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    Think about your transferable skills - have you thought about how you could, with your professional skills, experience, business insight, or network add value to the local community—in a different country? Are you sure you have tried all the options? Experience in fields that give you transferable expertise, such as marketing, sales, HR, consulting, or scientific research can be extremely valuable in a different country. Do you have a small enterprise? Have you created a unique service or product that may have a great market abroad?
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    Set clear goals. If you know that you want to get exposed to career opportunities in a specific market, make sure you learn as much as you can about that market before you start interviewing. Take it seriously. If you find it hard to concentrate on your job search, schedule an appointment with yourself for an hour; make it part of your schedule. It may be easier if you go somewhere different, get a coffee, take your notebook, and get thinking about your goals, how you want to achieve them, by when, doing what, etc. Think of it as a project that you are working on in your daily job. Sometimes even people who are otherwise organized at their jobs don't have the discipline to do the same in their personal lives, simply because there is no supervision in the latter.
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    Learn about Brazil, not only in your area of expertise but also in terms of how people do business; what is it like to both look for a job there and fit into the culture, and how it differs from your culture; read some blogs from the local expats; and join the relevant groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.
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    Check in with your stakeholders: First, if you have a job, talk with your current employer. If you work for a multinational company, the easiest option is to transfer to an overseas office. Be honest with your manager in your performance appraisal: let him or her understand your long-term goals.
    • If the above is not an option, talk with the stakeholders in the targeted country. These will be recruiters, people in your professional network, expats who live in the country, your friends who have connections there, whoever you can think of. Be professional, pick up the phone, write e-mails, be specific, and make sure your story is underpinned by firm interest. If you get a phone interview with a recruiter, ask him or her about the market. What are the hot skills local employers demand? Be honest with yourself: do you have these skills already? If you can, get yourself trained and make yourself compatible with the requirements. Make sure your CV fits in with the local standards. Never send a picture.
    • After talking with your stakeholders, test the waters by sending your CV to a couple of open positions, also on a proactive basis. If you get positive feedback from more than 10 people, go and organize a trip—meet them in person. It is an investment, but if you plan it well, it can pay off very well.
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    Change your area, or the country you work in; don't change both: As a rule of thumb, it is hard to get a job in a country if your last job was in another country. Employers and recruiters alike tend to optimize risk and make hiring decisions that pose the least threat. If your last employment was in another country, it is likely that those employers and recruiters will have difficulties checking your references, really understanding your skills, and applying it in their everyday operations.
    • Also, as employers get hundreds of CVs every day, they scan them fast. The more familiar your CV in terms of the categories they are looking for, the more interested they become. They are looking for their competitors' names on the applicant's CV, so if you come from the industry, your profile may be attractive.
    • If you want to change your professional area, do it in a familiar setting. Spend some time in this position and then start working on moving abroad.
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    If the country's culture allows, volunteer: It's safer to get a job first and then move, but if for some reason you move first, make sure you get engaged in a meaningful job as fast as you can. There are some countries where the third sector is very developed and there are professional volunteering opportunities available. For example, in London, Working for a Charity helps volunteers donate their skills to nonprofit organizations. It is good for everyone: you can contribute your professional skills to the local economy during your job search, practice the local language, spend some time with the local community, give structure to your life, and get a sense of belonging already. This can be especially important when you are in a job search. You will almost certainly experience rejection, so the sense that you belong to a community will help you process the experience.
    • Put the experience on your CV. Recruiters will see that you already work in the country, which will give them a sense of comfort. Not only will they see that you are spending your time already in a proactive and meaningful way, they will also have some references in case they choose to hire you.
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    If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again!

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