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Employment Services for Family Members Assigned to, Serving at, or Returning from Overseas

Family Liaison Office (FLO) 
Room 1239, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520-7512
Tel: (202) 647-1076, (800) 440-0397 Fax: (202) 647-1670 /

Client Population: All family members of USG employees assigned to, or serving at, or returning from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate Abroad.

 Employment Information and Advisement. Advice on overseas job market, reentry into the U.S. job market, and functional training opportunities for spouses.

  • Employment Planning Workshops. Courses on job hunting strategies to meet needs of Foreign Service spouses, co-sponsored by Family Liaison Office and FSI's Transition Center .
  • FAMER - Family Member Employment Report. A report that lists all positions available to family members in Embassies overseas. It also lists options for family members looking to work on the local economy.
  • THE NETWORK. Job sourcing and networking assistance program utilizing an electronic notification system to keep registered family members informed of position openings, both within and outside of The Department, and to provide them with other relevant employment information.
  • The Global Employment Initiative. Networking with companies, NGOs and international organizations at the corporate level  with worldwide offices to provide job opportunities for family members assigned to overseas posts. Global Employment Advisors (GEAs) at selected posts provide culturally specific job search assistance through one-on-one counseling, workshops and networking assistance.
  • Presentations. Briefings to family members of many foreign affairs agencies in preparation for seeking employment overseas and in the Washington area.

The Transition Center
NFATC, 4000 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204-1500
Career Transition Center - or (703) 302-7407
Overseas Briefing Center - or (703) 302-7276/7
Training Division - or (703) 302-7268

Client Population: U.S. citizen employees of the Department of State, other foreign affairs agencies and other federal agencies planning for overseas tours, returning to Washington, retirement or separated from the USG.  The Transition Center is comprised of three divisions : The Overseas Briefing Center, The Transition Training Division, and the Career Transition Center.

Services include:

  • The Transition Center The Transition Center's three divisions provide a range of services. The Training Division  offers workshops and courses on security and Foreign Service life skills to prepare foreign affairs employees and their family members for overseas assignments or re-entry to the U.S. Check the Training Division site for course dates, descriptions, and registration information.
  • The Overseas Briefing Center collects information on overseas and U.S. posts to help people bid on appropriate assignments and prepare for them. OBC also provides guidance on the logistics of making an international move. Go to the OBC site for extensive country links, a brief tutorial on cross-cultural adjustment, a checklist for going overseas, and more.
  • The Career Transition Center offers training, counseling, and other assistance for Department of State and foreign affairs employees from other agencies leaving U.S. Government service. The CTC site offers course descriptions, helpful links, articles on the job search process, and much more.

Career Development Resource Center (CDRC)
L321, State Annex 1, 2401 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20522-0108
Tel: (202) 663-3042 Fax: (202)-663-3146

Client Population: Department of State Civil Service employees, Foreign Service Family Members, interns, and contractors (Please Note: Services are also provided to clients in the field and overseas via email, fax and phone.)

Services include:

  • Confidential Career Counseling. Individual counseling sessions to provide guidance tailored to client's career and professional growth; objective assessment of career experiences, skills and talents, personal strengths and style; coaching on Individual Development Plans; writing effective Federal Applications, and improving interviewing skills.
  • Career-related Learning Opportunities. Monthly workshops and weekly video screenings covering topics such as resume writing, networking, communication, team work, interviewing, and many more professional development topics. Watch for future announcements via Department Notices, Audix Messages, BNET, and email.
  • Customized presentations. Bureaus and field offices can request group sessions for intact work groups on Individual Development Plans, Team building, etc.
  • Career Resource Library. A multi-media resource center that includes, books, pamphlets, periodicals, video and audiotapes on career and life issues that can be loaned (see internal policies) Unlimited Internet Access, career assessment tools and software, federal application software, and a typing certification software program.
  • Computer Resources.

Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
Contact the Family Liaison Office
Department of State Civil Service employees, Foreign Service Family Members, interns, and contractors (Please Note: Services are also provided to clients in the field and overseas via email, fax and phone.)


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