Posted March 26, 2013 by

U.S. Department of State Launches Mobile Career App

U.S. Department of State mobile career appStudents who want to work for a large, stable employer often choose to work for one of the hundreds of departments agencies within the U.S. federal government. The lead foreign affairs agency responsible for formulating and implementing U.S. foreign policy overseas is the U.S. Department of State.

Most of the Department’s civil service employees work in the Washington, D.C., or other cities throughout the United States on everything from improving trade opportunities for U.S. businesses, to helping American couples adopt children from overseas, to monitoring human rights issues. Others work overseas in embassies, consulates, and other locations. These Foreign Service employees are hard to recruit because the hiring standards are high, the hurdles many, and the competition fierce.

So how does the Department of State educate and engage its aspiring Foreign Service candidates and others seeking to familiarize themselves with diplomatic careers? In addition to the DOS careers web site, the DOSCareers mobile app recently launched and offers essential information such as:

  • Foreign Service Specialist and Officer career path descriptions;
  • Videos of employees in specific career tracks;
  • Sample questions from prior Foreign Service Officer Tests (FSOTs);
  • An overview of the selection and hiring processes;
  • Links to a variety of free study resource applications; and
  • Links to Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) and recruitment events.

According to the Department of State, the app was developed because of increased use of Smartphone technology across its diverse demographic and the Department’s desire to provide a variety of resources to help its candidates pursue a Foreign Service career. The app is available as a free download for both iPhone and Android devices.

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