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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.

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Preparing for a

Global Career

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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

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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 late

  • Be prepared, learn about it and try and adapt your manners to ensure success when working or doing business abroad

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    Global skills

    • Flexibility

    • Sensitivity (to other cultures)

    • Adaptability

    • Risk-taking

    • Cooperative

    • Curiosity

    • Adventurous

    • Interpersonal Communication

    • Teamwork

    • Leadership

    • Language(s)

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    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

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    Tracking down job leads

    • Networking

    • Cold contact

    • Corporate Websites

    • Job sites

    • Foreign newspapers and trade journals

    • Recruiters

    • Government sources

    • International job fairs

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Some key tips for the international job interview

    • 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 individualistic

    • Proceed carefully when asking about the next steps in the process as it can be seen as to forward or rude to do so

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    Do you have what it takes to work internationally?

    • The tests below are to give you an indication whether you are suited for an international career. Be aware - they are just fun tests!



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    Important work skills


      • Consider the cultures in your audience when preparing your presentation.

      • 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

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    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 lateness.

    • 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).

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    Many factors are involved and it is difficult to generalize about such large areas but here are 3 points worth considering.

    • 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 America)?

    • 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)?

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    • 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

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    • 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 information

    • Country-specific information on applications, resume and interview techniques

    • Insider tips on visas, work permits, financial and cultural considerations

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    Contact us

    Tel: +61 3 9905 4170