April 30, 2011
From the American Foreign Service Association:
We are pleased to announce the publication of Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work, the third edition of AFSA’s popular introduction to the Foreign Service. This all-new volume rolled off the presses on April 8 and is now available. The new book includes profiles, day-in-the-life chronicles and stories from 82 Foreign Service members serving at more than 50 U.S. posts around the world, and has been greatly expanded to include guides to the hiring process (State FSO and FSS, USAID, FCS, FAS, IBB) as well as sections on the country team and the Foreign Service career and life.
Inside a U.S. Embassy is a comprehensive guide to the Foreign Service and a great resource for anyone considering a Foreign Service career, as well as those who might simply want to better understand what the Foreign Service does for America.
Many embassies have found Inside a U.S. Embassy to be useful for outreach and representation. Embassies that have purchased 100 or more copies of the previous edition include Baghdad, Madrid, Panama City, Kuwait City, and Moscow. We hope the new edition will prove even more useful to our overseas missions.
Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work (ISBN 978-0-9649488-46) is available through Amazon here or Potomac Books here.
April 10, 2011
I was talking to a friend of mine and was encouraging her to re-take the FSOT. During the conversation she said, “Congress is cutting budgets across the board and I heard the State Department is going to cut back on funding for hiring diplomats.” This was a reason she gave for not re-taking the FSOT since she’d be wasting time as there would be no jobs to fill.
Check out this article, “DOD, State Department Present Budgets to Senate” where DOD officials are saying cut DOD before cutting State!
[Deputy Defense Secretary] Lynn called on the senators to fully fund the State Department’s fiscal 2012 budget request of $59.5 billion. The request includes funding for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
“We at the Department of Defense strongly believe that a full and robust funding of our foreign policy operations is an effective means of meeting our national security,” Lynn said. “Indeed, if we promote security and responsible governance as crises are brewing, we will be able to avoid later in the crisis the deployment of U.S. military forces.”
People, this is rather unprecedented, almost like your neighbor knocking on your door and offering a cut of his paycheck to you every month in return for you just being your good neighbor self.
Reduced federal budgets is NOT a reason for avoiding the FSOT!
April 5, 2011
The State Department is accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Security Technical Specialist positions.
Click here for more information, and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs.
Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is April 15, 2011.
Potential applicants are strongly urged to read this entire vacancy announcement to ensure they meet all of the requirements for this position, and fully understand the special circumstances involving a career in the Foreign Service before applying. All applicants must be American citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed.
If you previously applied for this position under STS-2010-0003, which closed on July 20, 2010, we have waived the one year requirement for reapplying, and you are eligible to reapply under this announcement.