In a world where people are moving around for jobs more often than ever before, it’s clear there are new rules for those wanting to enter a new job market – in another country. The international student or employee who’s looking for work in another land will need to remember one thing: get away from what you know.
One of the biggest mistakes an international worker can do is stick only to speaking with people from their home country or culture. When you do that, you limit the options you have because you’re not networking effectively.
Instead, you need to get outside of your comfort zone in order to make new connections. If you’re concerned about communication issues, it might be a good idea to make friends with someone who speaks English well and who can help you speak more effectively.
If language is not a concern, then you may want to reach out to networking groups that include more diverse group members. The more allies you can find in your market, the more you will be able to create connections with those who might hire you.
Just as with anyone looking for a job, it’s often who you know and who you meet that can help you find a job. Talk to these other folks about looking for work and see fi they have any advice. Even if they don’t, your name will stay in their minds for future opportunities.
While it might be comfortable to stick with those you know and with groups who make you feel at home, it’s getting out of your comfort zone that can expose you to new job possibilities.
Sometimes, you have to take a risk and start a conversation with someone you just don’t know.
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