Career advice for international federal jobs

September 18, 2013
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(Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg)

The federal government may be hiring less, but it’s still replacing departing employees — and international agencies are no exception. But as anyone who has applied for a federal job knows, the path to employment can be maddening and mysterious.

GovLoop, the “Facebook for Feds” started by former federal employee Steve Ressler, has teamed up with the Robertson Foundation for Government and the Association for Professional Schools of International Affairs to launch a first-ever guide to getting and keeping international jobs in government, from the State Department to the Peace Corps.

The goal of the “Guide to Getting an International Job in Government”  is to demystify the process of getting a job with a foreign posting, or a stateside one at an agency with an international mission.

“Do you imagine yourself riding a motorcycle taxi through the streets of Kampala to get to work? Traveling aboard a local train in Mumbai or utilizing your Spanish to speak to dignitaries at the U.S. Embassy in Lima? Would you be interested in deciding how to effectively allocate U.S. funds abroad or advising a Senator on a major foreign policy vote?” writes GovLoop in materials to market the guide.

The guide tells prospective applications what to expect from a foreign posting, how to pursue a long-term career at an international agency and how to make your application for a position sing.

Lisa Rein covers the federal workforce and issues that concern the management of government.
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