Job hunting abroad​

​​Finding a job abroad, when you don’t know the culture and the language, and you can’t rely on any support network, is a daunting task.
No wonder, then, that one of the major reasons employees refuse an assignment abroad is because of lack of professional opportunities for their spouse. A 2015 Permits Foundation study of 177 companies managing 130,000 expatriates found that 50% of employers face this situation. Having a job is not only an important part of your identity. Nowadays, it also means financial independence, intellectual stimulation and social integration. It prevents a huge imbalance in the couple relationship too.

In this article we will deal with following:

1. How to deal with the gaps in your CV

2. What to do if you can’t find work in your host country

3. What to do if you want to start a business you can bring with you when you move (Portable Career)

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​​Deal with the gaps in your CV

​Successful career development depends on making sure the right people know what value you can add and why you are different: ​Motivation, Skills, Identity, and Network. The good news is that thanks to technology the world has become significantly smaller: “Overseas” is less far than it once was. Now you can learn, work and network from a distance.

​​Include all relevant activities during the gap​
​Make sure to include any relevant activities during the gap on your resume. If you studied for your Master’s degree or took some classes during your gap, include these on your resume under “Education.” You may have volunteered during your time off from your career. If what you did is in line with your profession, include this volunteer work under professional experience. If not, consider including volunteer experience under a separate heading on your resume. Here are two examples to help you figure out if your volunteer experience is relevant or not:
Example 1: You volunteered at an orphanage and played with the kids there once a week for an hour. Relevant to your career in fundraising? No. You didn’t do any fundraising. Include it under “Volunteer experience.”

Example 2: You volunteered at an orphanage and played with the kids there once a week for an hour. You also chaired their fundraising drive to raise $2,000 for kitchen repairs and modernization. Relevant to your career in fundraising? Absolutely. Include it under “Professional experience.” This brings up a good point. If you are currently experiencing a gap in your employment or you see one coming up on the horizon, make sure to find something to fill that gap that keeps you connected to your career and using the skills you need to keep sharp. Find a way to volunteer using your professional skill set, take classes, or earn an advanced degree or certificate.

Explain the gap in your cover letter
​​Your resume doesn’t give you much room for explaining. For example, “I left my fundraising job at the American Cancer Society to follow my husband overseas” isn’t going to make a nice bullet on your resume. But you can dedicate one paragraph of your cover letter to addressing this gap. This helps your employer understand the gap in your resume and ensures that they don’t dismiss you because you have an unexplained gap on your resume. It’s best if you can make the gap a positive instead of a negative. Addressing what you did during your gap in employment that will benefit your employer is an extremely effective strategy.

Let's say you were working as a Fundraiser before moving abroad. Let's also say you have a five-year gap on your resume because when you moved to Malaysia with your husband, you were unable to work there because you didn’t have a work visa. Let’s say you already have a Master’s degree and didn’t want to take additional classes. Let’s also suppose that you were caring for your three small children, thus didn’t leave you any time for volunteering and using your professional skills. Tough situation, right? What do you have to offer from your time in Malaysia that your employer wants? On the surface it may look like nothing. But let's say when we talk with you, we find out that you learned a lot about Malaysian culture, and that you also learned a lot about your own culture by being the outsider. You were forced to learn the Malaysian language and adopt a different way of operating. How will that help you in fundraising? Perhaps it will help you approach and connect with more people in your fundraising efforts. Perhaps you learned how to convince people who are different from yourself to help you or do what you want. This seems helpful for a fundraiser, right? That’s what you should highlight in one paragraph in your cover letter.

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​Don't leave the interview without addressing the gap
​​When you are applying for positions, you can often figure out what potential employers will see as your biggest weakness. Is there something that you don’t have that you think other candidates will have? If you think the gap in your employment will be one of your potential employer’s greatest concerns about hiring you, don’t leave the interview without addressing it. There are two good places to address this. First, you can incorporate it into your answer about what’s your greatest weakness. The answer for this one can look something like this:

"I was quite worried about the five-year gap in my employment when I decided to move with my family to Malaysia. But now that the gap is over and I’m back in the job market, I know that this gap is actually an advantage for you as an employer. After a break from my chosen profession, I am extremely excited to get back to work. I have a renewed excitement for the career I chose. I’m different from other candidates in that I’m not burned out. I can’t wait to jump right back into it and you’re going to see that starting on my very first day."

​Portable Career

​​​We have a solution for you!
​​Every week we receive messages from spouses of expats working in Malaysia that they need some basic assistance to help them get started on a job search process in the expatriate location. In particular, they want information to assist them with networking, which is how most jobs are found. Many ask for a list of employment agencies, or a list of other Western companies using English-speaking staff. We have been asked for information on job fairs, and books on managing portability in both careers and identity. We listened carefully to every request and we took action on them!

Spouse Care Program
We are offering a unique spouse care program to help expatriate assisting spouses meet like-minded individuals looking for work, free networking events twice monthly, courses in entrepreneurship and portable careers, courses in cultural understanding and language courses in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Melayu, and other beneficial courses.

Talent Pool
Most recently, we are establishing a Talent Pool for international corporations to search and find highly-qualified, English-speaking employees, already on location.

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​​Expatriate spouse​, the​ born entrepreneur!

​For many expatriate partners like you, working for yourself is the solution to the dual-career issue. Running a business that can move with you, wherever you go, is the best way to retain professional identity and even sanity. The Entrepreneurship Program has multiple options to tailor your entrepreneurship when doing the full program, or choosing individual modules. You may wish to advance your business idea but you are not sure where to start, or you may wish to promote your business identity, make a powerful business plan, or learn how to pitch investors, and learn how to attract your ideal clients.

The LinkMotility experts work with the attendees to help them build their business and gain the necessary sales techniques, by equipping them with a skill set to help them take control of their marketing and budget. The attendees get hands-on experience in creating great presentations, sharing in groups, staying organized using customized templates and educational materials, and more! Whether you have ambitions to be the next Gates or Roddick, to do business from your kitchen table or to just hang onto your professional identity, you can do it. You are an expatriate spouse. You are a born entrepreneur!

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What is the best way to set up your new business as an Expat?
​Our experts can advise you on the optimal corporate structure for your needs and personal situation. We are well versed in the regulations and procedures in registering businesses and corporations in Malaysia with the best on the market to assure you a hassle-free experience.

Legal structure
LinkMotility will work with you to design and implement a multi-dimensional and strategic approach for the legal structure of your business right from the start. Issues such as taxation, wealth-building and management, equity and shareholding structure, residence and employment pass as well as regulatory compliance would be considered in offering you the comprehensive solution most suited to your business and personal goals.

Bring your business when you move!
As an expat opening a business abroad, the burning question is always "What do I do with my business if I leave the country?" Worry no more, as we also provide a global mobility solution, so you can bring your business wherever you go.

Bank account
Once the business entity is registered we can help you with opening a bank account. We work closely with several local and international banks and can arrange meetings and prepare all documentation.


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