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  • Spouse Employment
    Use the topics below to learn more about available resources for family member and spouse employment while overseas and in Washington, DC. Employment in Washington, DC Training Options for FS Spouses Working Outside the Mission Eligible Family Member (EFM) Employment Other Employment Resources
    • Articles
    • EFM Business Database
      AAFSW’s EFM business database.
    • Employment in Washington DC
      Career Development Resource Center (CDRC) Meet individually or in groups with career counselors; available to Department of State spouses/partners and to all EFMs (regardless of parent agency affiliation) employed by State overseas email CDRC@state.gov for more information FLO’s Quick Guide to Employment in the DC Area FLO’s “Career Management Strategies: Fitting into the Washington Job [...]
    • Training Options
      “Training Toolkit” A PDF brochure outlining training options at FSI for family members. Includes course descriptions, instructions for registration, and lots of contact information. Transition Center – Training Division Course list List of Training Center courses oriented to family member employment (PDF) Schedule of upcoming classes. Click course titles for dates and times Functional training [...]
    • EFM Employment
      Overseas Briefing Center (OBC) at the Foreign Service Institute’s Transition Center The Family Liaison Office’s “Quick Guide to Overseas Employment” (PDF) Overview of the Expanded Professional Associates Program (EPAP) Provides full-time employment for spouses on the same level as entry level officers; spouses can apply once per year and must pass a business writing test [...]
    • Resources
      Social Media LinkedIn Group – “PROPS – Professional Partners/Spouses of FS” Membership available upon request and approval by group administrator. Facebook AAFSW’s Facebook Page occasionally posts Department of State and Foreign Service community employment opportunities for family members. Group – “EFMs Helping Other EFMs Find Employment” Yahoo! Group – CTC Job Leads Subscribe by clicking the [...]
  • Foreign Service Blogs
    If you are a member of the U.S. Foreign Service community and publish a blog you can submit a request to have your blog added to the list. Submit a request to add your blog to the list
    • Add your blog to AAFSW
      Use the form below to submit a request to have your blog added to the AAFSW website.
    • “Best Practices” for Foreign Service Bloggers
      There are three types of people in the Foreign Service: those who blog, those who don’t blog, and those who are wondering what all the fuss is about. The medium itself is relatively new. When I started my blog back in 2007, there were only a handful of Foreign Service bloggers out there. We blogged [...]
    • AAFSW Widgets
      Please use one of our new widgets to help spread the word about AAFSW! If you use Blogger, for example, you would add an HTML gadget to your sidebar, then paste the code below into the gadget. Voilà! A nifty little AAFSW button for your blog! To add this widget to your blog’s sidebar, copy [...]
    • Bringing a Newsletter into the 21st Century
      In March of 2012, Katie Torrence, the co-Community Liaison Office Coordinator at US Embassy Brasilia, happened across the Kalemegdan Khronicle, a blog run by the Belgrade CLO. Katie contacted the Belgrade CLO for advice on her excellent online resource, and approached Morgan Loosli, the Brasilia embassy newsletter editor at the time, regarding setting up a [...]
    • Build a Community Website with WordPress
      Does your overseas post need a community website? A place where useful links and English-language advice can be easily shared among all members of the community–including all the spouses/partners at post who do not have ready access to the intranet? If you are (very) lucky, then your post has already done the work for you. [...]
    • “Best Practices” for Foreign Service Bloggers
      There are three types of people in the Foreign Service: those who blog, those who don’t blog, and those who are wondering what all the fuss is about. The medium itself is relatively new. When I started my blog back in 2007, there were only a handful of Foreign Service bloggers out there. We blogged [...]
    • Privacy 101 for Bloggers
      As controversial as they may be in some State Department circles, Foreign Service blogs are here to stay. Donna Gorman has offered some excellent general advice for bloggers in her article. Building on that, here are a few tips for fine-tuning your blog. Privacy can be, and should be, a concern for all FS bloggers, [...]

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