Among the growing number of recruitment opportunities for job-seekers looking to work abroad, two upcoming career fairs are worth noting: Global Careers Fair (www.globalcareersfair.com), presented annually online by the international recruitment advertising agency Terra Firma Associates, will hold its eighth edition on Oct. 7, featuring HR teams and recruiters from around the world. For job-seekers looking to head to Africa, perhaps the hottest job market, Global Career Co. will present its Careers in Africa (www.careersinafrica.com) New York Recruitment Summit from Nov. 6 to 8. The deadline to apply for participation is Oct. 2.
In a joint study published last October by Boston Consulting Group and online recruiter Beyond.com, 35 percent of Americans said they were willing to move abroad for work — mainly to broaden their personal experience to make them more marketable for a higher position back home, or simply for the chance to live in a different culture. Of the 35 percent, 59 percent are millennials. While “the looming global workforce shortage” favors Americans wishing to work overseas, there likely will be “hundreds of thousands of highly skilled” foreigners competing for available positions, the study concludes.
Whatever your reason, if you are looking for a job overseas, the “Job and Career Resources for Global Job-Seekers” page at Quintessential Careers (www.quintcareers.com/global_jobseekers.html) is a treasure trove of information that can give you an edge over the competition. In addition to providing links to third-party resources, such as a list of companies that hire locally for overseas positions, the page offers tips on such important topics as how to write a résumé for the global job market and the do’s and don’ts of global job hunting in a series of free articles penned exclusively for Quintessential. Below is a list of the site’s offerings.
“Culturally Competent Résumés for the Global Job Market.” How to prepare your résumé with an international perspective by presenting your personal information in a culturally sensitive manner.
“Global Job-Search Do’s and Don’ts.” Tips and suggestions for achieving your goals and reaping the benefits of an international work experience.
“International Job-Seeker Quiz.” A test of your global job readiness.
“Myths and Mistakes of International Job Hunting.” International job-searching and résumé writing are centered in a series of myths and mistakes that take job-seekers down a long and frustrating path. Learn the realities.
“10 Essential Tips for Landing a Job Overseas.” A must-read.
“Working Abroad Tutorial: How to Find an International Job or Internship.” A detailed, free tutorial that helps college students and recent grads find overseas internships or jobs.
Books, directories, guides
“Global/International Job/Career Book List.” A collection of the best career and job-search books for job-seekers searching for international jobs, with reviews.
“Quintessential Directory of Company Career Centers.” This takes you directly to the corporate career center (or HR department) of some of the world’s top public companies.
“Guide to Researching Companies, Industries, Countries.” A collection of the best online and print resources for job-seekers who need to conduct research on specific companies, industries or countries.
Transitions Abroad. A bimonthly magazine with practical information on living, working, studying or vacationing alongside the people of the host country. A collection of resources for all types of international job-seekers, including students and short-term or full-time candidates.
Global and Worldwide Job Resources. Career and job sites sorted by country and region of the world.
International Job Resources. If you are looking for employment anywhere in the world, these are the job sites you need to visit because they allow you to search for jobs in multiple countries and regions of the world.
CareerTips.com. A free, comprehensive guide for job-seekers, with key resource links to career prospects, education and training facilities, including universities and colleges, professional institutes, industry associations, jobs and immigration rules in Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
GoingGlobal.com. Detailed job and career information on more than 20 countries. A good source of “topline” information about job-hunting in each of these countries.