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Why you should consider working abroad in a smaller city or town

Many people looking for work abroad (and study abroad, for that matter) experiences gravitate towards large metropolitan areas such as London, Paris, Sydney, São Paulo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. São Paulo skyline There are, of course, many reasons why you might want to do that, including job availability, excitement/nightlife, and a large expat community. …

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FOREX blues, or how I took a 50% pay cut overseas without even trying

First of all, this is emphatically NOT a post about how to make $DOUGH$ trading in foreign currency.  I leave that to the day trading community.  Not my thing.  Rather, this is a quick tale about how foreign exchange rates can negatively affect your working abroad experience. What it’s really about it my own experience …

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Book Review: Kissinger the Negotiator — Lessons from Dealmaking at the Highest Level

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Rating:  five out of five stars Title: Kissinger the Negotiator — Lessons from Dealmaking at the Highest Level Author:  James K. Sebenius with R. Nicholas Burns and Robert M. Mnookin Year:  2018 Current price:  $14.99 (Kindle edition); $17.99 (paperback) Bottom line:  Want to learn how to handle complex negotiations?  You can’t do much better than …

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Book Review: How to Work Overseas — The Recent Graduate’s Guide to Landing an International Job Fast by Teaching English Abroad

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Rating:  four out of five stars Title:  How to Work Overseas — The Recent Graduate’s Guide to Landing an International Job Fast by Teaching English Abroad Author:  Dylan Alford Year:  2012 Current price:  $2.99 (Kindle edition) Bottom line:  An inexpensive, useful guide to finding an overseas job as an English teacher. Well-structured chapters and useful …

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The Four Types of International Worker — #1: The Adventurer

ATTENTION:  This is a pretty long, thorough, detailed post with lots of good information (over 9,000 words and counting)!  Accordingly, I’ve added internal links to the various sections of the post, so that you can navigate more easily. So, here’s a brief outline of where this post will take us: 1.  Introduction to the Adventurer …

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10 reasons your resume is hurting your international job search — and how to fix it today

A public message to approximately 90 percent of the international job-seeking population: Your resume could be a lot better.  And it is hurting your international job search. (Honestly, it’s also hurting any domestic job search you are doing, but since that’s not the focus of this site, we’ll leave that to one side for now.) …

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Three steps to transforming a degree in international relations into a career overseas

A former intern, a very thoughtful and disciplined individual, sought me out recently for advice on looking for a career in international affairs as their master’s degree program comes to a close. We sat and spoke for about an hour during a period of unholy cold and wind that laid low Washington, D.C., in the …

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