The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 18

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OCTOBER 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Stable, but Less
Than Thrilled
M
y experience in talking with other
techs is they generally are not
really happy with the State Department
as an employer, but they stick around
because they like the lifestyle.
is
will help the department maintain a
stable work force, but not an elite work
force.
e truly driven and talented will
ultimately leave for the private sector or
other agencies.
Anonymous Information
Resources Specialist
We Secure Your Workplace
T
he motto of Security Engineering
O cers and Security Technical Spe-
cialists is “Defend, Detect, Deter.” Our job
is to technically secure State Department
work spaces so that everyone else can
succeed in doing their jobs.
David Zwach, Security
Engineering Officer
We Are
Human
Resources
I
landed at my rst post eager and ready
to serve. However, within days of my
arrival, I was cautioned by colleagues to
“get out of HR as soon as possible” due to
that bureau’s terrible reputation at State.
Rather than run for the nearest exit, I
took this as a challenge to help improve
that reputation. I remind myself every
day that the rst word in my position
title is “human,” and compassion should
always come rst.
Jill E. Perry, Human Resources
Course Chair/FSI
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