Intake

So how did you get into the Laundry? Despite its reputation as a department that only exists to warehouse stray fools who saw too much and couldn't leave well enough alone, the Laundry does have a recruiting strategy. Mind you, it's notional and they don't often get to follow it, but there are basically three avenues someone can follow into the Laundry.

Career Officers

Yes, some people come into The Laundry via the process that normally places personnel into the more ordinary branches of Her Majesty's Civil Service. There is a working group in the Department of Human Resources that writes suitably opaque job descriptions (and several other committees that vet them for opacity), and applicants reply in person, online and through various other avenues. The initial stages are handled by the General Office of the Civil Service, but at some crucial point in the series of tests, interviews and vetting, candidates are dealing exclusively with The Laundry. New hires receive basic training through the Civil Service academy programs, and then get the extra special training for their Laundry job requirements. Along with the job offering packet, the candidate gets a copy of Section Three to sign, after which they get the rest of the job description. In most parts of the Laundry, if you can survive the occasionally lethal office politics and the general malaise of weirdness and low-budget greyness, you can make a decent career of it. and a surprising number of clueful and effective agents got here by answering and advert. (There are also some who were recruited - having the right parents, or an advisor in the right academic program, can make the process move more quickly and smoothly…)

Lateral Transfers

A fair number of Laundry officers and functionaries arrive here via lateral transfer from other agencies within Her Majesty's Government. We get some specialists from the general Civil Service, or people who come seeking a situation with a better chance of promotion than in their previous department(and who don't look too closely, perhaps, at the reason there's suddenly a job opening. We get odd wonks from GCHQ looking for "really special projects", and there are always former members of the armed forces whose blend of experiences and skills make them uniquely employable in our strange little corner of the security apparatus. And then there are the security professionals from "the sister services" - MI5 and MI6 - who end up in the fold. There aren't many of them, but their skills make them useful.

Involuntary Inductees

And then there are the Invols. The power of the Warrant Card is great for suppressing or explaining away recent, minor or fleeting exposures to the supernatural, but for subjects who were actually involved, exposed at great length, or are possessed of a particularly retentive or analytical mind, it may prove too difficult to suppress their knowledge of the supernatural. In these cases, those people get a job for life (plus ten years, approximately). You'll find Invols of all sorts manning the desks in the most confusing, tedious and nonsensical departments in the Laundry - which goes a long way to explaining why so many of the volunteers for Field Operations came into the Laundry involuntarily.

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