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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
With the rapid economic downtown of the past few years, college grads have been slammed with an unexpected reality... Sorry, we are not hiring at this time. As if overnight the white board of employment opportunity was erased! Not a good thing... "How to Work Overseas" provides a ray of well instructed hope to those recent grads who are willing to face their unexpected reality and embrace an overseas, life-changing, opportunity.
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on October 3, 2012
"How To Work Overseas (Get The Job You REALLY Want)" is written from the perspective of someone who has been there and done that. I would much rather read a well-written text by someone who has real-life advice based on real-life work experience overseas than by listening to someone's vague recounts of the possible horrors of the job. There are so many questions a person has about traveling to a foreign country to simply teach or to find employment of some sort, but the process of finding work, knowing "Who" to trust, is paramount and has always been quite the opposite. Thorough research on the subject is crucial. Alford's work EXPLAINS it all to a would-be traveler whose heard the stories that should change a level-headed person's mind (and rightly so). Having the perspective of how the author came to the idea out of college allows the reader to relate more to this personal touch. I would highly suggest this for a freshly-minted college grad who has ideas of traveling the world-and has to find work to fund such adventures. I recall traveling in Europe and trusting a travel book to be accurate and useable. After arriving by train in Milan, Italy at 3 a.m., and hailing a taxi to the address given in the book, I quickly realized how useless this travel book really was when the hotel didn't exist. If you read this text, Alford's info. won't lead you astray. Experiences in working overseas are priceless, and as Alford shares, and everlasting; a must before life gets in the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
This is a great guide for what to do if you want to teach overseas. Not only does it give you good details on the best countries in which to teach, but it provides great guidance for once you're there. There is some great insight on getting the most from your work and play time while overseas.
The only aspect I felt frustrated by was that the author seemed to take for granted that the reader would be completely comfortable teaching right away. Some more guidance on what that would take for a non-teacher would be helpful.
But overall, a fantastic resource for someone looking to working overseas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2012
As a college adviser I found this book to be very user friendly and clear about how to get started teaching English overseas. The step-by-step guide is great for a college student to use when trying to decide if teaching overseas is right for her/him. This book would be a valuable addition to any college career center and any advisers book collection to aid in college major selection and post graduation planning.
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on October 1, 2012
I have kicked around the idea of working overseas on and off for a few years and it was so refreshing to get such a clear step-by-step guide to a world I know nothing about. It was exciting to have such clear information and resources with advice and action steps. I loved that this was compiled by someone who had personal experience who could offer a process for beginning, advancing, and protecting your overseas career. Great read if you are really looking for a great job overseas.
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on October 1, 2012
Hey thanks for the tips on getting a job overseas. I'm a teacher and I've been thinking about doing this for a while, but I've never been completely sure about how to find positions that I'm interested in, much less apply for them. Your book will help me get started. Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Early on the author established himself as an authority, one born out of experience and knowledge. "The trouble was, I didn't really know what I wanted to be when I grew up." Can't we all remember our first steps into the wild world of work; a time that may have started in our teen years, or it did for Dylan, with a freshly-minted degree in-hand.

Where to go? Where to even start looking? These are questions voiced by many a college grad with a generic or esoteric degree, like English or Renaissance Art History. This book helps fill that gap. If you are...or know of a college grad...who is looking for something different, something with a bit of adventure to it, that pays well, check out this book. You (or the grad) will not be disappointed. Recommended.
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on October 1, 2012
As someone actively seeking work overseas, I found this book very useful. The author's main goal is to ensure that you are first qualified to teach overseas, both in terms of your degrees and general mindset and then provide information about the atmosphere and potential for work in several different countries. The book includes overviews of the working scenes in China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Chile. This is quite a spread and the author gives interesting facts and perspectives that have helped me determine where I definitely do not want to go (being able to rule places out is invaluable!)

It's also great that the author covers contract negotiations, housing and various aspects of how much teachers get visas, get paid, get health insurance and deal with employers.

Overall, the book is well-written, focused and packed with information and links that I have been able to take action on straight away. The book also has a link to where you can get a free course, so I've signed up to get started with full confidence that the author's knowledge will take me where I would like to go: around the world.
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on November 25, 2012
Working overseas always has a magical appeal,...........Working in the sunshine, laying on the beach on your days off, learning different customs and cultures, trying out different types of foods.

No matter where you are from, what your major was in school, or whether you speak (or want to learn) a foreign language, working abroad is achievable.

Alford puts you in charge and shows you exactly how to live this dream, he gives you all the, "why's and wherefores", and it's all based on his own personal experiences.

He covers issues like:
*where should I look for work
*what do I need before I go
*what should I do once I'm there
*how do I build on my success.

With Alford, you get to learn about (and his personal take) on working in Korea, china, japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Chile. Think of the great resume you can build eh!

He gives a thorough introduction to all the aspects of getting your desired job,covering stuff like visas, overtime rates, teaching hours, housing, airfares, contract negotiations etc. So when you finally get to the airport with your ticket ready, you'll be feeling confident and know exactly where you are going and what you are going to do when you get there, ready to start your new career.

I liked Alford's diagrams of what a typical teaching contract looks like, it helps one to understand more of what he's talking about.

So, if your dream is to work abroad in a good paid job that allows you to build a good resume, travel the world a bit and have the knowledge to know what to expect in each country, get this e-book now.
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on October 26, 2012
If you're looking for a guide to help you get started quickly, this would be it. The author draws from his own experiences and gives straight forward tips on how to choose the country, where to look for jobs, securing a contract, what to do when you get there- pretty much everything you need to know. His focus is on East Asia because that's where he's found the income potential to be greatest. I really liked how he also included information on how to maximize your income opportunities while teaching abroad.
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