Career Tips for International Students

Career Branding Myth #2 Experience Back in Home Country

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In this episode, we will be discussing how to effectively use work experience gained outside of the US to secure job opportunities in America.

Contrary to popular belief, US employers are interested in more than just work experience gained within the US.

I know this firsthand because when I first arrived in the US back in 2014, many people told me that my ten years of work experience in Thailand wouldn’t be valuable here.

Despite that, I was able to secure a six-figure salary job using that same experience.

I’m here to share with you how you can do the same.

First, it’s important to be your own advocate.

Have confidence in your skills and abilities, and believe that you can be a valuable asset to a potential employer.

Next, focus on effectively highlighting your international work experience on your resume.

Use the A-P-R method: Action, People, and Result.

The first element is Action – Action refers to what you did, for example, managing a project that impacted 3,000 employees nationally.

Be as specific as possible, and consider mentioning the purpose of the project and your contribution to it.

The second element is People – People refers to who you worked with, such as your supervisors, coworkers, or your clients.

Showcasing your ability to work well with others is a common skill employers look for,

so make sure to include that if it’s relevant.

The last and most important element is the result.

Result refers to the outcome of your actions, and it’s ideal to provide data or statistics to support it.

For example, you could mention that the project resulted in 100% user acceptance.

Be sure to highlight any major achievements you accomplished in your previous roles.

It’s important to focus on skills and experience that are relevant to the industry you’re targeting, regardless of where the experience was gained.

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