FBI says they are looking to hire more women

Posted at 12:12 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 17:14:14-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Do you have what it takes to become a special agent? The FBI says they are always hiring and looking to employ more women.

As COVID-19 is a constant concern, the FBI said they are changing the way they recruit Special Agents.

“We found some innovative ways to continue processing agent applicants and utilize technology in ways that the FBI has not done in the past,” said Jennifer Bach, FBI Special Agent and Applicant Recruiter Coordinator.

She said they are using SKYPE and going virtual. She said hiring women is a top priority.

“Women bring a very unique skill set, and communication again is one of those things that women often excel at. It’s something that that we can definitely utilize here,” said Special Agent Bach.

Special Agent Bach started off working as a high school biology teacher and joined the FBI at 31-years-old.

“I want to stress too that a lot of women are hesitant at times because the question often comes, ‘Can I balance both my personal life, having a family and being a special agent?’, and yes you can,” said Special Agent Bach.

Now she’s got 17 years of experience and currently working to hire the best people possible for the FBI. She said they are looking to hire women across the entire country at all 56 field offices.

“We’re looking for folks with all different backgrounds with different professional skill set. Because the more diverse that we are the better we can serve our community,” said Special Agent Bach.

To be eligible for the FBI Special Agent position, applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications at the time of application:

  • Be between 23 and 36 years of age.
  • Applicants must apply for the Special Agent position prior to their 36th birthday to allow adequate time to complete the Special Agent Selection System. The FBI may disqualify applicants at any time if it is determined that they will reach age 37 before appointment.
  • Current FBI employees must apply prior to their 39th birthday and must be appointed and assigned to the FBI Academy no later than the month of their 40th birthday.
  • Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.
  • Have at least two years of full-time professional work experience; or one year if you have earned an advanced degree (master’s or higher).
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and have six months of driving experience.
  • Meet the Special Agent physical fitness standards (see the Physical Requirements page).
  • Be available to report to one of the FBI’s 56 Field Offices for interviews and testing several times throughout the application process. You are responsible for your own travel to and from the Field Office.
  • If you are currently on active duty in the military, you must be within one year of completing your service before submitting your application.

FBI Special Agents are required to adhere to strict standards of conduct and exemplify the FBI’s Core Competencies. In your resume, you should explain how you have demonstrated these competencies, which can be found at this link on page 17, in real-life situations.

For further information on how to apply, click here.