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We all dream of traveling the world, but it takes a certain kind of person to be interested in a lifelong career in a foreign country. If you've decided to teach English overseas, you should be proud of yourself--you've chosen an extremely challenging and rewarding career.Of course, choosing to do it is just the beginning. A lot of questions are going to crop up during the course of preparing for the job, and the number one question will most likely be: Where will you tea...

How To Be A Modern Day Globetrotter - Teach English Overseas

How To Be A Modern Day Globetrotter - Teach English OverseasWe all dream of traveling the world, but it takes a certain kind of person to be interested in a lifelong career in a foreign country. If you've decided to teach English overseas, you should be proud of yourself--you've chosen an extremely challenging and rewarding career.Of course, choosing to do it is just the beginning. A lot of questions are going to crop up during the course of preparing for the job, and the number one question will most likely be: Where will you teach?Some people go into this job with a country already chosen, and some don't. Whatever your point of view is, its important to try and keep an open mind. Because requirements in every country are often radically different, you might have some trouble if you insist on teaching in one area.The truth is, there will be some limits on where you'll be able to go. Some countries have great need of native speaking English teachers, and getting a job there will be incredibly easy. Other countries have more restrictions- and some countries don't need you at all.For Americans looking to teach English, the main areas open to you will be Asia and Latin America. The reason for this is because these areas are tied closely to the United States- Asia through economics, and Latin America through geography. These countries are intent on learning English, and they much prefer the "American" English that you'll be able to teach. Jobs for Americans are plentiful, and chances are good that your college or TEFL program will have multiple job listings and connections to help get you there smoothly. If you choose to teach in one of these popular areas, the good news is you won't be going through the process alone.If, on the other hand, you're an American who dreams of teaching in Europe, it is possible- it just won't be so simple. European schools and language centers tend to lean towards hiring British teachers for the same reasons that Asia and Latin America hire Americans. That isn't to say that Americans can't get teaching jobs in Italy or France- it's just a lot more complicated.If you're determined to try, keep in mind that you'll be required to go through the lengthy process of applying for work visas, which British teachers don't have to face. Members of the European Union can more or less travel back and forth freely, making it much more simple and cost effective for them to hire British teachers. This also works the other way around. If you're British and you dream of teaching in Mexico, you might be facing an uphill battle.Some other areas are open to hiring native English speakers from any and all areas. If you're hoping to teach in Russia, the Czech Republic, or surrounding countries, congratulations- they can use you, regardless of your accent.Of course, we don't mean to suggest that finding a job in your dream country is an impossibility. Just keep in mind that some areas are more prone to hiring you than others. It's also possible that a few years of experience will put you ahead of the pack no matter where you're from. So teaching in a country that isn't your first choice for a year or two might be the best way to earn yourself a ticket to another position.If you're open to new experiences and you're careful not to get your heart set on one particular part of the world, teaching English overseas can be a fantastic experience. Even if you're not sure how you feel about where you're headed, chances are that once you get there- and become a real, honest-to-goodness working citizen- the situation will quickly win you over. After all, it's an adventure like no other- and not many people can say they've done what you're about to do!

Job Hunting On The Sly

Job Hunting On The Sly

So you want to look around for your next career step but you are concerned that your current employer will find out and give you an early exit? Confidentiality in your job search is a reasonable concern and makes the way you approach finding your next position all the more important. Confidentiality and privacy issues in todays hyper-informative world are issues that should be taken seriously. Keeping your intentions of changing jobs a secret is a challenge but secrecy is in your best interest. Case in point: Hilda was a highly paid pharmacist working for an independent pharmacy in Atlanta. She was approached by a new independent pharmacy who was a direct competitor of her current employer. The word leaked out that she was considering taking a directly competing position and her employer terminated her employment out of concern for operational security. As pharmacist-in-charge, she had full access to retail/wholesale pricing, future plans, insurance reimbursement rates and customer information all data that would be highly desirable by the competitor. Hildas employer just could not take the chance that she would leave and take all that information with her so they terminated her. Unfortunately, the competitor did not make an offer of employment to Hilda and she was left out in the cold not hired, and fired. If she had taken greater pains to keep her options confidential, she may not have ended up in the predicament of suddenly being unemployed. On the flip side, it may be tempting to let slip to your current employer that you are looking around for new opportunities to provide some leverage for a raise or a promotion. Fishing for a counter-offer is a no-win situation. In a survey by the Wall Street Journal, 93 percent of employees who accept counter-offers to remain with an employer leave anyway after 18 months. If you are unhappy enough to spend months hunting for a new position, dealing with recruiters, and going on interviews, the true value of a counter offer should be questioned. Employers make counter-offers for their best interest not the employees. Employers need to make sure projects are completed, that deadlines are met, and that production does not lag. An employee who accepts a counter-offer has branded himself as disloyal and possibly a gold-digger and will forever more be viewed as such by superiors.Common sense rules when going about a confidential job search. Do not use your work phone, email, or company cell phone to conduct any job search activities. Do not surf the job sites during your lunch hour or at anytime on your work PC. Be careful of the conversations you have within earshot of other co-workers. Do not leave your resume lying on your desk at work. Keep your plans and intentions quiet, even from close office friends whom you feel you can trust. Request confidentiality from all potential employers until an offer is made.Beyond the obvious, consider the following tips for keeping your job search hush-hush:Remove identifying information from your online resume. Replace your name with a generic title such as Senior Marketing Executive. Use only your cell phone number and a web-based email address that can be dropped after your job search. City and state is sufficient for address no need for street address or zip code. Remove your current employers name and replace it with something that is descriptive, yet unidentifiable such as Major Manhattan-based Financial Organization. Be careful in your networking. Networking is essential to an effective job search, but indiscrete networking can breach your wish for confidentiality. Networking carefully can be even more difficult in closed industries or highly-specialized fields. Ask more questions than you answer in group settings; talk about possible employment options with decision-makers only; and provide your resume only to someone in a position to assist you confidentially.Protect your references. References should only be provided in an interview, and preferably not at a first interview. You dont want your colleagues getting wind of your intentions before an offer is imminent. Consider a confidential job search agent. If you have an annual salary of greater than $500,000 and/or you are well-known in your industry, hiring an agent to conduct your job search might be a good idea. The agent can extend inquiries without breaching confidentiality. An agent is not a recruiter, but rather someone who works for you individually to act as your liaison with potential employers. In addition to confidentiality in a job search, everyone should be concerned about protection of privacy. Never, ever give out your social security number, drivers license number, or bank account numbers to anyone during the job search process. There are scam artists out there who will take advantage of your vulnerability as a job seeker to steal your identity, your money, and your reputation. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has some helpful tips for protecting your privacy during your job search at http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs25-JobSeekerPriv.htm. The World Privacy Forum has an excellent article about an Internet job scam that is a must-read for anyone considering using the Internet for their job search. This particular job scam involved 23 Internet job boards including Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, and PreferredJobs.com. The scam involved a posting that required the new hire to transfer money into their personal bank account and then transfer it back out to an account overseas via Western Union, keeping a percentage of the total amount for their work. According to victims of the scam who responded to the article, the interview and application process for the position was extremely convincing and they were totally taken in. The article can be found at http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/jobscamreportpt1.html.The bottom line is that confidentiality starts with you. A secret shared is no longer a secret and cannot be controlled. If you are serious about keeping your career ladder climb quiet, you must take the precautions that are necessary. Employers have a great deal to lose when they lose employees human capital investment, corporate information, competitive data so keeping your intentions to leave might well be in your best interests until the time is right.

Do You Feel Like You Are In A Pressure Cooker? (Life Should Be Taken Slowly But Surely)

Do You Feel Like You Are In A Pressure Cooker? (Life  Should Be Taken Slowly But Surely)

Are you sometimes worried? Is the burden and challenge of everyday life proving to be too much for you? Do you ever feel that you always have so much to do and so little time to do it? Or, do you feel that you are simply not fast enough to do every single task at home and in the office? The fact is, we all undergo pressure and feel that we are, in one way or another, unable to cope with the mad rush of 21st century living. When we push ourselves too hard, we usually wind up being less effective in getting things done. And much worse, we fall down in a spiral of depression, stress and anxiety.Stress and anxiety can hinder us in a number of ways, namely:lIt diminishes the quality of our thinking process; lIt causes a strain on our nervous system; lIt makes us more irritable;lIt makes us hard to get along with others;lIt robs us our joy; andlThe pressure could even cause an anxiety attack.But "stress and anxiety" need not deny you of happiness and success. There are ways to properly deal with these emotional and psychological burdens. The first step to take is to become organized. Most of the time, the pressure we feel when we see our work calendars and organizers is due to our lack of organization. Time management and a clear knowledge of priorities are a must. You could be the most organized person in the world but if you don't manage your time, it will eventually affect your fulfillment, productivity, relationships, happiness and everything else that matters.Is it possible to be very busy without feeling under pressure? Is your work too important that you have no more time to take time to be recharged? Psychologists often say that a certain amount of pressure is necessary for a normal, healthy life. However, too much pressure can result to sleepless nights, over-eating, smoking, drinking, and substance abuse. Here are some helpful tips to get out of that pressure cooker:lAcceptance - Accept that life is not perfect and avoid too much self-criticism. lAccept your limitations - Know your short comings and boundaries.lFind a win-win situation - Balance your time and energy for family and work.lBe kind to yourself - Do yourself a favor and get some pampering. Treat yourself to a massage or a day in the salon.lExercise and Relaxation - Improve your body through exercise and allow your body to recuperate through relaxation.lAvoid unnecessary conflict - Find a solution to a dispute. Stay calm and negotiate in a diplomatic manner. Don't be too argumentative.lManage your time more effectively - Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.lFind time to meet friends - Talking with friends is a proven stress relief method. Setting a meeting with friends helps us to relax and have fun. Having a good laugh with them takes the load of your backs from the pressures at work. Moreover, laughter boosts the immune system that is often weakened during stress.Exposure to prolonged pressure can lead to physical, behavioral and psychological problems that can adversely affect a person's life. Make sure you take time out to recover from the pressures you encounter every day. Remember, you can choose to remain in control of your stress and your life, in general.

Starting A Career In Another Country

Starting A Career In Another Country

There are few things in the world quite as exciting as moving overseas and trying to get a job. Starting a new career overseas can be difficult but if you follow some key steps it is not half as hard as some would have you believe. The very first thing that you need to do is find out the rules of hiring in this other country. Each country had it own distinct set of regulations, some of these can even vary within a country by state or province. Find out everything before you even start to apply for jobs.You will find that international resumes are often referred to as a CV. So if you get this word thrown at you, dont worry, it is just a fancy word for resumesThe next thing that you need to do is create your international resume. This is vital to your career success overseas. Without a good international resume you will not stand a chance of getting hired anywhere no matter what your qualifications happen to be. This resume too will depend on to county in which you are searching for a job. Before you send out your CV make sure that this is really what you want to do. Moving to another country and getting work is a huge step and it is one that is going to cost you a fair bit of money. Do you have the money for all of the moving expenses and the travel expenses? If not then your CV, no matter how good it is will not get you very far. Think about what you are doing and see if it is really what you need to do in order to further your career. There are many ways to make life better and this may or may not be the right choice for you, just make sure that you have thought it through well before you make any big changes.

Cover Letters, Resumes And The Job HunterWhats It All About?

Any good job hunter needs a resume package. The cover letter and resume always go together and do the same basic thing in slightly different ways. A job hunter without both of them will probably not get very far in the search for a good career position. With that in mind, lets take a look at what these crucial documents should do for you. The first part, the cover letter, is a short one page letter consisting of three or four paragraphs. It serves as an introduction to the resume. It is the part that will always be seen by the gatekeeper. The second part is the resume itself. Many job hunters make the mistake of thinking they can just leave a resume without a cover letter. That is like putting on a suit and tie, but forgetting the shirt or the pants. They are a package and they go together. The resume itself may be in either functional or chronological format. The functional format concentrates on skills. The chronological format concentrates on employment listings. The most effective resumes use elements of both formats to create a combination resume that gets results. It should be laid out in a graphically appealing style, with adequate use of white space, bullet points to draw attention to important parts, and conservative fonts used. While you will occasionally bold face or italicize a font to draw attention to a point or break up a large section of type, changing fonts often makes it hard to read, so stick with one basic font. Also never go smaller than ten point type, and if possible stick with twelve or eleven point. Those sizes are easier to read. If your cover letter and resume are in a small type and hard to read, they simply will not be read, and will not help you. Many job seekers wonder how they should present the resume package to the decision maker. There are several acceptable methods. If mailing it, use a large nine by twelve white envelope to avoid folding your materials. The white envelopes look nicer than the tan manila commonly used in business. Also large envelopes are generally the first thing people open when they get their mail. If not the first then they may save the large envelope for last. Since people tend to remember the first and the last the alpha and the omega while forgetting much of what is in the middle, either first or last is a good thing. If you are hand delivering your documents stop by an office supply shop and pick up a clear plastic folder with a pressure binder spine and place your cover letter and resume in it. It makes a great presentation and will complement it perfectly. Use these tools well and you are on your way.

Wealth: A Dream Or A Will?

Do you dream of getting rich or do you want to be rich?There is nothing wrong in dreaming of getting rich; except that you will get the dream, not the real thing.There are three steps to wealth. I am reaching only the first one (so far), and I will speak only about what I know.The first step to getting rich? A family income of $50.000. It may be more or less, depending on your location.Why is it the first step? Because from that point you will be able to invest money, that is to say: to make money work for you. Until then, you have to work for money.Work? Yes! Do not tell yourself anything you would not tell your kids. You know that people who get a degree, or higher diplomas, earn more than people who have never attended college, and more than people who went to college but failed to graduate. There is a lot at stake for you to stay at an elementary level and keep saying: "I know X who was a failure at school and nevertheless he has made it!" The lazy path provides 99.99% of its lovers with debts and broken dreams. The few who actually succeed struggle for 30 years. It would have taken less time and efforts to follow any course!Choose carefully the domain of knowledge you want to master. It has to meet 3 requirements:-- You like it. If you cannot stand the idea of meeting the critically ill all day long, drop studying medicine, even if a cancer specialist earns a lot. You do not want to be rich to afford antidepressants.-- It is of high demand in growing companies: for you to grow as high and quick as the company.-- Either it is difficult to master or it can be blended with other specialized scope of activities: the narrower the niche, the higher the income.Avoid the mistake I have made for years: do not work for almost nothing for the only reason that you like what you do. I liked to teach, was a good teacher and knew nothing about the other two requirements. I still like to teach, and I still am a good teacher. The very difference is that now I teach adults who are craving to learn French because they do have a project: to reach the first step of wealth. In their case, they need to master French and to blend it in their specialized scope of activity.And you? What are you going to choose? Mining and Chinese? Refining and Arabic? Art History and Italian?The first choice is rather simple: to dream of getting rich or to want to be rich.

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We all dream of traveling the world, but it takes a certain kind of person to be interested in a lifelong career in a foreign country. If you've decided to teach English overseas, you should be proud of yourself--you've chosen an extremely challenging and rewarding career.Of course, choosing to do it is just the beginning. A lot of questions are going to crop up during the course of preparing for the job, and the number one question will most likely be: Where will you tea...