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Questions involving more than one country as someone may be immigrating for a position.

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Trouble understanding the speech of overseas colleagues

All of my development colleagues (software development company) are based overseas in India (I'm in the UK). I'm in a junior position and a lot of my development relies on being taught how to do ...
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Company office is in a country with lower salaries. How do I ask to be paid as much as in the headquarter office?

My company has the headquarter in a country A with salary rate X. The company has the development center in another country B where the salary for the developers are with 20-25 % lower that in country ...
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How can I respond to negative comments about my accent in a non-native language?

I am a non-native English speaker working in a software company. Some of my co-workers, especially people in more senior positions, make comments about not understanding due to my accent when a ...
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Could Wearing My Star of David Be Bad for Career?

I am a conservative Jew with a non-Jewish sounding last name (my paternal grandfather was not Jewish but Irish/German). However, I am 100% Jewish from both of my grandmothers/obviously my mother. I ...
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My supervisor was a Crown Prince for eight years. How do I list a reference?

I have returned to the US, and my last eight years were working on major projects in the Gulf not for a company, but directly for the Crown Prince. I've returned, retired-ish at 35 but I'd like to ...
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Showing Gratitude for “Free” Carpooling in Germany

I grew up in the United States and am still pretty unfamiliar with German customs and social interactions. I am currently working as an intern in a moderately large company in Germany. It's about a 40 ...
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How can cultural adaptability be evaluated when hiring an employee from another country?

My company is considering hiring a developer from India who has experience working on our product as a contractor. We want to interview him to determine: If he can adapt to the new culture If his ...
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How to improve team-building when cultural cliques are formed at a multinational company?

I am a junior manager at a European branch of a US-based firm. Our US-based colleagues and superiors often come over for major projects but always seem to keep a greater professional distance from ...
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Customer pays in different currency than invoiced, leaves me with conversion fees [closed]

I generally invoice in Euros, and then accept international wire transfers fees that get deducted in transit. If the customer asks me to quote/invoice in their preferred currency that's fine. In this ...
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How should I approach job search in a country where racism/discrimination is accepted and/or not actively tackled?

I am planning, within the next 12 months, to move in with my wife in her country (Central-Eastern Europe), and thus I would need to start looking for a role there. I am aware that in their end of the ...
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Got a remote job offer, how do I know that it's legitimate?

Recently I was contacted by a company for a remote job offer for a Russian company (I am in India). I accepted that and I had a face-to-face meeting with one person from their team. He asked for my ...
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As an international student applying for internships abroad, how can I improve my chances at getting an interview? [closed]

As an international student applying for internships abroad, how can I improve my chances at getting an interview?
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Advisability of using the word “religiously” in a corporate lecture or training session

Recently I attended a training session where the speaker was repetitive about using the term "religiously" like "....follow X and Y religiously..." and "...if you follow P and Q religiously...."...
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Overcoming language as a barrier in communication-intense jobs

Edit: I rephrased my question, to make it more generally applicable. In a communication-intense job, it often comes down to one's ability to convey meaning "in-between-the-lines". Handling of ...
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Keep in touch with a company located in another country

I am just about to complete an one year exchange student program (in Canada if it matters) that included a internship of 3 months in a private company. I like this company a lot, and on my last week ...
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Signing contract on the starting day? Not before?

I've been through a really long hiring process, almost 2 months. After 5 interviews with managers and directors, a psychotechnic evaluation and finally a health analysis, they called me, and told me ...
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Can a non US citizen work remotely for a US company and be under their payroll? [closed]

Some context: I've been in the US for almost 5 years under a F1 visa. In the last year I've worked under OPT for a company in the US. I have a SSN but my card says "valid for work only with DHS ...
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How should I list foreign business experience on my resume?

In today's Global Marketplace, many companies are looking for employees with "International Experience". If you have worked overseas, the company description will show what country the company was ...
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How to increase chance of you getting hired if you are not a native to that country?

I am an Android developer with almost 5 years of experience in native android application development. I am from India and considering moving to another country, mainly Canada, japan or any European ...
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What are costs involved in temporarily working overseas?

After interviewing for a local California job, I was surprised by being offered a six-month job that would have me spend three weeks at a time in Korea. In negotiating my salary, I'd like to know what ...
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How can a recent graduate get an international internship?

I have just finished my Advanced Diploma in Computing, and I am currently looking for an internship. I live in Libya and Software Development here is dead. If I stay here, then I am certainly doomed....
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What should I do If I was told by email that I would receive the offer letter within 2-3 working days but it has been 5 days since then?

I was offered a job in a big company in the UAE but I am in Pakistan. I was hired and was told by the manager that my documents have been forwarded to HR and I will receive the OFFER LETTER within 2-3 ...
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How can I unify a team of people working remotely?

I’m currently on a team with people who work in different countries. This question makes the assumption that it is better to have some level of interpersonal connection among team members; we are ...
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How to prepare for interviews far away from home?

When applying for jobs far from where you live, it can be time consuming and expensive to travel to interviews. What is the best way to prepare for this and determine if it is worthwhile? The usual ...
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On the spotlight for being too vocal/assertive [closed]

I have been working for this huge international insurance company for four years now; Our branch is basically the IT provider for the company. I am quite vocal/assertive but never had any issue ...
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How do I choose the correct Japanese honorific usage for emails?

Just recently, in my company we acquired several devices from one of the biggest companies in Japan. We are currently re-implementing part of our systems with such new devices. During the ...
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Can an employment contract contain a bond clause of X years? [closed]

I recently got a job offer abroad from a company that I interviewed at. In the job offer, they say that I will have to sign an employment contract on my first day at work. I read their offer letter ...
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Asked to work abroad for some days, but was not allowed, although another coworker is. How can I follow up with this?

I live and work in the UK and my company allows me to work from within UK without me notifying them about this. I asked my manager 2 months ago whether I could work from another country for a period ...
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How do you access English recruiters and jobs in a location that is not primarily English speaking?

I'm currently residing in Hong Kong. I know there are English speakers everywhere, and there are employment locations that are purely English speaking, and I know English-only employees exists ...
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Should I list both universities if I started in one country but graduated in another?

I was studying computer engineering and during my third year, I had to travel abroad to another country because of the outbreak of a civil war in my country. This interrupted my studies for a year but ...
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Declining job offer for political reasons [closed]

I am looking for work. I applied to a company located in the U.S., which is not my home country. Recently, I received a job offer from the company. But after careful consideration, and in light of ...
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Cultural differences from one's home country as a reason for taking a job back home

I'm currently working in a foreign country and have already lived abroad in more than one country for some years. Now, however, I realize that there are many differences between where I'm from (in ...
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Are there jobs for software developers at embassies? [closed]

I have a Bachelor's of Computer Science and about a year and a half of experience in programming. I'd like to be able to work in different countries and explore the world while I work. Are there ...
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How long must I wait before quitting after returning from an overseas assignment?

I'm returning to my home country after a 2 year overseas placement. Is there a certain amount of time that I should stay from the perspective of professional integrity? More details: I'm working on ...
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What are some ways to prepare for an interview for a job that is based overseas?

For instance: Are there specific questions to ask an overseas employer that might not be relevant for someone in your country/city? What types of things should an applicant look for in preparation? ...
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Is it impolite to show interest in how co-workers perform their job?

I'm new to the corporate world and workplace. I am wondering if the following things are considered not polite to do as an intern: Ask about how a co-worker or supervisor does their job. Give lengthy ...
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International Relocation for new role [closed]

I have been going through the interview process for a particular company which I believe would be amazing to work for, and it appears that I have reached the tail end of the interview process. They ...
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Getting your voice heard on out of scope problems

The situation: I work for a large European based multinational corporation on an IT implementation. I am based out of the only major North American location. My project is presently unfeasable due ...
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I want to apply in this company because they provide international mobility. How should i write it? [closed]

I'm a french student in industrial engineering, working in apprenticeship and I would like to go abroad for my first job. I heard, from another's company employee, they are searching for an industrial ...
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Should I spell my surname phonetically?

I am in the process of designing my first batch of business cards and considering putting the phonetic spelling of my surname beside it, in a faded font. My surname is foreign (much like me). What I ...
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Employer wants me to sign non compete with customer, how do I voice my concerns?

I work for a contracting company -- that is, I am a regular employee of the company, it does contract design work for others. One of our customers is requesting that employees working on their ...
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Can I, as a non-American student, realistically start now and find an internship in the USA for the summer?

I am thinking about applying for an internship (or student job) in the USA, preferably the LA / San Diego area. The total time there would be 1 month (although depending on the actual date I could go ...
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Politeness in international contacts

I work and live in Scandinavia, and by culture we use a person's first name when speaking to someone, colleagues, clients and so on. In general we use the second-person singular when addressing ...
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What looks stronger on a resume – higher position or a well known company? [closed]

A little bit of background – I'm an industrial engineering student and currently have a perm job with logistics at a startup. While it isn't aligned to my career goals, it gives me a lot of growth ...
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How should one respond to a low offer for an intra-company, international transfer?

I am expecting an offer in the next few days but also anticipate this being low based on discussions with my future manager. I think he simply wants to throw my current salary through a currency ...
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Discussing marital and family status in an “intake questionnaire” before an interview

I have been offered an opportunity to interview for a job that requires relocation to another country. The company is a big US based international company and the position is in Canada. Before the ...
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Added bullet point of international experience to resume

Good afternoon, Working on my resume and I have recently flew to the middle east to work alongside the customer providing technical training. I want to include this in a bullet point in my resume ...
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Postponing international move for a month?

I've been working for an IT company in the EU for the past 10 months, through an outsourcing company based in Eastern Europe. The client I've been working for has invited me to move to their HQ and ...
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Trying to determine fair compensation across borders

Before a third interview with a company, their HR representative asked what kind of compensation I would expect. If this company was in Canada where I live, I have a reasonable understanding of what ...
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How can international students with weak work experience overcome logistical difficulties in seeking work in the United States? [duplicate]

I hope this is appropriate but I am asking on behalf of a friend who is an international student here in the United States. He originally comes from a non western background. Currently he is ...