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Diplocon was founded to provide resources for people seeking jobs providing construction services to the Diplomatic Community. While continuing to do so, it has also evolved into a nexus for employment professionals and consultants, job seekers interested in employment OCONUS (Outside CONtinental United States) in any field, and people already OCONUS whether working in the diplomatic realm, construction, maintenance, and support of diplomatic facilities, or in other professions and roles.

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Resume Blasters

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With the Internet, anyone can surf around online and look for overseas jobs – and a lot of people are. There are even resume “blasters” that will be glad to take your money to send your resume out to “hundreds” of “employers”. In fact, before I became established in overseas work, I tried a resume blasting “service”. I did not receive a single viable response, but did receive resumes from other job seekers. The blaster simply sent the resumes of each submitter to other submitters via an autoresponder! That cost me $750 and a good chunk of wasted time. It was a big mistake on several levels, and one you should avoid. (Tip – learn about the company you want to work for, and subtly work that knowledge into your cover letter and the Objectives paragraph of your resume. Always tailor your resume to the specific position, employer and, if feasible, specific recipient. Having your resume put in front of the wrong person and/or wrong employer can be a waste of your time and hers and could even be counter-productive in the long run). I would hope that modern resume blasters are more ethical and effective than the one that ripped me off years ago. If you decide to try one, ensure you get the important info about you and the position you are seeking in the first few sentences of your cover letter/resume so that electronic reader/sorters can separate your submission from the thousands of others that are being randomly blasted around cyberspace. Really, the best bet is to know who to and where to send your job search packet – especially since a resume, by design, has some personal information you may not want to have fall into the wrong hands.


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