Basic Requirements Needed to Work in Foreign Company

Some people are aspired to work at a foreign company for some reasons: attractive paycheck, flashy perks, opportunity to travel abroad, experience of working in a non-native environment, and more fun challenges. According to Callum Thomas, CEO of Thomas Thor Associations, working in a non-native company is an intriguing opportunity as you can work with a multinational and multicultural environment. There are benefits for your lifestyle and you as an individual when you work at a foreign company, including:

  •  It increases value to employers. As CEO of an international recruitment business, Thomas said that over 80 percent of job descriptions contain either mandatory requirement of a strong preference for an international and cross-cultural team experience.
  •  You can learn more about other cultures and customs. For you who enjoy learning about culture, working in non-native company will give you a chance to work with staffs from various countries and cultures. So, you can exchange cultural information with them.
  •  You will gain more insight and creativity. “Creativity and new insights thrive in environments where people have different ideas and perspectives,” Thomas said. Therefore, working a foreign company is a good place for that.
  •  It gives you experience to move internationally. If you have a plan to leverage your view about the world, working internationally can be one of good options.
  •  You will have more holiday destination ideas. Imagine you are working in a European company then you are assigned to work abroad for some period of time. There are a lot of history and good places you can visit on your time off.
  •  Lastly, you will gain free exposure to other languages, especially the local language you are living in.

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While the idea of working at a foreign organisation is fun, getting hired and actually working at one might not be easy as it sounds. Therefore, before deciding to apply to a position at a foreign company, acknowledge yourself with these ultimate requirements of working there.

Able to speak English (or other native languages) – First and foremost requirement to work at a foreign company is that you should be able to speak their native language or at least English. Why English? English remains the lingua franca or universal language which is widely spoken in business industry. That being said, it is crucial to master English, unless you only deal with native people.

Have good adaptability – Working in a new country will allow you to experience a new culture. For example, when you work in Australia and you are from Indonesia, you probably will have a cultural shock as the two countries have a very different culture. That is why it is important to have good adaptability skill in order to survive in your destined country. Here is a free source to help you learn about different cultures.

Able to adjust to different time zones – There are two things you should take into consideration before working at a foreign company. First, if you choose to work remotely for a foreign company and your team consists of people from different countries, you will need to adjust better to various different time zones when arranging a meeting or meeting a deadline. Therefore, this option requires you to have good time management.

Second, if you choose to work abroad. In this case, you need to adjust yourself with their time zone. It can be daunting. Why? Because during the first month, you will feel a very different atmosphere. For example, it is 1 am in your country and you are sleeping soundly. But in the new country, it is still 10 am. So, you need to get used to the different time zone.

Flexibility – Working and living, both need flexibility. Especially when you travel to a foreign country, you need extra flexibility. For example, imagine that you run out of money while you haven’t get paid yet or when you have arrived in the destined country everything turns out to be not what you have expected. It can be frustrating. But if you are flexible or have a back-up plan, it won’t be as scary as you imagine.  

Complete documents – The last requirement is documents. When you choose to travel to a destined country, you need to prepare everything beforehand. There are specific documents you need to prepare. The files needed depend on the country and organisation you apply, so you should ask the recruiter before travelling to their country.

Additionally, taken from Work Abroad, here are general documents you can prepare.

  1. Resume with a detailed job description.
  2. Valid Passport. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months prior to travel date.
  3. School Credentials. Documents such as High School or College Diploma; Post Graduate Diploma if applicable; Transcript of Records.
  4. Valid Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) ID (if necessary)
  5. Employment Certificates
  6. Training/Seminar Certificates
  7. Valid TOEFL or TOEFL equivalent Certificate (if applicable)
  8. Valid Passport & working/travel VISA  

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Is Education Important Only for Employment Purposes?

In general, we believe that people with higher level of education will have better job prospects. This opinion does not come without reason, as can be seen from a study titled “Highlights from Education as a Glance” which declared that education is generally good insurance against unemployment, even in difficult economic times. The study highlighted that individuals with tertiary education have remained below 5 percent and below 8 percent for those with only an upper secondary education. Moreover, during recent economic crisis, increase in average unemployment rate for individuals without an upper secondary education was 1.1 percentage points higher than for those with at least an upper secondary degree.

Then, is it true that the main aim of education is for employment?

A quick answer is obviously NO. Now, let’s see the true definition of education first.

According to Google dictionary, education is process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.

Wikipedia defines education as process of facilitating learning, or acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. In most regions, education is compulsory up to a certain age.

Encyclopaedia Britannica writes education as a discipline that is concerned with methods of teaching and learning is schools or school-like environments as opposed to various non-formal and informal means of socialization.  

Business dictionary states that education is wealth of knowledge acquired by an individual after studying particular subject matters or experiencing life lessons that provide an understanding of something. It requires instruction of some sort from an individual or composed literature.

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From four aforementioned definitions, there is no implication that education is merely for employment preparation. It is much more than that. Poll from debate.org showed that 54 percent respondents answered ‘no’ for a question: is the main aim of education to prepare students for a career? One of respondents said, “Many people are rich. Knowledge is not only to prepare child for highest salary and packages, it is also to make them a good person for society. Schools are also prepared them to be a knowledgeable person to better our planet.”

Nathan William in his article published at HRinAsia also agreed that education degree does not define where one individual should work. As you see, many of graduates pursue their career according to their passion and/or ability. A few does pursue their career according to their certification. Education and scholarly degree might help you to be smarter in your decision-making and career/life choice. But “regardless of what subjects you are studying at school, college major should not limit or even force you to compromise your career interest in the longer run”, added Nathan.

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” – President John F. Kennedy

Jaiveer Yadav, educator at Unacademy, added that skills and knowledge acquired through traditional school and college education do help you to build a good career. Yet, broader than that, education can impact on your whole life which eventually improves your quality of life and career. So, do you still think that education is just for employment purposes?

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5 Good Reasons Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander at Work

A survey from Monster.com found that two-thirds of working adults spend notable amount of time to daydream about having a different job. While this might seem harmless, dreaming about working in different role could be a sign that many employees are unfulfilled with their current position. Among common reasons of this phenomenon are because they feel underemployed or do not find the jobs challenging anymore. They might also have a toxic workplace or deal with difficult supervisor.

Not only about having new job, many workers also daydream about their current situation or even personal life while in a meeting or during their working hours. Thus, does daydreaming give bad impact to either company or productivity?

Eclipse Technoconsulting cited that “daydreaming might appear to be a waste of time. However, projects which are guided by rich imagination often run into fewer problems.  Even while not looking at anything in particular, daydreamer is granted with an incalculably valuable vision.” Giant company like Google allows its employees to spend up to 20 percent of their time at office daydreaming. Hence, daydreaming might not harm company or workers. It will benefit them, instead.

According to Georgia Institute of Technology study, daydreaming is a sign of cleverness. Eric Schumacher, Georgia Tech associate psychology professor and co-author of the study, said that “people with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering.” It implies that those who are more frequent daydreaming have higher score on intellectual and creative ability. The findings of the study also revealed that absent-minded individual who is off on his own world, sometimes oblivious to their own surroundings. “School children – for example – who are too intellectually advanced for their classes. While it may take five minutes for their friends to learn something new, they figure it out in a minute then check out and start daydreaming”, added Schumacher.

Moreover, Wellbe survey agreed that daydreaming can add more creativity to individuals who did it. It also helps them visualise a bigger solution by gaining new perspective on problem or linking to previously disjointed thought to come up with an original idea. Needless to say, you can access better and more unique ideas by allowing your mind to disconnect to everyday life or work routine. Another study from LiveScience also found that wandering mind is a stated where you can refocus to your task and be more productive than ever before.

Cristine Dell-Amore shared five fun facts about daydreaming that you probably never heard of:

 

  • As you get older, you daydream less – Daydreaming is about anticipating the future. For example, young you often have “power fantasies” if you become a superhero. And yet – as you get older, the amount of time you spend daydreaming decreases because probably the future shrinks.
  • When you are daydreaming, you will forget what you are doing – The type of daydreaming affects how much you forget current activity. For instance, you are asked to daydream about your childhood home. The further you back in time with your daydreaming, the bigger forgetting effect you’ll feel.
  • Daydreaming turns off other parts of the brain – You have two parts of brain, analytic one and emphatic one. When your mind wander, it naturally cycles through different modes of thinking. During this time, your brain tends to turn each other off.
  • Your brain (not your mind) controls your daydreams – When you daydreaming, your brain naturally fluctuates in certain ways. Thus, it shape the structure of your daydreaming.
  • Daydreaming makes you creative – Many studies have proved that daydreaming can improve creativity. It is because daydreams give you insight of wisdom which oftentimes, gives you solutions to problems that you have not considered before.  

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How many times have you failed on something?

Life is not all cupcakes and rainbows. People succeed and fail all the time, including you. There are times when you have to deal with bitter facts that you might not always get what you have been expecting from your current job. You might have to handle rejection from your dream employer. Or, you might still have to revise your report even after pulling an all-nighter to get the task done. Reality bites, doesn’t it?

If you ever feel down and lose your energy to get up, here are some life quotes from old cartoon characters. We hope this can help recharge your positive mind and energy, maybe this quotes can help bring your spirit of victory come to live again.

‘Adventure is out there.’ – Ellie (Up)

‘Just keep swimming.’ – Dory (Finding Nemo)

‘It’s about staying focused on your goals.’ – Goofy

‘Learn things and get smart.’ – Geppetto (Pinocchio)

‘To laugh at yourself is to love yourself.’ – Mickey Mouse

‘A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do!’ Chuckie Finster (Rugarts)

‘Even miracles take a little time.’ – The Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)

‘The shell of an oyster only hides the pearl inside.’ – Jack (Samurai Jack)

‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.’ – Walt Disney

‘Today is a good day to try.’ Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

‘In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.’ – Mary Poppins

‘Anything is possible when you have inner peace.’ Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda)

‘Life does not give us purpose. We give life purpose.’ – The Flash (DC Universe)

‘The only thing that is impossible is impossibility.’ Phineas (Phineas and Ferb)

‘It’s real life. And in real life, you can’t always win.’ – Gerald Johanssen (Hey Arnold)

‘Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.’ Merida (Brave)

‘Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.’ – Rapunzel (Tangled)

‘A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.’ – Eeyore (Winnie-the-Pooh)

‘Oh yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or learn from it.’ – Rafiki (The Lion King)

‘A true hero isn’t measure by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.’ Zeus (Hercules)

‘You thought you were a nothing, but you’re really a something, which makes you an anything.’ – Kala (Tarzan II)

I am only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.’ – Mufasa (The Lion King)

‘Just because I cannot see it, does not mean I cannot believe it.’ Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

‘Fairy tales can come true. You gotta make them happen, it all depends on you.’ – Tiana (Princess and the Frog)

‘The future is worth it. All the pain. All the tears. The future is worth the fight.’ Martin Manhunter (DC Universe)

‘In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.’ Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

‘There is not a monster more dangerous than a lack of compassion.’ Master Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

‘You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.’ Chef G (Ratatoulle)

‘Everyone faces challenges in life. It’s a matter of how you learn to overcome them and use them to your advantage.’ – Donald Duck

‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.’ – Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

‘When bad things happen, I know you want to believe they are a joke, but sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light.’ – BMO (Adventure Time)

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The internet has been proven useful in helping jobseekers find and land a job more quickly and more efficiently. However, with thousands of openings available on the net, it makes the process of finding the right ones that match your criteria becomes challenging. You might have found a job with excellent employee benefits, but the office is located abroad. Too far to go, but too tempting to miss. When looking for further detail about whether the company has option to remote work or not, you find that they only allow telecommute workers who reside in the same area.

But wait, aren’t remote and telecommuting job the same? Well, the truth is, NO. While the two terms are synonymous,  there is a slight difference in both. Here is the difference.

Remote work

Being a remote employee means that you can do the job from anywhere with no restriction of timezone, state, or country. You are able to do remote video call for a meeting without having to come to office or meet local clients. Your colleagues  might be located all over the globe as well.

For example: Credible Company based in New York sets their job ad as remote with clarification that no location restriction and almost all the whole team is remote. This is a great sign that Credible Company really looks for remote worker from all over the globe.

Telecommuting work

On the other hand, being a telecommuter means you can work from home or anywhere but your employer would like to meet you in person at the office sometimes. You might need to reside in a certain state, region, or country for a meeting or discussion with local clients. That being said, the company wants you to be closeby to reduce shipping costs for office equipments as well as to avoid paying sales taxes in states where their work based.

For example: CommunicationCo Company based in Paris Ris labelled their job ad as remote but they clarify that the applicants must reside within Singapore area. They cited in their ad as ‘Home based with travel to Paris Ris, Singapore’. In this case, instead of label their work as ‘remote work’, they should label their ad as telecommuting.

In the end, either remote and telecommuting job will let you work from the comfort of your home. The only difference is that one with certain area and the other is completely free. To decide whether you want to work completely remote from any place you are living now, or work flexibly with an option to come to the workplace, you need to guide yourself accordingly based on your necessities and preferences. In this case, creating a matrix job search would help you make better decision.

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Just like when you were at school, choosing a wrong seat at work can put you in an unfavourable position. In the workplace, sitting in the wrong place could hinder negotiations and even mar your professional image. You can say that spaces in business is a key in doing good deals, networking, and climbing ladder to success.

In professional settings, however, there might be some confusion on where to sit in order to achieve goals of meetings. For example, if you sit too close with potential business partners, you can be considered as a defiant and ambitious individual who does not understand the idea of ‘personal space.’ Meanwhile, when you sit too far from them, people might think you are unfriendly and unwilling to collaborate.

What should you do, then? Of course, you should sit ‘just right’ and people will see you are worth their trust, time, and investment. In other words, sitting in the right position can give you a good feeling about how you interact with colleagues, potential employers, or other attendees.

So, to look professional and to get full attention, here are some tips from Seats and Stools on how you should place yourself in the crowd.

When doing interview

On one on one interview

You have dressed nicely and studied all the company’s background to look professional and to make employer falls in love with you. While the recruiter might have recognised and expected your coming, you still need to introduce yourself. After that, it is time to find a seat where you can confidently talk to your recruiter. There might be several seats available in the room, but  you should sit at the opposite of the interviewer. You should also wait to be asked to sit. Your body should be sit up straight, and adjust your chair to be at eye level with the interviewer.

On group interview

Different from 1-to-1 interview, when meeting several employers, you can sit across from the group of interviewers. First you should introduce yourself with your full name to everyone on the panel because they might have no idea which one they interview. You should also make eye contact with the group, flash off genuine smiles, and show enthusiasm.

When doing brainstorming session

Being a professional in brainstorming session does not mean you should invite an expert. By not inviting executives or managers, you can cook the best original ideas to impress your boss. It also helps everyone contribute their best acts.

Therefore, you should keep your group small for more spontaneous and separate strong personalities by distance for the most collaborative environment. As good as possible, when doing an informal discussion, try to avoid sitting on the table.

When doing presentation

Engaging everyone in a discussion can be a challenging task. To help you deal with that, you should arrange seats in form of theatre style (semicircle). There will be rows facing speaker in semi-circular pattern or herringbone pattern for maximum view.

If you are a single presenter, you should be in front (on the stage) to get fewer distraction and more audience attention.

If you are presenting with a partner, both of you should sit on stage until it is your turn to speak.

If you are a co-presenter, you can stand or sit at the side of stage or room for minimising disrupt flow.

If you are one of panel speaker presentation, you should sit on stage at a conference table, and moderator will be at the end of table and to the side.

If you are an attendee, choose a seat in the front centre and you will get the best view from both, presenter and presentation.

Likewise, whichever you are, you should rehearse your lines or presentation before the acts to ensure a smooth transition.

Sales meeting presentation can be done in small tables in ‘banquet style’. It will help foster communication and keep attention of attendees.

When doing business lunch

It will be better to reserve a table or a meeting room. However, if you want a different view, you can choose 4-top table in a quiet area of a restaurant with minimal noise and distraction. You should seat next to one another on the corner of the table rather than across. It will allow you to get more intimate conversation. When your client arrives, subtly direct him or her to the chair next to you by gesturing.

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“Love what you do, do what you love.”
Does this quote sound familiar to you? Chances are, this sentence is among the most popular quotes people will tell you when embarking on career journey. When it comes to work, it is important to know what kind of occupation you are passionate about, as this is closely related to your productivity and performance at work.
Some people might think that in today’s tough economic climate, passion is not number one priority in a process of job search. As consequence, some people might end up abandoning their true calls and choose a job they actually hate simply because it offers better compensation.
Imagine waking up in the morning with miserable feeling of not wanting to go to work. While your friends are talking about how much they love what they do at work, you have to put on a fake smile to hide your actual feeling about the job. Then what should you do if you are trapped in a job you do not really like?
The key is to handle such situation is by recognising what is keeping you from being positive, changing your work habits and making a quality work-life balance. Here are some tips for you to keep enjoyment at work:

Find the value of the job

Do not let yourself drown in negativity, as this will only hinder you from finding joy and thrill in your job. Instead, you can try to focus on the positive aspects of your job by realising that whatever you do will bring value and contribution to others’ life. By recognising that your job helps others to achieve their goals and make their life easier, it can bring positive thoughts that in turn help you enjoy your job more. Even if you are not passionate about your job, you should think that what you do is meaningful for others.

Don’t shut yourself out

When you hate your job, you might rather get your work done as early as possible and go home instead of hanging out with your coworkers during after work. You will not care enough to build a relationship with your colleagues, you do not chat or engage in personal conversation with them because you do not even want to be there in the first place. Disconnecting yourself from others will only damage your self-esteem, because having good relationship with teammates can provide some much-needed relief, support, and happiness in the workplace. That being said, you can find enjoyment at work by letting yourself be part of the community, as they can be your support system and reason to enjoy your work life.

Find something new

Maybe you feel bored doing the same task and stuck in same routine everyday that it becomes difficult to enjoy your day at work. In such condition, you can approach your manager and ask if you can take on some new responsibilities in the office. But first you have to be aware of your own quality so you can give your best contributions for the new roles.

Maintain work-life balance

Your current job might not fulfill your dream, which then becomes the sole reason why you are struggling to enjoy your time at work. Such mindset might bring negativity that impacts not only your professional life, but also your personal life outside the office. Therefore, it is best to not bring work-related matters home and try to not complain about your job after work. Instead, you should focus on things that make you happy such as doing your hobbies or something that helps you relaxed.

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“Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.” – Casey Neistat

As 2017 is coming to a close, you have set a New Year resolution to achieve next year: be an entrepreneur and create your own startup. You have couple of great ideas as well as the passion to turn them into reality. You even have compiled project proposals and contacted potential investors who would support your dream.

While this might seem like a perfect plan to execute, here’s the bigger catch: leave your stable job and become a full-time entrepreneur is not just an easy feat.

The idea of launching your own business seems appealing for anyone, especially young-spirited generations such as Millennials. However, it should be noted that not everyone is suited to be a leader. Rather than gambling your hard-earned career and regretting the decision later, it will be better to notice your own leadership capabilities first.

While it might sound cool to be your own boss, being an entrepreneur requires a strong will, dedication, and commitment in the whole process. Before you leave your job and start your entrepreneur journey, here are four signs to tell that you might be more suitable for a job than being an entrepreneur:

  1. You hate changes and challenges

Being an entrepreneur means that you have to get ready for roller-coaster experience along the way. Flexible attitude to deal with unexpected changes and challenges is a must-have value for everyone who wants to succeed in their entrepreneurship journey. If you tend to find comfort in a flat environment with smooth movement, you might not be cut out to be a businessperson.

  1. You are not a good decision-maker

Being a leader means that you would be responsible to make all business-related decision. You might be able to hire consultants and ask them advices, but in the end, the decision is yours to make. As an entrepreneur, you will have a lot of things to decide. Be it product placement, office location, employee recruitment method, or target customers, you should be able to make the right decision that will bring your business move forward. If in the beginning you are not confident enough to make important decisions, chances are, you will find more difficulties along the way.

  1. You are afraid of taking risks

Entrepreneurship is tough, and you should be prepared to give your all. Despite every resources you might have on hand, there is no guarantee for success in the future. When you leave your job to realise your dream of creating your own brand, the process requires a huge willingness to take whatever risks it might bring in the future. However, if you have zero tolerance to risk and tend to play in your safe zone, you might need to rethink your intention to build your own startup.

  1. You lack of basic knowledge

As a new entrepreneur, it is true that you might not have experience level as Mark Zuckenberg or Jack Ma. However, not having adequate business knowledge and organisational skills will bring your startup nowhere but the downhills. Before creating your own business, you should support yourself with basic business, marketing, and accounting knowledge. Even if you do not have formal educational background on these fields, there are numerous courses available online that let you take classes for free. If you find you yourself lack of these knowledge, you might want to go back to your previous position as corporate employee.

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