CIA Secrets to Enhance Your Career

Posted February 19, 2013 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder
President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

The CIA is, without a doubt, one of the most efficient organizations on the planet. From sophisticated information gathering techniques to the ability to keep trade secrets a secret, the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency are true professionals. Former undercover CIA officer, J.C. Carleson recently told the Wall Street Journal how his trade secrets can be applied to all of our careers in “Four CIA Secrets That Can Boost your Career.

Our favorite piece of advice from J.C. was, of course, about networking.

Build a network up and down.

Seek out a more senior mentor. Dress for the position you want, not the one you have. Maximize face time with the boss. Career advice in the corporate world focuses almost completely upward. CIA officers, on the other hand, appreciate the value of an intelligence network that spreads in every direction. Sure, a senior-ranking diplomat might have access to more information that a mailroom employee, but a good spy knows that the mail guy handles all of the same documents, and is far more vulnerable to recruitment.

In the business world, it pays to establish relationships at all levels — from the secretary who can choose whether or not to put your call through, to the security guard who can give you friendly heads-up that the executive you’ve been trying to get a meeting with hits the building gym each morning at 5:00, to the machinist who can give you the real scoop on those lingering quality control issues. The most effective networks are far-reaching in all directions.

Click here to read the rest of J.C.’s advice on WSJ.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.


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