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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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Should I Join the Foreign Service: Pros and Cons

Should I Join the Foreign Service: Pros and Cons

There are a variety of considerations you should make before joining the Foreign Service as a diplomat. The “job” is not just a career, but it is also a lifestyle – one that has many perks and potential drawbacks. Searching online, asking former/current diplomats and their spouses, asking questions on forums, and reading books, just …

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Wrong: My 2016 FY FSO and FSS Hiring Rate Prediction

The Department of State Foreign Service hiring numbers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 were recently made public, and I was wrong in my prediction. This makes me happy. To recap, in March 2016 I tried to predict what the hiring rates would be. I believed the hiring rates would continue to decline as in previous …

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The FSOT Simulator: Its Creation Story

Practice for the Foreign Service Officer Test with The FSOT Simulator! I created The FSOT Simulator because what was available for folks to use was lacking. Either it was lacking in the number of questions asked, lacking in utilizing a timing function, lacking in giving feedback to your answers, and/or lacking in suggestions of what …

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What is the Foreign Service Hiring Data per Cone for Generalists and Specialists?

What is the Foreign Service Hiring Data per Cone for Generalists and Specialists?

Do you know the hiring data per cone for generalists and specialists? This was a question asked by a reader who completed my two-minute survey, and I set out to solve it. If you have a question and would like to help the site grow, please complete the survey at the top right of this …

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