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Tips for a Successful Global Job Search in 3 Regions




02-Jun-2017

Each global region has its own way of doing things and that certainly applies to job searching as well! To make your job search a success, learn about the job application process for the specific country you are interested in ahead of time, as each country has its own procedures. Be sure to research the general order of events, when it is appropriate to contact a company and who in the company to contact.

Here are a few general job search tips for global regions to boost the success of your search.

APAC region

Networking remains the key to a successful job search in the Asia Pacific region. This includes personal networking and professional networking through associations in your industry. Knowing people and letting people get to know you is the best tool for finding employment.

Using local newspaper and online advertisements, as well as the assistance of recruiting agencies, can also help in your job search.

EMEA region

European employers are more interested in hiring someone with European work experience; therefore, it is important to ‘get your foot in the door’ first while preparing to find a job in Europe. Do this by taking a language course or pursuing a summer job or internship in your preferred country so you can get to know the working culture. Keep in mind you will be competing with local candidates for a job and will need to prove that your skills exceed theirs in order to get a hiring offer.

It is essential to have excellent knowledge of the local language; showing additional knowledge of German, Spanish or French – along with dominance in the local language – will also significantly improve your chances of getting the job. When it is time to apply for a job in Europe, your previous work experience and your language knowledge are crucial elements.

Latin America region

South American countries have two official languages: Spanish and Portuguese. In general, it is recommended and often required to speak one of these languages to obtain a job in South America. There are, however, some types of jobs that welcome foreign employees with very little knowledge of the local language, as well as positions that require English as a first language.

Relationships are very important in the South American work force; access to information about job openings may become available based on personal relationships. Networking, building connections and establishing relationships in South America is invaluable to your career. Small-talk and relationship building is expected and self-presentation is extremely important. Also, you should keep in mind that social status, physical appearance, age and sex very often play a part in determining recruitment, management practices and wage scales for jobs in South America.


Contribution by Jill Jassmann-Sharlock.

Jill is an IMPACT Group Global Research Specialist who focuses on the unique information needs of global transferees. She also serves as IMPACT Group's Global myIMPACT Specialist, managing content for our global client-facing website.

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