One Versus 269: Rejected to Go To Iraq and Afghanistan

As many of you know times are tough and someone suggested I apply to jobs that aren’t advertised in the public space so I don’t have to compete as much. I thought I would type in the keywords Afghanistan and Iraq and attempt to apply to jobs there.

I applied for a job as a civilian for the State Department back in September and deemed as highly qualified, Eligible Referred to Selecting Official. I never received any correspondence though. So I decided to write those people over at the State Department an email.  For this one position they received 269 applications (TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE APPLICATIONS) for people who answered yes to the question “Would you have any objection to going to Iraq and possibly being killed by insurgents or blown up by an IED?” They deemed only 29 of us qualified.

As I said to my haterz who want to see an end to this blog and my demise:  “I’m really trying over here.”

Dear XXXXX:

I have a question about this listing. https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/2335559 My status was listed as Eligible Referred to Selecting Official but I was never contacted for an interview. Now the status shows Not Selected. Is this normal and can you elaborate on the process?

_____________________________________________________________

Good Morning, After we determine which candidates meet the minimum qualifications for the position we forward that list of eligible candidates to the hiring manager.  It is up to the hiring manager to choose who they want to interview.  They are not required to interview everyone on the list.  We had 269 apply for the GS-11 position and of those 29 met the minimum requirements.  These were forwarded to the hiring manager who determined who they wanted to interview from this list.   I hope this answers your question.Any questions call me.

Human Resources Specialist

Bureau of Consular Affairs

Department of State2410 E Street NW, Suite H1010

Washington D.C. 20520

Privacy/PII This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

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10 responses to “One Versus 269: Rejected to Go To Iraq and Afghanistan

  1. zed

    Do you really not know how the hiring process works? A nobody looks at your resume, looking out for keywords that deems you qualified, the hiring manager then looks at your resume to see if you are even worthy of being interviewed….are you honestly that naive to think your experience would qualify you for a position such as this? Just reading this blog you can tell you do not have ‘experience in communicating effectively…’

    Your problem isn’t :

  2. zed

    Do you really not know how the hiring process works? A nobody looks at your resume, looking out for keywords that deems you qualified, the hiring manager then looks at your resume to see if you are even worthy of being interviewed….are you honestly that naive to think your experience would qualify you for a position such as this? Just reading this blog you can tell you do not have ‘experience in communicating effectively…’

    Your problem isn’t that you aren’t trying…the problem is that you need to aim lower. A LOT lower

  3. Grover Mannings

    Sometimes these jobs are preludes to higher State Department work including espionage. Why else would they send you to Iraq or Afghanistan? It’s not to have a meet and greet with the adoring locals, that I can guarantee. 🙂

    You have the ability to speak conversational Cantonese and Mandarin. Why not apply for a job that is based in Asia or the Pacific region? It’s a long way from home but that means they’ll probably pay you more. Language skills are also highly sought after commodities for other Federal level jobs like the CIA, FBI, NSA, Secret Service, ATF, etc.

  4. Foghorn-Leghorn

    the most important job in iraq or afghanistan is to shoot the towels off those bastards heads that are complete terrorists and pieces of sh**.

    all those liberal tree humpers that think we should hold hands and sing kumbaya with those mountain goats need to get a life.

    remove their testicles and take a sh** in the water supply!!!!!!!

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