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Job Search (Transition) Program (RV 102)


This program helps participants acquire the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a job search through an intensive learning experience of individual/group training and counseling. Outside speakers and activities will aid in the decisions of what to do after retirement and how to find a job.

The Job Search Program supports employees of the US Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies as they leave full-time US Government work to transition successfully into the next phase of their professional and personal lives.

The course emphasizes:

  • planning and development of a roadmap for the future;
  • information interviewing and research for transition planning;
  • skills and values assessment;
  • preparation of resumes and other self marketing materials;
  • practice with interviewing and negotiation techniques; and
  • networking and skill development for target jobs and/or for other pursuits.

Participants are employees who are retiring or being involuntarily separated (other than for cause). The length of the program varies from one to two months depending on classification and agency. The first month consists of full time participation for all participants at the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center (NFATC) in Arlington, VA. Large, medium and small group presentations and activities as well as individual consultations with career professionals transition and job search topics are scheduled throughout the four weeks.

Retirement dates for Civil Service personnel coincide with the end of the four week program. Foreign Service personnel continue their individual job search and transition activities for an additional month before they retire.

View a sample schedule (PDF) for this training.

How to Register:
Department of State employees should enroll via HR/CDA (Foreign Service) or their HR Training Officer (Civil Service) in conjunction with a completed retirement application. Non-Department applicants must submit a DS-755 or an SF-182 to the FSI Office of the Registrar. Registration deadline is one week before the beginning of the program.

State Tuition Rate: No charge
Non-State Tuition Rate for Civil and Foreign Service Employees: Contact the Office of the Registrar at FSI
(Tel: 703-302-7137; Email:

Course Dates (Note: JSP is two months long for Foreign Service; one month for Civil Service. Dates listed after October 1, 2016 subject to change.)
March 7–April 29, 2016
August 1–September 23, 2016
October 3–November 25, 2016
March 6–April 28, 2017
August 7–September 29, 2017

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