My home blog covers all sorts of topics- everything from geopolitics to Wal-Mart is fair game. For whatever reason I've never become widely read in blogland so I get most of my traffic via Google. Makes me feel like I'm talking to more than just the folks in the blogsphere.
So what is my #1 traffic generating topic? How to get a job at the TSA. That is Transportation Security Administration to the acronym challenged. When Eric requested "Everybody Blog!" (which sound like some 1960's Austin Powers dance commandment) I decided to publish my TSA experience.
You've read all the blogs about bad security. You've read Mr. Instapundit's Fox News columns. Now here is the "inside story".
Man that sounds like something from that old Current Affair show.
I've been looking for some permanent employment since around the start of the year. The economy here in Silicon Valley smells worse than Alviso, which any good Silicon Valley resident knows is the location of the dump and the sewage plant. The current unemployment rate in Santa Clara County is 7.6%. And there are very few job openings. After months of getting nowhere my strategy evolved to include a possible move back to Southern California. The economy is hotter there. I have friends and family there. But it is hard to get a job long distance.
I did not want to bet the farm on one avenue, so besides the usual job hunting techniques I decided to watch for the TSA hiring at Southern California airports. I figured if all else failed I could get the security job, move, and keep hunting for something I'd rather do. When the opening posted I applied. This began a long hurry up and wait encounter with our Federal Government. Over the next couple of posts I'll walk you through what happened to me and what I think it all means for security and the future of the airlines.
First some ground rules. Part of the process involved an NDA. So there are some things I will not talk about. For example, I can not discuss specifics about the various assessment tests. So if you are wondering about what to bone up on if you want to be a security screener don't ask me. If I find out something I've written about is verboten it is coming down. I had considered doing an anonymous blog about all this but it isn't worth the bother and I don't need that den Beste guy on my butt (just kidding- I like his stuff).