Apply to be an OMS, forget the FSOT!!

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
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