How to work for an embassy

Written by michaeld
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Working at an embassy is a great and unique way to experience the culture of a foreign country. Working abroad can provide American citizens with a chance to see the world while also serving as a representative of their country. There are several ways you can work in an embassy, but it depends on your field of work and education.

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Things you need

  • Current CV listing work experience and education.
  • Cover letter stating qualifications.
  • Valid U.S. passport

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    Research what types of jobs and positions are usually available in your field of work internationally. Think about how recent work can transition to a job in a foreign country.

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    Research embassy locations where you would like to work and then choose one. Research the legal restrictions for you to work in that country. For many countries, you must obtain a work or residency visa in order to be considered for a position in the embassy. Also, if this will be the first time you live overseas, consult guides about living in a foreign country. You may want to do further research about your country of choice to make sure it is right for you.

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    Go online to the website for the U.S. Embassy in the country you wish to work in. The information for these embassies can be found at the U.S. Department of State's Careers page. On the embassy's website, go to the "Job Vacancies" link and choose the area and position you would like to work in.

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    Customise your application, so that it will be specifically relevant to the job you are applying for. U.S. government embassy positions require very strict security clearance, so keep your employment history and experience detailed and factual. Finally, send your cover letter and CV to the contact provided on the website. If all goes well, you will soon find yourself approved to work in an American embassy.

Tips and warnings

  • What you will need in order to work at an American embassy will vary depending on the country and the position you apply for.

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