Deadlines for the October 2011 Foreign Service Officer Test are now available

July 19, 2011

OK, as much as I am not a fan of the FSOT, it would be irresponsible not to post this.

Deadlines for the October 2011 Foreign Service Officer Test are now available on the careers.state.gov website. Please click here (http://careers.state.gov/officer/selection-process#step3) for dates, deadlines and location information. Please note that the list of overseas posts offering the test will be available the second half of August 2011.

Registration for the test is accepted on a rolling basis. Invitations to schedule a seat will be issued by career track on a first-come first-served basis; if the October 2011 test slots reach capacity, you should be able to schedule a seat for the February 2012 test.


Open Forum!

July 16, 2011

OK, I’ve been doing this blog for a while now and I’m starting to more visitors to this site.

The whole point of this blog is to encourage people to join the Foreign Service and show folks all the different ways of getting in besides trying to take on the FSOT.

So, to serve you better, I want to know what everyone wants to read about or know more about.  Leave your suggestions in the comments field. Thanks!


Deadline Extended for Information Management Specialist Jobs

July 16, 2011

The new deadline to submit completed applications for this position is August 12, 2011.

This probably means they didn’t get enough qualified applications.

Those of you who meet the minimum qualifications PLEASE APPLY!  Especially if you have some IT experience and are thinking about the FSO track, this is a great way to get your foot in the door.

Minimum requirements are 2 years of IT experience and a BA.  If your BA was in IT then you don’t need prior IT work experience as long as you earned your degree in the past 2 years.

Minimum Requirements for Position

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIRED CERTIFICATE
Master’s degree in Information Technology related field* None, if the degree was earned within 2 years of the opening date of the announcement. No certification required
Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology related field* None, if the degree was earned within 2 years of the opening date of the announcement. No certification required
Bachelor’s Degree in non-related Information Technology field. Minimum 2 years’ professional IT experience within the past 5 years. Certification required.
Associate’s Degree in Information Technology related field or Equivalent Minimum 2 years’ professional IT experience within the past 5 years. Certification required.
No Degree Minimum 4 years’ professional IT experience within the past 5 years. Certification required.

Postponement of Diplomacy Fellows Program

July 11, 2011

The Department has postponed the opening of the 2011 Diplomacy Fellows Program until further notice. A new vacancy announcement date has not yet been determined. We will continue to send updates as new information is provided regarding the 2011 Diplomacy Fellows Program.

Please visit our Professional Fellowships page (http://careers.state.gov/professional-fellowships) or our Student Programs page (http://careers.state.gov/students) for information about other Department of State programs and fellowships.

NOTE:  Recall that this is one of the ways of by-passing the FSOT.  For those of you set on being Generalists, you may want to keep on eye on this program and how it develops from this point on.


Iraq and Afghanistan Positions Still Open

July 11, 2011

For the second time in three weeks, the State Department is advertising for positions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For Iraq they are hiring for a Monitoring and Evaluations Advisor and in Afghanistan they are looking for a Field Engagement Team Advisor and a Grants Program Specialist.

Note that each job pays up to $115K per year.