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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is an agency of the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency. The FBI has investigative jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crime.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the FBI has over 55 field offices located throughout the USA as well as smaller units throughout the world.

Perhaps you are working for the FBI or interested in working for the FBI. Here is a forum to share your experience with the FBI.

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Ruanne  
#1 Posted : Friday, May 13, 2011 1:11:48 PM(UTC)
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I really wish these USAjobs links were smaller. But here it is, for anybody who has not yet applied to the FBI and gotten a Conditional Job Offer:

http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=99342611&JobTitle=Staff+Operations+Specialist%2c+GS+7%2f9+(EX)&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&sort=rv%2c-dtex&vw=b&re=4&caller=basic.aspx&jbf574=DJ02&pg=2&AVSDM=2011-05-13+13%3a20%3a00

Notice, the announcement CLOSES on Thursday, May the 19th.

Staff Operations Specialist is a great place to get started in the FBI. The expectation is that after a few years of doing this job, you will either apply to Intelligence Analyst or Special Agent. However, don't go into it thinking you will be doing nothing but fetching coffee. I've talked to people in the FBI and the position really does direct work in analysis and supporting cases.

With the budgetary delays and restrictions, the FBI may not post new Special Agent or Intelligence Analyst announcements this Fiscal Year (ending Oct 1st) due to the glut of last year's applicants who still haven't started yet. If they do post announcements for SA and IA, there will be far fewer vacancies available than in years past. There is no guarantee you will be selected for either the IA or SA job. So if you want the FBI, play it safe and apply to this SOS announcement.

Birds  
#2 Posted : Friday, May 13, 2011 1:47:28 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the link!  Now how do I get the website to stop stalling???  There must be a log jam of applicants applying to this job.... :(
Drucifer  
#3 Posted : Friday, May 13, 2011 8:37:47 PM(UTC)
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I agree with Ruanne. The SOS is a great position, especially if you are younger. It will give you the opportunity to work with SAs and IAs, see what their jobs are like and what they do on a daily basis. Many SOSs go on to fill those position in the future.
Ruanne  
#4 Posted : Saturday, May 14, 2011 5:49:20 AM(UTC)
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Here's another Staff Operations Specialist announcement, followed by a list of all available professional staff EXTERNAL positions. There are 72 of those and some of them are filling more than one vacancy. Look over them and see if you'd be a good fit in any of them:

http://jobsearch.fbijobs.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=99386881&AVSDM=2011-05-13+10%3A35%3A00&Logo=0&pg=2&q=EX&sort=rv&FedEmp=Y&vw=d&jbf574=DJ02&brd=3876&ss=0&FedPub=N

http://jobsearch.fbijobs.gov/jobsearch.asp?q=EX&re=0&sort=rv&FedEmp=Y&vw=d&jbf574=DJ02&brd=3876&ss=0&FedPub=N&tm=

biggywannabgman  
#5 Posted : Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:09:36 AM(UTC)
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Thank you, I applied, I'll give it a whirl Ruanne :)

By any chance does anyone know how fast the hiring is, I mean.. Ruanne how long after you applied on USAJOBS did you hear something from them? Then how long until an interview? I know I am jumping ahead of the gun, but I am just curious

Thanks 
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curiousbill  
#6 Posted : Saturday, May 14, 2011 8:28:17 AM(UTC)
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I just saw this myself...I took Phase I and passed, but did not submit a passing PFT at the time, so I guess my application is on hold.
 
Does anyone anticipate any problems with me applying for this position in the meantime? I have been training for the PFT and could probably sumbit a passing score soon.  However, I am getting close to the age and since Phase II testing does not seem to be continuing any time soon, I do not see myself getting the SA slot.
 
On another point, is the the Staff Operations Specialist role targeted towards recent college graduates?  I am in my 30s and have a master's degree, so I am not sure if I am the ideal candidate for this position.
 
Thanks,.
Ruanne  
#7 Posted : Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:50:47 PM(UTC)
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Curious, apply. It is more directed to less experienced candidates (regardless of age) but the reality is, some pretty experienced people have been taking the position.

WannaBGman, hiring is slow. Extremely excruciatingly slow. It's usually about two weeks before you hear back they want to interview you, then another two or three weeks before they tell you have the job. Then a few more weeks before they bring you in to start the clearance process. That will take a few months. Then there is the matter of funding for your position. A lot of us on this board have waited more than a year since we first got selected.

biggywannabgman  
#8 Posted : Sunday, May 15, 2011 9:19:35 AM(UTC)
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Ruanne.. with all the processes ive been in with other agencies those have dragged on for years.. the fbi seems quick :)

what is your background like, how did you end up getting an interview if you do mind me asking? Im just a little old college grad, nothin special.

I just hope I hear something back since im applying in the excepted service. :/
Ruanne  
#9 Posted : Sunday, May 15, 2011 9:38:37 AM(UTC)
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I'm an Army Veteran. Military intelligence, attended the Defense Language Institute for Arabic when I was in, did two tours in Iraq. BA in Linguistics. Fair amount of Geographic Information Systems experience plus some graduate credit in the same area. Will be starting as GS-11. You can start at GS-7 or GS-9 if you do not have that level of experience.
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#10 Posted : Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:11:56 AM(UTC)
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Thanks, Ruanne.  I  will give it a shot. 
BruceWayne88  
#11 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 5:16:09 AM(UTC)
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#12 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 5:37:34 AM(UTC)
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bruce i suggest that you contact the position contact on the job posting especially when it comes to putting your experience and credential against what is required for the position. 
 
asking members on the board is insightful but it is also a guess.  good luck.
biggywannabgman  
#13 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 6:50:20 AM(UTC)
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Ruanne,

That is an impressive background. You'll have to let us know how it goes. Thank you for all your information and guidance with everything.
Ruanne  
#14 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 7:32:14 AM(UTC)
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BruceWayne88 wrote:


Thanks Ruanne.

I've been scouring the FBI jobs site since March for this posting and am excited its finally open!

It would be great if you could give a little detail about the SOS position and any pros/cons you see to pursuing this option with hopes of becoming a SA in 3 yrs.

Also, I currently have 1 yr of experience as a project coordinator in a Scientific Research institute and am a 2009 college graduate (3.1 GPA, Finance/Economics), with some time spent abroad volunteering in Africa & Asia right after college. Do you think this profile is a little unqualified for the SOS position (GS-7 level). Just wanted to get a feeling of what type of applicant you think would be competitive/how competitive I may be?

Thanks in advance for all your help!




I have seen people hired for GS-7 Intelligence Analyst straight out of grad school, no experience to speak of. I have also heard that a slot at my local FO for GS-7/9 SOS got 500 applicants, a lot of whom had experience and advanced degrees. I lost out to that slot but I ended up getting a GS-11IA slot from another announcement (a "many vacancies" announcement.") It's a numbers game, it depends on how many people apply to a given slot and how good they are. The fact that this SOS slot is so limited (few vacancies at maybe half a dozen FOs) leads me to believe the competition will be stiff.

But you can't win if you don't play. Apply!
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biggywannabgman  
#15 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 7:43:53 AM(UTC)
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Wow! So Ruanne, I guess it sounds like I would have a better chance at getting hired as a "Support Services Clerk" than a "Staff Operations Specialist" since for the SSC it lists many vacancies and the other one lists a few?

500 for 1 position.. do you know how they selected that 1 person, what made him/her stand out? I bet they had a killer resume.. jeez.
Ruanne  
#16 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 8:19:41 AM(UTC)
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Apply to both. Apply to anything that comes across USAJobs sounding vaguely promising. 
aburr  
#17 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 8:45:30 AM(UTC)
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Is it a problem if I applied to both SOS vacancies ?  Why is there one for Boston and then another for Vegas/PR/Sacramento/Phoenix?
 
Is the PR assignment contingent upon one Spanish speaking ability?
 
 
Ruanne  
#18 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 9:05:06 AM(UTC)
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Apply to both. They are for different cities so there is no problem in applying for the two announcements separately. Just be advised that your city often gets switched up by the time you make it out the back end of the hiring process. Cool You sign a mobility agreement very early on in the process.
biggywannabgman  
#19 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 9:28:20 AM(UTC)
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Ruanne, 

So you are saying even though I am applying to.. say Vegas, I could be placed anywhere in the USA? Do they work with you, if you want to interview for the position, could I interview in my homestate? 

Thank you :)

biggywannabgman2011-05-16 17:35:05
Ruanne  
#20 Posted : Monday, May 16, 2011 10:25:57 AM(UTC)
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Most interviews are by phone. IF there's an opening in your home state, and you are a good fit, you could get placed there. Just don't bank on it.  In the end, the mobility agreement states that you will work anywhere they need you. 
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