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Said if I wanted to work for the US Consulate to Vietnam. I just go on the gov site and apply?

I am a US citizen. What is the process like? Any info would be great.

careers.state.gov - if you want to work for a specific consulate, you will need to watch that consulate's website for local employment opportunities.

For all other positions, you have to be world-wide available - meaning you will have to be available to go to any country they send you to - including the one not to your liking as service needs come before your needs.

Starting position would be to take the FSOT written exam - given three times a year in the US and select consulates/embassies.

Good luck!

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I looked into it the other day http://careers.state.gov/officer/career-tracks. It seems to be a lengthy process but oh, man I would do anything to work as a consulate officer anywhere! It'd be amazing. Completely immerse yourself in another culture, get good pay and be able to transfer once a year would be my ultimate job. I would never pass the test though (they have sample tests at this site)...I know absolutely nothing of politics =( Check it out though, let me know if you apply!


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Said if I wanted to work for the US Consulate to Vietnam. I just go on the gov site and apply?

I am a US citizen. What is the process like? Any info would be great.

Do you want to be a Foreign Service Officer, or do you just want a civilian job at the consulate? Are you fluent in Vietnamese?

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