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FAQs for Living and Working Overseas:

Written by a former Peace Corps Volunteer living overseas since 1989

The Expat Guy: FAQs for Working and Living Overseas

How do I market myself for an overseas job?

How can I make myself attractive to an overseas potential employer?

If you are seeking a professional or teaching type position - two things are important.  One, make them want to hire you.  Make yourself an attractive candidate in every way.  And two, let them know you don't have the problems the last person they fired had!

Attractive Candidate

Literally and figuratively.

Make sure your photo on your resume is professionally done and that you are dressed professionally.  Men should be in a dress shirt and tie - women - uh, I don't know what you call it - but dress professionally, okay? 

 Smile in your picture.  Avoid facial hair (men and women!) [But the author has had a mustache and beard for years so he is not following his own advice here, okay?]. 

If you have tattoos, a pierced anything, a Mohawk hair style - or anything that makes you look less professional - hide it as best you can.  You are, after all, looking for a job in a market that is, most likely, more conservative than your own.  Reveal your true self later - not during the job hunt!

More Attractive

Highlight your training if you have it (in particular - it shows you are prepared and ready to go), any multi-cultural knowledge or skills, travel experience, multi-lingual skills (if you have them) - and anything else that makes you appear ready, skilled, and professional. 

Your travel and knowledge/experience with other cultures and countries will reassure potential employers that you won't freak out and run away after only a week or two on the job (it happens more often than you would believe).  Strange, it seems so many people have serious illnesses in their family that they must personally attend to just shortly after arriving at their job - that they didn't like.  You WILL meet these people.

Eliminate the Negative

Write specifically that you are reliable, can hold down a job for long periods (if you can and have), highlight family responsibilities - note if you are married, add anything that stresses dependability. 

Review potential contracts and stress your positive side of any issues related in it.  For example, the author once had a contract that literally read, "If the teacher gets drunk and breaks the furniture in the classroom, s/he must pay for the damages."  What experiences they must have had in the past!

That was my very first of many teaching contracts.  Expectations of employers are often reflected in the contracts they show you. Try to counter any of the negative issues, even if they don't ask.



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