It was about five years ago that the State Department in the U.S. proposed putting together a careers application for smart phones. The government began development last year and launched this March, hoping to generate 10,000 downloads within a year.
Rachel C. Friedland, who wrote the proposal and was a leader of the project at the State Department, told me today that the department has hit its annual target — in 90 days.
The app is about careers in what in the U.S. is called the Foreign Service. Job candidates can learn what it’s like to have a Foreign Service job, and practice the types of questions (500 samples are available, taken from old tests) they’d be taking if they opt for the Foreign Service Officer exam.
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They can also find local recruiting events such as a career fair, as well as contact a local “Diplomat in Residence.”
Reviews are looking pretty good. A company called MetroStar Systems helped with the project.