Career in Your Suitcase
A practical guide to creating meaningful work... anywhere

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Yes, lots! I got hold of many surveys, stayed abreast of global mobility trends, had advisors connected to expatriation and careers consultancy. I also interviewed many people, men and women, from all nationalities, living all over the world.

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"...Planning is aided by research, and happily it’s now far easier to prepare for the exigencies of expatriate vocational adventuring than it was even ten years ago. Reliable information about nearly every country in the world is now easily available. A recent check of a popular online bookshop immediately turned up almost 50 current ..."

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"...Some such firms have been accused of grossly misrepresenting themselves and found themselves dragged into court by irate clients. One large firm has even found itself a frequent target of government investigation. This does not mean that you should never use such a firm, only that you need to research them thoroughly and make sure you have in clear and understandable writing the services you will be provided and payments owed them. ..."
"...The diverse backgrounds of career professionalshelps explain why it is difficult for the average person to evaluate and compare them on paper. This doesn’t mean that we must resort to flipping coins or drawing straws. But it does put more responsibility on consumers to do their research and then make an informed, careful selection of the consultant they will use. ..."
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"... working in the field and that she has worked with people like you. You may be: - a recent or soon to be college graduate. - a PhD research scientist. - a person returning to the workforce after a 20 year absence. - an accompanying partner looking for a portable career. - a ..."
"...care you would give to a decision about what new television set to buy. When you walk into a store’s electronics section, do you settle on the first set that meets your dimension requirements? Probably not. Like most other consumers, you turn the set on, look at the picture, research and try the features, and determine if the set you are looking at has enough of the bells and whistles you want without expensive features you are unlikely to use. You are even likely to compare its picture with those of other models in the same price range. ..."
"...Bring this same approach into selecting a career consultant. Interview several (you should not be charged for the initial ‘do we have a fit’ session) with a special eye towards identifying somebody with whom you feel comfortable. When purchasing a new car, most buyers research potential makes and models and then decide what to focus on when they go shopping. After narrowing down their choices, they take one or two of them for a test drive. If the feel is right, 90 per cent of new car buyers are flexible about the features. That ..."
"...they are likely to generate interesting and meaningful raw data. It’s the consultant’s responsibility to organise and present the data and use it as a springboard for further conversation and reflection. She will also be able to focus the client’s attention on possibilities that would benefit from follow up research. Armed with this new knowledge, Austin and his consultant can customise their ongoing research to focus on a select number of vocational possibilities. ..."
"...Despite all the hoopla surrounding the Internet, and despite its undeniable usefulness as a research tool, most people still get their jobs through networking the old-fashioned way. Many people new to job hunting find networking confusing and intimidating and have little idea where to start or how to build a continually expanding web of contacts. A career consultant can correct misperceptions about networking and ..."
"...The Internet, as we noted, has transformed the ways in which we conduct research. But for the novice the enormous volume of information available can be daunting, if not overwhelming. It’s difficult to know where to start and, once underway, how to collect relevant information most efficiently. Career consultants provide expertise on how to make this tool an ally, without overly depending on ..."
"...Simply put, it’s important to research the prospects in the area you will be moving to. A career consultant can be very helpful in gathering and interpreting this information, both before and after your move. Although native-born consultants may have a close acquaintance with the pertinent rules and regulations governing the work options of foreign ..."

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Chapter 2: Find Your Passion
"...The self-discovery tools that follow use both your rational and your intuitive capacities to help you explore. Brain research shows both are necessary to create the mental state needed for optimal decision making: that is, decision making based on experience and information rather than a knee-jerk reaction to a situation. ..."
"...Life Coach Martha Beck notes that following our ‘hot tracks’ can help us find our way in the ever-changing world around us. She explains research has shown the emotional side of our brain helps us to make choices and find our way and NOT the rational brain. She advises us to allow ourselves to go a little wild, to let our ‘wild animal’ help us find our way forward. Because as we all know, ..."
"...I researched driving schools and found one that met my criteria: it would give me lessons in English, was located in the town where I live and also had the best pass- rate for students. I arranged to take the driving theory exam in English. I studied and practised for ..."

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Chapter 3: What Can You Do?
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"... Continue to develop your various skills based on your curiosity and your goals. Ask yourself how you can learn these skills. At an evening class? In a workshop? With a mentor, perhaps? By reading a book? research online and in person what is being offered, where and in what format. MAKE ..."
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"... under pressure Teamwork Skills work with others participate in projects and tasks Reasoning Skills analyzing investigating researching remembering problem solving putting ideas together Working with Numbers Skills budgeting calculating counting estimating ..."
"...researchn you go to learn? Check out local colleges and universities, community organisations or groups. research distance learning opportunities as well, including webcasts and podcasts. Offer to trade skills with your contacts, acquaintances, friends and neighbours. Be open and ask questions and you will be able to learn anywhere at ..."
"...is unique (and marketable) where you are currently located. Is there a market ‘back home’ for your greeting cards and other souvenir items? Create a website and sell to the rest of the world. You can teach your skill to others too, if that appeals. With a bit of research you may be able to take your art to a new level. Take a look at the business concept www.artsumo.com uses. ..."

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"...Before you make any choices or plans check them thoroughly. Any time you spend on research and planning will not be wasted. Find out in advance whether your brilliant idea is viable in your new location, or anywhere else. This includes checking the availability of affordable childcare, good Internet connections and reliable transportation. Plan it out, imagine you have the career ..."
"...the local issues are, what advertisements are posted and what people are asking for in the ‘wanted’ sections will give you insights as to how to apply your values and apply your skills. Learning the names of local companies who are advertising or written about, and further researching these companies on the Internet and LinkedIn, can help spark more ideas. Not only will this give you an idea of where you can look for work or contracts, but you will also become acquainted with your local labour market. ..."
"...Consider doing temporary work, which ironically can sometimes last longer than one would expect. This can tide you over while you continue researching options or prepare for a longer term work opportunity to arise. These temporary contracts can be a source of fulfilment and continuation of your professional identity during a time of transition. ..."
"...Consider setting up a business that allows you to work by computer or telephone from home, anywhere in the world. Website design, coaching, writing, editing, marketing, market research, accounts, virtual assistance, teaching and many other businesses can be successfully run on this basis. Some companies, particularly those requiring people to run a telephone based enquiry service or telesales office, recruit freelance staff to work from home. ..."
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"... in Chapter 7 — Working for Yourself, in Jo’s book, Expat Entrepreneur, or Laptop Entrepreneur by Nick Snelling and Graham Hunt. - researching Options - It is important to also look at the different occupations that exist in order to spur yourself to uncover new ways of using your ..."
"...There are thousands of websites where you can do career and work related research, so at the outset it is valuable to know what information you are seeking. All the effort you have put into the previous chapters should have given you some ideas to start this research with. This will help prevent you from fitting yourself into the information, rather fitting the ..."
"...Once you have a pretty good idea of what kind of work you are looking for, the next subject of research may be the companies in which such work is found. The three sites listed above are good places at which to begin. Having a company website is indispensable in today’s world and so nearly all medium to large sized companies have websites and depending on what part of the ..."
"...The purpose of company research is not only to identify promising organisations of potential interest. It is also critical to your success when you get to the point of marketing your skills. Conducting company research will provide you with the information you need to target your marketing materials. Read more about this in ..."
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"... following questions: • How will you achieve this? • What are the sub-steps of this? • How and what will you need to research? What pieces of information are you missing at this point? • Who do I want to meet and add to my network? • Where can you find your ..."
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"... and create scenarios that will support you to live your mission. Fill as much as you can in the Summing Up Your Options worksheet in Your Career Passport. This will help you clarify what you still need to research and learn. The next chapter focuses on building the relationships that will ..."

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Chapter 5: Networking
"...an excellent tool – especially the site www.linkedin.com. This is a professional networking site and the more information one is willing to share about themselves the better results received. Through LinkedIn networking I was contacted by an international American firm to assist with a detailed marketing research project in Saudi Arabia, which in turn led to additional contacts and opportunities.’ ..."
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"... or feature in these and other similar magazines, blogs and newsletters. Remember, you can write to magazines and websites requesting people contact you to help you with your career research. This can be very productive. And why not write to authors too? One of my (Jo’s) closest friends met ..."
"...Dr Copeland’s research proved without doubt that local friendships are of vital importance on overseas assignment, particularly for the accompanying partner. Women are largely conditioned to accept that coffee mornings are an inevitable part of expat life. Although women who don’t have children comment that they feel uneasy in ..."
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"... as someone else we experience similar feelings and start to think alike. This is rapport. Networking and establishing rapport then are much more than what you say. research has shown that: • 7 percent of our communication is through words • 38 percent comes from voice tonality, ..."
"...your content to the audience and keeps the audience engaged. Helen says decisions are made on emotion, not information. It is therefore important to focus on the emotion of the stories or anecdotes you provide and how they flow together and not the details. Based on current research, she recommends injecting emotion into the presentation every seven and a half minutes and making sure you always end with the emotion you want to leave people with. ..."
"...A more targeted level of networking is arranging information interviews. This is when you organise a meeting with someone, not to ask for a job, but to research information about the company, a field of work or career. This will take the company and occupational research you have already done in Chapter 4 — Creating Your Career to the next level and help you be able to make informed choices about which career direction to pursue. ..."
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"... relevant points about yourself will you include in your personal presentation? What kind of information from your own research and experience to date do you have which may be of interest to people you interview? Make a list of your potential questions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. ..."

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"...• An opportunities binder, alphabetical filing system or online document access like Google docs in which to keep track of all the companies you research and the vacancies you find and to which you apply. Keep a copy of the vacancy, the targeted CV itself, to whom and how you sent your CV, and when you sent it. Keep track of when you called to ensure the CV was received and to whom you ..."
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"... • Forms with which to record and monitor your goals, research, actions, results and follow-up plans. Consider generating an Excel spreadsheet that will provide an overview of your worksearch activities and their progress. See www.careerinyoursuitcase.com for examples of these forms ..."
"...There are many ways to find out what career opportunities are waiting to be discovered by you. Even though most people get their jobs through networking, it is important to support this with good research. For example, finding out which skills seem to be in demand, and how frequently certain companies appear to be hiring, can provide you with information regarding the stability or growth of a business. John Krumboltz says, ‘luck happens when planning and preparation meet opportunity’. This research will ..."
"...Company websites most often have a tab or button for people looking to work for them. Look for the names of companies operating in your area and visit their websites to research what kinds of positions are currently available. Even if the kind of work you want is not currently advertised, you can contact them for a networking or information interview or submit an open application, in person if possible, so you are already in their database if that ..."
"...researchst you use these fairs primarily as a networking and information gathering opportunity. Don’t expect an immediate job offer to result. With good preparation beforehand, a career fair can be enjoyable and interesting. Bring your networking CV, your business cards (ones you have made up specifically for your work search) ..."
"...developing trust. A 2011 US survey from Jobvite reports nearly two-thirds of the 800 employers surveyed had used social media in their recruiting; 55 percent of these were expected to increase their budgets for social recruiting in 2012. According to the Society for Human Resource Management survey (www.shrm.org/research), the social networking websites used most often by organisations for recruitment in 2011 are: LinkedIn–95%; Facebook–58%; Twitter–42%. More and more work searchers are leveraging their online social networks to find job referrals. Here are some ..."
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"... for the work searcher than the first wave of Internet work search tools has been. Interestingly research is showing that the brain often fails to differentiate between virtual and real experiences. Source: Virtual Reality and Social Networks Will Be a Powerful Combination, Jeremy N. ..."
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"... Be aware that potential employers are also using social media to access your network and perform ‘back door’ reference checks. Make sure your online image is clean and consistent with your desired work. Remember you can use this same technique to research the potential employer yourself. ..."
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"... people in community (33% success rate). 2. Knocking on the door of any employer (47% success rate). 3. researching and contacting or visiting the companies directly yourself (65% success rate). 4. Forming a job club or, as we call it, Blue Sky Team (70% success rate). 5. Doing an ..."
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"... Be congruent and have integrity — how you look, act and talk must be in line with your values; people are quick to sense when you are not being congruent. research is showing this congruence is also a key to personal happiness. All your activities in person and online need to be congruent ..."
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"... Chapter 4 — Creating Your Career) Invest in research and development, allow yourself to evolve and introduce improvements — employers no longer manage our careers for us, so it is up to you to develop yourself and add new skills. Become a lifelong learner Build relationships — make ..."
"...paperwork’ if writing reports is not a strength and there is also demand for this type of consulting. If you don’t already know who your competition is, get to know them so you can answer this question effectively (See the Chapter 7 — Working For Yourself section on market research). ..."
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"... of the proposal • Statement of need — Identify the problem, provide support information like statistics and research findings, and introduce your service or project as the solution • Project description — Provide more detail about the project including objectives, ..."
"...To clarify terms, in North America it is referred to as a resumé while in Europe it is called a CV. To further clarify terms, an academic CV is a much longer document and includes details of all published papers, qualifications, research and presentations. Traditionally there have been three kinds of CV: the chronological, the functional and the combination. More recently some new forms of CV have been developed: the visual and the networking CV. ..."
"...think of any additional skills not specified in the job description that will strengthen your chances. This will also demonstrate you have prepared well and set you apart from other candidates. As part of your preparations, get an idea of the potential salary to be offered by researching the internet. ..."

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"...This is perhaps the most adventurous of the options. Starting from your own idea (or a variation on others’ ideas), you plan and execute your own entrepreneurial venture. In essence, you do everything yourself — generating the business idea, researching the marketplace, checking the competition, determining the form of ownership, formulating a business plan, obtaining funding and doing the finances. ..."
"...This is often a good option for entrepreneurs who don’t want to go through the hassles and procedures involved in starting a business from scratch. With this option, however, it’s important to research and identify exactly what you’re buying. You must carefully assess the financial health of the business (often with the help of an accountant). Interview the current owner thoroughly and talk to customers, employees (if any) and suppliers. You must also speak to the current owner about staying on to ..."
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"... help you create a solid business plan. These can range from individual coaching or group information sessions to a downloadable template. Market research Before you embark on any business it is vital you do some market research. You need to know who your competitors might be and how they ..."
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"... Before you embark on any business it is vital you do some market research. You need to know who your competitors might be and how they operate. Further, you can choose whether to offer the same service exactly, the same service, only better in some way, or a slightly different service. ..."
"...You could use the Internet for your research of course, but, if you are starting a small business or have a fairly new idea you may find very little on the Internet. While this is changing rapidly, not everyone has a website or much of a presence online. Just because you cannot find another ‘jewellery-making class’ or ..."
"...‘It’s really important not to assume that your product or service will succeed in a different country just because it did well in your home country. Market research is crucial and it might be necessary to change your business model. Setting up an after-school tuition centre in Egypt required introducing a completely different business strategy, and not taking this into consideration would have meant a much harder struggle.’ ..."
"...pay to attend my classes free of charge is one way I can help them that fits with my mission. Often I ask them to provide or help serve the refreshments in exchange. Sometimes I ask them to help me in my other work, doing some proof reading or research for example. ..."
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"... as a group Take a walk Take a walk Hobby 14 Read the news, emails Brainstorm opportunities com- ing out in the news Reading for person- al growth; research opportunities Coffee date Reading for person- al growth; research opportunities Coffee date 15 Devise action plan for week Reading for ..."
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"... date Reading for person- al growth; research opportunities Coffee date 15 Devise action plan for week Reading for person- al growth; research opportunities Reading for person- al growth; research opportunities 16 Goal related activi- ties Household tasks Household ..."
"...few people work and they have got the time and the desire to pop-in, therefore finding the right balance is essential to avoid being removed from the social scene for lack of response and yet prevent to be overwhelmed by it. After all who would not trade a menial web-research for a nice chat with a friend while strolling along the Seine? ..."

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Chapter 8: For the Journey
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"... deeply will improve your ‘heart coherence’ and serve to increase the ‘feel good’ hormones being secreted into your system. For more information, see the fascinating research information at www.hearthmath.org. Ask better questions To change how you feel about anything, including ..."
"...researchfew minutes every day having a good laugh. research has shown laughter relieves stress and makes us feel better — watch a movie or comedy show, listen to a tape, read some jokes or watch some funny stuff on YouTube. Look for the funny side of life and learn to ..."
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"... Canadian in England, www.expatwomen.com ‘Setting goals and achieving them; trying projects that involve new research, techniques and information; sometimes having to give myself an occasional pep talk [keep me motivated].’ Carol, American in Saudi Arabia, ..."
"...diverse backgrounds of career professionals helps explain why it is difficult for the average person to evaluate and compare them on paper. This doesn’t mean you need to resort to flipping coins or drawing straws. But it does put more responsibility on you as a consumer to do your research and make an informed, careful selection of the consultant you will use. ..."
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"... times of economic upheaval, longer still. This cautionary information does not mean you should never use this option - you need to research them thoroughly and ensure you have, in writing, details of the services they will provide and their cost. HOW TO CHOOSE A CAREER DEVELOPMENT ..."
"...A growing number of Career Development Professionals are specialised and experienced in working with expat clients. They can assist with researching the prospects in the area you will be moving to. The professionals based in the country you move to should have a close acquaintance with the pertinent rules and regulations governing the work options of foreign nationals. Nevertheless, you may find it easier to work with somebody who is ..."

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