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Will further studies assist job search?

Question :

Hi Sir,

I did my BSc Zoology and then MBA HR in a non-reputed college. i m working as a HR Generalist for past 4 years. i tried a lot to get job in abroad (singapore, malaysia) Many consultancies and companies replied that HR do not have scope in abroad. so i need to know what more to study to enhance my chance to get job in foreign countries. Pl advise me

Thanks and regards in advance.
Sundar from india


Posted by Sundarvs on Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014

Comments :

Dear Sundarvs Before I answer your question, I would like you to ask some questions so that you would achieve some clarity. Why do you want to work overseas? How do you get attention to those who are interested in your areas of expertise? What do you need do to achieve your goal? Why do you want to work overseas? Is India not able to offer you with the job that you want? With so many outsourcing companies established in India, I would assume that there are a lot of opportunities for a HR professional in areas such as recruitment, training, employee relations, payroll administration etc. How do you get attention to those who are interested in your areas of expertise? What are your strengths in the eyes of your prospective employers? In order to compete, you must be able to demonstrate your value proposition. During the past 4 years as a HR generalist, what were the achievements that you are most proud of? Are you a strong project manager? A creative problem solver? An innovator? I have known an Indian friend who clearly demonstrates his value by knowing the labor market very well in India so that he can recruit them to Hong Kong due to a shortage of application development skills here. He is now in Hong Kong and doing extremely well. What do you need to do? Going back to school is not going to cut it. Recently, the head of HR at a leading Internet related multinational was quoted saying that GPAs and exam results don’t correlate with success at the company. They want to hire curious, analytical and smart people with a strong ability to learn. How well do you know about the overseas markets? What are their unique challenges? I suggest that you do a self-assessment on the above traits, rewrite your CV and market yourself in various channels such as recruitment firms that specialize overseas placements and online job portals. If you have friends and colleagues who are working overseas, it is wise to connect with them for their advice. Talking with a lot of recruiters, one clear trend emerges, they recruit for aptitude, for the ability to learn new things and incorporate them. Follow this direction and you won’t go wrong. Good luck with your search for a rewarding career.

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