The intelligence agency hopes the new advert will appeal to people who want to defend Britain and would enjoy working overseas submerged in other cultures, but who also would not be fazed by operating in close proximity to their targets.The Secret Intelligence Service – the official name for MI6 – plans to recruit an extra 800 staff by 2021 out of a current total of around 2,500, and hopes to increase the diversity of its workforce. Alex Younger, the head of MI6, has said he wants a more diverse workforce to be his legacy after he leaves the service. The swashbuckling image of spying portrayed by the James Bond films is seen by MI6 as a double-edged sword; exciting, and free publicity, but also somewhat dated, particularly regarding attitudes towards women.The advert has split opinion. Speaking to the Telegraph, Maria Elena, 25, said that posting on YouTube will reach younger audiences and is a fresh approach to recruit people, but some viewers may find that it “ridicules the jobs at MI6”.Simen Pedersen, 27, an MA student, said: “Young people are not watching TV in the same way as before and therefore I think it’s a clever idea.”I will be taking a look at the website,” he told the Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. What do you make of this advert? How does it make you feel and would you consider a career in MI6 after watching it? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.To join the conversation log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here. MI6 has launched a new recruitment drive on Google and YouTube so as not to miss out on potential employees that might switch channels from a TV advert.Recognising that younger viewers are eschewing traditional means of consuming film and other media, the new advert attempts to reach its audience through alternative channels.The second advert in the ‘Secretly we’re just like you’ series was launched on YouTube and Google Play today.The spy agency has deliberately taken a risk with the content of the new advert. The opening shot is a close-up of a man’s sweating face with a knife visible, leading the viewer to think he may be undergoing torture.However, when the camera pulls back viewers see the man is actually in a barber’s chair enjoying a wet shave, whilst listening to the conversations going on around him.”We are intelligence officers, but we don’t do what you think,” the voiceover says. “It’s not finding the secret button for your ejector seat. It’s finding common ground with a stranger, anywhere, and gaining their trust. It’s reading people as well as you read the papers.””If that sounds familiar, it’s because you do it everyday,” the advert concludes, hoping to dispel some of the myths around the traditional ‘James Bond’ image.