If you are unemployed, you know it's a jobless jungle out there. To help you navigate the unemployment terrain, NY1's Employment reporter Asa Aarons has answers to some viewers' questions.
The online classified ads make it seem like foreign countries are loaded with opportunity. The ads say that companies are "hiring now" and looking for overseas workers, employees for a cruise ship or workers with language skills.
Many people have been so frustrated with the job hunt here in the United States that they have been asking me about these tempting overseas opportunities. They wonder why other countries are offering so many jobs and how they can get them.
First, there's a whole network of consulting companies that claim they will line applicants up with a foreign job, when in reality the only thing the company will line is its own pockets. Study the ads and dig a little, and many will ask for an advance fee for the information.
I knew of one job seeker hoping to work on cruise ships who paid $50 in advance for what turned out to be an instruction manual on how to send his resume to the cruise lines listed in back of the book.
Same thing with the foreign jobs. One mean-spirited example was brought to me by a young man who paid around $50 for information on how to work and see the world. They sent him addresses for navy recruiting offices. The company had no affiliation with the U.S. military and soon vanished.
The idea of plentiful overseas jobs with American companies is basically a myth. Most hire entry level jobs locally, from within the host country, and then send a few Americans there in management positions.
I was reading about a huge global company with nearly 300,000 international employees, and only about 300 of them were Americans working abroad.
Do not pay for information starter kits or the "inside track" on a foreign job. If the guys hustling that information know so much about it, why aren't they sitting in some Italian villa with a cushy job?
Do check out the Foreign Policy Association University at www.fpau.org. This nonprofit group can supply users with more knowledge of what it takes to get an overseas job.
If you have an employment story, a job, a new interview technique, or something you want to share with those looking for work or those doing the hiring, contact Asa Aarons at firstname.lastname@example.org.