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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

Perhaps you are working for the DOS or interested in working for the DOS. Here is a forum to share your experience with the DOS.

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Trey  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, February 15, 2012 9:18:08 PM(UTC)
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Hello Department of State forum,
 
I am looking for advice from anyone that currently works for Dept. of State, or from anyone that has previsouly worked for the State Department.  Working for this organization has been a career objective of mine for some time.  I am an U.S. Army vet that currently works for the Dept. of Air Force as a federal civilian employee. 
 
Just recently I completed a bachelor's degree, and I am about to begin working towards a master's degree. Also, I am in my mid 20s age wise.  I've made several contacts with the Defense Department, but I know very few people within the State Department. 
 
Does anyone know of any internships which DoS offers? Also, does anyone have any advice that they could offer which might help me ultimately gain employement with this department?
 
Much thanks in advance!
"Be the change you want to see in the world."<br />-Mahatma Gandhi <br /><br />
kalidawg8996  
#2 Posted : Monday, February 20, 2012 2:00:36 AM(UTC)
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I used to work alongside State employees but, wasn't one myself. Best advise to give you is to apply for the positions which interests you the most. Internships are available and you can find info on the State.gov site and USAJOBS. Although not knowing what your end goal is in mind, applying to state is similar to apply to other federal positions. Remember though, the department is very competitive so consider other agencies and departments as well. It's a very rewarding career from what I can see and tell you.  
jgb04  
#3 Posted : Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:30:18 AM(UTC)
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I know the agency is currently picking up a few passport specialist in New York and and New Orleans.  Its a good way to get in the agency... Not sure if that's the kind of thing you are looking for or if you are looking to work in DC?  
Trey  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:08:50 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Remember though, the department is very competitive so consider other agencies and departments  Go to Quoted Post
 
I think the State Department is one of the most competitive departments within the federal government.  Where can contract jobs with the State Department be found?  Clearancejobs.com? I am a current civil servant with the Defense Department so staying flexible with other agencies isn't an issue.
 
Thanks for your response
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Trey  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:10:35 AM(UTC)
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jgb04 wrote:
I know the agency is currently picking up a few passport specialist in New York and and New Orleans.  Its a good way to get in the agency... Not sure if that's the kind of thing you are looking for or if you are looking to work in DC?  
 
Where are these jobs being advertised? USAJobs? Do you have a vacancy announcement? I am willing to relocate anywhere in the world.  I have no attachments that would hinder me to a specific location.
 
Thank you for the response
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Yourmyboyblue  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, February 28, 2012 8:32:33 PM(UTC)
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Trey wrote:
jgb04 wrote:
I know the agency is currently picking up a few passport specialist in New York and and New Orleans.  Its a good way to get in the agency... Not sure if that's the kind of thing you are looking for or if you are looking to work in DC?  
 
Where are these jobs being advertised? USAJobs? Do you have a vacancy announcement? I am willing to relocate anywhere in the world.  I have no attachments that would hinder me to a specific location.
 
Thank you for the response

Yes you will find all of the DoS job openings through USAjobs.gov.  They are always posting jobs there.  So you always daily/weekly need to check the website to see if the jobs that they post fit your background.

I already have been referred to a few of their jobs so I am opening for an interview.Big smile
cpt biggs  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, February 28, 2012 8:51:48 PM(UTC)
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What is your undergraduate degree in and what are you major in graduate? The DOS, CIA, and other primarily international working agencies prefer graduate degrees in international relations, law, policy, anthropology, business, and etc. I was offered a job with the DOS as a Foriegn Service Officer years back but turned it down for a fed Leo position. Good luck!
Trey  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, February 28, 2012 9:22:22 PM(UTC)
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cpt biggs wrote:
What is your undergraduate degree in and what are you major in graduate? The DOS, CIA, and other primarily international working agencies prefer graduate degrees in international relations, law, policy, anthropology, business, and etc. I was offered a job with the DOS as a Foriegn Service Officer years back but turned it down for a fed Leo position. Good luck!
My undergraduate degree is in organizational leadership, which is heavy on the HR and  

psychology aspect of running an organization.  I don't know if it helps, but I received this degree from one of the top schools in Oklahoma. I'm starting my graduate degree in economics next month, and I'm planning to finish in a year to a year and a half. I realize that DOS prefers  international relation degrees, but I haven't been able to find a good school around here that offers an exceptional degree in that area. I am really interested in Asian culture, I lived in South Korea for two years when I was in the Army, and I have limited knowledge of the Korean language.  What is a fed leo position?

 
Thank you for your response
Trey2012-02-29 05:28:52
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cpt biggs  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:41:53 AM(UTC)
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cpt biggs  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:44:03 AM(UTC)
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Economics is good. You should check out hiring fairs for vets. Go to the DOS website and look for hiring events. Once at the event, you will have a chance to meet face to face with reps and sometimes hiring managers.
almosthome  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:58:53 PM(UTC)
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Trey wrote:
My undergraduate degree is in organizational leadership, which is heavy on the HR and  

psychology aspect of running an organization.  I don't know if it helps, but I received this degree from one of the top schools in Oklahoma. I'm starting my graduate degree in economics next month, and I'm planning to finish in a year to a year and a half. I realize that DOS prefers  international relation degrees, but I haven't been able to find a good school around here that offers an exceptional degree in that area. I am really interested in Asian culture, I lived in South Korea for two years when I was in the Army, and I have limited knowledge of the Korean language.  What is a fed leo position?

 
Thank you for your response

I don't think they will care that your degree is from one of the top schools in Oklahoma. I also don't think they care what your degree is in, per se, although you're always at a disadvantage coming from a non-traditional discipline. That being said, if you have interest in economics, the Economics FSO career path is less competitive than the Diplomacy or Politics career paths, and is probably your best way into DoS. I've been applying to civil service positions at State for years now, with no luck, and I'm already a Federal employee at a different agency, have an Ivy League degree, a PhD, and overseas work/research experience, along with language skills. If I were you, I would continue to study Korean language and start the FSO application process. Korean is a critical language and would give you a leg-up in the rankings (as would your previous military service and your degree).
Trey  
#12 Posted : Monday, March 05, 2012 1:35:37 AM(UTC)
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Almosthome,

Thank you for all of the advice.  If I may, what federal agency do you currently work for?  Would you recommend that I start the FSO application now, or wait untill I finish my Master's degree? Also, do you have any thoughts as to why you haven't received an offer.  From what you've told me, you sound extremely qualified; probably more so than most people.
 
Again, thank you for all of the advice.
Trey2012-03-05 09:46:52
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Tiredofwork  
#13 Posted : Monday, March 05, 2012 7:09:52 AM(UTC)
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Hmm... every FSO I've ever met has been a little off their rocker. I feel like I could pick one out of a group after having a 30 seconds convo's with each.

Not to say they aren't smart, hard working etc... they all seem to have this quality, sophisticated yet a little tacky, aloof at times but able to take charge with charismatic leadership. 

Maybe you can be very qualified like Trey, but lack a certain something. 
stoutboy  
#14 Posted : Sunday, April 01, 2012 7:33:16 PM(UTC)
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Trey,

It sounds to me like you want to be a Foreign Service Officer.  These passport agency jobs mentioned by some commentors  are not foreign service, but regular civil service.  DOS has many civil service staff in the department.  Apply for those through the website mentioned.

If it is an FSO to which you aspire, there is only one way: you have to pass the exams, and with a high enough score to get an offer.  All the information you need is here: http://careers.state.gov/officer

As mentioned, your vet status will give you a step up--and if your Korean is good enough to pass the phone test you will also receive some bonus points.

But the first and most critical step is to register and take the written exam.  It can be a very time consuming process from exam to hire, so don't put your life on hold (continue with your master's studies, in other words).   Good luck!


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