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5.0 out of 5 stars Chock Full Of Vital Info For The Ex-Pat, December 23, 2008
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Daniel Hall (Corpus Christi, TX USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Career in Your Suitcase: third edition (Paperback)
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I had a chance to read Jo Parfitt's book on recent Med Cruise. I then met her during a side trip of the cruise in Amsterdam which is where I did the video review. If you are an expat or want to be a productive and profitable expat Jo's book is THE starting place.

Daniel Hall
Author, Speak on Cruise Ships: 8 Easy Steps to a Lifetime of FREE Luxury Cruises
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4.0 out of 5 stars A practical book demonstrating you can work from anywhere, December 24, 2012
This review is from: A Career in Your Suitcase: third edition (Paperback)
A Career in Your Suitcase is a practical book that shows it is possible to develop a portable career based upon our own passions, motivations and skills if you are an accompanying partner. After setting the scene of dual career spouses, the author devote the three following chapters of the book to coach the reader. She invites him/her to do a deep self-assessment. Thanks to exercises, she helps him/her to determine what his/her passions are while giving practical examples of portable careers. Jo Parfitt puts the emphasis on the idea of flexibility to which every people wanting to expatriate should stick to. She insists all along the book that it is necessary to have conscious of our motivations, values and skills to be able to re-evaluate them once in a new country. If we do so, it will be easier to adapt our professional project locally and globally. After the coaching parts, the author gives practical advice to make it happen: how to network, how to get a job abroad, how to start a portable business, how to balance private life and working life when working from home. , etc. ...
If your identity is deeply linked to your professional activity and you have to give it up to follow your spouse abroad, this book is made for you. The chapters dealing with self-assessment are efficient. The personal involvement of the author who explains with details her own experience is invigorating. Nevertheless some chapters dealing with practical aspects such as networking or looking for a job might seem obvious and then useless for some readers. But at least they are clearly and consistently outlined.
So before leaving for a new relocation, put A Career In Your Suitcase in your luggage. Indisputably this book will help you to better cope with this new step of your personal and professional life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential manual for the career-minded 'trailing spouse'!, February 8, 2011
This review is from: A Career in Your Suitcase: third edition (Paperback)
How can you forge a fulfilling career overseas if you are the `trailing spouse'? What if your former occupation and credentials just aren't recognized in your new country? And if you do find a job what happens to all your hard work when you have to move on again?

A Career in Your Suitcase describes itself as `the definitive expat career bible' and this is no idle boast.

Jo Parfitt is a one-woman industry when it comes to expatriate matters and has used her own experiences to create a successful, multi-faceted and portable career as a writer, publisher, speaker and mentor, and in her own words, she just wants to `share what she knows to help others grow'. And she does this with refreshing aplomb.

Creative tips are combined with practical tools to help you identify your passions and accomplish career goals no matter where in the world you find yourself. And in conjunction with all this, there are tons of useful websites listed throughout.

What you get is not some woolly self-help guide, but a very readable, yet practical instruction manual packed full of imaginative ideas and essential information about creating professional CVs, the art of networking, successful job hunting and much much more.

Whatever your passions are, or even if you haven't discovered them yet, this book will help you find them. But make no mistake, it's not for the half-hearted so if you're still enjoying the freedom from work and the delights of your new culture then don't put down your copy of HELLO just yet...

But if you're self-motivated and serious about rediscovering your professional identity abroad, and you want to create and develop a fulfilling but portable occupation, then A Career in Your Suitcase will give you an excellent return on your investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for "ex-pats", May 30, 2011
This review is from: A Career in Your Suitcase: third edition (Paperback)
I use this book alot with international clients who aren't authorized to work in the United States... although it was initially written for American "trailing spouses" who were living abroad. An added feature is that we often think of the relocated spouse as a women. This book addresses the relocating male and his special issues associated with following a career wife. I think it is an excellent book for anyone considering a portable career. It takes the reader through the traditional career assessment exercises then offers practical ideas, strategies and resources for starting a career that can be sustained where ever you live.
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