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  • FBI Special Agent and work experience and any general info about the job.

    Im sure this has been talked about on here, but I couldn't find any recent or specific info in the search, I apologize if I am using it wrong.

    Anyway I was curious about FBI special agent. It says you need three years full time work experience and although I am 34, I technically haven't had a full time job. Ive had a security job for about 8 years after I graduated with a management degree and the economy crashed. I work there several days a week (4-6) with some doubles, but I don't have set schedule and times only work 1-2 days a week, thats a union job and the union has other venues that I also work for. I do get benefits which I see is one of the requirements of the FBI's idea of what a full time job is. I have worked for my family's accounting business but that doesn't count. So does anyone know if I should try to apply anyway? Anyway around it, Can i take another federal job and then transfer before the age cut off of 37? thanks

    I have been working on getting very competitive civil service jobs for several years but none of them are panning out.
    Last edited by BrooklynBorn; 02-23-2017, 09:18 PM.

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    Hey. You never know. Apply. No full time is something they will ask about as most adults have full time jobs. You could've put in to be an Air Marshal, that would've stopped your clock. Ain't gonna lie, you got 2.5 years to get hired, the odds are against you. The FBI is super picky too.

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    • #3
      Capitol Police is open you would have to move to DC.i know y'all Zoo Yorker are not usually up for moving away, but if you get hired by the FBI they might move you to Montana. This of course will possibly stop your clock, but still doesn't guarantee the FBI.
      Last edited by Esco; 02-23-2017, 06:01 AM.

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      • #4
        Also, Border Patrol is hiring like crazy... with you're describing as experienc, you have almost a zero % chance of getting in over people who have years of intelligence, law, accounting, and law enforcement experience. As mentioned above, your best bet is to get in with a federal agency you know will pick you up before the age of 37. If you are serious about the FBI, you will do just that. That stops the clock and gives you the experience the bureau is looking for.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by scott50 View Post
          Also, Border Patrol is hiring like crazy... with you're describing as experienc, you have almost a zero % chance of getting in over people who have years of intelligence, law, accounting, and law enforcement experience. As mentioned above, your best bet is to get in with a federal agency you know will pick you up before the age of 37. If you are serious about the FBI, you will do just that. That stops the clock and gives you the experience the bureau is looking for.
          OP, read and re-read this post. You may be able to articulate that you have the minimum experience level to apply. You will not be able to articulate that your qualifications will prioritize your appointment before others.

          As you said, you have been trying to get competitive jobs for years with no results. Instead of applying to 100 agencies and hoping for the best, why not spend your time making yourself a more appealing candidate?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BrooklynBorn View Post
            Im sure this has been talked about on here, but I couldn't find any recent or specific info in the search, I apologize if I am using it wrong.

            Anyway I was curious about FBI special agent. It says you need three years full time work experience and although I am 34, I technically haven't had a full time job. Ive had a security job at Madison Square Garden for about 8 years after I graduated with a management degree and the economy crashed. I work there several days a week (2-6) with some doubles, but I don't have set schedule and sometimes only work 1-2 days a week, thats a union job and the union has other venues that I also work for. I do get benefits which I see is one of the requirements of the FBI's idea of what a full time job is. I have worked seasonally for my family's accounting business but that doesn't count. So does anyone know if I should try to apply anyway? Anyway around it, Can i take another deferral job and then transfer before the age cut off of 37? thanks

            I have been working on getting very competitive civil service jobs for several years but none of them are panning out.
            34 years old and youve never had a full time job?

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            • #7
              That's what the man said. No need to start bashing him.

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              • #8
                The FBI, and most 1811 positions, would not hire you based off that background. Not to mention most of the age cutoffs for federal agencies is 37. Your best bet is to firstly get a fulltime job, and work on applying to a local PD. Make yourself a better candidate.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fraud Investigator View Post
                  That's what the man said. No need to start bashing him.
                  It says alot about a person that they can exist, in one of the most expensive cities in the world, for 16 years beyond school age, and never work a full time job. I can guarantee a background investigator for any agency, but particularly the FBI, is going to wonder what he has been doing during this time period. It's not an insurmountable obstacle, but one that is going to take some serious explaining to move beyond. Add that most of his competition has been working those 16 years in law enforcement, getting advanced degrees, and fighting in a couple of wars; It is unlikely that waking up at 34 and thinking, it would be cool to be a cop (or an Special agent), is going to be much of a qualification. Call me a glass is half empty kind of guy if you like, but I am just a realist.

                  And...he has been trolling several other threads asking similar questions.
                  Last edited by NYCopper; 02-23-2017, 02:54 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by NYCopper View Post

                    It says alot about a person that they can exist, in one of the most expensive cities in the world, for 16 years beyond school age, and never work a full time job. I can guarantee a background investigator for any agency, but particularly the FBI, is going to wonder what he has been doing during this time period. It's not an insurmountable obstacle, but one that is going to take some serious explaining to move beyond. Add that most of his competition has been working those 16 years in law enforcement, getting advanced degrees, and fighting in a couple of wars; It is unlikely that waking up at 34 and thinking, it would be cool to be a cop (or an Special agent), is going to be much of a qualification. Call me a glass is half empty kind of guy if you like, but I am just a realist.

                    And...he has been trolling several other threads asking similar questions.
                    honestly i could not agree with your response more. 34 years old and only now deciding to jump into Law Enforcement....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ShockTroopDevilDog View Post

                      honestly i could not agree with your response more. 34 years old and only now deciding to jump into Law Enforcement....
                      Probably because we are a part of the same gun club..

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                      • #12
                        Best bet is Capitol Police. LoLolol. Y'all police are too funny and so cruel. I was thinking what y'all are saying But didn't wanna destroy the guy. NFG.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Esco View Post
                          Best bet is Capitol Police. LoLolol. Y'all police are too funny and so cruel. I was thinking what y'all are saying But didn't wanna destroy the guy. NFG.
                          Being that he is from NYC I would suggest NYPD. You just have to take the test before your 35 I believe. They will hire someone right out of their parents basement, with no drivers license, life experience, etc. Most of them I stop honestly don't even speak English....so ya...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by espantoon View Post

                            OP, read and re-read this post. You may be able to articulate that you have the minimum experience level to apply. You will not be able to articulate that your qualifications will prioritize your appointment before others.

                            As you said, you have been trying to get competitive jobs for years with no results. Instead of applying to 100 agencies and hoping for the best, why not spend your time making yourself a more appealing candidate?
                            Thanks for the positive response. I was referring to FDNY and PAPD as the competitive jobs. I was just exploring FBI while I was originally looking into customs, wasn't under the impression I was going to get it, but I would be silly not to inquire as to the requirements and apply to as many as possible. I've taken about 4 other tests in the past that are panning out currently. Should be in an academy this summer with my back up department.







                            Last edited by BrooklynBorn; 02-23-2017, 08:42 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by scott50 View Post
                              Also, Border Patrol is hiring like crazy... with you're describing as experienc, you have almost a zero % chance of getting in over people who have years of intelligence, law, accounting, and law enforcement experience. As mentioned above, your best bet is to get in with a federal agency you know will pick you up before the age of 37. If you are serious about the FBI, you will do just that. That stops the clock and gives you the experience the bureau is looking for.
                              Thanks bro I was actually looking into customs and border patrol and that's why I ended up asking the FBI question after browsing federal jobs.

                              Sorry if I am being repetitive but wanted to thank you for the positive response.

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