The International Business Career Landscape

The International Business Career Landscape

We must ensure that the global market is embedded in broadly shared values and practices that reflect global social needs, and that all the world’s people share the benefits of globalization.” – Kofi Annan

As international markets evolve, businesses are taking advantage of the changing environment to carve their own niche. International business allows companies to offset negative growth in one market by operating successfully in another. Introducing unique products in new territories not only increases sales, but also establishes global presence. As per a survey by the United States Small Business Administration, about 96% of the world’s consumers reside outside America. So, U.S. companies that delve into international business are positioned to enjoy increased profit potential from a larger customer base. For example, although The Netherland’s transportation infrastructure initially attracted Nike to set up an office in Hilversum, it ultimately served as a trigger for the company to refuel its global investment to gain access to millions of non-U.S. consumers. Today, the company has its centralised base in Hilversum for operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa. In fact, the 2016 International Business Indicator released by Wells Fargo stated that 87% of U.S. companies agree that international expansion is required for long-term growth, since taking advantage of global opportunities hedges the risk of decline in domestic markets.

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Trending Careers For Remote Work

Trending Careers For Remote Work

Remote work is the future of work.” — Alexis Ohanian

A few years ago, working from home seemed out of reach for most industries. However, through the force of technology, a higher number of professionals today prefer a flexible working style that, in turn, allows them to be outside the bounds of a conventional office environment. At least 50% of the workforce in the U.S. operates remotely. Common factors inducing this change include the job seekers’ need for work-life balance through flexible schedules and time lost in commuting. On the other hand, employers approach remote work as a means of achieving reduced costs and better talent due to the flexibility that comes with remote jobs. For instance, American Express adopted a flexible workplace strategy through its BlueWork program to encourage employees to figure out the best workspace plan. The company not only experienced an increase in employee productivity, but also saved $10-$15 million in annual real estate costs by grouping employees into four work styles – home, roam, club, and hub, where only ‘Hub’ employees required a fixed desk, and daily presence in the office.

So, if you’re seeking to land a remote job, here are some of the top career opportunities:

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Leveraging Internship Opportunities To Shape Your Future

Leveraging Internship Opportunities To Shape Your Future

My advice for young people is, study what you love and intern in what you want to do. And I think it’s okay to pivot as many times as you need to.” – Eva Chen

A crucial developmental tool, an internship provides a well-rounded educational experience of an occupation and a head start to your professional journey. It is considered a means to test-drive your career options, in turn, allowing you to understand job roles and discover a career that befits your strengths, experiences and aspirations. Gaining experiential learning in the form of internships affords you the opportunity to put your academic training to practical use. An internship may even help you identify specific areas of interest you may not have previously considered.

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Valuable Future Prospects Of A Social Science Degree

Valuable Future Prospects Of A Social Science Degree

“The social sciences have a critical contribution to make, in helping us understand, imagine, and craft a more sustainable future for all.”- UNESCO

Much has been discussed about the increasing need of Social Science and philanthropic projects in recent times, but the question is how, and more importantly, where does one start? The Social Sciences are not limited to behavioural science, society and culture, it encompasses a bigger, more comprehensive and multidisciplinary view of social impact on the world.
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How To Market Yourself- The 1 Minute Sales Pitch

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘Sales Pitch’? We usually picture an overeager Sales Rep giving a hyperbolic monologue about their product. Of course, that is not the impression you want to make when pitching yourself for a job. So, how does one pitch without sounding too ‘pitchy’? In the ‘golden days’ of Hollywood, aspiring writers flocked to LA and accosted producers wherever they could (including the elevator) to sell their ideas. With luck, they could hope for 60-90 seconds in front of their audience. The best could deliver a concise but exciting “pitch” in the brief moments between floors- that’s the origin of the “Elevator Pitch”.
Today, the elevator pitch is an impactful verbal endorsement of your personal brand that can supplement your resume and establish you as a deserving prospect for that dream job. (more…)

Optimising Job Search At Virtual Career Fairs

“Engagement has to be human, because people trust people more than brands.”- Ana Alonso (Global Marketing Head Recruitment, Shell)

In the midst of a global technological whirlpool, it should not come as a surprise that the job search process is changing rapidly. From job hunting and hiring to resume screening and interviews, recruiters and job seekers are eyeing prospects beyond geographical lines. Of the many online recruiting processes, a recent trend is gaining popularity: Virtual Career Fairs or VFairs. Similar to their analog counterpart, VFairs are interactive online platforms or events that bring job seekers and recruiters together via chat rooms, teleconferencing, webinars and much more. With the unlimited number of options thus available, how does one decide which job fairs to be a part of?
Read on to discover what sets VFairs apart from traditional job fairs and how you can leverage the opportunity to secure your dream job.
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Mobile Apps Spearheading The Revolution In Job Search And Career Management

Mobile technology has seamlessly entered mostly every facet of business and revolutionized the industries of transport, healthcare, education, e-commerce, to name a few. The ubiquity of mobile technology is one reason for its massive impact on the entire job search process. The advancement of mobile technology has enhanced the user experience for both the applicants and recruiters alike. Not surprisingly, mobile job searching has surged, with 43% of job seekers using mobile devices to find lucrative career opportunities as per a Pew Internet Study.

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Exciting Trends Reshaping The Computer Science Industry

“The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim,” said Edsger W. Dijkstra, the Dutch systems scientist, programmer, science essayist, and early pioneer in Computing Science. The lines between science fiction and reality are blurring and it won’t be long before we can access our own virtual personal assistant like Tony Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S. The revolutionary trends redefining the limits of computing are also leading to an equally diverse and exponentially expanding career space.

Read on to explore some of the hottest trends in Computer Science:

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The Long Distance Job Search

Long distance job search

Sometimes the perfect dream job does not exist in the same town, city or even country. Sometimes the perfect job calls out from across lands and the seven seas. And sometimes a new city is the dream, and a job there is simply the means to make the move.

While this may appear to be an exciting opportunity, a long distance job search may prove to be a tad more complicated than finding a new job locally. However, these complications are far from insurmountable. Like all good things in life, this exercise too, requires focus, preparation and patience. (more…)

The Biggest Recruiter Pet Peeves

The Biggest Recruiter Pet Peeves

Imagine yourself in the world of a recruiter. It may seem quite foreign to you presently, viewed from the lens of a job seeker, however, it can be a force to reckon with once you begin selecting candidates for significantly valuable positions. You would learn that a day in the life of a recruiter presents several recruitment challenges of its own. Right from defining what your client or hiring manager expects in terms of the ‘best-fit’ to filtering out irrelevant applications to waiting for the final hiring decision to be communicated to candidates desperately seeking your response.

Yes, it is a demanding profession. So, as a recruiter, while you are contending with various occupational demands springing out of nowhere, you really wouldn’t want candidates to unnecessarily interrupt your work due to their ignorance. So, over the course of your recruiting experience you develop a natural revulsion over certain mistakes and behavioral responses of applicants. (more…)