Using the phone to your advantage when conducting an international job search.

Looking for an international job requires your full commitment in time and money. Making international calls is an expensive but required part of getting a good job overseas. Potential employers will be impressed that you are willing to spend money to seriously pursue jobs with them when you call internationally. Regarding time, making six telephone calls in four hours is an effective use of time. As not every call will lead to making direct contact, it is important to have a large base of organizations to work from.

Self-Confidence: The Primary Requirement
Often the deciding factor in getting an opening in an organization is the confidence with which you speak. The best method is to practice your technique on firms you are not interested in, so you can overcome any nervousness or initial troubles. Prepare a short summary of your strengths and use these as a cheat sheet as you speak to employers.

Building Telephone Skills
Your best bet is to speak to a manager in the international division of any organization. Alternatively, a HR manager is also a good place to start your contact with the firm, although hiring decisions are usually not made by the HR department. Generally, project managers or senior executives make hiring decisions.

Prepare your responses and remember to answer in a way that will lead to more openings in the conversation. Your research of the organization will help here as you can specify what projects or which region you are calling about.

It is best to have a prepared set of responses for your initial contact with the organization. When asked 'May I help you?', rather than saying you are calling 'to enquire about employment openings' instead say, 'I am interesting in finding information regarding your educational projects in South-East Asia'.

It is best not to give your telephone number as you will likely waste time waiting for organizations to call, it is better to be persistent and make direct contact with the right person.

Be prepared to be transferred to various departments and administrators, and introduce yourself each time you speak to a new person. It is best to be truthful about the nature of the call and ask if they have a few moments to spare. If you are referred to another person, acknowledge the contact's expertise before asking questions.

The international job market is relatively small and most professionals know each other thus it is acceptable to mention names of other professionals you have spoken to. Recruitment officers are also interested in updating their knowledge of people in other firms and with the information you have collected, you can speak confidently and expertly with them.

It is essential to make the investment of both time and money if you are committed to getting an international job. Do not let the long process discourage you. Your self confidence and motivation are two factors that can see you through this time consuming but necessary period.