Ok, sorry for the lack of content lately. Ten days of vacation and the following dig-out has put me WAY behind. Regardless...I’m back, I’m rested and ready to write. This week's post comes at the request of Alexey Tokarev and I really appreciate it as I think writing posts via request is my favorite thing kind of blog.
Anyway, Alexey asked me to give a few thoughts on networking for a for a job in a foreign country. Here we go:
1) Understand the visa or work requirements - This might seem like overkill but honestly, this has to be step one. You need to be an expert in how things work and what you need to do to legally work in the country. Why you ask? Because you’ll want to be able to articulate how easy or difficult it will be to get there. Some places it’s easy to work....some it’s impossible and you need to know that before you start.
2) Go local - You’re going to need to do some hardcore networking to find a gig in another country. Start be networking with local offices and use those relationships to to leverage connections in your target location.
3) Know your, um stuff - Take time to really understand the country/location you are targeting. Having a solid understanding of the language, culture, traditions and job market will show potential employers that you’re serious and interested in trying something new.
4) Visit - This one is tough because it costs money...potentially a ton of money but if you really want to show people you are serious about going to another country...take a trip. Set up a ton of networking meetings, cups of coffee and hopefully interviews...and do them in person with a little luck.
Ok, hope that makes sense. Getting a job or internship in another country is TOUGH stuff...but people do it all the time you just have a to be diligent, have a plan and execute. Good luck and if anyone has other tips I’d love to hear them.