Meet the team: Jefferson Liptak, Investigative Researcher

What does a typical day in your job look like?

The day starts with a new client: I start by getting the name of a person or business and, if I’m lucky maybe an age or state. From there, I run the name through one of our various Open Source databases, looking for any potential leads. Multiple hits just means extra leg work, sorting through any potentials to find the right match. Following that, it’s pretty simple filling in the rest of the info. Once the basic information is collected, there is a lot of time spent searching up references to the person or business and providing that information to the client.

How did you get into this line of work?

I started out doing Intelligence for the Marines Corps. I really enjoyed the investigative side of my work, so I looked for similar opportunities in the private sector, which led me into this role.

What is your favourite part of the job?

The actual search for complex information is easily my favourite aspect of the role. Having a quick and easy background check is nice, but digging into people who are hard to find is a fun challenge.

What is your favourite service that Conflict International provides?

Open Source Intelligence – it was my bread and butter in the Marines and I love that Conflict International provides the same service.

Where has been your most memorable work location/job?

I have not had a chance yet to work in the field, but I’ve enjoyed hearing from my colleagues about the travel across the country and even continents that they undertake on a regular basis – I’m excited for my first excursion!

What is something that you’ve learnt over the last year?

I’ve only been with the company for a few months, but it never ceases to amaze me what people put online. Open Social Media accounts really are a goldmine for investigators to dig into and learn as much intel as they can.

Do you have any advice for those looking to enter the profession?

Make sure to have an inquisitive mindset. You have to be prepared to ask questions, do the extra bit of digging and go three pages deeper on Google than you’ve ever gone.


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