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Creating my own overseas position

Creating my own overseas position.

Are you interested in an international career but can’t find any offers that correspond to what you want? As for any type of contract, it is possible to create your own position.
But be careful, there are rules which you must follow when sending an unsolicited application.
How can I market my skills?
As an applicant, you have a service to offer. When sending an unsolicited application, it is not enough just to send your CV to the recruiter. You must also capture his/her attention and explain why the company needs you and what they will gain by sending you overseas. The aim is to sell your skills.
In the case of a V.I.E., you may be required to explain the principle of the International Internship Programme. You could simply send recruiters a link to the Business France website so they can learn more about the programme.
However, if you are applying to a smaller company, you may need to give more information as generally small companies are less aware of expatriation formalities and the International Internship Programme.

Who should I contact?


Once you have chosen a company, you then have to decide who to send your application to. Do not send your application to the overseas subsidiary, the French headquarters is best placed to process your application; contact with the subsidiary will come at a later date.
When deciding who to send your application to, you may want to consider the following options:
- Human Resources Department
This role of this department is to share your application with the various relevant departments i.e. those which may require someone with your skills and career plan.
- The line manager
Why not send your CV directly to the manager of the department you are interested in? He/she will certainly pass your application on to the HR department, which is responsible for recruitment, but he/she may explain that you are a promising candidate.
- The CEO
If you are applying to an SME, the best solution is to send your application to the most important person in the company - the CEO.
- V.I.E. specialist
If you apply to a company that is accustomed to receiving V.I.E. applications then look at previous offers to obtain the name and contact details of the person in charge of these dossiers; you can then contact this person directly.

How exactly should I do that?
“In general, I advise making initial contact by emailing your CV and your cover letter,” explains Béatrice du Mesnil. However, don’t hesitate to re-contact the person in question, if you don’t receive a response.
These people can be very busy and may prefer to receive a telephone call than take the time to reply to an email.
Furthermore, calling back as a reminder shows the company that you are motivated.

Your CV and cover letter


You must adapt your CV and cover letter to each company by highlighting what could be useful: it is not enough to give your reasons for wanting to go overseas, the recruiter must see how the company would benefit.
To be convincing, it is a good idea to emphasise your ability to adapt, your open-mindedness and your language skills as well as presenting arguments that will reassure the recruiter should you be sent overseas especially if the company has not taken the decision to expatriate a future employee.
“You need to put yourself in the position of the recruiter and try to second guess his/her expectations, fears and so on,” explains Béatrice du Mesnil.
Pay as much attention to the style as you would to the content,” advises Béatrice du Mesnil: “if you submit a bilingual application that contains translation errors, this will not make a good impression!” So don’t hesitate to have your documents proofed by a native English, German, Spanish speaker, etc.”
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