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 MyWorldAbroad 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... Read the full article
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Emilia originally planned to volunteer in Europe, but when she found herself in Brazil on holiday, with an offer to extend her stay, she jumped at the chance. This is a great Q&A that shows the enriching cross-cultural experiences that await if you're willing to step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself abroad. Check it out now.
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If law is your field, but you're committed to having an international career, Public International Law could be a good focus area for you.Top Tips So, what is PIL? Broadly, it is a distinct legal regime, the rules of which are derived from international treaties, customary law and general principles of international law. Understanding PIL can open many doors: Governments, NGOs, IGOs, multinational corporations, international criminal courts and multinational law firms all have a need for international lawyers. The right school can make all the difference: If possible, you will want to... Read the full article
By volunteering in a physical therapy clinic in Yucatan, Mexico, Mariah was able to build her professional resume while improving her Spanish language skills and experiencing the color and warmth of the Mexican people. In a children’s health clinic, Mariah shadowed a professional physical therapist and provided a crucial service for members of the local community.
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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
Luke's first trip abroad left a strong impression on him, so when COVID-19 threatened his upcoming travel plans, he decided to pursue an online teaching internship with Outreach360. His experience demonstrates that virtual experiences have the potential to change your perspective and boost your cross-cultural skills! He spent several weeks working with students in Nicaragua & the Dominican Republic, teaching English and participating in cultural exchange and online service. Read our Q&A with Luke now!
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Landing an international internship can be a daunting prospect, but it will give your international career a major boost. In order to land the right internship and get the most out of it, you need to plunge head-first into your preliminary search – and this section will help you do just that. Here are a few key points to get you started:Top Tips Internships aren’t just low-salary positions: They are an exchange of work for knowledge, and they set you up to apply for your first international entry-level position. Do it yourself: If there’s an employer you want to work for, but no... Read the full article
Seth and his partner Julia are both teachers abroad, currently based in Hong Kong. Seth's story about teaching abroad long-term highlights the joys of cross-cultural immersion and the satisfaction of teaching overseas. Don't miss it! He and his wife also run the exciting travel adventure blog For Something More, so check it out!
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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
Erin is a Canadian student with a penchant for globetrotting. So far in her university career, she’s gone on exchange to both Australia and the US. Erin maximized her time on exchange by volunteering, taking on part-time work, socializing with international students and participating in a wide variety of other exciting extra-curricular activities. She also parlayed her experience in the States into several other international adventures.
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