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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Do you have an interest in international development? So does Salina! She spent her time as a volunteer in Guatemala immersing herself totally in the local culture and traditions – from food to dance to the Spanish language. Find out exactly what she got up to in San Miguel Dueñas.
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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 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
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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