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The Department of State's mission is "Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system."
--From the FY 2009 Agency Financial Report, released December 2009

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ringslider  
#81 Posted : Friday, June 8, 2018 5:11:28 PM(UTC)
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Two words: Donald Trump

Once Trump took office, he stopped external hiring for the Dept of State. They mostly just do internal hiring now.



You don't have to be a recent grad. Sometimes they have hiring events or if you are subscribe to their website they will send you job openings. It just happens that after the 2016 election there were hiring freezes. Some agencies are more lax than others and they are slowly picking up. Fiscal year is right around the corner.

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#82 Posted : Friday, June 8, 2018 5:44:44 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: dippydog21 Go to Quoted Post
Two words: Donald Trump

If you recall, there was a hiring freeze government-wide. Most agencies unfroze but Tillerson kept State below 32 degrees. Mike Pompeo has now declared that antifreeze has been poured over the HR department. But it is going to take a little while to get the wheels turning again.
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#83 Posted : Friday, June 8, 2018 5:48:10 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: dippydog21 Go to Quoted Post
Two words: Donald Trump

If you recall, there was a hiring freeze government-wide. Most agencies unfroze but Tillerson kept State below 32 degrees. Mike Pompeo has now declared that antifreeze has been poured over the HR department. But it is going to take a little while to get the wheels turning again.



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#84 Posted : Sunday, September 30, 2018 11:18:40 PM(UTC)

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Just noticed someone bumped this very old topic. Cute. Transparent...but cute.


For any who's interested, here's another old topic from someone with experience as a passport specialist: https://forum.federalsou...aspx?g=posts&t=48257

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#85 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 3:40:52 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: nightchop Go to Quoted Post
Just noticed someone bumped this very old topic. Cute. Transparent...but cute.


For any who's interested, here's another old topic from someone with experience as a passport specialist: https://forum.federalsou...aspx?g=posts&t=48257


I was the one who bumped the topic. How was it transparent but cute?

And your link doesn't seem to have any connection to passport specialist.

PM me if you'd like to.
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#86 Posted : Friday, October 5, 2018 6:14:51 AM(UTC)

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This post is about passport specialists. It's one of a few topics regarding passport specialists that have been posted over the years. It's not even the most informative one, so I wondered why this one was bumped instead of another. At any rate, the link to the thread I shared is from a person who actually worked as a passport specialist. If you haven't noticed, not many State Department employees post here, although they definitely read the forum. My link is relevant in that I'm sharing helpful information people may wish to know as they evaluate whether the employer or position is right for them. That particular person has other posts regarding their experience with the State Department. Unless they get removed (by him or State), people are able to access those for evaluation.
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#87 Posted : Friday, October 5, 2018 4:52:17 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: nightchop Go to Quoted Post
This post is about passport specialists. It's one of a few topics regarding passport specialists that have been posted over the years. It's not even the most informative one, so I wondered why this one was bumped instead of another. At any rate, the link to the thread I shared is from a person who actually worked as a passport specialist. If you haven't noticed, not many State Department employees post here, although they definitely read the forum. My link is relevant in that I'm sharing helpful information people may wish to know as they evaluate whether the employer or position is right for them. That particular person has other posts regarding their experience with the State Department. Unless they get removed (by him or State), people are able to access those for evaluation.


Again...what was transparent but cute about me asking why I haven't seen a posting for passport specialist that wasn't for recent graduates in ages? You're implying something but I honestly don't get it. I'm asking a very general question. I don't see what difference which passport specialist topic I posted it under makes. I'm not looking for details on the position. I know what it is and what it's about. Just want to know why they don't post hirings directed at the public or federal employees anymore. The responses about hiring freezes and trump trying to downsize the agency don't address my question. They're hiring passport specialists from time to time but only aiming it at recent grads. If you can shed any light, I'd love to hear it.

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#88 Posted : Friday, October 5, 2018 6:27:59 PM(UTC)
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I was looking at the passport specialist position a couple years back. I would see announcements for Supervisory Passport Specialists, but never any entry level. Then I saw a couple and applied.

Got referred but then the freeze happened. I have an alert on USAJobs in case there is an announcement in my area, but have not seen anything in a long time.

Maybe part of it is sorting out the post-freeze hiring situation, maybe part of it is they filled up all the slots with those recent grad/intern announcements.

Also they were expecting a massive surge of passport renewal applications but maybe that did not occur.

Yes there were one or two passport specialists who used to frequent these boards but have not seen anything from them in quite a while.
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#89 Posted : Saturday, October 6, 2018 5:57:02 AM(UTC)

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The best person to provide insight into why the State Department hires recent grads at a disproportionate rate is someone in human resources. Or you can find a member here with experience as a hiring manager and ask them why an agency would prefer to hire recent grads over other applicants. You'd best find these people in "New Hire" or "Federal Career Planning and Development". Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine.
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#90 Posted : Saturday, October 6, 2018 8:13:04 AM(UTC)
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It's pretty clear to me why they hire recent grads, and its the same reason that so many other employers want to hire them: lower salaries.
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#91 Posted : Saturday, October 6, 2018 5:28:00 PM(UTC)
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It's pretty clear to me why they hire recent grads, and its the same reason that so many other employers want to hire them: lower salaries.


That would certainly be the case in the private sector. But recent grad hirings for the federal service get the same GS pay as a public or current federal employee hire. But your post does make me wonder if the recent grad hirings may not be permanent/career positions? Maybe it's easier to get rid of them before they reach the 1 year mark?
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#92 Posted : Saturday, October 6, 2018 5:47:20 PM(UTC)
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It's pretty clear to me why they hire recent grads, and its the same reason that so many other employers want to hire them: lower salaries.

That would certainly be the case in the private sector. But recent grad hirings for the federal service get the same GS pay as a public or current federal employee hire.

True but a recent grad is more likely to accept a GS-5 position than someone with experience who believes they can do better.



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