Top tips for expats seeking work

18 Oct

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A few of my readers asked me what the best way is for a expat to find a job in there field in the USA.

My inspiration for this blog is my Dad. Dad has always helped me with career advice, preparation prior to interviewing and guidance. I have always looked up to him and are so proud of everything he has achieved. So I have used tips he has given me along my career journey.

Finding work is never a fun process. It starts with searching for the job, applying, waiting for a response, interview and then outcome.

Though there are never a sure fire way to find work. Here are my top tips.

1- Research– do your research. Make sure you know what jobs are out there, what’s available and when to apply.

2- Network– networking goes a long way. A lot of expats get jobs that aren’t advertised, just by networking. Go to networking events, join linkedin and attend expat events. Create a personal business card so you can exchange your contact details easily.

3- CV– make sure your CV is up to date. Ensure the CV is a maximum of 3 pages, clearly laid out and includes all your contact details. Make sure you have advised your referees that they may be contacted.

4- Interview– when you reach the interview stage, ensure you are in business dress, bring your portfolio and arrive early. Prepare by reading books regarding interviewing skills.

5- Skill set– it is always a benefit to add to your skill set. So sign up for a course, attend a seminar or a conference.

Good luck with finding work. Just reminder you work 60% of your life, make sure you are doing something you love!

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