Global Career Update
April 2016 Corporate Edition




This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including moving to Belgium, working in France and negotiating in the United Arab Emirates. It also explores interviewing like a boss and the best countries in the world.




United Arab Emirates: Transportation

There are a variety of ways to get to and around in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and increasingly Sharjah are the main international airports. Buses are clean, efficient and economical but also slow. Taxis are readily available, efficient and cheap. The road network is extensive and well-maintained, and buying a car is inexpensive. Read more

United Arab Emirates: Negotiation Styles

Respect, loyalty and relationships are critical in negotiations in the United Arab Emirates. Arabs do not like to disagree, and ‘no’ should not be said directly as it can cause offense. Oral communication carries more weight than written. Agreements are considered final only when all parties have parted ways. Read more

Employment Trends: United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a commercial, financial and business hub of the Middle East. Home to many expats who enjoy a comfortable life, as do locals, the country remains optimistic despite a predicted gradual economic slowdown due to falling oil prices and the softening of the UAE’s real estate market, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal. Read more


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Moving Abroad: So Here You Go (Abroad)!

When living abroad, perception is important. How you choose to interpret your new environment will determine your reactions to it. Are new anxieties exciting or worrying? Having a support system (even one back home) is critical when you make the move overseas. It’s a good idea to make a list of resources you have at your disposal, and don’t dismiss offers of support. Read more 

Tips to Interview Like a Boss

The interview is an intense and critical part of the job search. Maximizing the opportunity to discuss why you should be hired is important. Several things can help you make a positive impression. Be on time and ready. Do your homework. Dress accordingly. Be confident. Know how to turn a negative into a positive. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Stay positive. Read more 

What You Need to Prepare for Moving to Belgium

One expat discusses how to prepare in advance for a move to Belgium. Some things can be done ahead of time such as opening a bank account and looking for accommodation. Other things must be done once you arrive such as registering with your local commune. You must also sign up with a national Belgian healthcare insurer and arrange home insurance. Read more 

Employment Law in Japan: 10 Surprising Facts

In Japan, it is common for employers to pay the commuting expenses, meal allowances, housing allowances, family allowances and bonuses of full-time employees on open-ended contracts. Employers are not required to give employees paid or unpaid time off on national holidays. However, it is very common for employers to treat national holidays as non-working days. Read more