These days, even the smallest businesses and tiniest start-ups sometimes have a surprisingly global reach. And companies often set their sights on an overseas expansion while operating out of a small office and hiring only a handful of employees.
So if your target company is looking for ways to establish a foothold in the global economy, how can you show that you’re ready to support this effort? Here are a few ways to emphasize your cross-cultural skills and prove that you can contribute to your company’s international ambitions.
1. Conduct some research.
Where is this business heading in the future? Is this company making a special effort to reach out to clients in South America? Or establish new vendor contracts in Northern Europe? Is this product or market experiencing growing demand in China or Australia?
Use your insights, and back up your assumptions with a little sleuthing. Explore the company webpage and read any articles you find about this specific organization in the business news section.
2. Leverage your foreign language experience.
Even if the company is targeting South America and your language experience is limited to two years of French classes, your willingness to explore a new language and your ability to retain what you’ve learned will help you gain a foothold with your potential employers. So leverage this knowledge. Share your credentials (no matter how minor) in your skills section, and if these employers have clearly expressed an interest in language skills, sign up for a course and mention your expected completion date in your resume.
If you have native fluency or competent conversational skills in another language, then by all means, don’t let this go unmentioned. State this fact in your skills section and refer to it again in your cover letter.
3. Leverage your foreign travel and immersion in other cultures.
If you traveled across Italy or India after college, don’t just treat this trip as a personal adventure with implications that mean nothing to your corporate employers. Intelligent employers recognize that your cross-cultural experience doesn’t just amount to personal growth for you—it also amounts to financial growth for their organization. You’ll use what you’ve learned as you enter the working world (even when you aren’t trying).
4. Pursue overseas work and volunteer opportunities.
If you’re still in school and you’re searching for ways to make yourself more valuable to employers when you’re ready to enter the market a few years down the road, take action on this front right now. Volunteering overseas will help you grow as a person, and this experience will also be highly valuable to the employers you have yet to meet.
If you’re already working, don’t pass up opportunities for temporary positions or travel opportunities overseas. No matter what projects you’re working on, your cross-cultural growth will build and strengthen you credentials in any field.
Personal Growth Also Means Professional Growth
Your resume should highlight your strengths as a hard worker, but it should also leverage your diverse background and any experiences you’ve had that might help your reviewers grow their organizations. For more on how to emphasize these traits in your resume, explore LiveCareer’s Resume Builder.