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How to Plan, Build, Find or Create Long-Term International Jobs

International careers don’t just happen. They're carefully planned and built up over a period of time. International employers insist that you have international experience before sending you to work abroad. The key to gaining experience abroad is to dive into all things international while you are at university, traveling outside of your home country as much and as long as possible, engaging in internships outside of your home country, and by taking a gap year. You need to build up a host of overseas experiences of all kinds before you are ready to start applying for professional jobs abroad. And the great thing about building up your international resume is that you can have a blast doing it! — Jean-Marc Hachey in Build an International Employment Profile.

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 Articles on International Careers and Long-Term Jobs

Build International Employment Profile
How to Build an International Employment Profile by Jean-Marc Hachey
A practical overview of the steps leading to careers or jobs overseas laid out clearly by an experienced author and expert.
Student international career preparation
Student Work Overseas: Preparation for an International Career by William Nolting
The best time to seek a job overseas and prepare for an international career is while you are a student or right after graduation.
Create an international resume
How to Write an Effective International Resume by Jean-Marc Hachey
Creating a resume for international employment is significantly different in kind from those you create in your home country. Here is an overview on how to do so successfully, with all the major criteria to consider in this key document.
Finding Work Networking
How to Network for Jobs Abroad: A Guide to Finding International Employment by Zahara Heckscher
This guide is targeted to people seeking an international job. The detailed tips can be used to find short-term or long-term assignments, and will be helpful for recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retired people eager for new adventures.
Teach English as an International Career
Teaching English Overseas: A Stepping Stone to International Careers by Jean-Marc Hachey
One path many have taken that leads to an international career or long-term job is to start by teaching English. Jean-Marc explains how teaching can lead to options allowing development of your cross-cultural skills and to find employment in other fields. Many international business careers have been initiated networking while a working as a teacher.
Networking to find a new international job
How to Network for International Jobs While Working in Your Current Country by Troy Erstling
How to transition from a work abroad such as teaching English to other types of employment that meet your long-term goals. Extensive strategies and tips, with a strong emphasis on the power of networking, to make it happen.
Teaching jobs at an international school Teaching at an International School—Five Key Facts You Should Know by Cynthia Nagrath
An exploration of perception versus reality regarding the many opportunities and options to realize a career as a professional teacher.
International career expert Jean-Marc Hachey Living and Working Abroad an Interview with Jean-Marc Hachey
An eminent international career expert shares his insights regarding employment trends. He offers practical and inspirational advice to short- and long-term job seekers in a conversation with Transitions Abroad.
Searching for overseas jobs
How to Search for Overseas Jobs
As part of a series geared to current and potential expatriates, a long-time expat in Italy offers practical advice and strategies on how to plan your job search and obtain your desired work overseas.
Finding international work at the United Nations How to Get Jobs with the United Nations: The Unauthorized Guide
A guide to the many ways to get a job in the United Nations. Explanations of the many and varied UN organizations and a plethora of resources are provided.
Cooking classes in Italy How to Find a Job with an International Non-Profit (NGO)
If you are looking for work in a field where you can make a difference in people's lives, here is what you need to know.
International jobs in web development
How to Work Internationally as a Freelance IT Professional
Brett Dvoretz describes how he developed a freelance web development business while living as an expatriate in Cambodia, and made it flourish even as he enjoyed life in what is a personal paradise.
How to Use Study Abroad to Launch an International Career
Zahara Heckscher offers practical inside tips on how to plan and leverage your study abroad experience to find a job overseas.
How to Choose a Graduate Degree Program for Your International Career
Zahara Heckscher provides advice based upon her experience for those selecting from the many great graduate degree programs with the goal of pursuing an opportunities abroad.
Women and International Careers
When it comes to work, the author believes that women should not allow gender to prevent them from realizing their dreams and provides "survival tips."
How to Survive Change in Your International Career
Advice on how to cope and even gracefully handle being in the midst of corporate downsizing or restructuring — a common experience in these troubled economic times — while working in another country.
How to Find an International Job Post Financial Crisis—I Did It!
Leslie Strazzullo describes how she managed to find a new job to continue her career in Italy while in a tough employment environment and provides solid practical advice.
"Do What You Love," Say the Experts in International Careers 
Transitions Abroad interviews Ron and Caryl Krannich — authors of many classic books on jobs for travel lovers — and asks them to discuss trends in employment.
How Young Corporate Professionals Can Find Work Abroad 
One excellent way for young professionals to find employment overseas is through corporate transfers. The author describes the qualifications, research, and attitude necessary to successfully pursue an international career in the corporate world.
Business Etiquette Around the World
Following cultural rules and mores in international business, using 10 countries as examples, may help you network your way into a position.
Work Abroad on a Job as a Nurse
Caroline A. Polt, RN, describes her work experience as a nurse in Saudi Arabia and documents the enormous demand for trained nurses around the world.
How To Create a Great Web Resume for an International Job 
AJ Hoge provides practical directions regarding how to create a great resume when seeking to land a job abroad — in his case as an ESL teacher.
Starting a Business in Europe: How to Create Your Own Career
Volker Poelzl, in an extensive 2-part article, explores the core issues and provides resources relating to visas, work permits, legal requirements, and the best countries and cities to start a business — even in these economic times.
Become a Professional Scuba Diver
Brittney Bush describes how to turn a hobby into a job overseas.
Working in Switzerland: Hospitality Schools Welcome Professionals
Sarah Muxlow-Jacquet describes schools in Switzerland dedicated to hospitality and tourism and provides an overview on how to find the type of job which leads to an work abroad.
What You Do Here, You Can Probably Do Overseas
International job possibilities for those with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Becoming an International Aid Worker 
Practical advice and links for getting started in a career as an aid worker based upon his own broad, intense and personally rewarding experience.
A Career in the Foreign Service
Work in the Foreign Service and combine fascinating experiences with a the work involved.
Teaching as an International Career
Inside tips and resources for those who seek a career abroad teaching subject matter other than English. Their advice is based upon varied experiences working overseas the past five years.
Information Technology Careers in India
Siddharth Srivastava describes a new phenomenon; the international migration of careers in Information Technology from the U.S. to India.
Living and Working Abroad: Do You Have What it Takes?
Inside tips and a detailed questionnaire to help you with a successful international transition.
International Internships: Gain Career Experience and Cover Your Expenses
A detailed overview of the types of internships available to students, and how they can be a path to your desire career.
Freelance Translators Can Work Anywhere in the World
Tegan Cathleen Raleigh discusses the many freelance gigs available for professional translators.
Advice to Travel Writers
The talented author and Internet-savvy Rolf Potts provides practical tips for those who seek mobile careers as travel writers.
International Careers in Financial Services
Various options for long-term employment in finance.
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