How to Network

When planning the next career move, sometimes it is best just to take a step back and think about networking. Chances are, there may be someone that you could connect with that could prove helpful either in your immediate or extended friends, family or acquaintances.

Networking Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

• Take stock of your contacts- consider everyone that you currently or have had a connection with, for example, old school friends, family, friends of friends and their family members.
• Tap into existing networks- there are many groups available on social networks, webinars, industry events.
• Make yourself heard- keep up-to-date with the latest industry developments and make sure you comment on them. You do not need to comment on everything but get your voice out there.
• Write down something memorable- when excepting business cards, write something about the business or person you dealt with that will help you remember them. It can also be handy if you have business card to give out.
• Keep in touch- ensuring you stay at the forefront of your contacts minds will be help them think of you when opportunities arise. Also be patient, proactive and persistent.

Don’t:
• Go for the hard sale- have a conversation to make a connection. Do not just go for a sales pitch, build a relationship. Be authentic and honest.
• Make it all about you- make sure you listen as much as you speak, flatter but do not overdo it.
• Be embarrassed to ask for help- create mutually beneficial connections so you can help each other out. Always remember to thank people for help or for meeting with you.
• Take up too much time- keep conversations friendly, focused, frequent and brief.

Careers for Freelancing Abroad

Not everyone is designed to live and work in one place for the majority of their lives. There are those that want the freedom to roam the world and enjoy a versatile lifestyle and work environment. One way to do this is by having a job that supports Freelancing. You can even have a combination of Freelancing skills to make yourself even more marketable.

1. Writing, of any kind, is a great freelance career as it can completely web based. This could be writing business blogs, articles, social media posts, magazines or pretty much any facet of writing you can imagine.

2. E-Commerce is another great option. There are several online store owner options that could be operated from wherever it is you want to be, such as an Etsy shop owner or Amazon retailer.

3. Photography offers excellent freelancing opportunities, especially since you can sell to travel websites, online magazines, new publications and so much more!

4. Teaching is a great option as online learning continues to expand and if you earn a TEFL certificate you can market yourself almost anywhere as an English teacher/tutor.

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Pre-Interview Tips

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It’s always a nice feeling when you’re invited to an interview with a prospective employer. In most cases, it means they liked your cover letter and your CV, so if you can impress them in the interview, then the job could well be yours. To make sure you don’t fluff your lines, follow our advice below:

Listen Carefully to the Questions

No matter how nervous you are on the day, the most important thing is to remember to listen. Every time an interviewer asks a question you have the opportunity to impress them, so listen and think about your response first, rather than panicking and rushing in with an unimpressive answer.

Show Interest

You have to show you’re interested in their business and the role itself, and by asking questions and creating a more casual dialogue, you can make a positive impression on the interviewer.

Make Eye Contact

Eye contact can show you’re confident in your abilities, and answering a question correctly is one thing, but eye contact can show you truly believe in your skills, and it will give the interviewer more confidence in you.

Tell them your Experiences

An interview is the perfect opportunity to use real life experiences to make your case. Before an interview make notes on your experiences, such as when you solved a problem or achieved something noteworthy.

 

How Volunteer Work can Kick Start your Teaching Career

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There are many teaching opportunities in the UK and overseas, but without experience and a busy CV, you may struggle to compete for entry-level teaching positions. If you’re a fresh graduate or you’re currently training to become a teacher, you may want to consider volunteer work, and we”ll explan why.

Volunteering shows you care, and whether you’re helping to teach students in Africa, volunteering for a wildlife charity or helping homeless people in the UK, you can add another dimension to your CV. Today it’s not just enough to complete your degree and jump straight into a job, you have to work hard, undertake work experience and prove you’re passionate about people and teaching.

Many teachers have undertaken volunteer work at some stage in their careers, and if you want to prove you’re determined to becoming a successful teacher, we recommend you consider some of the volunteering roles early on, and there are plenty of options throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

 

Working As A Teacher Abroad

tumblr_inline_mjaabozpwV1qz4rgpMany people fancy the idea of working abroad, due to the exotic stories they get from people who have gotten the opportunity to work in other countries. Teaching jobs abroad are extensive, you can rarely exhaust them. They come in all categories, making it easy for you to choose one that best suits you. The teaching jobs abroad are in a wide range of countries, and you can always have a chance to choose one from your dream country.

Among the many opportunities of teaching careers from various countries are opportunities in the United Kingdom. The country is appealing to work in, due to its straight forward curriculum. In addition, there are extensive holidays for the teachers and other than gaining an expansive teaching experience, one has time to explore and enjoy the different parts of the country.

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Finding Work on your Travels

It’s always nice to have some form of money coming in when you’re travelling, and if you don’t manage to find any form of work, you may have to cut your long vacation short. Most people who are going on a gap year will save a significant amount of money beforehand, but some find that this money soon runs out.

If you’re fortunate enough to be travelling in an English speaking country like USA or America, you may be able to pick up agriculture work like farming or fruit picking. This is something many travellers do when spending time in Australia, and there are plenty of opportunities out there.

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Retail jobs can also be a good option, but again you may need to be able to speak the language to land a job. There is sometimes paid aid work in various countries throughout Africa and Asia, and this is another way of earning money but you’ll also be doing something you can be proud of. Many British people spend time as English teachers in Asian countries, and this is another option, and the good news is you rarely need a degree to be able to teach English abroad.