Becoming a FSO

How the Shutdown is Affecting the State Department

The partial government shutdown continues in the United States and it is hurting both the economy and federal workers. Keeping personal opinion aside, let’s lay out a few facts about the shutdown: Today is day 28 of the shutdown Today is January 18, when federal district courts run out of funds. Civil cases may be suspended …

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4 Eligibility Myths Keeping you from Applying to the Foreign Service

Here is something I hear often: Everybody I meet in the Foreign Service has a Master’s degree, speaks several languages, served in the military, and… I cannot compete. So what is the point of signing up or even trying to join? Yes, I hear this a lot. These thoughts may have even crossed your mind …

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How to Practice for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

So you’ve done all your studying and are ready to practice for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), but you’re not really sure how? Don’t worry, I had the same problem. Actually, the vast majority of folks taking the test have had or are currently having the exact same problem. Why? Part of the reason …

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FSOT Practice Essay Question Simulators (2018 Update)

The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) practice essay simulators were created to help applicants pass the essay section of the FSOT. If you would like to go directly to the basic practice simulator, the link follows: FSOT Essay Simulator Basic If you would like to utilize the pro version, and multiple prompts, please follow this …

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FSO, FSS, and Consular Fellows 2017 Fiscal Year Hiring Rates

The Foreign Service Officer (FSO), Foreign Service Specialist (FSS), and Consular Fellows hiring numbers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 have been released! If you have been following the blog for some time, then you know I enjoy learning this information and presenting it to you visually. I’ve done it for the last two years and …

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2017: Year in Review and Implications for FSO Applicants

It’s the start of the New Year, and with it an opportunity to review what has happened over the last 12 months. It is no secret the Department of State is being minimized both in personnel and its influential capacity. You need only walk down memory lane: Diplomats and staff members are being “incentivized” to …

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