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You may be an experienced traveller on the seas of job offers – or not. If not, here’s a few useful tips of where to look for what you want.

Option number one these days is definitely the internet. Check out job-offering sites. Don’t go for just one, try more. It’s also good to check regularly for updates, even if you’ve already sent out a couple of applications. Don’t be disappointed if some agency doesn’t even reply to you – these things happen and it’s nothing against your CV, just disregard it. Keep on looking.

 
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For your convenience, it is best to use sites which allow you to filter the results e.g. by field of work (admin? engineering?), area of work (Reading? New Jersey?) and other useful criteria, otherwise you’ll be fighting your way through lots of disrelated positions before you find one that is of interest for you. Another good source is classified ads in newspapers.
 
Internet job sites also often offer the possibility to post up your CV for the perusal of potential employers. Personally I’ve not known this to yield many results, but truth is you never know, so if this option is free, you might as well go for it. 

 


Be somewhat careful with international job offers. Thirty years ago we all thought that 2000 will be a year where everybody is going to have their holidays on Mars and that our by that time perfect and happy society will enjoy interstellar travel and intelligent intercourse with extraterrestrial species. For whatever reason, even a decade later this is still not the case and human trafficking is still an issue, so it’s a good advice to always check out the agency or company in question on the internet for references, good standing etc., and happily ignore offers such as “office worker wanted, must be blonde, under 23, fun personality, likes to dance, international travelling opportunities, no experience necessary”. Unless, of course, that is really what you’re seeking.

It may also happen that a company (especially if you’re in contact directly and not through a job agency), even quite a creditable one, will come up with an idea that they are just now on some project you’d be involved in, they are just now leaving for Austria for negotiations and need you there as a translator, let’s do this week as a trial and then we sign the papers. Well, this really happens and you may come back safe and sound, but you may not be getting any papers to sign, a pittance, if anything, for your week’s work and will just end up feeling silly.

 Basically – it’s always on the safe side to sign contracts first, after all that is why God invented trial periods. If you or your new employer are for any reason unhappy with the cooperation, you both have three months to terminate your contract with no penalties arising to either side.

 
 

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