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Changing Employment Settings and Skills
Drs. Ron and Caryl KrannichJust a few years ago opportunities looked plentiful in Europe, the Middle East, and many countries in the developing world. Today, opportunities in Europe appear disappointing given employment restrictions and the high costs of doing business in Europe. Despite recent economic setbacks, opportunities will continue to be available in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico. Given the emphasis on sourcing and selling, job opportunities in business will tend to be found in countries offering cheap labor and large consumer markets. Consequently, during the next ten years we expect the new and renewed frontiers for international business jobs will be found in China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Russia, Mexico, Vietnam, Burma, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, and much of Africa. The emphasis will continue to be on sourcing and selling in a highly competitive international trade market. Individuals with high-tech skills in engineering, computers, and information technology will be in great demand throughout the world.

False Starts, Bruised Egos, Many Rejections

Many highly motivated job seekers don't know how or where to look for international job opportunities. Lacking both information on and appropriate job search strategies for the international job market, they engage in a random and often frustrating exercise of using the wrong methods and targeting the wrong employers. A typical failed approach, for example, is to engage in mindless mass mailings of resumes and letters to employers with international operations (they even turn this book into their mailing list!) as well as constantly search for classified ads to send equally ineffective resumes and letters. After months of failed expectations, many of these people abandon their dreams of working in the international arena, or they turn to a so-called "international employment expert" usually found through an appealing classified ad who then scams them out of hundreds of dollars in exchange for "feel-good" promises and perhaps a travel video accompanied by a 10-page list of potential international employers. After awhile, many of these job seekers repeat the often-heard lament of the failed job seeker-"There are no job opportunities available for me." At best, they find this whole process to be difficult and daunting. It's filled with high expectations, false starts, expensive mailing campaigns, and questionable services which are followed by many rejections. At worst, they lose a lot of time and money engaged in worthless job search activities. In the end, many of them pick up their bruised egos and settle down to a more certain domestic job.

What most international job seekers lack is a clear understanding of how to find a job in this often difficult and frustrating employment arena. With the help of this book and other international employment resources, this should not happen to you. You should acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective in this challenging job market.

A Directory of Many Opportunities

The International Jobs Directory is the sequel and critical organization companion volume to our first international jobs and careers book-The Complete Guide to International Jobs and Careers. The first book outlined the structure of the international job market, addressed the key issues of individual motivations and skills, and proposed strategies for organizing and implementing an effective job search targeted toward particular organizations and industries. It is the first book anyone interested in international jobs and careers should read before putting this present book to use in attempting to connect with the many organizations that offer the majority of international job opportunities.

Indeed, this present book answers the critical "where" questions of the international job seeker: "Where are the international jobs?" The Complete Guide to International Jobs and Careers addressed the critical "what" and "how" questions: "What are the jobs and how can I best find one?" Consequently, except for new job search information relating to the Internet in Chapter 12, we say very little about strategies for finding an international job in this volume, because the strategies are outlined in detail-including information on self-assessment, goal setting, research, resume writing, interviews, and salary negotiations-in The Complete Guide to International Jobs and Careers. Here we focus solely on identifying organizations that are involved in the international arena and are noted for hiring individuals for international positions.

Our focus on the "where" of finding an international job leads us into ten different sets of organizations that are invariably linked together in the international arena:

  • Federal government agencies
  • International organizations
  • Associations and societies
  • Research institutes
  • Businesses
  • Contracting and consulting firms
  • Private voluntary organizations (PVOs)
  • Nonprofit corporations
  • Foundations
  • Colleges and universities
These organizations largely define the "where" of international jobs.

We also include chapters on internships and teaching abroad as well as an annotated bibliography of international employment resources. In addition, you may want to contact foreign chambers of commerce in the U.S. as well as world trade associations or clubs that operate in most major U.S. cities. Names, addresses, and phone numbers for these organizations are easily accessed through the annual Business Phone Book U.S.A., one of the most invaluable resources for international job seekers and one we highly recommend as part of your "essential" resource package for international job hunting. Such contact information is especially important for individuals interested in identifying firms operating in individual countries as well as those interested in starting or expanding their own businesses abroad. The embassy and consulate contact information will assist you in answering any questions concerning work permits in specific countries. Much of this and other useful international job information also is available on the Internet. We identify numerous gateway Web sites as well as URLs of potential employers to assist you in navigating the Internet for international job information.

Our classification of international jobs and careers along these organizational lines should not be interpreted as the only way to organize this information nor should these organizations be viewed in isolation from one another. Indeed, as we observe in The Complete Guide to International Jobs and Careers (Chapter 9), there is a tremendous amount of blurring between the public and private sectors in the international arena. You will quickly discover there is a great deal of overlap between categories as well as numerous linkages among organizations which, in turn, provide "opportunity structures" for enterprising international job seekers. Many firms appearing in Chapter 6 (Contracting and Consulting Firms), for example, should also appear in Chapter 5 (Businesses). However, since many of these private firms are primarily oriented toward working in developing countries, we put them into a separate chapter. The same is true for the associations appearing in Chapter 4. Many of the organizations appearing in Chapters 7, 8 and 9 could also be included in Chapter 4. Since the organizations in Chapters 7, 8, and 9 are primarily oriented toward working in developing countries and depend on funding from government, international organizations, and foundations, they are best examined in these separate chapters. While many of these organizations (government, nonprofits, PVOs) are primarily oriented toward achieving public goals, others pursue their own private agendas (businesses). However, many are linked together by the nature of their activities. International engineering and construction firms, for example, rely heavily on public infrastructure funding; contracting and consulting firms as well as many nonprofits, PVOs, and universities depend on public funding of "development projects" by government, the United Nations, the World Bank, regional financial institutions, and private foundations. In the end, there is a great deal more interaction and cooperation between the public and private-oriented organizations than what you might initially think.

Do First Things First

How you use this book will largely determine whether or not you will be successful in finding an international job with the organizations outlined here. The insatiable quest amongst many job seekers to first know who the employers are and where they are located, leads to the temptation to immediately identify a few "interesting" organizations and then send off resumes and letters or make phone calls in the hope that someone will hire them. Such a random and mindless approach is naive and borders on being "job dumb". It demonstrates little understanding of both how the job market operates and what employers seek in potential employees. Most employers simply don't hire people who approach them in this manner. Such an unsolicited approach will tend to make you a nuisance in the eyes of many employers who don't have time to be pestered by individuals who appear high on motivation but low on job search intelligence. Indeed, some employers have requested that we take their names and addresses out of this book because some of our users are "job dumb" and abusive job seekers. Employers use their networks, job banks, Internet employment sites, and advertising expertise to locate qualified candidates. You especially need to know how to gain access to employers' networks.

You must do first things first. Using this book without first organizing your job search around the critical seven-step job search process outlined in The Complete Guide to International Jobs and Careers is a sure way of creating new frustrations and dashing hopes of finding an international job. Doing first things first means using this book only after you have completed a self assessment, set goals, conducted research, and developed a powerful international targeted resume. Then, and only then, should you direct your other job search activities-prospecting, networking, informational interviews, and direct applications-toward the organizations identified in this book or elsewhere.

If you fail to do these first things first, you may quickly join thousands of other wishful thinkers who have yet to learn how to link effective international job search strategies to the specific names, addresses, and telephone numbers outlined in this and other directories of potential international employers. Please don't become one of them! The jobs are out there, but you must approach the market properly.

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Part Eight

Excerpted from "Jobs For People Who Love to Travel" and "International Jobs Directory" by Drs. Ron and Caryl Krannich. Impact Publications, 9104 Manassas Drive, Suite N, Manassas Park, VA 20111, Tel. 703-361-7300, Fax 703-335-9486, E-mail: college@impactpublications.com. Available through Impact's on-line career and travel bookstores: www.impactpublications.com and www.ishoparoundtheworld.com

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