International experience can be a great addition while developing your resume or CV. Working abroad is an effective way to experience life in another country while making a little money, extending your travels in ways that will forever change your life, and just plain enjoying yourself in the process. However, finding a job different from what you know can occasionally be full of pitfalls and surprises: dishonest employers, poor working conditions, or simply choosing a position that’s not suited to you or your way of life. While true horror stories do exist, they are rare, but if you are looking for a job abroad make sure you ask prospective employers the following questions and/or do your due diligence before you accept any job to help make your time abroad as rewarding as possible.
With all the visa requirements, moving logistics, and endless paperwork, the details of the workplace are probably the last thing on your mind while researching life-changing job opportunities abroad, but working in a new culture can bring all kinds of pros, cons, and just quirky challenges of working overseas that you will have to get used to. Read on for a quick look at some surprising details on working in another country and the difficulties of living abroad
Three years ago, I decided to ‘take a leap’ of faith: I said goodbye to my career in media and advertising and said hello to a new world of executive recruiting. I celebrated my work anniversary by posting a reflection of my accomplishments over the last few years on Linkedin. My post went viral with over 5.5 million views and now 50,000 people want to know how I did it. Instead I’m going to share it with you.
Most of us have experienced a time in our lives where we are paralyzed by fear, literally standing in our own way, bounded by fear of the unknown, fear of instability, fear of losing. But for me, many life-changing experiences taught me to focus not on the fear, but on what has to be done in the moment — taking things step by step.