How to Find Work Abroad – Part 3 of 3

Most Popular Countries for Finding Work Abroad Contemplating working abroad? Tired of the lack of opportunities available in your own town, region, or country? Yearning for travel and adventure? Or simply wanting your circumstances to change in general? For all of these reasons UK workers are often enticed by the apparent opportunities made available by finding work abroad. Once you start to play with the idea of working abroad, one of the first things that will come to mind will almost certainly be the location. You might be a person who doesn't like extremely hot temperatures. Alternatively, you might adore hot weather and love to sunbathe. You might speak five languages fluently, two languages confidently, or none at all besides your first language. You might like clubbing culture or you may prefer cobbled streets and cosy cafes. All of these idiosyncracies that form part of your own personality can greatly influence where you actually want to live. As such, telling yourself that you're ready to work abroad is only the first step. Moving and working abroad is not a decision you should make lightly. It is highly recommended that you choose the location wisely. You might not have the finances to go and…

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How to Find Work Abroad – Part 2 of 3

How to Find Work Abroad Part Two  If you're serious about finding work abroad, there are a number of things you can do in order to prepare ahead. The first thing you should do is decide your top priority with regards to working abroad: is finding a job the most important thing above all else? If so, your initial job search will be tailored to look for the best jobs available, regardless of location. If location is high on the priority list, your job search should be tailored to look for jobs in a particular place. This will inevitably limit your options, but will also ensure you get to choose where exactly you want to go.  Whatever your top priority is, the very first thing you should do is find out about the best international job boards. Here are some to get you started:  Indeed Indeed's international job search allows a user to browse through jobs in many countries throughout the world, from Greece to Pakistan. You simply click on your country of choice and then fill in one of the entry fields (type of job or specific location). When you're considering working abroad, it's doubtful you have a specific area in mind,…

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How to Find Work Abroad – Part 1 of 3

The Reality of Living and Working Abroad Are you fed up of looking for a job? Have your eyes become bloodshot from scanning online job sites to no avail? Living and working abroad can be very appealing, especially when you feel like there are no opportunities in your area. If you're tired of pulling pints in the local pub or flipping burgers in the local takeaway, you could be dreaming of greener pastures overseas. However, it is resoundingly true that the grass is always greener on the other side. Before you pack up your student backpack and create a playlist for your excursion, you should seriously contemplate some of the advice put forward in this article. This information is designed to paint a more realistic picture of what living and working abroad is actually like. Culture Shock I don't care how adventurous you are, you will get a huge dose of culture shock when you decide to move abroad. You will have that wonderful tourist excitement for about two weeks, but after that reality will soon kick in. There is no other decision in life that can bring such instrumental change and relative chaos than moving abroad. The people are different, the food…

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Britain’s Fastest Growing Jobs

Britain's Fastest Growing Jobs As of this year, the British economy is going through a bit of a slump. There is still growth occurring, but at a very slow rate. Commentators generally blame this on Brexit, with consumers and investors spending less as they worry about the ongoing effects of it. It's ironic that Brexit in and of itself has not caused the British economy any problems. Instead, it's people's fear of it. Thus, economic analysts who predicted a severe downfall due to Brexit are grasping on tightly to the slow growth phenomenon.  In reality, if the British public and potential investors would just have faith in the sovereignty of their country and spend or invest accordingly, the economy would be booming.  Still, one cannot rely on the strength of an economy in today's turbulent times to look after yourself and your loved ones. There will always be the ups and downs of the stock market, the cultural and political landscape, and the implementation of policies which can have unpredictable consequences on the financial health of a country.  If you're someone who is looking for a career change or who is about to start college, you might want to know which industries are…

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Robots, Machines, and Automation

Robots, Machines, and Automation Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great July. I'm in Florida and we've had some scary thunder and lightning that's as loud as fireworks! It's been a great month so far aside from that though. Anyway, this blog post is about...scary, foreboding music...drum roll...robots, machines, and automation. I just got a shiver down my spine thinking about the worrying progress of computers designed to act more and more like humans. Bladerunner eat your heart out. Machines that Learn Like People Part of the general wariness surrounding technological progress is a subconscious fear that machines will take over the world. This fear stems from the fact that humans are afraid of things that are more developed than they are. This is because human nature seeks to exert control over others, and humans worry that a species more advanced than humanity will want to subjugate it.  Well, that's my theory anyway. Hence, when there are discussions about machines that learn like people, you start to nurture apocalyptic fantasies of a future much like a robotic version of Orwell's 1984. Or something like that. So, are there machines that learn like people? Well, the short answer is yes, there will be very…

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Bizarre Global Trends: Bitcoin

What is Bitcoin? You may never have heard of it, but it's time you did. Bitcoin is taking the online marketplace by storm. But what is it? It's a form of digital currency: money you can't touch, feel, or smell, but money all the same. It is what's known as a 'crypto-currency': a digital cash system. It is also completely decentralized, meaning that it is not backed by a physical commodity (gold) or any government or bank. Japan has legalized crypto-currencies, and other countries will likely follow: just a few days ago (June 23rd) news of China developing its own crypto-currency circulated. All you do is buy some bitcoin using normal currency online, and then send coins over the internet. How to Buy Bitcoin Currency exchanges exist where you can buy Bitcoins for euros, dollars, and other global currencies. The amount you buy is then placed in a digital wallet. One of the touted advantages of Bitcoins is that, unlike standard online purchases, the fees are much lower or even non-existent due to its decentralized status. In other words, you won't have to pay additional expenses on top of the actual price of the goods or item you purchase. Where Can You Spend…

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Practical Advice for Finding a Job

There is a wealth of job-finding advice on the internet, but much of it is highly impractical: suggestions like 'networking' and 'putting yourself out there' are incredibly vague, and sometimes reading such advice will actually discourage you. Networking is for people who read magazines that tell us about things like LBDs (little black dresses), it isn't for those of us who just want a quiet life with a normal job that pays enough to do the things we have to do and maybe even some of the things we want to do. Luckily I'm here to help. Because I find myself reading a lot of job-hunting advice as part of my own job, I have become pretty sharp when it comes to filtering out the filler stuff from the true wisdom. Here is a popular filler item that often crops up on job-hunting pages: Think about things you're good at This is absolutely terrible advice. Personally, you might be good at painting or martial arts, but this doesn't mean you're going to get a job that even marginally resembles either of these talents. In reality, few of us have the luxury of doing something we love, or are even remarkably good at. It…

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UK Recruitment Trends 2017

UK Recruitment Trends 2017I've assessed a number of resources in order to find out the greatest range of 2017 recruitment trends for employees and employers alike. Read on to discover what challenges and benefits there are for job-hunters and hiring companies that look set to continue into 2018: Casual Hiring Bronwen Hann, President & Senior Partner at Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting, notes a trend of companies choosing to cash in on a 'gig economy'. According to Hann, 'more companies than ever are choosing to 'rent' rather than hire talent, even at the director level and above.'(1) Skills Shortage There is more competition than ever between companies looking for the best candidates. This is because the growing skills shortage of new graduates is a serious problem for businesses looking to expand. 92% of HR directors say it is challenging to find skilled professionals today. (8) This means that salary expectations are higher, making it more difficult for companies to secure the top-tier of new hires. It is thought that the UK now has 73 areas of skill shortage, up from 13 since the last report.(6) Rising Salaries In some industries like finance and accounting, starting salaries are predicted to grow in 2017. Looking back…

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Ban-the-Box

Well well, what do we have here? I wrote an article about 'ban-the-box' in America for another site, and after last month's post about name-blind applications I thought it would be appropriate to find out if the UK had its own version of 'ban-the-box'. Unsurprisingly, I did a quick google search and voilà — the UK has shamefully followed in the politically-correct footsteps of its American counterparts. I can't say I'm surprised, but I'm more than a little disappointed. So what is the box, and why should it be banned? The box in question is the box you find on a generic application form that asks you about your criminal history. You tick 'yes' or 'no' depending on whether you've been naughty or not. Well, corporate HR departments (liberal airheads who wear suits) can't seem to get enough of workplace regulations, particularly those concerning regimented diversity, so it's no surprise that they take issue with an inquiry that could result in immediate bias towards a job candidate. The offensive little box should be banned because refusing to hire a criminal makes you the most evil, cold-hearted purveyor of discrimination since, like...ever. Get with the times, traditionalists. Gender and race equality are so last…

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Name-Blind Recruitment

Name-Blind Recruitment As soon as I read the definition of name-blind recruitment, or blind recruitment as I'll call it from here on out, I knew I'd be a bit of a skeptic. Nonetheless, this form of recruitment is gaining momentum, so it's worthy of discussion. Blind recruitment is the practice of removing information that personally identifies you from your job application. Things that are often removed from a blind application include your name, gender, age, and education. Immediately I'm wondering why on earth education would be removed from an application, considering the fact that you need B.Sc's, B.A's, PhD's, A.B.C's and the like to get most jobs nowadays.   This does nothing for my skept-o-meter. What could possibly be the driving force behind such an extreme vetting method for prospective employees? Could it be the buzz-words of the day? Diversity? Political correctness? Government regulations? You guessed it. The Purpose According to its champions, blind recruitment is supposed to reduce the chances for bias. The logic seems to be as follows: Let's say your name is Abu Dabi Won Kenobi. Your name makes you sound like a foreigner so obviously no one will be able to understand your weird accent and you can barely string…

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