I noticed a job posting recently that caught my eye… It’s for a Human Resources Officer position, and includes job responsibilities (and qualifications) that are right up my alley. The job description was instantly intriguing, and I read through it word-for-word with held breath.
For the record, it’s not with my current employer.
From the job posting: “You will consult with and educate managers on employee relations issues, organizational development, performance management and employee development.” That sounds interesting, right?
“Human Resource Officers typically … interact with managers, employees and other Human Resource professionals. Some responsibilities include staffing and recruitment, performance management, employee relations, forecasting and special projects.” Well hot damn – those are the things I really enjoy doing!
“Professional Human Resources (PHR) status is a plus.” HELL YES! Good thing I just got that certification.
“Knowledge of HR and business principles, excellent oral and written communications skills, the ability to work across organizations to build support for new ideas and approaches, strong organizational and problem-solving skills and excellent interpersonal and leadership skills are also needed.” Love it, love it, love it.
“All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, which is the financial responsibility of the applicant.”
Hold up there a second, turbo! I love visiting Washington, DC but I worry like hell about being able to live there. It’s incredibly expensive, and I wouldn’t want to be one of those people that commutes an hour into work every day just to be able to afford a place to live.
Oh yeah, and it’s a Human Resources Officer position for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Washington, DC.
“Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.”
Well, shit. I guess I should’ve have blogged about this.
Seriously, for a decade now I’ve wanted to work for the CIA. Call it a love of Tom Clancy books (and some of the movies.) Call it an excitement about the idea of doing something for the benefit of my fellow citizens, and (to an extent) to the global community. I’ve always wanted to make a difference in an exciting career with the potential for huge impact.
I just don’t want to move to Washington, DC for a salary of $73,000 – $95,000. Not with the cost of living the way it is there, and with my debts and obligations.
It’s a shame, really… But one day, when I’ve offloaded some of my rental properties and have less financial risk hanging over my head, I can be more flexible with my career options.
Until then, I’m still happy to work for a great company, living in a comfortable home, with a wonderful partner and an adorable dog, surrounded by charming and delightful friends.
It may not be as exciting as the CIA, but I’ll take it.