Tag: intercultural communication

Don’t Buzz: How to Avoid Using the Overused When Writing Your CV

If English is your ‘L2’ (second language), don’t fall into the trap of using superficial buzzwords to describe your abilities in your CV/LinkedIn profile. The old phrase ‘I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place’ came to mind when I was reading a LinkedIn article the other day entitled, These are the absolute worst … les mer

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Networking Nerves 2: Another Tip Included

About a month ago I gave a piece of advice regarding how to start a conversation when out on the business mingling scene. Apparently, I had only given half the answer to the equation of how to best cope with this type of situation, as got several comments telling me the following: it wasn’t necessarily … les mer

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Understanding the Underground: Why Foreign Speakers Sometimes Can’t Stop Speaking

“But do you know what: I am convinced that we underground folk ought to be kept on a curb. Though we may sit forty years underground without speaking, when we do come out into the light of day and break out we talk and talk and talk….”  Notes from Underground (F. Dostoyevsky) It doesn’t happen often, … les mer

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No, Really: Why Didn’t I Get the Job? Foreign Speakers’ Need to Be in the Interview Feedback Loop

Recently, I posted an article about our need to find out why we didn’t get a job offer after being interviewed. Something we said? Didn’t say? Just the basic ‘wrong background’ story? Unfortunately, interviewees quite often get a corporate-speak e-mail thanking them for their time, etc., but offering no real reason why they didn’t get … les mer

Kategori: Job seeking
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Networking Nerves: Is the Tip Included?

In the interest of following the current trend of writing advice in the form of tip lists, I’ll try to keep this introduction short and my ensuing list shorter still: A woman told me the other day about a conference she has coming up where the presentations given will all be in her line of … les mer

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Why You Should Post on LinkedIn

Below is a link to a presentation I recently gave to a women’s networking group about why they should write and publish posts on LinkedIn. Using my own process of how I got started posting as an example, I encouraged them to do this in order to both gain a sense of accomplishment and increase … les mer

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‘Why didn’t I get the job?’: Playing the Sympathy Card

My recent article about not getting the first job I ever interviewed for in Norway triggered a certain number of comments. While this is always a welcome thing for a blogger (to paraphrase circus owner P.T. Barnum, ‘There’s no such thing as bad reader response’?), what was especially interesting about these was the writers’ underlying … les mer

Kategori: Job interview
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Skype Meetings: You Can’t Run and You Can’t Hide

The other day I was signed up to teach a group of people working in Norway how to make a high-quality presentation in English after learning my tips of the trade about how to perform well in front of a large audience. Or so I thought. When questioned further in an advance e-mail sent out … les mer

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You Win Some You Lose Some: Non-Native Partners of Non-Native/Native Workers Playing the New Friendship Game

When going through the phase of adjusting to living in a new, foreign culture, it’s not always the foreign worker who struggles the most. After all, it is they who have landed the fulltime job and who can spend their days at their new workplace with, simply put, something to do and someone to see. … les mer

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Cross-Cultural Confusion: What’s Not to Love at an Interview?

I went on LinkedIn the other day and read an article whose title had caught my eye: ‘The 3 Secrets to Landing a Job When the Company Isn’t Hiring’ by American business consultant Avery Blank. When clicking on the link to open this page, I admitted to myself that the keywords ‘secret’ and ‘landing’ had … les mer

Kategori: Job interview
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