Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Examine Your ICQ

But before we jump head-on into this subject, let's take a look at how you orient yourself for success in the international job market. Just how realistic, motivated, and prepared are you for finding an international job? What exactly are your qualifications? What about your educational level, training, and experience? What international job search skills do you process? Are you prepared to travel abroad for an interview as well as quickly move abroad if necessary?

While the chapters that follow will help you answer these questions in detail, you can start orienting yourself to these considerations by completing the following exercise for identifying your "International Career Quotient" or ICQ. Respond to each of the 50 statements according to the instructions and then compile your composite ICQ score at the end of the exercise.

INSTRUCTIONS: Respond to each statement by circling which number at the right best represents your level of knowledge, skill, attitude, experience, or behavior.

SCALE :
0 = Not at all
1 = Strongly disagree
2 = Disagree
3 = Maybe, uncertain
4 = Agree
5 = Strongly agree


1.I've traveled to 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 countries outside of North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. (circle the number at the right) 0 1 2 3 4 5
2.I have a resume designed for a specific international job. 0 1 2 3 4 5
3.I have skills that are highly sought after in the international job market. 0 1 2 3 4 5
4.I know how to locate corporations which have field offices in specific countries. 0 1 2 3 4 5
5.I know how to get potential employers interested to contact me for a job interview. 0 1 2 3 4 5
6.I know at least 5 people who have international jobs and who are willing to give me job leads. 0 1 2 3 4 5
7.I know whom to contact abroad for information on international jobs. 0 1 2 3 4 5
8.I have set aside at least 20 hours per week to conduct my international job search 0 1 2 3 4 5
9.I'm good at networking for information, advice, and job referrals. 0 1 2 3 4 5
10.I'm prepared to move abroad within 30 days. 0 1 2 3 4 5
11. I have a particular region and country in mind where I would like to work. 0 1 2 3 4 5
12.I'm willing to wait 6 to 18 months before landing an international job. 0 1 2 3 4 5
13.I can read, write, and speak fluently at least one foreign language. 0 1 2 3 4 5
14.I've taken 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5+ college level courses in international business, finance, marketing, and economics, (circle number to right) 0 1 2 3 4 5
15.I have a high school diploma (1), B.A. (2), M.A. (3), Ph.D. (4), or Post-Doctorate (5). (circle number to right representing your highest education) 0 1 2 3 4 5
16.I've lived abroad for 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5+ years. (circle number to right) 0 1 2 3 4 5
17.I have a clear idea of where I want to work in terms of countries, cities, and organizations. 0 1 2 3 4 5
18.I have a clear idea of what I want to do and have stated this at the beginning of my resume. 0 1 2 3 4 5
19.I already have held international jobs for 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5+ years. (circle number to right) 0 1 2 3 4 5
20.Many of my friends and acquaintances are from other countries. 0 1 2 3 4 5
21.I keep abreast of international developments and thus consider myself knowledgeable about the international arena. 0 1 2 3 4 5
22.I know how the international hiring process works in most organizations. 0 1 2 3 4 5
23.I'm willing to travel abroad at my own expense to interview for a job. 0 1 2 3 4 5
24.I know how to conduct a long distance job search campaign. 0 1 2 3 4 5
25.I am a flexible person who can easily adapt to different situations and changing circumstances. 0 1 2 3 4 5
26.I'm generally tolerant of others and their ways of life. 0 1 2 3 4 5
27. I'm a good listener who empathizes with others. 0 1 2 3 4 5
28.I tend to get along well with people from other societies and cultures without going "native." 0 1 2 3 4 5
29.Ambiguities don't bother me much. 0 1 2 3 4 5
30.I'm generally a very patient person. 0 1 2 3 4 5
31.I'm also a very persistent and tenacious person. 0 1 2 3 4 5
32. I have a good sense of humor. 0 1 2 3 4 5
33.I don't take myself too seriously. 0 1 2 3 4 5
34.I'm interested in learing more about others. 0 1 2 3 4 5
35. I believe I'm a realistic person-I do my research, analyze situations in terms of pros and cons, and arrive at sensible and successful decisions. 0 1 2 3 4 5
36. I'm usually successful at what I do. 0 1 2 3 4 5
37. I welcome and thrive on adventure, challenges, and changing and unique situations. 0 1 2 3 4 5
38.I'm not like most other people I meet back home in terms of my motivations, goals, and career pattern. 0 1 2 3 4 5
39.I'm generally a very happy and contented person. 0 1 2 3 4 5
40.While money is important to me, it's not the driving force behind my desire to seek an international job. 0 1 2 3 4 5
41.I have a sense of commitment and responsibility to what I do. 0 1 2 3 4 5
42.I usually make a favorable impression on employers. 0 1 2 3 4 5
43.I try to keep my knowledge and skills as current as possible in my profession. 0 1 2 3 4 5
44.I'm strongly motivated to work hard at finding the right international job for me. 0 1 2 3 4 5
45. I know what I should and should not do when looking for an international job. 0 1 2 3 4 5
46.I know what is the best educational background for landing an international job. 0 1 2 3 4 5
47.I know what internaional skills employers are most looking for in today's international job market. 0 1 2 3 4 5
48.Within 30 minutes I can get 3 international job leads by phone. 0 1 2 3 4 5
49.I know how to get my first international job interview within 4 weeks and the first job offer within 60 days. 0 1 2 3 4 5
50.I know how to negotiate an international salary and benefits. 0 1 2 3 4 5

TOTAL FOR EACH COLUMN
GRAND TOTAL FOR ALL COLUMNS


If your composite score (Grand Total) is above 200, you may well be on your way to quickly finding an international job. If your score is between 150 and 199, you need to work on those items on which you scored between 0 and 3. If your score is below 150, you need to get yourself well organized for the international job market by following articles on Job and Career.

Now review each of the items on which you scored below 3 and note that you need to do something about moving your score on these items into the 4 and 5 columns. Many of the following chapters will help you do this. Other items may require additional education, experience, skills, and patterns of behaviorthings that are beyond the scope of this articles but within your own personal control.

Read all Job and Career articles, complete this exercise again. You should increase your score by 20 percent. If you put this articles into practice over the coming weeks by spending 20 hours each week on your international job search, you should improve your score by another 20 percent. Better still, you should eventually land a job you want!

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