I’ve been working for a small independent manufacturer’s representative firm throughout Spanish speaking South America for the last 5 years with over 2 living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The simple explanation of my experience is as a salesman selling consumer electronics to retailers and wholesalers throughout the region. The more detailed description is that I was responsible for managing and developing my various brands and market territories. After getting burned out on the industry, managing 6 countries, and various brands not often aligned with each other I resigned and took some time off, traveled, and have enrolled in an online occupational/industrial psychology masters program at Colorado State University.
My end goal is to consult in cross-cultural training with team development, organizational design, and training. Getting started as a consultant while paying for school is a difficult proposition so I think it is best to get a new position that will further my goals and broaden my skills in occupational psychology and human behavior. I want to work with people in a management, training, or maybe even HR position, but continuing overseas with a multinational firm. I prefer to remain living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina but am also open to other regions worldwide. An American or European firm would be advantageous for compensation in $$s or Euros.
What are some resources I should know about that may help in my quest? Obviously my network and LinkedIn are most valuable. I’ve just joined the Society for I/O Psychology and a few other small professional networks. I’ve looked into various international US chamber of commerce groups (memberships can be EXPENSIVE). I don’t see much on Monster.com. Are there recruiting firms specializing in ex-pat workers?
I’ll be in Argentina and job-hunting locally until December and then returning to the US for the holidays. I appreciate the advice.