Hiring: Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist

May 30, 2012

The State Department is accepting applications for Foreign Service Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist positions.

Please read the vacancy announcement (http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/rmop) for more information and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs.

The deadline to submit completed applications for these positions is July 06, 2012.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed, available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances. All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.

Please visit the forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website.

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Hiring: Foreign Service Construction Engineers

May 30, 2012

The State Department is now accepting applications for the Foreign Service Construction Engineer positions.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/ce) to read the vacancy announcement, and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 03, 2012.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed, available for worldwide service, and able to obtain and maintain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire Vacancy Announcement for all qualifications and requirements.

Please visit the forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website.


Accepting Applications for the Spring 2013 Student Internship Program

May 30, 2012

The State Department is now accepting applications for the Spring 2013 Student Internship Program.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/students/programs) to read more about the Student Internship Program, and to start the Gateway to State online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 02, 2012.

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school).
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive and maintain either a Secret or Top Secret clearance.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement carefully for all qualifications and requirements.

You can also visit our Student Programs forum (http://careers.state.gov/engage/forums/student-programs) to post questions or read discussions about this program.


Hiring: Foreign Service Information Resource Officer

May 25, 2012

The State Department is accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Resource Officer positions.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/specialist/vacancy-announcements/iro) to read the vacancy and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs. The deadline to submit completed applications is July 06, 2012.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire Vacancy Announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply, be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain the necessary security, medical and suitability clearances.

Please visit the forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Engage on the careers.state.gov website.


Online Event: “How to Prepare for the FSOT”

May 21, 2012

U.S. Department of State recruiters and Diplomats in Residence are hosting an online career event on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm EDT.

Learn more about more about the Foreign Service Officer Test and how you can prepare for it. You will have an opportunity to connect with recruiters and Diplomats in Residence from the Bureau of Human Resources who will provide insightful suggestions and answer your questions about the FSOT.

Register at http://goo.gl/jL8xC.


“Should I Join the Foreign Service?”

May 16, 2012

Peter Van Buren, the most recent State Department “white blood cell” looking to do to some institutional housecleaning at Foggy Bottom, commented in a recent Huffington Post article about choosing a career in the State Department:

Understand that promotions and assignments are more and more opaque.  State has recently determined that even promotion statistics cannot be released.  Changes in Congress will further limit pay and benefits.  Your spouse will be un/underemployed most of his or her life.  Your kids will change schools, for better or worse, every one, two or three years.  Some schools will be good, some not so good, and you’ll have no choice unless you are willing to subvert your career choices to school choices, as in let’s go to Bogota because the schools are good even if the assignment otherwise stinks.  You’ll serve more places where you won’t speak the language and get less training as requirements grow without personnel growth.  As you get up there, remember your boss, the politically-appointed ambassador, can arbitrarily be a real estate broker who donated big to the president’s campaign.  Make sure all these conditions make sense to you now, and, if you can, as you imagine yourself 10, 15 and 20 years into the future.

Is he right on these points? Absolutely.

But keep in mind that State is still a damn good place to draw a paycheck with great benefits to boost. As long as you’re resigned to holding out your hand for a paycheck every two weeks, State beats a lot of other employers out there. Every job has it’s draw backs and frustrations and State is not immune.  But few employers out there pay you to work overseas on expat packages.

Personally, I am still on the lower rungs of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, caught between “physiological” (food, water, sex) and “safety” (of body and resources).  If you live in the levels “self-acutalization” (morality, creativity), then ok, maybe you might not want to join State afterall.


June FSOT Test Locations

May 13, 2012

The June FSOT tests will take place from June 2 to 9 in various locations.

Register for the FSOT here.

This year’s domestic test locations:  You have to search the ACT website here.

This year’s overseas test locations:

Accra Dakar London Pretoria
Addis Ababa Dar Es Salaam Madrid Pristina
Almaty Dhaka Managua Rabat
Ankara Djibouti Manama Rangoon
Antananarivo Dublin Manila Riyadh
Astana Dushanbe Melbourne Rome
Athens Frankfurt Mexico City San Jose
Auckland Georgetown Milan San Salvador
Baghdad Guangzhou Monrovia Santiago
Baku Guatemala City Montevideo Sao Paulo
Bangkok Guayaquil Moscow Sarajevo
Beijing Hanoi Mumbai Seoul
Belgrade Harare Nagoya Shanghai
Belmopan Havana Naha Skopje
Bishkek Ho Chi Minh City Nairobi Sofia
Bogota Hong Kong New Delhi St Petersburg
Brasilia Jeddah Niamey Stockholm
Bridgetown Jerusalem Nicosia Taipei
Brussels Kampala Osaka Tbilisi
Budapest Kathmandu Oslo Tegucigalpa
Buenos Aires Kingston Ouagadougou Tirana
Cairo Kinshasa Panama City Tokyo
Canberra Kirkuk Paris Vientiane
Cape Town Kuala Lumpur Perth Vilnius
Caracas Kyiv Phnom Penh Warsaw
Chengdu La Paz Port au Prince Port au Prince
Chennai Lilongwe Port Moresby Yaounde
Chisinau Ljubljana Port of Spain Yerevan
Cotonou Lome Praia Plato Zagreb