Cross-Border Job Search


Perhaps you are an expatriate and you want to return to your home country, or you are working in your home country and would like to gain experience of working in another country, or of having multi-country management responsibilities. Here are some tips which we hope you will find helpful.

1. Register on www.bluesteps.com which is a service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). The AESC is the industry association of the leading retained search firms worldwide. By registering with www.bluesteps.comyou have the opportunity to bring your record of achievement to the attention of these firms. AESC members access the BlueSteps database to identify candidates.

2. Access the AESC International Search Directory www.aesc.org by registering with AESC’s career management service, www.bluesteps.com. Identify the firms in your target market via this directory and send personalized e-mails to a few consultants who work in your specialty (based on industry, sector and geography). Try also to identify firms or individual consultants that specialise in cross-border search in your industry sector. Keep an eye on search firms’ web-sites, as some of them list current

3. Make sure that your resumé highlights your interest in a cross-border move, and put this in the resumé as well as in the covering letter. Business references from your target location can be helpful.

4. Call friends, contacts and former colleagues and let them know about your plans, particularly those in your target location if you have one.

5. Ask the same people who they would talk to in your target cities/countries/ organisations. People can be remarkably helpful. Turn yourself into an active, structured networker.

6. Do things that will raise your profile in your target location; for example offer to speak at conferences or trade associations.

7. Build your knowledge of target organisations, and build contacts in them. Most organisations would rather recruit someone they know.

8. Above all build experience that will strengthen your international credentials; build the achievements that you can cite in your resumé or in an interview.

We hope that this helps and that you will achieve your aim. Good luck!

Article originally posted by Penrhyn International


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