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Working Abroad – 5 Indispensable Tips

Paulo Nogueira
06-07-2018 05:53:57
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Working Abroad – 5 INDISPENSABLE Tips for those who dream of an international career.

Traveling to different countries, obtaining international certifications, meeting professionals from all over the world and earning in dollars are just some of the advantages of working abroad. But to achieve this goal, it is necessary to follow some steps and be persistent in this journey. To make your life easier and give you a FAST GUIDE on how to get there, Luis Franco (over 12 years of experience in Brazil and abroad) leaves here some tips for you. WRITE DOWN:

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This is the first step and, perhaps, the most important one to take into account, for those who want to work abroad. Speaking the language of the country you are interested in working for is paramount. The business language worldwide is English, but depending on the country, other languages may be requested as a preference.

Before moving on to the next tip, understand something very important: WITHOUT SPEAKING ENGLISH THERE IS NO CHANCE.


You need to find out what is required in terms of qualifications, documentation (passport, visa, certificates) in order for you to be eligible for a place in another country.

THINK WITH ME: What would make a country, on the other side of the planet, interested in moving you to work there instead of using your labor? The answer to that is quite simple: Need vs. Qualification. The need arises when the country cannot find the professional it needs and with the required qualifications.

It is worth remembering that to apply for a job abroad, you can only apply online. You need to have your CV up to date and in the English language preferably. You must have an email (of course) and, preferably, you must be connected to the main social networks (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.). Most companies abroad do Skype interviews, however, the Telephone can be used to talk to you and check your level of conversation in the foreign language. Many candidates can't even get past this stage. Believe me, even the mobile app Whatsapp may be asked to facilitate the interview.

linkedin is a great source of opportunities and disclosure of vacancies and professionals. Keep your CV up to date and in the English language. Use and abuse this online tool. Be very careful with the photos you post on social media as this can work against your reputation.


No shirtless photos, on the beach, at the pool, consuming alcoholic beverages, together with other people, wearing sunglasses or inappropriate clothing. After all, LinkedIn is a social network that will promote you as a professional, so, BE PROFESSIONAL.

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It is highly recommended that you have contacts outside the country. This will make it much easier for the international employer to agree to choose you for an interview. Join groups that are just as interested as you are and be open to getting help, tips and feedback from people who are already where you want to be. Please note that for someone to refer you, it will be necessary for this person to know you and trust you. So remember that at all times we are being watched. Always maintain a professional demeanor, even if no one is around you.


Can you imagine getting your dreamed international contract and when you get there, you simply know nothing about the customs, history and culture of that place? There will probably be culture shock, don't you think?

Just to give you an example, there are countries that think it's normal:

  • Having more than one wife – Saudi Arabia;
  • That woman is not worth much and exists only to serve the man – Some Middle Eastern countries;
  • That you don't use toilet paper (you just wash it with the hygienic shower or with a bowl of water) – India;
  • That a couple on the street showing affection is forbidden and can even lead to jail – India;
  • That carrying photos with nudity or pornography on the cell phone can condemn the owner of the same to death – Saudi Arabia;
  • That possession of drugs is a crime punishable by death – Saudi Arabia;
  • That arriving at meetings or meetings BEFORE or AFTER the agreed time is disrespectful – Some European countries;
  • Who thinks it's normal to hold the employee by the arm in the work environment – USA;
  • Who thinks it's normal to yell at the employee and treat him with a lack of respect – Some countries, etc.

Does all this seem absurd? Well, it's about the culture of those countries and for them all this is normal. Knowing the customs of the country you will work in and respecting them is fundamental to your success.

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Being FLEXIBLE, or having a “jump game” to adapt to the work environment, is KEY to increasing your chances of success.

It's not all rosy and what you'll be offered may not be exactly what you expected when it comes to working abroad.

Beware of your BELIEFS – what is true for you may not be true for someone else.

Be careful when expressing your CULTURAL COSTUMES - culture shock can affect you deeply and trying to understand the culture of the country you will be working in will help you a lot to not commit gaffes or offenses.

Keeping these tips in mind and working each one towards achieving your goal will lead you to the long-awaited international contract. Study, research, and be prepared when the opportunity comes.

Enjoy and stay connected with Click Oil and Gas so you don't miss any news and most importantly, your chance to get a good job offer. Good luck.

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Luis Franco, (46), born in Salvador-Ba, Occupational Safety Technician (11 years of offshore experience), has two daughters (8 and 16). He studied International Relations at FIB (currently Faculdade Estácio) and started his career as Workplace Security in 2005 at a large company in the copper industry (2 years at Caraíba Metais – Grupo Paranapanema) and in 2007 he was called to work at Transocean do Brasil ( drilling) and traveled to several countries for work and courses. He stayed there for 10 years as RSTC (Rig Safety & Training Coordinator) and in 2017 he had the long-awaited chance to work outside Brazil on an international contract. He currently works in Saudi Arabia at an offshore construction company – McDermott (based in Houston-USA, with an office in Dubai – United Arab Emirates).


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Paulo Nogueira
With technical training, I worked in the offshore oil and gas market for a few years. Today, my team and I are dedicated to bringing information from the Brazilian energy sector and the world, always with credible and up-to-date sources.