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Australia's Secret Intelligence Service Is Hiring

Australia's Secret Intelligence Service Is Hiring

Could you be the next James Bond or Ethan Hunt?

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Whenever you think of a country's spy agency, most people will immediately think of Britain's MI6, America's CIA or Israel's Mossad.

But few will think of ASIS, which is the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.

Australia has ASIO which is it's domestic spy agency, however ASIS is the organisation that focuses on everything international.

The only reason we're telling you this is because they're looking for new recruits.

Carrie Matheson (played by Clarie Danes) was a fictional CIA operative in the TV show Homeland.

Applications are now open to become an ASIS Intelligence Officer which the organisation says is 'an exciting, challenging and rewarding career that involves the opportunity to work with people and cultures from across the globe'.

The ASIS website has a cool, interactive interview test to see if you have what it takes to get through some of the tasks spies are supposed to crack.

The first, for example, places you in an elevator and there is a selection of random numbered buttons with one blank. You're supposed to use your crafty mind to see if you can work out that number.

You get taken on a bunch of other tests like memory retention, powers of persausion and so on.

Most people will think of 007 when they hear about a spy.
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According to the ASIS website, an Intelligence Officer has to 'plan, develop and manage intelligence operations overseas in challenging environments. They draw on their judgement, intellect and personal courage to reach outcomes that have the potential to save Australian lives. If you're highly motivated, have an innate sense of curiosity and a love of travel, then this role might be for you.'

Now the important thing you need to be aware of is that if you are intending on applying, ASIS recommends not telling anyone.

"This may seem overly cautious but there are important reasons why, which will become clear when/if you meet with an ASIS officer," the website says.

Ethan Hunt wowed everyone as a fictional agent for the Impossible Mission Front.
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While having extra language skills isn't necessary, they are highly valuable so if you have a way with words in other tongues then you'll be a prized candidate.

ASIS is looking for 'highly motivated and dedicated professionals from a broad range of backgrounds and/or academic disciplines.'

You would start off as a trainee, which comes with a nice little pay packet of $80,775 to $111,390 - not too shabby at all. The applications close on September 30, so you've got plenty of time to line up your ducks and get everything in order and smash the interview process.

Then you just need to wait and see how you do.

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