prepare for a global career by L2w96Gt


									Preparing for a
 Global Career
Today’s session

•   Global Skills and how to develop your global skills
•   Essential Tips for Landing a Job Overseas
•   Writing International Resumes / CV’s
•   Key tips for the international job interview
•   Important Work Skills / Etiquette
•   Some Resources
Cultural management differences
• When starting a career abroad, be prepared for some
  major differences in management culture between your
  home country and the country you are (going to be)
  working in. Countries all have their specific customs and
  ways of behaving
       > From greeting people by hugging
       > to having siestas
       > to punctuality meaning that people are 30 minutes
• Be prepared, learn about it and try and adapt your
  manners to ensure success when working or doing
  business abroad
Global skills
•   Flexibility
•   Sensitivity (to other cultures)
•   Adaptability
•   Risk-taking
•   Cooperative
•   Curiosity
•   Adventurous
•   Interpersonal Communication
•   Teamwork
•   Leadership
•   Language(s)
How to develop your global skills

• Internships
• Study abroad
• International Voluntary work
• Travel and work
• Teach overseas
• Local community involvement – ethnic
  communities/agencies, refugee assistance (i.e. Embrace)
• Learn a language
Tracking down job leads
•   Networking
•   Cold contact
•   Corporate Websites
•   Job sites
•   Foreign newspapers and trade journals
•   Recruiters
•   Government sources
•   International job fairs
Essential tips for landing a job overseas
• Determine what jobs you want to pursue
       > Determine the types of companies that interest you
       > Determine whether you are interested in public or
         private firms; domestic, foreign, or international
         (global) firms
       > You should also consider what type of corporate
         culture you are seeking

• Research companies and countries
      > Location, citizenship or work eligibility requirements

• The different methods you'll use to track down job leads
Essential tips for landing a job overseas

• Develop/Polish/Acquire Key Job/Language Skills
       > cross-cultural adaptability and language fluency skills

•   Build and Use Your Network of Contacts
         > alumni and professional organizations

• Contemplate Going/Moving Abroad
International CV’s and resumes
• If you are looking for a job abroad, you should be prepared for
  these unexpected differences in application procedures
  between your home country and the host country
• In France, most companies (80%) request a hand written
  application letter
• An Indian CV mentions the personal information at the end of
  the CV instead of at the beginning
• In Germany people sign their CV at the bottom
• As a general rule, avoid using jargon that is Australian-centric.
  In situations in which you are uncertain, always spell out
  acronyms and offer explanations for others
Some key tips for the international job
• Age, race, gender, marital status – illegal questions in the
  Australia – may be topics asked in the interview

• In certain cultures, much emphasis is placed on showing
  respect to elders (and especially male elders)

• Speaking too much about yourself and your
  accomplishments can be seen as too self-serving and

• Proceed carefully when asking about the next steps in
  the process as it can be seen as to forward or rude to do
Do you have what it takes to work
• The tests below are to give you an indication whether you
  are suited for an international career. Be aware - they are
  just fun tests!

Important work skills
   – Consider the cultures in your audience when preparing your
   – Avoid taboo topics and restrict your use of humour
   – Provide written summaries of what you have said – if possible in the
     languages of the audience
   – If you use English then keep your language concrete and as simple as
     possible – avoid complicated sentences or unusual vocabulary.
   –   Be aware of time zones and working hours in different countries
   –   Allow time for team building in the early stages of the project
   –   Check common understanding of project goals
   –   Clarify roles
   –   Establish clear rules for communication; team members may have
       different styles of working together
On giving feedback
• Don't criticize the person directly but do this through a friend
  or colleague
• Mention the problem generally to all the staff (without singling
  out individuals)
• Talk to the individuals but ask indirect questions like 'Do you
  still live out of town?' to try and find out the reasons for the
• These techniques can be used everywhere but are especially
  important in Asian cultures. In some cultures it is important to
  combine criticism with positive comments. In the USA, for
  instance, the 'hamburger technique ' is common: first comes a
  positive comment, then the criticism and then another positive
  comment (the criticism is sandwiched between the positives).
Many factors are involved and it is difficult to generalize
  about such large areas but here are 3 points worth

• Decision making: are decisions made by the group
  (tendency in Japan) or by individuals (tendency in North
  and South America)?
• Power plays: are the power games subtle (tendency in
  Japan) or more open (tendency in North and South
• Emotions: do you show emotions openly (tendency in
  South America) , mostly avoid them in negotiations
  (tendency in North America) or avoid them at all costs
  (tendency in Japan)?
• How do people combine business and socializing?
• In some cultures it is important not to mix business with
  socializing: in others it is vital to do this.
• Where does the socializing take place?
• Do you invite business people to your home?
• Do you have to be careful that an invitation is not seen to be a
  bribe to get a deal done?
• What do you talk about?
• Who pays for the meal when you go out to a restaurant with
  business partners
• Information on employment and industry trends for 24
  different countries
• Job vacancies, internships and recruitment opportunities
  - postings updated daily for over 100 countries
• Directory of key global employers, including contact
• Country-specific information on applications, resume and
  interview techniques
• Insider tips on visas, work permits, financial and cultural
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