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Working Abroad – 5 INDISPENSABLE Tips

6 July 2018 to 05: 53
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Working Abroad – 5 INDISPENSABLE Tips for anyone dreaming of an international career.

Traveling to several countries, obtaining international certifications, meeting professionals from all over the world and earning in dollars are just some of the advantages of working abroad. But, to achieve this goal, it is necessary to follow some steps and be persistent in this journey. To make your life easier and give you a QUICK GUIDE on how to get there, Luis Franco (more than 12 years of experience in Brazil and abroad) leaves here some tips for you. WRITE THERE:

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This is the first and, perhaps, the most important step to be taken into account for anyone wanting to work abroad. Speaking the language of the country you are interested in working for is paramount. The business language worldwide is English, but depending on the country, other languages ​​may be requested as a preference.

Before moving on to the next tip, understand one very important thing: WITHOUT SPEAKING ENGLISH THERE IS NO CHANCE.


You need to find out what is required in terms of qualifications, documentation (passport, visa, certificates) for you to be eligible for a job in another country.

THINK WITH ME: What would make a country on the other side of the planet interested in moving you to work there instead of using its workforce? The answer to that is quite simple: Need Vs Qualification. The need arises when the country does not find the professional it needs and with the required qualification.

It is worth remembering that you can only apply online for a job outside the country. You need to have your resume up to date and in the preferred English language. You need to have an email (of course) and, preferably, you must be connected to the main social networks (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.). Most companies abroad do Skype interviews, however, the Phone can be used to talk to you and check your conversation level in a foreign language. Many candidates do not even make it past this stage. Believe me, even the mobile app WhatsApp may be asked to facilitate the interview.

LinkedIn It is a great source of opportunities and disclosure of vacancies and professionals. Keep your resume up to date and in the English language. Use and abuse this online tool. Be very careful with the photos you post on social media as this could work against your reputation.


No shirtless photos, on the beach, at the pool, consuming alcoholic beverages, together with other people, wearing dark glasses or inappropriate clothing. After all, LinkedIn is a social network that will market you as a professional, so BE PROFESSIONAL.

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It is highly recommended that you have contacts outside the country. This will make it much easier for the international employer to accept choosing you for an interview. Join groups that have the same interests as you and be open to receiving help, tips and feedback from those who are already where you want to be. Please note that for someone to refer you it will be necessary for this person to know you and trust you. So remember that at all times we are being watched. Always maintain a professional demeanor, even if no one is around you.


Can you imagine getting your dreamed international contract and when you get there, you simply know nothing about the customs, history and culture of that place? There will probably be culture shock, don't you think?

Just to give you an example, there are countries that think it's normal:

  • Having more than one wife – Saudi Arabia;
  • That women do not have much value and exist only to serve men – Some countries in the Middle East;
  • That you don't use toilet paper (you just wash with a hygienic shower or a bowl of water) – India;
  • That a couple on the street showing affection is prohibited and can even be jailed – India;
  • That carrying photos with nudity or pornography on the cell phone can condemn the owner to death – Saudi Arabia;
  • That possession of drugs is a crime punishable by death – Saudi Arabia;
  • Arriving at meetings or gatherings BEFORE or AFTER the agreed time is a lack of respect – Some European countries;
  • Who thinks it's normal to hold an employee by the arm in the workplace – USA;
  • Who thinks it's normal to yell at the employee and treat him or her with disrespect – Some countries, etc.

Does all this seem absurd? Yeah, it's about the culture of those countries and for them all this is normal. Knowing the customs of the country you are going to work in and respecting them is fundamental to your success.

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Being FLEXIBLE, or having the flexibility to adapt to the work environment, is the KEY to increasing your chances of success.

Not everything is rosy and what will be offered to you may not be exactly what you expected when it comes to working abroad.

Beware of your BELIEFS – what is true for you may not be true for someone else.

Be careful when expressing your CULTURAL CUSTOMS – culture shock can affect you deeply, and trying to understand the culture of the country you will be working in will help you a lot not to commit gaffes or offenses.

Keeping these tips in mind and working on each one of them in order to reach your goal will lead you to the long-awaited international contract. Study, research, and be prepared when the opportunity comes.

Enjoy and stay connected with Click Oil and Gas not to miss any news and most importantly, your chance to get a good job offer. Good luck.

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Luis Franco, (46), born in Salvador-Ba, Occupational Safety Technician (11 years of offshore experience), has two daughters (8 and 16). He studied International Relations at FIB (current Estácio College) and began his career as Occupational Safety in 2005 at a large company in the copper industry (2 years at Caraíba Metais – Grupo Paranapanema) and in 2007 he was called to work at Transocean do Brasil ( drilling) and traveled to several countries for work and courses. There he stayed for 10 years as RSTC (Rig Safety & Training Coordinator) and in 2017 he had the long-awaited chance to work outside Brazil on an international contract. He currently works in Saudi Arabia at an offshore construction company – McDermott (headquartered in Houston-USA, with an office in Dubai – United Arab Emirates).


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