Apply to be an OMS, forget the FSOT!!

August 28, 2011

Folks, apologies for the hiatus, there’s been quite a lot going on lately.  Here is a quick summary and comments about what’s new.

“Effective with the October 2011 FSOT, all language testing will be administered only for candidates who pass the Oral Assessment.  There will be no language testing prior to the QEP for any candidate.  All other policies and procedures applying to post-FSOA testing remain in place.”

This is very interesting because it necessarily means the Department is not giving bonus points for high demand languages like Mandarin.  I know the need for Chinese speakers did not disappear so I wonder what’s going on here.  Will let people know what I find out.

The Department is “still accepting applications for the following Foreign Service Medical/Health positions”.

So doctors and nurse practitioners aren’t flocking to an exciting like overseas.  Deadlines for Health Practitioners and Regional Medical Officers is October 16 and for Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist it’s November 18.

The Department is “still accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Office Management Specialist positions”.

OK folks, this one is a no-brainer.  If you still can’t beat the FSOT or FSOA this is your entry way into the Department!  APPLY and worry about the FSOT and FSOA later.  If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’re unemployed.  So why sit this out, vainly trying to pass the FSOT while you can apply to be an OMS and GET PAID while preparing for the FSOT?  Deadline to apply is September 2.

Last but not least, here is the list of all locations the Department will be offering the FSOT:

List of overseas test sites
Abu Dhabi Chisinau Lima Riyadh
Accra Colombo London San Jose
Algiers Cotonou Lusaka San Salvador
Almaty Dar Es Salaam Managua Sana’a
Amman Doha Manama Santiago
Ankara Dublin Manila Santo Domingo
Ashgabat Dushanbe Maputo Sao Paulo
Asmara Frankfurt Mexico City Sarajevo
Astana Geneva Milan Seoul
Baghdad Guangzhou Montevideo Shanghai
Baku Guatemala City Moscow Skopje
Bamako Guayaquil Munich Sofia
Bangkok Hanoi Muscat Stockholm
Banjul Helsinki Naha Suva
Beijing Hong Kong Nairobi Taipei
Belgrade Islamabad Nassau Tashkent
Berlin Istanbul New Delhi Tbilisi
Bishkek Jeddah Osaka Tegucigalpa
Bogota Jerusalem Ottawa Tel Aviv
Brasilia Kabul Panama City Tirana
Bridgetown Kathmandu Paris Tunis
Buenos Aires Khartoum Phnom Penh Ulaanbaatar
Cairo Kingston Port au Prince Vientiane
Calgary Kuala Lumpur Port Louis Vilnius
Canberra Kuwait Pretoria Vladivostok
Caracas La Paz Quito Warsaw
Chengdu Lahore Rabat Yerevan
Chennai Lilongwe Rangoon Zagreb

Consular Adjudicator Jobs Posted AGAIN!

August 18, 2011

OK, so clearly either not enough people applied or there weren’t enough qualified applicants, OR there is even more demand than anticipated.

If you missed this opportunity first time around, here is your second chance! The vacancy announcements for China and Brazial positions will open on August 18, 2011 and close on September 26, 2011. The announcement will be available on www.careers.state.gov.

So again, APPLY, APPLY, APPLY!!!


Hiring Health Professionals

August 16, 2011

The State Department is now accepting applications for the following Foreign Service Medical/Health positions.

Please click on a link below to view the vacancy, learn more about qualifications and requirements, and to start the Gateway to State online application process.

Foreign Service Health Practitioner: Deadline to submit completed applications is September 16, 2011.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and currently licensed as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) in a state, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States or the District of Columbia, and must have current national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or the Physician Assistant equivalent from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer: Deadline to submit completed applications is September 16, 2011.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must have a Doctor of Medicine degree or equivalent at the time of appointment, and must have a current, valid, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist: Deadline to submit completed applications is November 18, 2011.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must have a Doctor of Medicine degree or equivalent degree at the time of appointment, must have a current, valid, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States, as well as current board certification by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Please read the vacancy announcements carefully for all qualifications and requirements. Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 59 and able to qualify for a top secret security clearance. Applicants must also be willing to serve worldwide.


Hiring Office Management Specialists

August 16, 2011

The State Department is accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Office Management Specialist positions.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/oms) 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 September 02, 2011.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 59, able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance and the appropriate medical clearance. Applicants must be available to serve worldwide. Please read the vacancy announcement for more information, qualifications and requirements.


By-Pass the FSOT (Part 4): The Diplomacy Fellows Program

August 5, 2011

Of all the options for becoming an FSO, this is the one that is an explicit substitution for the FSOT—that is, successful completion of any of the nine programs listed below constitutes eligibility for the FSOA; hence, by-pass the FSOT!

  1. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellows
  2. Boren Graduate Fellowship Fellows (National Security Education Program only)
  3. Fascell Fellows
  4. Institute for International Public Policy Fellows (IIPP)
  5. Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows
  6. Presidential Management Fellows who have fulfilled their program obligations prior to registration through service at the Department of State or the Agency for International Development
  7. Truman Scholars
  8. Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholars
  9. Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellows

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS LOOK HERE!! A note on Pickering Fellows:

  • They receive tuition, room, board, fees, book costs, and limited professional travel during the junior and senior years of college and the first year of graduate study
  • Commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at a participating school
  • Receive need-based financial support from their schools in the second year of graduate study
  • Upon completion are appointed as Foreign Service Officers with an obligation of four and a half years

HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS LOOK HERE!! A note on Rangel Fellows:

  • They are selected annually through a highly competitive nationwide process
  • Supported through two years of graduate study, internships, professional development activities,
  • And are finally accepted into the Foreign Service.

Let me know if you have questions.


Diplomacy Fellows Program will open on August 10, 2011

August 5, 2011

The U.S. Department of State’s 2011 Diplomacy Fellows Program will open on Wednesday, August 10. The online application link will be available on August 10 when the vacancy announcement is posted. The deadline to submit completed applications is 11:59 pm Eastern Time on September 26, 2011. Any applications received after that date will be disqualified.

Visit the Diplomacy Fellows Page (http://careers.state.gov/dfp) for more information, eligibility, and to subscribe to receive email updates. Please note that the Diplomacy Fellows Program is open only to those who have participated in one of the approved programs listed on the site.