Movin to Amrika
August 2, 2011 3:26 PM Subscribe
I’m British, my wife’s American. We’re planning on moving to the States next year.
Aside from the bureaucracy and deciding exactly where we’re going I’ve been thinking about my employability and wondering if there’s anything I could or should be doing over the next twelve months to make myself more attractive to American employers.
Some things that may or may not be relevant;
I’m 28 years old and I have an MSc in International Relations from a pretty good school.
Since leaving university I’ve been working as a prospect researcher at a few different charities ranging in size from citywide to national and across the educational, cultural and social welfare sectors.
I have a fair amount of experience of working in an office environment, specific and detailed experience of working in the non-profit sector and a background in retail and bar work from pre-graduation days.
I know MS Office and other standard office software and I’m pretty experienced working with relational databases and other prospect research specific resources and systems. (I also have some incredibly basic experience working with html and sql querying which I’m almost loathe to mention because it really is very, very basic)
I’m not dedicated to staying in prospect research or the charitable sector, in fact I’d like to do something different. Ideally I’d like to make a living doing something creative, writing or photography, but I’m also aware of my own limitations and that might be a longer term aspiration or remain something I do in the time I’m not working to pay the bills.
I’m also not above delivering pizzas or pouring coffee for a while
I’m pretty smart (or at least able to give that impression), inquisitive and quick to learn but also very easily bored and prone to laziness.
I’m tall and have a history of terrible haircuts.
So my question is whether you can think of anything I could be doing in in the time I have before we move that will improve my employability stateside?
I’m thinking about qualifications, experience or just things I could be reading to learn about the job market and working in America generally
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