In the end, getting hired abroad was actually very simple for me.
This may come as a surprise, but I did not apply to a single online job posting. And I spent zero time on job boards. Job boards are good for one thing: validating that there is indeed a job market in your country of focus. But, I feel you should spend exactly zero time applying to jobs on job boards.
Instead, I networked my way into a job. To find a good role abroad, I ended up spending all of my job searching energy gathering leads through referrals. I found that referrals are the KEY strategy in international job searching.Why?
Most successful people have mentors and coaches. Every successful person has a favorite books list. These millionaire entrepreneurs say their favorite books had a significant impact their success and have shared their must-read lists with me. Enjoy!
You graduated. You made the choice. You started working. And now it's been about, oh, six months, maybe less, and you thought you'd be happy. You thought you'd feel this sense of "Yes! Good choice! Right job! Go me!" But instead you feel "meh, it's not great..." or even "This sucks." But why? And what would be better? What do you do now?
"How and when do I know when it is time to quit, transition or retire?"In my 22-year career at Microsoft, I contemplated leaving the company three times. My first aborted attempt occurred in 1997 after I led the marketing team through my third version of Microsoft Office. I was pretty burned out in the role and the challenges of keeping a big marketing team happy and productive.
I went to a meeting with the head of the Office business fully intending to tell him I was leaving – he came to the meeting fully intending to promote me to Vice President (which was a big deal back then at Microsoft). He won.
In May of 2001, six months before the launch of the original Xbox, I submitted an official resignation letter from my role as Chief Xbox Officer. As I describe in my new book Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal, I was very frustrated with my own leadership, my inability to build a cohesive team, a project that was looking more and more like a train wreck, and the damaging effect all of this was having on my personal life.
In a set of actions that changed my career, my boss convinced me to stick out the launch and helped me find the assistance I needed to rebuild my personal and professional life. I learned more and achieved more in the next 9 years than in all my previous work at Microsoft.