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Preparation is the key to any successful job search. Whether you’re applying for an internationally-oriented position at home, or embarking on a career abroad, this part of the guide will help you research, apply for, and land the job you want. We particularly recommend reading Debunking the Myths: The Real Deal on International Work, which explains why an industry-oriented job search (as opposed to a country-specific one) is the ideal approach.

Resources For The International Job Search briefly explains the online job search and how to manage your time, and the resource lists link to thousands of online job boards, resources and tools.

Resources For the International Job Search

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The Ideal International Profile & Your Career Path is one of our must-read sections. It provides a summary of what international employers are looking for, and helps you plan for the long term

The Ideal International Profile & Your Career Path

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Social Media For Career Success will help you build career-boosting online profiles, get smart about networking and increase your international work potential by investing in online platforms.

Social Media For Career Success

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Contacting Employers Directly is an important section. Making direct contact with a potential employer via phone or email – and making a good impression – are key parts of the job search process.

Contacting Employers Directly

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Selling Your International Skills will help you maximize the career value of all your cross-cultural experiences and put your best foot forward as you enter the international workforce.

Selling Your International Skills

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Covering Letters is a brief section offering tips on how to write a clear, effective and persuasive cover letter. After reading this section, you will be prepared to write the best cover letter you possibly can.

Covering Letters

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Interviewing For An International Job tells you what to expect and how to succeed in your interview. As you'll find out, preparation is your best friend.

Interviewing For An International Job

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Job Hunting When You Return is a short section describing how to sell your skills to employers after you return from time abroad. Learn how to frame your experiences to ensure your success.

Job Hunting When You Return

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To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
Bill Bryson, writer
As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.
Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
Henry David Thoreau, writer, naturalist
Is anything sadder than a train/That leaves when it's supposed to/That has only one voice/Only one route?
Primo Levi, chemist, writer
I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.
Susan Sontag, essayist, activist
I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.
Rosalia de Castro, poet
I am a passionate traveler, and from the time I was a child, travel formed me as much as my formal education.
David Rockefeller, philanthropist
To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
Charles Horton Cooley, sociologist
Travel is glamourous only in retrospect.
Paul Theroux, travel writer
We start going downhill when we stop taking risks.
Laird Hamilton, surfer
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
Lin Yutang, writer, inventor
Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
Aldous Huxley, writer
Don't tell me how educated you are; tell me how much you have traveled.
Mohammed
Life for two weeks on the mountaintops would show up many things about life during the other fifty weeks down below.
Benton Mackaye, conservationist
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.
Paul Theroux, travel writer
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
Maya Angelou , writer, poet
When you're traveling, you are what you are… No yesterdays on the road.
William Least Heat Moon, travel writer
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Aldous Huxley, writer
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Samuel Johnson, poet, essayist
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.
Seneca, philosopher
...the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.
Paul Fussell , historian
I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.
Caskie Stinnett, writer, editor
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Jawaharlal Nehru, politician
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson , essayist, poet
A wise traveler never despises his own country.
Carlo Goldoni, playwright
Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.
Kurt Vonnegut, writer
Definition of Global Competence: "Having an open mind while actively seeking to understand cultural norms and expectations of others, and leveraging this gained knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments."
William D. Hunter, intercultural expert
We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
Hilaire Belloc, writer, historian
Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person.
Yvon Chouinard, rock climber
The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
Lord Chesterfield, statesman
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
Gilbert K. Chesterton, journalist, essayist
Two roads diverged in a wood and I -- I took the one less traveled by.
Robert Frost, poet
When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
Clifton Fadiman, writer, radio & tv host
… before the traveler sees the ocean, he feels a stirring in his blood.
Jorge Luis Borges, writer, poet
The more I traveled, the more I realized that fear makes stranger of people who should be friends.
Shirley MacLaine, actress
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
John Berryman, poet
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
Samuel Johnson, poet, essayist
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
John Steinbeck, writer
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe
Anatole France, writer
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
Rudyard Kipling, writer, poet
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
Jack Kerouac, writer, poet
I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.
Hilaire Belloc, writer, historian
The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.
Amelia E. Barr, writer
He who does not travel does not know the value of men.
Moorish proverb
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Henry David Thoreau, writer, naturalist
People don't take trips -- trips take people.
John Steinbeck, writer
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
Miriam Beard, writer
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust, writer
A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.
Tim Cahill, travel writer
Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them.
Admiral Richard E. Byrd, explorer
I am convinced that to live is to travel towards the world's end.
Ella Maillart, adventurer
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
St. Augustine, philosopher
One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering.
Alfred North Whitehead, mathematician, philosopher
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
Alan Watts, writer, philosopher
Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.
Pat Conroy, writer
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
Freya Stark, explorer, travel writer
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Douglas Adams, writer
A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
Moslih Eddin Saadi, poet
You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.
Daranna Gidel , writer
…nobody can discover the world for anybody else. It is only after we have discovered it for ourselves that it becomes common ground, and a common bond, and we cease to be alone.
Wendell Berry , academic, critic
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
Rudyard Kipling, Author
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien, writer, professor
We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.
Maria Mitchell, astronomer
Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
Miriam Beard, writer
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
Matsuo Basho, poet
There is no foreign land; it is the traveler only who is foreign.
Robert Louis Stevenson , writer, poet
Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.
Ray Bradbury, writer
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson , writer, poet
The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it -- basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.
Charles Bukowski, writer, poet
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.
Robert Louis Stevenson , writer, poet
I love to travel, but hate to arrive.
Albert Einstein, physicist
For so many centuries, the exchange of gifts has held us together. It has made it possible to bridge the abyss where language struggles.
Barry Lopez, writer
I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
Lillian Smith , writer, social critic
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
Samuel Johnson , poet, essayist
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Lao Tzu, philosopher
The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.
Mark Jenkins, artist
The journey, not the arrival, matters.
T.S. Eliot, poet
It is not down on any map; true places never are.
Herman Melville, writer, poet
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain, writer
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.
James Michener, writer
Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.
John Muir, writer, naturalist
He who would travel happily must travel light.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aviator, writer
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
Francis Bacon, writer
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
Gilbert K. Chesterton, journalist, essayist
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
Mark Twain, writer
A map is not the territory.
Alfred Korzybski, philosopher, scientist
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
Henry Miller, writer, painter
Travel teaches toleration.
Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister
There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.
Charles Dudley Warner, writer
Too often… I would hear men boast only of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.
Louis L'Amour, writer
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Sir Edmund Hillary, explorer
...I never write when I'm traveling, because travel is a situation where I can learn more by looking and listening than by working.
Thomas Perry, writer
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Lao Tzu, philosopher
People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.
Dagobert D. Runes, philosopher, writer
When you are everywhere, you are nowhere. When you are somewhere, you are everywhere.
Rumi, poet
Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
Martin Buber, philosopher
Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.
Italo Calvino, writer
I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
Mark Twain, writer
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Mario Andretti, racing driver
People who do not travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what's in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.
Martin Yan, chef
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