We are looking, first and foremost, for what we call “quality of mind”. It’s hard to define but we know it when we see it. Credentials — from academic to intelligence experience — are “nice to haves” but cannot replace a mind that is obsessed with its subject, the ability to see connections that are far from obvious or the willingness to hold your ground against criticism. Area specialization is good, unless you can’t see the forest for the trees.
Applicants must have a general knowledge of history, geography, politics, economics, security and current events and be competent in at least one additional language. Writing skills are a must.
These are generally entry-level positions but we will consider applicants with substantial and demonstrable achievements at higher levels. All applicants, regardless of experience, will be trained in [firm]’s methods of analysis. If you think that you don’t need to be trained because of years of experience in intelligence or are unwilling to undergo rigorous training, this job is not for you.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and current resume, as well as a 500- to 800-word analysis on a current issue. References and background checks will be required later in the process.
Applicants making it to the second stage will be required to take a general knowledge test, demonstrating basic knowledge of history and current events.
The third stage includes interviews with [firm] analysts.
This is a general call for applicants in all subject areas; positions will be based in our Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C., offices. Applications not considered suitable at the current time will be held for consideration as other positions open up. Cover letters, resumes, references and writing samples should be sent to ****@****.com.
Anyone interested should give me a shout and I’ll forward the original advert with blanks filled in.