The overseas job application process
Peter Suciu — The first question to ask before considering an overseas job is – how stable in the market, and how long will today’s opportunities last? With a new administration in power the state of the market could change, but at present the job market remains steady, according to Charmaine Bell, talent acquisition director at Engility Corp.
“However, it can quickly become volatile based on what happening around the world, the Federal budget and of course the current political landscape,” Bell said.
In many ways the application process is essentially the same as for jobs based in the United States.
“The application process is the same,” explained Josh Saye, talent acquisition manager at Vectrus, a global services solutions provider. “Per OFCCP regulations, it must be.”
Candidates can expect to complete additional paperwork that they would not normally see in a CONUS-based role, said Matthew Mead, senior manager of recruiting for Arlington, Virginia-based PAE.
“The best advice we can offer to candidates is to, one, ask questions to ensure a clear understanding of the information required and , two, promptly complete and return paperwork to the recruiter. “The application process for overseas work is typically more complex because contracts may require additional contingencies such as a security clearance, a valid U.S. passport, visa processing, and unique medical testing requirements depending on the country to which you deploy.”
However, Saye added that for these reasons it can often times faster to recruit someone for a CONUS position, but in some cases easier to recruit someone for an OCONUS postion.
“We are at the point where we target individuals with active clearances,” Saye. “On average it takes about 6 months for a person to receive a Secret clearance.”
Where the process may be different is in the testing and requirements that applicants may go through, added Major General Kevin O’Connell (Retired), executive vice president of program operations at Advantage SCI.
“There are factors to consider including medical conditions, language skills, counter intelligence training and even combat readiness,” said O’Connell. ” Our overseas jobs are dictate by the U.S. government contracting market. Generally, we hire linguists or other professional skill sets required by our customers – people with high clearances and experience in military or government environments.”