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There are many reasons you may need to find work abroad. You may be traveling and run out of cash.  You may just find that your savings aren’t enough to finance everything that you want to do and see while maintaining a decent quality of life. Or, you might be planning to live abroad for a substantial amount of time. In which case, you will be looking for a full-time job or perhaps even a long-term career.

However, finding work in a different country can be difficult, especially if you’re not familiar with their language or culture. Here are some top tips to help you.

Think about What You Need

Do you need a little extra cash or a full-time income? Are you looking for a career with plenty of room for progression or a job that lets you have fun and meet new people? All of these options are there, but knowing what you want and need will help narrow down your search and focus your efforts. If you are just looking to make a little extra money for the summer, look at bar jobs, holiday rep positions, and other jobs in the service industry.

If you’re aiming for a long-term career, you may want to consider further study to help you to secure a position.

Tailor Your CV

It’s important to tailor your CV to the job you are applying for instead of using the same one. Have a key skills section at the top and make sure they match the job description without embellishing. Focus on any transferable skills and relevant experience.

Use your travel to your advantage. To travel you must be organized, independent, great with new people, adventurous, and motivated. These are all great skills that employers are looking for in prospective staff.

Learn Some Language

If you are going to work in a different country, in any capacity, it’s important that you know at least enough of their language to be comfortable. But, as learning a language can be difficult and time-consuming, you may want to focus your attentions on the words and phrases you are likely to need in your industry. Then pick up the rest as you go.

Network

Networking is always one of the best ways to find work or advance your career. Get out there and meet people in the industry. Look at people you know: are there any potential connections there? Ask for introductions or referrals.

Go Online

There are many ways the internet can help you to find work abroad. These include:

  • Online job sites
  • Applying online
  • Online courses
  • Language courses
  • Social media
  • Joining groups and forums

If you plan to use social media for any networking, make sure your profiles are professional and your email address is sensible.

If you are looking to live and work abroad then studying an international relations degree from Norwich University could give you some fantastic options. A masters in international relations could lead to a career in international business, law, trade or diplomacy among others and could be a brilliant investment in your future which allow you to see the world.

Do you have any more tips? Let us know in the comments.

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unethicalEditor's note: This guest post was written by Jon Dulin of PennyThots.com.

We are not afraid to admit that there are thousands of ways to make money on the side that can help you with your budgeting and getting out of debt. But we are also not afraid to admit that a number of these money-making schemes are not on the up-and-up.

While there are some very legitimate ways to make money (delivering pizzas or newspapers, doing some freelance work online, starting a small business), there are some that are illegal (prostitution, selling drugs, robbing banks), and there are those which kind of toe the line between legit and not-so-much.

We all know that just because some scheme is legal doesn’t always mean it’s right. Working a business and making money can and should have an ethical and moral component to it. But there are times when the love of money overrules ethics, morality and common decency. Even if legally the person can get away with it.

This is why we always say if something seems too good to be true, you should always ask questions and do research before getting involved in something that might be a little loose with ethics if not the law.

Now, to be clear, while we advocate finding ways to make extra money to help get your financial house in order, we are not writing about unethical money-makers as an encouragement to you. This is more for educational and informational purposes that there are some unethical things out there, and you should be aware of these so you can decide for yourself if doing something similar will work for you or not. If you have ethics, then you will pass and not get involved in anything like these. However, are any of these things truly wrong, in your view? ...continue reading

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entrepreneurLike most teenagers, I had summer jobs and worked after school so I could have some spending money and save for college. I didn't really consider myself an entrepreneur, but I guess I was.

For the most part, they were jobs where I worked for a small business owner. Except for selling newspapers outside a subway station, I wasn’t an entrepreneur and didn’t work for myself. Even the newspaper gig required me to rely on a big company to provide the product I sold.

Being an entrepreneur and working for yourself — as I’ve done since being laid off as a newspaper editor in 2008 — is a job skill I’ve grown into and enjoy. I only wished I learned about it back when I was in school so that I could at least be a part-time entrepreneur during my working life. At the very least, it could serve as a backup or secondary income.

It’s a skill set that I think all children should at least have a taste of so they can decide if it’s something they’d like to do.

The first taste of entrepreneurship for most children is a lemonade stand. Even if their parents pay for the sugar, lemons, cups and other supplies, a lemonade stand can be an hourly lesson in how to set prices and make change, and show the importance of having a great location and product.

But after that, unless kids find the entrepreneurial bug on their own, they may lose the drive to work for themselves. Here are some ways to teach your kids to be entrepreneurs, or at least get started thinking about it:

Point out benefits of working for themselves

For children who don’t like being told what to do, this can be one of the first benefits worth pointing out to them about being an entrepreneur. By working on their own, they’ll be the boss and can determine what gets done when. No more taking orders from someone else.

Let them take things apart

If your child can build almost anything with Legos, or likes to take apart old phones, remotes or anything else you let them work on, it could be a sign that they could make a good entrepreneur.

It’s part of the process of learning new things — another skill important to being an entrepreneur. ...continue reading