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    Here are the promotion stats for 2015 so you can see the percentages promoted and avg length of service and time in class. http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/256133.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJoCal19 View Post
    Thanks for the info rwmidl. I've always wanted to pursue these types of positions but the salary would be too much of a cut for me.
    I agree, that salary range is a non-starter. I wouldn't mind working for DoS, but I'm not going to take a 50%+ salary cut to do it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7lowe View Post
    Here are the promotion stats for 2015 so you can see the percentages promoted and avg length of service and time in class. http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/256133.pdf
    Accounting for COLA, Danger Pay, Incentives, housing, SIP, and grossing up non-taxable benefits, the following is how compensation might progress:

    Yr Grade Compensation
    1 FS5 81627
    2 FS4 96865
    3 FS4 98994.4
    4 FS4 101188.8
    5 FS4 103448.2
    6 FS3 113485.5
    7 FS3 116114.1
    8 FS3 118820.7
    9 FS3 121609.2
    10 FS3 124482.2
    11 FS3 127439.7
    12 FS3 130486.9
    13 FS3 133625.1
    14 FS3 136858.2
    15 FS2 144022.5
    16 FS2 147567.6
    17 FS2 151218
    18 FS2 154978.9
    19 FS1 163314.5
    20 FS1 167438.1
    21 FS1 171685.2
    22 FS1 176059.7
    23 FEOC 184414.8
    24 FEOC 190972
    25 FEOC 197472
    26 FEOC 203972
    27 FEOC 210472
    28 FEOC 216972
    29 FEOC 223472
    30 FEOC 229972
    31 FEOC 236472
    32 FEOC 242972
    33 FEOC 249568.2
    34 FEMC 260533.7

    Assumes you get a new certification every 3 years.
    Assumes the national average for rent for a 3 bedroom apartment of $2,010/mo
    Assumes you are always being compensated for housing.
    Assumes you are promoted at the average rate.
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    Thank you all for posting all of this information. I made it through the OA, medical, and the background investigation (As far as I can tell... they stopped asking questions about a month ago). How were you all notified about your suitability board results? Was there any correspondence prior to that?
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    I believe I called the HR person I had been dealing with to check the status.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7lowe View Post
    I believe I called the HR person I had been dealing with to check the status.
    I've received emails from someone scheduling my medical, and the main investigator. I'll give it a few more weeks before I make the phone call to... well, to someone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ougijoe View Post
    Thank you all for posting all of this information. I made it through the OA, medical, and the background investigation (As far as I can tell... they stopped asking questions about a month ago). How were you all notified about your suitability board results? Was there any correspondence prior to that?
    When did you apply?
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    Applied Dec 2015.
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    #34
    those of you already employed (or previously) what are some of your favorite / worst assignments? If you're comfortable saying.
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    sounds Interesting..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by josephandre View Post
    those of you already employed (or previously) what are some of your favorite / worst assignments? If you're comfortable saying.
    All have had some good and bad aspects and overall I've enjoyed them all. I guess Lisbon is my favorite so far.
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    I have a question regarding the minimum qualifications. I have two BA degrees and a MA in a non-IT related field. I also have an AAS in an IT and Network+ and CCNA certifications. I do have 2 years of IT work experience. According to the requirements listed here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/444265500, I don't meet the minimum qualifications. I do qualify for the job according to the information provided on this website: https://careers.state.gov/work/forei...track-quiz/ims. Do you think that I should give it a shot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hafssol View Post
    I have a question regarding the minimum qualifications. I have two BA degrees and a MA in a non-IT related field. I also have an AAS in an IT and Network+ and CCNA certifications. I do have 2 years of IT work experience. According to the requirements listed here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/444265500, I don't meet the minimum qualifications. I do qualify for the job according to the information provided on this website: https://careers.state.gov/work/forei...track-quiz/ims. Do you think that I should give it a shot?
    Do you have 5 hours? Half serious really. It comes down to do you want to take the time. I think there is a chance based on what I've read, especially if you have any language skills or ties to multiculturalism.
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    #39
    Is the two years experience in the last 3 years? If so, it sounds like you'd almost qualify under "Bachelor’s degree or higher in any major, a minimum of two years of IT work experience in the past three years, and one of the approved IT certifications (link below)."

    CCNA isn't listed, but A+ and Network+ is so you could get the A+ if you wanted to be sure, but it might be worth a shot without it. They used to have a matrix for the qualifications and I'm pretty sure you would've qualified under that system so it's probably worth a shot.
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    It's going to be hard to find 5 hours but if it's worth it... it's worth it My Master's is in Slavic languages and I lived in four countries.

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    Yes, the two years experience is in the last 3 years and I am currently working in the IT field. It's such a bummer that CCNA isn't listed. I might go ahead and apply this weekend without getting the A+.
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    I also do not understand why the CCNA isn't listed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by josephandre View Post
    those of you already employed (or previously) what are some of your favorite / worst assignments? If you're comfortable saying.
    I'm only on my second tour so I'd need to finish this one before I can say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwmidl View Post
    I'm only on my second tour so I'd need to finish this one before I can say.
    I have been to about 75 Embassies in the North South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. I cant think of one that I wouldnt like to work at. Can you say where you are?
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    pretty cool.

    i applied
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    I have been to about 75 Embassies in the North South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. I cant think of one that I wouldnt like to work at. Can you say where you are?
    I'll just say I've served in a former Soviet Republic and now I'm somewhere in the South Pacific.
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    Huge pay cut, but what the hell. Sounds sweet and I put my name in the hat.

    Thanks for the info OP
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwmidl View Post
    I'll just say I've served in a former Soviet Republic and now I'm somewhere in the South Pacific.
    I was the tech for the DAO. I wonder if we have ever met.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devilbones View Post
    I was the tech for the DAO. I wonder if we have ever met.
    I know I met one tech when I was in Europe. My whole tour they were trying to get you guys to Post to work on issues.
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    I know I met one tech when I was in Europe. My whole tour they were trying to get you guys to Post to work on issues.
    I was out of Stuttgart from 2005-2009 and in Boston from 2009-2012. When I left another contractor took over, split our little team in half and the gov took over the travel.
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    So just to get a better understanding of the process, the job closes and at some point in the future you get an update on your status , and if favorable after (on average) a few months you are contacted?
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