Defining “International Jobs” in Job Search

Before you start search for an international jobs you need to define what you are really looking for. The way you work internationally will depend on your personal situation and interests. So-called international jobs come in all sizes, shapes and forms. You can be surprised to realize that in fact, more than 70% of all international jobs are located in the United States.

Here are some categories of international jobs based on primary location with examples of employers within those categories:

Live in your home country, and

Work with people of another culture:

  • Social service organization which helps new immigrants.
  • Multicultural or international student advisor at a college or university.
  • Translator or interpreter of foreign language.

Work for an international company (which may or may not involve travel) i.e.:

  • Guinness PLC (British).
  • Nestle (Swiss).
  • Toyota (Japanese).
  • Bayers (German).
  • Colgate (American)
  • Coca-Cola (American)
  • Pepsi-Cola (American)

Work for a foreign organization, traveling occasionally:

  • Buyer for a major department store.
  • International Education Coordinator for a foreign college or university.
  • Foreign banks and insurance companies with international offices.
  • Foreign consulting, engineering, law or accounting firms.

Maintain communication with other countries, without necessarily traveling:

  • Import/Export businesses.
  • Government positions.
  • Teach.

Live in a foreign country, and

Work as a volunteer for a foreign volunteer organization

Work for a foreign-owned business or school

  • Teach English as a second language in the JET program.
  • Work as an engineer, consultant or other professional for foreign company.
  • Work as an "Americanizer" in a British publishing firm.

Work for an American business overseas:

  • Disneyland Paris, France.
  • American engineering or mining firms i.e. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc in Indonesia.
  • Ford in Germany.
  • American accounting or law firm with offices abroad.
  • Coca-Cola.
  • Pepsi-Cola.

Work for the American government:

  • Foreign Service position.
  • US Army and Air Force Exchange (civilian positions at military bases worldwide).

Careers that involve constant international travel:

Careers in the transportation or travel industry, particularly:

  • Cruise ship worker.
  • Tour guide.
  • Pilot.
  • Sailor.

Ways to pursue your international interests regardless of your career:

You can keep your international perspective through:

  • Volunteer work. Work as a volunteer for an international volunteer institution.
  • Participating in international exhibits and programs.
  • Joining international clubs or international organizations.
  • Visiting museums, art galleries and shows.
  • Attending to local ethnic festivals.
  • Keeping free membership or search for international jobs at international jobs search websites.

International Job Search

The world over employers looks for the same qualities in their applicants regardless of whether the job is in the USA, Poland or Hong Kong. Applying for a job abroad differs from country to country. Candidates should be aware that there might be subtle conventions associated with the international CVs and job application processes within different countries. Therefore, if you want your job application to be taken seriously, you must consider national differences correctly.

art attention international jobsManage your online presence on LinkedInXING or Facebook. Hiring managers use them more frequently to consult your profile and supplement or check against the CV/resume you send along. Eliminate any photos and statements that could reflect poorly on you. From an employer’s point of view, someone who emphasizes partying on a social networking site is not focused on jobs and those who post complaints about work or colleagues are less desirable candidates. Online CVs/resumes should not include sensitive information as they could show lack of respect for confidentiality and discretion.

International job seekers should be prepared to take the foreign country as it is with all of its difficulties, contradictions and challenges.

The applicants should be familiar with basic information related to country in which they are seeking employment. Knowledge of geographical and economics data could be crucial during a job interview.

Be aware of the regional differences in cultural manners, dress code and language, if you want to apply successfully for an international job.

EUROPE Romania Peru MIDDLE EAST
Austria Russia Uruguay Israel
Belgium Slovakia Venezuela Kuwait
Cyprus Spain ASIA Oman
Czech Republic Sweden Bangladesh Qatar
Denmark Switzerland China Saudi Arabia
Finland Ukraine Hong Kong Turkey
France United Kingdom India United Arab Emirates
Germany NORTH AMERICA Indonesia AFRICA
Greece Canada Japan Kenya
Hungary Mexico Korea Nigeria
Ireland United States Malaysia Morocco
Italy SOUTH AMERICA Pakistan South Africa
Liechtenstein Argentina Philippines PACIFIC
Luxembourg Bolivia Singapore Australia
Malta Brazil Taiwan New Zealand
Netherlands Chile Thailand CARIBBEAN
Norway Colombia Vietnam Dominican Republic
Poland Ecuador   Puerto Rico
Portugal Paraguay   Virgin Islands

art_remember International JobsRemember that your resume or CV must be targeted, scannable and generate hits.

If you have a difficulty with your CV or resume writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use

for CVs:

for resumes:

Other International Jobs Info

Now to finalize your job search, if your cover letter and CV or resume are ready, you may email them through international job search engines to job recruiters and headhunters worldwide.

Start preparing for job interviews and check the job interview tips do's and don'ts. Also, find out why people are not hired for available jobs.

In addition, on job search, visas, work permits, cover letters, CV / resume, job interview and dress codes pages, you will find very useful tips for many different countries.

Good luck with your international jobs!

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