Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Motivation and Lifestyle

In contrast to most job seekers we encounter, the international job seeker is a very different type of individual in terms of motivation, goals, skills, and lifestyles. While the typical job seeker is usually motivated by money, career advancement, and "success" within some organizational structure, more often than not the international job seeker is motivated by a certain degree of restlessness to do something different; a need to change their work environment; a commitment to pursue an important cause or idea; or a desire to experience a different culture, society, and lifestyle.

International job seekers are the ultimate career risk-takers who are seldom obsessed with their careers. Many reject the conventional model of the "successful job seeker" that assumes you must have clear-cut goals and accumulate marketable skills that lead to career advancement and career success.

Instead, such job seekers often take any job they can get, willingly compromise their career goals and skills to the requirements of particular jobs, and are always on the lookout for new job opportunities that may well become their next job jump within a highly unstable and unpredictable international job market.

While many international job seekers are looking for jobs and potentially satisfying international careers, they also seek to fashion a particular lifestyle that takes priority over any particular job or career. Indeed, the desire for an international lifestyle is often the driving force for seeking a job-any type of job-in order to ''stay" abroad. Many are hopelessly addicted to international life. As a result, many international job seekers are less concerned with formulating clear job and career objectives and developing marketable skills than with finding a job in their favorite part of the world, be it Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, or the Middle East.

They are impatient with such basic career planning questions as "What do you really want to do?", because they've already answered this question with a lifestyle answer: "Get out of my present confining job and go work in England or, more specifically, in London." Rather than deal with the fundamentals of career planning and the job search process-developing an objective, identifying skills, conducting research, writing resumes, networking for job leads, and interviewing for jobs-many of these people are preoccupied with locating job vacancies which they hope they can "fit" themselves into. They are more concerned with finding out "where are the jobs" than with "what are the jobs" and "how to go about finding a job."

Many job seekers approach the international job market high on motivation but low on knowledge and skillsa powerful mixture for job search failure and frustration.

Not surprisingly, many job seekers approach the international job market high on motivation but low on knowledge and skillsa powerful mixture for job search failure and frustration. Many are vulnerable to fly-by-night job search firms and hucksters that promise "international job placements" for up-front fees. Others are forever frustrated with their limited success in landing that perfect international job they have dreamed about for months and years.