How to find jobs and live anywhere in the world

1. Your book, The Global Citizen: A Guide to Creating an International Life and Career couldn't possibly be more relevant to our members, who come from everywhere on Earth. Can you give us an overview of what the book does, and its interactive components?

The Global Citizen: A Guide to Creating an International Life and Career contains over 300 resources and programs for global-oriented individuals who want to study, work, volunteer and travel abroad. Each sections spells out the benefits and pitfalls and how to get started with your travel adventure. In addition, there is a section devoted to uncovering your passions, a cross-cultural mini-course and an international goal planner.

2. We have an entire forum thread devoted to international jobs. How should people start planning an international career?

Well, I wrote The Global Citizen as a starting point for people looking for international jobs and careers and developed a coaching business specifically targeted to develop global citizens. I highly recommend that international job seekers work with a global coach or mentor who can help them get very clear on their purpose and life direction and see how that fits with planning a unique international career.

3. A lot of people seem to have trouble interpreting work visa requirements and even the basics of getting international jobs. What's the best way of understanding and researching the places they want to work?

Visas, residency and work permits can be complicated depending on which country the applicant originates from and in which country he or she wishes to work. One option is to check first with the embassy of the country in which you wish to work to find out the legal requirements.

4. International CVs are often difficult, particularly for people from Asia and the Middle East. Accreditation of degrees is a major issue. Is there a good way of checking international accreditations?

(Sorry, I don't know how to answer this question.)

5. The international labor market has some risks attached to it. What should people avoid, when looking for international work? (We have a lot of kids on our site who need it spelled out to them. Their knowledge level needs all the help it can get, and any information will definitely help.)

First of all, be wary of job ads that guarantee a work permit. This could be a scam. Make sure you research thoroughly the companies who post international job listings and verify they are legitimate companies. If you are applying for a work exchange program, make sure you are aware of all hidden costs up front. Make sure you ask the program organizers how much you will get paid, how much your expenses will be and what additional costs need to be taken into consideration.

6. How do people research an overseas employer?

There are several good internet sites that specialize in matching candidates to jobs, such as where some international positions are listed. Additionally, you can research the websites of international companies to see what types of jobs they offer. It is always best if you can network with people who work in the company you wish to work in and have an informational interview with them.

7. Career goals can move around a lot, as opportunities arise. How should people plan a career path, in terms of international employment options?

This is a good question and depends very much on the individual's personal and professional goals. Working with a global coach or mentor who can keep you on track with where you want to be long-term with your life is one of the best investments you can make. One thing that many people do is take a job offer that sounds good but takes them off track of where they really want to be.

8. Language skills and cultural knowledge are major hurdle for some people, but very necessary. What's the most effective way of dealing with these issues?

I recommend that you get the necessary language and cultural training before and while you look for international employment. If you get a job transfer to a country you are not familiar with, ask that the company pays for your language and cultural training.

9. International jobs can fragment families and relationships with time and distance. How do people manage that situation?

This requires a very individualized and personal approach. In order for long-distance relationships to work, there has to be an agreement from both sides on how they will manage it, how often they will see each other and how long the long-distance relationship will last before they can be together again.

10. Contract work in other countries sometimes involves disputes. People need to know how to protect their rights. What's the best way to do that?

(Sorry, I'm not familiar with this situation.) I would say, make sure you get all of your rights specifically stated in the contract before you start work and have an employment lawyer review it.

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