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Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Webpage Update
The Family Liaison Office (FLO) and HR Shared Services recently updated the Foreign Service Family Reserve Corps (FSFRC) webpage to better help family members determine if they are eligible to apply, and if so, when and how. Learn more at bit.ly/FSFRCInfo.

Open Enrollment for Eligible Family Members
Eligible family members can now apply during the FSFRC’s monthly open enrollment periods. The vacancy announcement will be posted on USAJOBs.gov on the last Monday of every month and will stay open for five business days or until midnight of the day that 250 applications are received, whichever occurs first. The next announcement will open on Monday, June 25. Are you eligible to apply? Check the FSFRC webpage to find out.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Family Member Employment: The Global Employment Initiative

The Family Liaison Office’s Global Employment Initiative (GEI) program maintains a worldwide network of job search and career transition professionals who understand the challenges Eligible Family Members (EFMs) and Members of Household (MOHs) face when working overseas and when returning to the United States. The program employs 20 Global Employment Advisors (GEAs) who support all EFMs and MOHs under Chief of Mission Authority at 228 posts in 167 countries. GEAs support family members in their job search by providing resources and guidance and facilitating skills development. For more information, visit the GEI webpage or to contact the GEA covering a specific post, email GEI@state.gov.

Join the GEI LinkedIn group for job search resources, news on employment programs, and tips from GEAs. You can also share career management strategies and learn from others in the Foreign Service community.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Check out the article, "The Vocational Education Option: A Student’s Search for Meaning in Today’s Economy", by FLO’s Education and Youth Officer in this month’s Foreign Service Journal. bit.ly/FSJVocationalEdOption
It is part of the June Education Supplement where you will also find a Foreign Service student guide to creating a college list, what to look for in a college search, and more.
Contact FLO’s Education and Youth team at
FLOAskEducation@state.gov with your education-related questions and go to www.state.gov/flo/educationto learn more about our resources and services.