The Sixth Step to Begin Your Journey of Finding a Job Anywhere in the World

6.  Dive into the local job search websites:

Hola Honuguavers! It is great to have you back for step 6!

This one is rather straight forward. When looking for a job domestically or abroad,  it is essential to look at the job announcements in depth. Looking for a job in a foreign country may be a bit more intimidating than looking for a job at the local level.

Start with a simple google search “job search websites + your country.” This alone will lead you to forums where you can find a list of websites by people living or studying in that country. LinkedIn, Glassdoor and local university websites highly contribute to your quest of finding announcements for positions abroad. This is the link to a Business Insider post ‘A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting A Job Through LinkedIn’

Please feel free to be as creative a possible!

If are having trouble finding information about jobs in a particular location, try the previously mentioned websites like Meetup or Internations to ask specific questions to their members. Alternatively, you can always e-mail us at honuguava@gmail.com for specific questions, and we will be happy to try to find the answers for you.

Also, don’t forget to go to the career sections of some of the companies that you listed in Step one. You can often find jobs publicised on these networks which in many cases, may not have been posted on the job search websites. Set reminders to check them regularly or sign up for their job notification alerts.

This step also includes posting your resume/cv on job placement agency websites to see if they can place you into a desired position.

A lot of these websites can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. However, once you have you key words down and favorites saved, it starts becoming much less painful and a bit more exciting.

Have a great weekend and see you back for the final step or our series on beginning your journey of finding a job anywhere in the world 🙂

Mahalo nui loa – thank  you (Hawaiian)

The Fifth Step to Begin Your Journey of Finding a Job Anywhere in the World

step 5 – Reach out: Capitalize on your network & beyond

 “When I look up at the night sky and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe … the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, because they’re small, the Universe is big — but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Transcendence of the Universe.

Hoi (Swiss-German ‘hello’) HonuGuavers – Networking may sound overrated. However, we would like to take it beyond the conventional concept, and help you envision the practical applications of it. The interconnectivity and social empowerment that networking may bring, will certainly benefit any segment of your career.

Valentina found her current job by participating at a local film screening and panel discussion on her area of interest “Misrepresentation of Women in Media.” On multiple occasions, she used the same strategy to meet key individuals and people of influence within her field  of “Gender Policy,” and succeeded in bonding with them on a personal level while at the same time finding her ideal job!

Key steps to boost your chances of securing an interview and subsequently, a job:

  1. Go to the website/e-mail notice where you found out about the event and read about the background from each one of the panelist, conference organizers and participants. Look at their photos as well in order to quickly recognize their faces once you reach the event.
  2. Prepare a write-up about the topic. A bullet point format would do  – or in the least, just be well-informed about the topic.
  3. Craft three questions to which you would like to learn the answers.
  4. Prepare a smart elevator pitch about yourself, include your experiences and interests to sound professional and eloquent.
  5. Arrive earlier than expected to the event. This simple practice has its perks, trust us!  Most panelist need to do a preliminary run of their presentations and will most likely arrive earlier than the audience to do so. Therefore, when you arrive early, it makes sense to introduce yourself and just listen attentively to what the panelist are discussing. You can take a passive stance at this point. Take it all in and make mental or physical notes on what you heard.
  6. Ask lots of questions about the path they took to get to where they are today:
    1. Educational background
    2. How did you transition from industry/company x to industry/company x
    3. I heard that you are working on x project,  may I offer you my support and volunteer to assist you on x areas of the project ? For instance, I would be happy to do research on x, serve as logistical support, or simply shadow a day or two of your life to learn from the best, YOU 😉 (Of course, only if appropriate and applicable)
    4. Would you mind if I get your contact information to continue our conversation over a cup of coffee next time you are free or in town?
  7. Have business cards ready to hand out – (Yes, order cards online even if you are unemployed) You can always make simple cards with your name, your professional identity and profession and your contact information. Brittany used visaprint.com with basic information, photo, and her university’s logo. (Also after Brittany’s time in Japan, she found it is often best to hand your card with two hands as this is the respectful way to hand someone your card in many countries and the others wont mind if you do it this way either. And often it is best to start the conversation by exchanging cards upfront).
  8. Last but not least – FOLLOW UP – Do so right away before you forget, either the day after the event or the day after your interaction with the said person. The follow up e-mail/call should be as targeted as possible. Also be sure to send an add request on LinkedIn with a request message. Check out the 5 steps for e-mailing busy people  – (This post includes a sample letter/e-mail).

Another successful strategy to reach busy people  is to call and/or e-mail the person and mention that you are doing a personal or university project on people that hold a position that you aspire to have in the future. Ask if you could take 15 minutes of their time to discuss three specific questions you have. Look at step 3 for inspiration on how to do a cold call or e-mail someone you admire for the first time. Again, it does not hurt to offer to volunteer your time after the conversation and to ask if they happen to have a position available at the moment.

Look for headhunters/recruiters/placement agencies (though, be careful as some charge placement fees from your first few paychecks) – and be clear about your objectives. Ask up-front if this consultation would incur any charges and try to negotiate a discount or ask if they would kindly provide you with informal tips for the specific geography or industry you are after (We have meet incredibly generous individuals this way!)

Key links mentioned in the video
MeetUp: To find and meet people in your local community who share your interests
Internations: The leading network & guide for expats in 390 cities worldwide. Connect with fellow expatriates at top events and receive tips & advice on expat life.

Ciao bellas e bellos. We hope this was helpful – Merci und auf wiedersehen!

The Third Step to Begin Your Journey of Finding a Job Anywhere in the World

Moi! (“Hey” in Finnish.) We are so happy to have you back with us for round three! Welcome into the ring:

Step 3.  Revamp your linkedin:

LinkedIn announced recently that it has reached over 350 million registered users.  If you do not have a LinkedIn profile, please  create an account as soon as possible.

We are a collage of our impressions, experiences and accomplishments. Regardless of the the job you are targeting, it is crucial to update your LinkedIn to be professional, concise and representative of who you are. Remember that LinkedIn is the public representation of your professional self. Therefore, underestimating the power of its capacity may be counterproductive for the advancement of your international career.

Don’t be afraid to ask previous employers and coworkers to write references for each of your job history entries. In return, you may offer to do the same. Recommendations play an important role in differentiating your LindkedIn from your CV/Resume. It adds a real dimension to your profile. Headhunters and future employers or business partners will rely on it heavily to understand your role and interaction within your professional cosmos.

Next, get an outsider’s perspective by asking someone who does not know you or your background very well to read through it and provide feedback. – If you have a friend who writes well and could spare some time out of her/his day to edit your spelling and grammar, do not hesitate to ask them.

Target individuals of interest that share the same profession that you are interested in. Look for experts in your field. Offer to meet for coffee or to go to their office or workplace to do a 3 question interview. Take your time to research about the person’s professional and personal profile. You would be surprised how generous strangers can be when presented with a targeted and structured request.

Below is a sample of LinkedIn approaches I have done in the past. Also,  it may be easier to add someone closer to your in the shared links section (people you both know in common). My colleague Djemila Zouyene, suggested to join a LinkedIn Group to which this person belongs, and then you will be able to send them a personal message without having to update your profile to the Premium option.

SAMPLE

Dear (Name of the person),

I hope that you are having a fantastic week so far.

This is Valentina Stoeckler, a recent graduate from the International University in Geneva – Master in International Relations and Diplomacy.

I am contacting you because I noticed that you do not only have an impressive and admiring professional trajectory, but also because I have always envisioned myself doing what you do for a living; helping others to achieve their maximum potential. I know that you are a prolific scholar in the field of gender justice and that you are highly involved with organisations empowering women in diverse areas of the labor market in Europe,  and specifically in Switzerland.

I have had the opportunity to work in the empowerment of women area for the past five years (NGO’s, International organisations – UN system, and Think Tanks) across the US, Asia Pacific, and now Europe.. However, since I moved to the Zürich area upon the completion of my M/A studies in Geneva, I noticed that the women empowerment arena can be limited. I would truly appreciate if you would take 20 minutes of your time to share with me some key strategies on how to transition into the Swiss-German market. 

I am interested in exploring the areas of  diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, sustainability of the human capital, and last but not least, gender justice. Please note that I would love to volunteer my time and assist you with the workshops you do. 

Any piece of advise or suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Please kindly advise a convenient date and time for me to reach you over the phone. 

Warmest regards,
Valentina Stoeckler.
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I would like to point out that after sending the above message, this person and I held a 40 minute phone conversation and subsequently invited me to participate in a networking event from the Professional Women’s Network – Zug/Zurich Charter where I met my current mentor and two amazing women with whom I work with today.

You can also send messages to headhunters specialised on your field.

This may be seen as a small step, but it holds high importance, as this is the first informational background check on you that can be done by the people looking at your application or searching for someone from your field to work in their company.

LinkedIn is an inimitable resource for expanding your professional network and staying in touch with past coworkers and supervisors. -Use it well.

We are  leaving a footprint on this planet, and portraying your agility and resourcefulness is essential for the workplace of the future!  😉