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Federal Employment Overseas
The Federal Government has technical, administrative, and supervisory employment opportunities overseas. These positions are usually in the competitive Federal service, and as vacancies occur, positions are filled in most cases by transferring career Federal employees from the United States. Only when Federal employees are not available for transfer overseas, and qualified United States citizens cannot be recruited locally, are these vacancies filled through the open examination process. For opportunities overseas, see detailed information on the reverse.

Individuals may also apply directly to Federal agencies for excepted service positions such as attaché office clerk-translator, translator, interpreter, and Foreign Service, Department of State positions.

Federal agencies that employ individuals overseas include, but are not limited to the following agencies:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of the Air Force
  • Department of the Army
  • Department of the Navy
  • Department of State
  • Agency for International Development
  • Peace Corps

Generally, the qualification requirements are the same as those established for positions in the United States. Applicants may, however, be required to meet certain additional or higher standards. For example, a foreign language capability, while not required in all Federal jobs overseas, would obviously be a valuable qualification.

Overseas white-collar employees are paid the same base salaries as Federal employees in the continental United States. Where warranted by conditions at the post, employees may receive a post differential or cost-of living allowance. In foreign areas, the wages of blue-collar employees are based upon continental United States rates and, in some cases, a post differential or cost-of-living allowances.

The Department of Defense (DoD) operates dependents' schools, kindergarten through grade 12, in overseas areas for the purpose of providing American, public school-type education for minor dependents of active duty military and civilian personnel of DoD who are stationed overseas.

Normally, applications for teaching positions are accepted from September through January 15, for employment for the following school year. For further information about DoD Dependents' Schools opportunities, please visit the DoDEA Recruitment website at or contact DoDEA's Recruitment Center at (703) 588-3983.

Certain former overseas employees may be eligible for non-competitive appointments to Executive Branch positions.

For further information, contact the Federal agency where you are interested in working.

Use the Office of Personnel Management's USAJOBS services. USAJOBS is easily accessible Federal employment information. USAJOBS provides worldwide job vacancy information, employment fact sheets, job applications and forms, and has on-line resume development and electronic transmission capabilities. In many instances, job seekers can apply for positions on-line. USAJOBS is updated every business day from a database of more than 30,000 worldwide job opportunities. USAJOBS is available to job seekers in a variety of formats, ensuring access for customers with differing physical and technological capabilities. It is convenient, user friendly, accessible through the computer or telephone and available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

USAJOBS is the official job site of the United States Federal Government. It is your one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information and may be accessed at

On the web site, job seekers can access worldwide current job vacancies, employment information fact sheets, applications and forms, and in some instances, apply for jobs online. Complete job announcements can be retrieved from the web site. The USAJOBS web site also has an Online Resume Builder feature. Using the resume builder, job seekers can create online resumes specifically designed for applying for Federal jobs. Resumes created on the USAJOBS resume builder can be printed from the system for faxing or mailing to employers; and saved and edited for future use. For many of the vacancies listed on the site, job seekers can submit resumes created through USAJOBS directly to hiring agencies through an electronic submission process.

Automated Telephone System – is an interactive voice response telephone system which can be reached at 1/703-724-1850 or TDD 1/978-461-8404. Local telephone companies charge for long-distance calls.

By telephone, job seekers can access worldwide current job vacancies, employment fact sheets, and applications and forms. In some instances you can apply for jobs by phone.

AS OF: 01/10/2008

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