3 Reasons why your international job hunt fails
Starting your international job hunt might not seem like a huge deal, but be aware of rookie mistakes! These are the three most common mistakes one can make when job hunting internationally. Looks familiar?
You did not culturally adapt your CV to the country you’re applying in
Every country has its own way of assessing a candidate and valuing a candidate’s profile. Ask yourself the question: What do they deem more important? Whereas in Malaysia you get selected based on your degrees, in Sweden they will look at you experiences. Make sure to adapt your CV (or your resume!) to that what is customary in that country.
You lost focus
Focus, focus, focus! Sending out twenty letters at once is nice, but that’s not what’s going to land you your dream job. If you really want this, dive into the company and convince them of your contribution and your motivation for that particular job. If you think you’re the perfect fit, prove it!
You don’t ask for feedback
Job hunting can be difficult and time consuming. You get rejection after rejection, up to the point when you are on the verge of giving up. Don’t! Ask for feedback. Ask recruiters why they rejected you, don’t be afraid, and learn of what you could do to sell yourself better. Ask friends, parents, career advisors – ask for honest feedback and rethink your job hunting strategy. Self-reflection is the key to becoming successful!
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