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The International Me - Communicating Your Intl Experiences

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INTRODUCTIONS
@SFU_Career
SFU Career Services
STAY CONNECTED
SFU.ca/career
Dalton, Steve. (2012). The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster. New York: Ten Speed Press (USA).
Dalton, Steve. (2012). The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster. New York: Ten Speed Press (USA).

Communicating Your International Experiences
THE INTERNATIONAL ME
OVERVIEW
Intros
What do employers want?
Communicating what you have
Resume specifics
Wrap up
So, what are employers looking for?
ACTIVITY
When you think about your 'career mindset'
which one of the following best describes you?
You imagine that you'll go through life steadily progressing in your career in a clockwork fashion
You want to decide now on the best career for you, and stick with the decision (one career) through your work life
Go to school, work hard, get a job, work hard, then retire is the norm
You are approaching your future with positive uncertainty
QUESTION:
Where/when could you communicate your international skills?

LET'S TALK RESUMES...
ACTIVITY
Format & Content
Visually Attractive
Easy to Read
Strategic Ordering
Summaries, Profiles, etc
Strong Bullets
Best stuff first and use of targeted headings
Appropriate font size and style and good use of tabbing and white space
Documents are professional looking and represent you visually
3 - 8 bullets focusing on skills and experiences of most interest to the specific employer/position
Concise statements that emphasize your achievements and accomplishments
Analyze your Wandering Map
ACTIVITY
RESOURCES
Career Cruising
LinkedIn Alumni Tool
Road Trip Nation
Bridges
MBC 0300
NEXT STEPS
Continue to work on resumes and explore other learning opportunities

Book an appointment at Career & Volunteer Services to further discuss
To book an appointment
call 778.782.3106
Who are you and where did you go?

Are you thinking of an international future?
Change, chance, and complexity
CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA - EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
Fundamental Skills
COMMUNICATE
MANAGE INFORMATION
USE NUMBERS
THINK AND SOLVE PROBLEMS
Personal Management
DEMONSTRATE POSITIVE ATTITUDES & BEHAVIOURS
BE RESPONSIBLE
BE ADAPTABLE
LEARN CONTINUOUSLY
WORK SAFELY
Teamwork Skills
WORK WITH OTHERS
PARTICIPATE IN PROJECTS AND TASKS

Characteristics for Success in International Corporations (RAND Corporation, 2003)
General cognitive skills
Interpersonal and relationship skills
Tolerance for ambiguity and adaptability
Cross-cultural competency
Personal traits (e.g. character, self-reliance, dependability)
When talking about your study abroad experience, always focus on specific interactions, moments, people and events instead of talking generically about how valuable the overall experience was.
Kelly Cuene
What's different about the two lists?

Why?
And how to communicate....
Stack of Resumes
FORMAT:
FORMAT:
FORMAT:
CONTENT:
CONTENT:
verb + ______________
The Standard Bullet:
The Better Bullet:
verb + ____________
+
result/impact OR why
Answers questions:
1. What?
2. So what?
Examples of bullets:
- Cultivated language and communication skills through sustained dialogue with host family and others in the community

- Identified community resources that provided for a richer immersion experience and allowed me to better adapt to unanticipated situations


Example of a Summary Point:
Examples of Targeted Headings:
Cross-Cultural Experience

International Experience
ACTIVITY
Develop statements as a group
HINT: Start with the "what" and deal with the "so what" later...
MyWorldAbroad

http://www.myworldabroad.com/sfu
(remember your 3-second answer...)
Had first-hand experience with learning and adjusting to different cultural norms through participation in an exchange to...
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Where do Grads Work?


http://blog-en.heqco.ca/2015/09/edudata-where-do-university-graduates-work-in-ontario/
... but maybe this is too long...
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