Had I been cruising the Internet job sites a little more over the holidays I might have come across a listing that definitely would have intrigued me. I fulfilled at least a few of the criteria:
- Particularly skilled professionals who are prepared to work on a non-attributable basis, and
- Few distinguishing features preferred to blend in with new identities where appropriate
Check, and double check. If only I had hit the very brief open window where the job application for a "Target Elimination Specialist" (job reference code 007) appeared on the UK job site DirectGov.
Naturally there are plenty of others out there with the questionable morals required to "deal with people whose continued existence poses a risk to the effective conduct of pubic order." The benefits package of £50-60,000 along with the requisite toys afforded to a 007 such as jet-packs, cars, special watches, a plethora of passports and more, surely caught the attention of many others.
Throw in the request for an applicant with prior experience with sniper rifles and the Twittersphere is bound to notice.
By the time the job application started circulating on Twiter, and people got talking, the job listing was immediately removed from DirectGov. It seems the familiar job with a license to kill was the result of a government employee who is now under investigation.
In other words, the world's dream job for some, was a fake.
According to The Telegraph, a spokeswoman for the Department of Work and Pensions an investigation had been launched into how the site — which posts government jobs — had allowed the fake listing to slip through.
She said: "It is disappointing that somebody would want to post a false advert when people are looking for real jobs. It has now been removed."
Using some of my super spy skills I reason it was either the mother of all publicity stunts for Skyfall, or a bored government employee who perhaps thought the faux listing would never get noticed or did it on a dare.
Either way, my recommendation to M would be to upgrade the security measures on the government job website. A hack there, which now seems to be within the world of possibility, could cause a world of trouble and might not be too far away from more critical government sites. I'm pretty sure she would be appalled that key leaks such as salary and bonus levels — much less weapon skills — were just hanging out there for everyone to see.
For the record, I think I could have had a chance for at least an interview. My sniper skills could probably be honed with a few hours playing Call of Duty and I'm sure learning how to operate one of those special watches couldn't be that difficult to pick up. If George Lazenby could do at least once, I think I could too.
Via The Telegraph