Would you like to work with technology so advanced it may not become known in the commercial sector for years, if at all? Are you a real ‘secret squirrel’ who has what it takes to keep the nation’s most sensitive information under wraps? NSA careers may be a great fit for you.

The NSA, or National Security Agency, is a high technology organization looking for the best tech talent. While the Agency employs everything from security guards to cafeteria workers the majority of positions require a college degree and computer expertise. The one common denominator for every employee working in the building – a security clearance.

If you have a security clearance, highlight it when you apply for a position – it can save months in the hiring process.

Second, don’t share your application plans with your social network – the NSA values discretion, and tweeting about your interview just might cost you a job with the agency.

Third, attend a hiring event. The NSA holds recruitment events across the nation. Attending will help get your foot in the door and provide more information about current openings.

Fourth, consider an internship. They’re not for college students – competitive three year programs train professionals of all levels and help launch a lifelong career within the agency.

Applying to work in the world of secrets, spies and cryptology isn’t for everyone. But for the right engineers, scientists and cyber professionals it can be the start of an amazing career in one of the government’s most secretive agencies,

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