Global Career Update
July 2016 Corporate Edition




This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including traveling to Brazil, working in Germany and interviewing in Italy. It also explores transportation systems around the world and responding to job ads.




Employment Outlook: Dubai

The United Arab Emirates’ Dubai, battling through oil price fluctuations and political unrest in the region, has continued to offer a multitude of job opportunities and very low unemployment numbers to its largely expat population. By Mary Anne Thompson, founder and president, Goinglobal, Inc. Read more

Italy: The Interview

In Italy, the recruitment process often involves three or four interviews. There is no standard formula, and interviews can be anything from very casual to formal and intimidating. The first interview is often with HR and increasingly includes psychometric testing. Job interviews may be held at restaurants or bars over a glass of wine. Don’t be misled by the informal approach and always be professional and respectful. Read more

Italy: Management Styles

In Italian businesses, management is hierarchical with most decisions being made at the top of the chain of command. Because it is necessary to always go higher up the chain, decision making is often slow. Italians often work in teams, but a leader is necessary to take control and provide direction. Compliments and confrontations are usually handled privately. Read more


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Anatomy of a Job Ad

Most job applicants create a resume or CV and only slightly tweak it for different job applications. However, it may be a good idea to build your resume/CV and cover letters around different job postings. It will demonstrate that you are paying attention and have the skills needed. This strategy helps you respond directly to the responsibilities and requirements in a posting. It is a lot of work, but if you’re truly interested, it should be engaging and bring you closer to the right job. Read more 

The Best Public Transportation Systems Around the World

Using taxis while traveling is expensive. However, using public transportation in unfamiliar places can be daunting. A graphic shows the transportation systems in 11 cities around the world. Compare the transport systems in New York, Beijing, Dubai, Moscow, Paris and more. Read more 

This Leader’s Global Assignment in Her 20s Catapulted Her Into Roles Usually Reserved for Men

Global experiences are critical to getting ahead early in your career. However, they are often given to men over women despite women aspiring to work abroad. For one woman, negotiating a global assignment led to a senior leadership position in the financial industry. Increasingly, global experience is seen as necessary for executive leadership roles. Read more 

Work in Germany: Getting a German Work Permit

In Germany, people work hard and play hard. Germans work the longest hours when compared to other European countries. However, they also enjoy more holidays than most countries. If you’re not from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you can only work in Germany if a position cannot be filled by a worker from the EU/EEA/Switzerland or unless you are highly skilled or qualified. Certain types of professions are granted preferential permits. Read more 

How Can HR Protect the Safety of Globally Mobile Employees?

More than ever, businesses have employees posted in other countries. Natural disasters, terrorism and medical endemics around the world are real concerns. Over half of organizations have experienced an incident that affected the health and safety of a global employee. As a result, it is critical that employers know where employees are and how to contact them in emergency situations. It is also important to carry out an assessment of security and compliance risks. Read more