Tuesday, December 23, 2008

U.S. Foreign Service - Now Hiring!

Hiring Opens at the Foreign Service

Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away, I majored in Political Science and aspired to one of two careers, being an attorney, or entering a career with the U.S. Foreign Service. That didn't work out exactly as planned. Instead of the U.S. Foreign Service, I entered the U.S. Postal Service, and took a left turn into Human Resources.

For those who may want to pursue my once upon a time youthful career aspirations, here is some good information from the Careers Page for the State Department. Hey, maybe I could get a job working with Hillary Clinton!
Becoming a Foreign Service Officer is a career opportunity of a lifetime.
But it isn't the right job for everyone. While some people might find the job
challenging, exciting and rewarding, others will see it as a less-than-perfect
match. The questions below will help you to determine if the Foreign Service is
right for you.

There is not a right or wrong answer, but it is important for you to
answer each question truthfully. After all, this is your career choice and you
want it to be the right one. The results of the questionnaire will be tabulated
into a bar chart for you. But remember, no chart will offer you 100 percent
certainty as to whether a particular job is right or wrong for you. This is just
a guide. The U.S. Department of State does not record, retain or pass on the
information obtained in this questionnaire. The results are for your information

The Questions They will ask you here:

A career in the Foreign Service provides the most interesting work in
the world and opportunities that few jobs can rival. Ask yourself, "Would I

1. Being a representative of the United States to businesses and
governments worldwide?"
2. Protecting America's interests through lasting
diplomatic efforts?"
3. Having high levels of responsibility?"
....and 37 more!

Is the Foreign Service right for you?

RESULTS for Michael VanDervort

Enthusiasm for Opportunities - 19
Tolerance of Potential Drawbacks - 20

Score + Enthusiasm for Opportunities and Tolerance of Potential Drawbacks

16-20 The Foreign Service could be your career opportunity of a lifetime. You would most likely enjoy the challenges and excitement of a career in the Foreign Service.

I could still do it! Woohoo! Maybe I will? I am not too old yet.

See testing and hiring requirements here.

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