In this age of email and texting, getting on the phone or making personal contact with a potential employer can make a big impact. When making contact, though, how you conduct yourself over the phone is important. Learn how your phone manner has a direct effect on your potential employer’s perception of you as a person and a professional. Knowing when and why to make phone contact in crucial, as is knowing the right questions to ask and things to say. Many of these tips can also be applied to online correspondence as well. The tips below are drawn from the Contacting Employers Directly... Read the full article
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The process of landing an international position is different from the domestic hiring process. Interviewing For An International Job is a section on the main MyWorldAbroad site that explains what to expect and how to succeed when you land an interview for international position. In short: preparation is your best friend!Top Tips Your interview starts before you walk through the door: Don’t be deceived – every moment of contact between you and your potential employer is part of the interview process. Be polite and professional at all times. Take a minute to consider yourself in terms... Read the full article
Knowing how to sell your international skills (no matter your experience level) allows you to maximize the career value of your cross-cultural experiences and put your best foot forward as you enter the international workforce. Before being able to sell your skills, you must take stock of your professional self, uncover your talents and "package" them for potential employers. Here are a few key tips on the process:Top Tips Know how to sell yourself: Getting hired takes more than a good resume (although this is a prerequisite) – it takes charisma, networking skills, self-knowledge and... Read the full article
Creating a good cover letter takes forethought. A clear, effective and persuasive cover letter can help you make a fantastic first impression with a potential employer. Here are a few key tips, drawn from the main MyWorld site:Top Tips Your email matters: When you email your resume and cover letter, they should be sent as attachments and you will have to write an email to go along with them. Don’t make the mistake of being informal. This email matters! Many letters for many purposes: Cover letters aren’t the only formal written communication between you and a prospective employer. You... Read the full article
The Internet has opened up a whole new world for job searchers the world over. The variety of opportunities seems almost endless when you're first starting your research online. Here are a few super-quick tips to help you keep on top of your international job search. Registered users can sign in to the main MyWorldAbroad site in order to access hundreds of international job boards and extensive advice on conducting a successful internationally-focused job hunt.Top Tips It’s a big online world: There are literally hundreds of thousands of job opportunities posted online. It’s easy to... Read the full article
There may come a time when you decide to go abroad with a romantic partner or spouse, or when you decide to go and freelance abroad, without a fixed plan or contract. Perhaps your partner has received an overseas contract, and you are going to accompany him or her. Or perhaps you have saved a small amount of money and want to try living and working abroad as a freelancer. Being in this position has its advantages and disadvantages. You have more freedom, but less structure. This Quick Guide will help you get oriented and make a plan for yourself, regardless of why you find yourself abroad... Read the full article
Job Hunting When You Return is a short section describing how to sell yourself to employers after you return from time abroad. If you have spent time working abroad, you may not know how to describe the skills you have developed, or you may be unaware of concerns a potential employer might have about you. This short section offers some advice on the subject.Top Tips Reflect on your time abroad: Just because your domestic employers have not worked internationally, does not mean the skills you developed abroad are not valuable. Think of the ways you have changed and improved since... Read the full article
There are important differences between an international resume and a domestic one. An international resume requires you to demonstrate on paper that you have the required overseas skills and professional experience to qualify for a position. Don't fret if you haven't had a great deal of international experience. There are ways to amp up the value of your current experience to build a cross-cultural resume focus. The main MyWorldAbroad site (for registered users) outlines some of these methods, but here are a few key things to remember about international resumes:Top Tips... Read the full article
If you have traveled or lived abroad, you have built a high-value skill set. You’ve improved your cross-cultural communication skills, become more adaptable, learned how to cope with challenges, and much more. But do you know how to translate these skills into professional potential? Being able to describe and explain your international experiences is almost as important as having the experiences themselves. Marketing Your International Experience to Employers explains how to assess the skills you have built, and how to explain them in a way that’s sure to impress every hiring manager you... Read the full article
In recent years, the communication landscape has changed drastically. Information and opportunities from around the world are now accessible from almost any household or dorm room, and this fact has completely transformed the international job search process.
Social Media for Career Success outlines the importance of developing a strong online presence before your hunt for opportunities even begins, and the section will also give you detailed advice about how and where and how to get involved in the ever-evolving world of social media.
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