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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Do I have to speak a foreign language to work overseas?

 “Do I have to speak a foreign language to work overseas?” Conventional wisdom says yes…or at least this person, this person, this person, and this person seem to think so. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this chorus of voices includes many universities and language schools—who are simultaneously pitching their (often costly) language and study abroad programs. Coincidence? Maybe …

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What sort of international work experience is right for you? (Real, battle-tested advice from someone who has been there.)

When I went to college, I knew I wanted to work overseas someday. Back then, there was little good advice out there about how to make that dream a reality.  I had to figure out a lot of things on my own — and I made a lot of mistakes. But what’s surprising is that, …

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