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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Employment Resources for Family Members
Over the next three weeks, we will
provide tips for preparing yourself for future employment opportunities
overseas and in the U.S. Whether it is your first overseas post or your
last, these tips apply to you. Questions or appointments? Contact a
member of FLO's Employment Team at FLOAskEmployment@state.gov.
Regardless of where you are going, it is
very important to
have your employment documents with you. Check out this list of important documents. If you are
currently working in a Family Member Appointment overseas, download your
eOPF documents from HR Online while you still have access. Also, remember
your Employee Express login.
About the Series Hosted by FLO's Global Employment Initiative Team, the EFM entrepreneurship series is designed to help aspiring EFM entrepreneurs learn from other EFMs who are successfully self-employed.
FLO’s Global Employment Initiative invites you to watch the upcoming webinars in our EFM entrepreneurship series. The series is designed to help aspiring EFM entrepreneurs learn from EFMs who are successfully self-employed.
The Foreign Service Institute’s (FSI)
Summer 2018 semester of online distance language learning courses are
starting on May 14.
Take an instructor-guided online course to learn a new language or
improve your skills in a language you already know. Courses are available
to suit all levels of language learning, from beginner to advanced.
Instructors work with learners to help them meet their individual
language training needs and goals.
Foreign and Civil Service Department of State employees with a
job-related need for language training and accompanying EFMs/MOHs are
eligible to enroll. Enrollment is also open to other federal agency
employees and their EFMs on a reimbursable basis. Email OnlineLanguage@state.gov
for more information.
FLO Website Feature: Foreign Service Life and Crisis
FLO can provide guidance and assistance
to employees and families navigating the challenges and opportunities of
the Foreign Service lifestyle. Its Foreign Service Life webpage provides
information on a variety of topics including eldercare, adding a family
member to your orders, members of household, foreign-born spouses,
long-distance relationships, and more.
On March 1, 1978, FLO became an office
within the Department of State to support Foreign Service employees and
family members living a mobile lifestyle. Learn more about the history of
FLO on our 40th Anniversary webpage. Join us
throughout the year as we celebrate “40 Years of Making a World of
Left: FLO Director
Susan Frost, Family Member Employment Coordinator Chris Baumgarten, and
CLO Program Specialist Michelle Ross took a break from CLO training in
Kuala Lumpur to celebrate with a group of amazing CLOs from around the
world. / Right: FLO staff in Washington, DC wish FLO a
Did you know? FLO assists with naturalization cases for foreign-born spouses of Department of State Foreign Service employees. Learn more at www.state.gov/flo/naturalization. Email questions to FLOAskNaturalization@state.gov.
For those who are transitioning back to DC and have children who may be attending Fairfax Public Schools, the first grade Immersion registration deadline is March 1 at 4:00 p.m. Fairfax County Public Schools🤸♂️🤸♀️
The Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) provides eligible spouses withemployment opportunities in key positions at missions abroad. EPAP is distinguished from other family member employment opportunities in that it has portfolios similar to Foreign Serviceentry-level positions. Additionally, EPAP positions are centrally funded by the Department of State and are administered by the appropriate Washington regional or functional bureau.
The regional bureaus have been authorized a total of 400 EPAP positions, and the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) has been authorized 50. In addition to these 450 positions, individual posts have the option of creating post-funded ICASS positions with prior approval from their bureau. EPAP positions include the following specialties: Construction Engineer, Economics, Facilities Management, Financial Management, General Services, Human Resources, Information Management, Medical, Management, Office Management, Political, and Public Diplomacy.
For more information and eligibility requirements, please click here:
Functional Training for Foreign Service Family Members(US-based)
The Department of State is authorized to provide functional training to family members of U.S. Government direct-hire personnel anticipating an overseas assignment (section 704 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980). Functional training for anticipated prospective employment is offered to family members on a space available basis. To be eligible for most functional training, a family member must be a U.S. citizen whose spouse has been paneled for an overseas assignment. Email FLOAskTraining@state.gov for more information.
FLO’s Global Employment Initiative
(GEI) invites you to watch the webinar, Qualify on Paper: How to
Demonstrate Your Qualifications on a Federal Resume.
Whether applying for a job at post or through USAJOBS.gov for a Civil
Service or Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) position,
this webinar will help family members create resumes that best match
their qualifications to a vacancy announcement.
Wednesday, February 7 at 9:00am ET.
RSVP by email to GEI@state.gov
with your name, current post/country and we will email you the link.
Applying for a Federal Job: Demonstrating
Qualifications on Paper
What is the difference between a federal resume and a private sector
A private sector
resume provides a brief overview of your qualifications for a
position (e.g., education, experience, etc.) whereas a federal
resume must explicitly demonstrate that you meet or exceed ALL
of the required qualifications for a position.
A private sector
resume is typically no more than two pages in length, whereas a
federal resume is much longer as it must include your entire
work history and requires specific details on each position
Both private sector
resumes and federal resumes should target the specific position
for which you are applying.
employees and family members from all Foreign Affairs agencies, this
series will cover common tax challenges for U.S. government employees
living overseas. The two-part series is presented by a Foreign
Affairs family member who is a CPA, CFP, and a Managing Member of a
CPA firm specializing in expatriate tax and financial planning.
Part One, February
14, 7:00am—8:15am and 1:00pm—2:15pm: A variety of tax
topics including domicile vs. residence, foreign earned income,
and state tax issues
Part Two, Thursday,
February 15, 7:00am—8:15am and 1:00pm - 2:15pm: Rental property tax
complexities and more
FSI Webinar: Teaching and Working in Education
Hosted by the Transition Center at the
Foreign Service Institute (FSI), this webinar will provide an overview of
teaching opportunities overseas, how to navigate the international hiring
system, and relevant licensing requirements.
When: Wednesday, March 14 8:00
a.m. – 9:15 a.m. EST and 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. EST
Who: Open to Foreign Affairs
agency employees and adult Eligible Family Members (EFMs)
How to Register: Department of State EFMs
register through the employee’s CDO/Training Officer or on FSI’s
intranet site (Course MQ709). EFMs from other agencies must submit
an SF-182 to FSIRegistrar@state.gov.