The federal government has quite a footprint in overseas locations throughout the world. Primarily these jobs are with the DoD, though many components and agencies within the Department are represented. Civilian overseas positions are very attractive for several reasons–chief among them being the opportunity to live and work in interesting and frequently beautiful foreign locales. If you’re reading this post you are likely already drawn to the prospect of an overseas job. Here are five useful tips to ponder your strategy and land a US Government job overseas.
Tip #1: Develop a good idea of what’s in store
- DoD oversea employment and the “5-year rule”:
- Overseas-specific entitlements: Department of State Standardized Regulations (DSSR)
- GSA Handbook for relocating federal employees.
Tip #2: The criticality of resume and interview
Tip #3: Be flexible…and highlight your flexibility
Tip #4: Understand the risks
Tip #5: Know your value
If you’re ready to take the steps and begin applying to US Government overseas positions, you may want to consider federal career consultation with Resume Place experts. We can help you plan for and choose the best fields and positions, ensuring a match for your qualifications and limiting wasted time in your job search. Want help and advice for writing your resume on your own? The Resume Place offers an excellent series of books by Kathryn Troutman to guide your development and writing. Want to maximize your chance at referrals, ‘Best Qualified’ ratings, and overseas job offers? Check out our professional resume writing services and interview prep assistance.
About the Author
Jeremy Mott is an experienced technical writer with significant analytical and organizational expertise, ideally suited for federal resume writing. Jeremy’s experience currently working for the government overseas in Germany and after relocating and finding a Program Analyst position from his DOD position in Louisville, KY (after a closure of a depot there), gives him the background to understand the movement of a career from US to overseas and vice versa. Jeremy changed his agency, occupational series, country and mission — with his USAJOBS federal resume and application! With 12 years in the federal government serving as a Management and Program Analyst, Contract Manager, and Electronics Engineer, his diverse experience is reflective of—and a great asset to—the broad range of Resume Place clients. Now as a Management Analyst within a Programs and Manpower division, he has benefited from much exposure to the inner workings of OPM occupational standards, the tailoring of interview questions, applicant selection, and the critical importance of quality recruitment.
Jeremy has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s of Public Administration, both from the University of Louisville. He also received a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from a NAVSEA-sponsored program with Indiana University. He lives in Germany with his wife, son, and daughter.