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
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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
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
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
International resumes are different from domestic resumes. From your stated objective to your highlighted skills, when applying for an internationally oriented position, you should be sure to follow the guidelines for specifically international resumes. So, you want to know what they are? You can find out right here.
There are multiple prevailing myths about how students and young professionals find international jobs and start building global careers. Could you be planning your international future based on these fairy tales? Debunking the Myths is a must-read Quick Guide, describing some of the most popular (false) beliefs about international career building. Check it out now – and get realistic about your future abroad.
If you’re a student or young professional starting out on an international career, you’ve almost certainly heard the term “elevator pitch” before. An elevator pitch, simply put, is a short, comprehensive (and hopefully impressive) description of your skills, experience and objectives. You should always have an elevator pitch prepared – because you never know when you’ll run into a potential mentor or manager who surprises you with the phrase: “Tell me about yourself.” Do you have your answer ready, or will you struggle to present the most relevant information about your professional self?... Read the full article
Work is changing at a rapid pace. More and more people are freelancing and working through online platforms, and the world is becoming increasingly interconnected. Terms like "the sharing economy" and "automation" are increasingly entering the everyday lexicon. So, what will work look like in five, 10 or 15 years? In the video below, TVO's "The Agenda" interviews Douglas Rushkoff, the author of "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity." Check out 10 questions about the future of work HERE.
The world of resumes is in constant flux. With the birth of the online professional profile, LinkedIn and the increasing importance of “scanability,” the importance of the traditional multi-page resume is up in the air. But one thing remains true: international resumes are different from domestic ones! And whether or not you end up presenting a multi-page resume to a potential employer, you’ll benefit from going through the processes described in the Overview of International Resumes Quick Guide. Check out this important tip sheet now.
The excitement and professional satisfaction of a career in international aid and development make it a popular choice for North American students and recent graduates. Breaking into the field is difficult, but it’s possible – with the right strategy. In today’s competitive market, a combination of education, experience and demonstrable skill is the surest way to get your foot in the door.
Having a master’s degree in a relevant field is a must (unless you have extensive volunteer or internship experience to make up for it), and we suggest that when it comes to honing your thesis,... Read the full article