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Foreign Service Officer Salary: A Comprehensive Guide (2020 update)

The Foreign Service Officer salary is dynamic and ever-changing. Along with your promotion, each assignment can bring with it different danger pay, hardship pay, and cost-of-living adjustments that affect what you take home. Depending on international geopolitics, the strength of domestic and national currencies, and the size of your family, to name a few, your

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Becoming a FSO

How to become a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) in 2020: Guide

This is the ultimate guide to help you become a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) in 2020. Along with the process to become an FSO, I will also share with you the steps you can take to best prepare and study for the personal narratives, the FSOT, and the oral assessment. Plus, if you are on

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Becoming a FSO

FSOT February 2020 Updates

Update: The FSOT in 2020 Beginning with the February 2020 FSOT, as a part of the registration process, candidates will be asked to complete their Personal Narratives (PNs). Candidates will be asked to address the following six areas: Leadership Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Management Skills, Intellectual Skills, and Substantive Knowledge. Each of the six

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Becoming a FSO

Use ProCon.org to help you on the FSOT essay

Looking for help to improve your score on the FSOT essay? ProCon.org may be what you need. It’s almost May, and with it, there is always an air of anticipation. Spring is in full swing with summer around the corner, the school season is coming to an end, and that means students are taking final

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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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FSO Career

14 Interesting Protocols a Foreign Service Officer Must Follow

I was looking for a fun first post to kick off 2019 when I stumbled upon the official “Protocol for the Modern Diplomat” handbook, published by the Foreign Service Institute. If this manual will get me one step closer to being suave like Bond, then how could I not read it? …Right? Jokes aside, it

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FSO Career

Secretaries of State Still Living

  Do you know how many Secretaries of State are still living? It may come as a surprise to you. It did for me. My curiosity to determine how many remain arose, as most things do, by accident. I was watching a news reel when a story of the president came on and his meeting

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Looking back on 2018

The last post was what the kids these days call real. I shared with you my feelings and thoughts on not passing the FSO orals, my lessons learned, and the importance of persevering in this process. The effect from writing that post is more important to me. I was reminded again that this community is

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