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Old 03-03-2003, 08:48 PM   #46
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Yes, I do. Thank you for your answer.

One of my specific questions:

What would you think if someone who has finished his studies in Europe wants to work as an assistant in a law firm? If that person has the right degree, seems intelligent and able to do the job, would you consider this person just as much valuable as an American with the same kind of degree? Or more valuable, or less valuable for certain reasons?

Sure, the decision would be based on equal chances for everyone. But what would you think?

Another question: do you think that someone who wants a fine career in the States must live "the American way of life"? Does this depend on where you work?

F.e. if a European works in a little town, would people look at him/her like a stranger (without being racist, just because they see sth. different)? Would they see him/her less strange if he/she does some "typically American things", like jogging, driving around in a car, not smoking in the street, not cursing or being angry in public, being politically correct,...

Would the neighbors watch someone who is an artist, always strange music, etc., with more suspicion than someone who leads a very regular life?

Is there a big difference of "being able to feel anonymous" between a small city like, say, Nashville (not that small, I know), and NYC or L.A.?

This all goes down to: how much does a stranger have to adopt - thats not meant offensive, I mean just in order to feel well and accepted by Americans?

How much does one need to adopt in his/her job? Is company policy very important in America?

How often do Americans job-hop actively? Considering that everything is in recession, how many people change the company they work for every year or every two years?

What would make a better impression - if an applicant for a job shows heŽs been working for one company for many (four, five) years and therefore shows he can be very loyal, or if an applicant has changed often and therefore shows he can be a shark? What counts more, old values or new values?

How about style rules? Is it important to be dressed in a good suit, to show very classical good manners? Do men still kiss on the hand? Or would that seem snobbish? Instead, would it be more important to go to the right parties, to know the right people, to contact them regularly?

And one more question: how about an accent? Is a European accent considered charming or disconcerting f.e. in making a deal?

Thats a few questions for the start, IŽm sure IŽll find some more.

Thank you for your patience
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Old 03-03-2003, 08:56 PM   #47
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in regards to the small town vs. big city thing - i grew up in a really small town and now live in a big city. i can say with much certainty that it's much easier to blend in in a large city. they're much more diverse and people mind their own business for the most part. where i live we have people from all over the world and of all different lifestyles and i would say most people who live here see that as a positive thing.
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Do men still kiss on the hand? Or would that seem snobbish?
Not snobbish, so much as way too forward for business contacts. I doubt that a woman who was thinking of hiring you would view this in a favorable way. But then, I'm not in business, so what the hell do I know?


As for being the weird European, I think that a more cosmopolitan area would be a better choice. As Flower said, they're more used to different ways.
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HipHop, what can I help you with?
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Just tell about your opinion on the above questions.

My studies will be finished in about a year. If I plan to relocate to America, IŽll send you my resume. If you donŽt need an assistant at that moment - youŽre always the first lady who IŽll offer my talents and my intellect - you could consider to find a job in the music industry for me

Thank you for your help. If I can do anything in return, let me know.
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in regards to the small town vs. big city thing - i grew up in a really small town and now live in a big city. i can say with much certainty that it's much easier to blend in in a large city. they're much more diverse and people mind their own business for the most part. where i live we have people from all over the world and of all different lifestyles and i would say most people who live here see that as a positive thing.


There are also regional differences to be taken into consideration.

As for difficulty getting a job, I think the best bet is either to be working for a corporation/organization that has a US division, or to accept the fact that you may have to do an internship or fellowship first to get your foot in the door. Even on the Hill, there are Americans who have law degrees and are in their late 20's who have to do a fellowship to later get hired on the Hill. Why on earth anyone would do that, I will never know. Anyway, I think as with any job, you have to prove that you have something that other applicants don't. Honestly, unless you're in a job that works closely with your home country or has a strong international staff, an American with the same skills and qualifications will more than likely be hired over you.
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Cornell, for example, is known for its Hotel Management program.
Cornell is also known for DEAD IN CORNELL, one of the greatest concert bootlegs of all times. The high quality rcording of the Grateful Dead's May 8, 1977 on-campus concert was listed by ROLLING STONE magazine as one of the Top 10 albums to have if stranded on a deserted island. It featured the Dead's best line-up and a classic setlist, with "Scarlet Begonias"/"Fire On The Mountain" clocking in at 27 minutes. And all done on an Ivy League campus at that.

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University of Southern California's name carries significant weight in California, but less so outside of California.
The Trojans have a beautiful campus hidden amidst an urban setting. I enjoyed a wonderful "alumni picnic" or tailgate or something there on Labor Day, a few hours before the Auburn game. Plenty of barbecue, fajitas, hot dogs and beer, nice people, and the legendary Trojan rode in on his horse with the marching band (of Fleetwood Mac's TUSK fame). The USC fans were much nicer to us than the UCLA fans when we attended the Alabama game at the Rose Bowl during Labor Day Weekend of 2000. But football and tailgating aside, I would say, from over here in the Southeastern corner of the U.S., that USC (or "S.C." as they call it there) definitely has a good name here.

The oasis-in-an-urban-setting enviromment of USC reminds me, in a much larger way, of my own alma mater, a similarly private campus in urban Birmingham. Definitely "academic," but laid back and enjoyable at the same time. I chose it over the larger state schools despite most of my friends and family going or having gone to the larger schools. Looking back, I have some regret for NOT attending one of the larger schools (not just because the 4 of the closest ones - Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Georgia tend to rank among the top "party schools" annually), but going to a school 10 minutes from home that was smaller in enrollment than my high school left a bit to be desired of the "university experience" that my wife and most of my friends cherish. On the flip side, going to a small school afforded me numerous leadership and "networking" opportunities and even had a hand in the career I have today. I majored in History, which only had 11 "required" courses over a 4 year period. This gave me ample chances to take non-major electives that rounded out other areas of learning, and for that I am thankful.

Oh, and about one part I missed out on with the lack of the "university experience," I go to as many Alabama football and basketball games as I can each year, and occasionally sit in the student section. I may even go there for a graduate degree one of these days.

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LOL...on the contrary, USC is well-known to media geeks. It is one of the top schools for media production, and the name carries a long way. In fact, I may end up there for my Ph.D.

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There are also regional differences to be taken into consideration.

As for difficulty getting a job, I think the best bet is either to be working for a corporation/organization that has a US division, or to accept the fact that you may have to do an internship or fellowship first to get your foot in the door. Even on the Hill, there are Americans who have law degrees and are in their late 20's who have to do a fellowship to later get hired on the Hill. Why on earth anyone would do that, I will never know. Anyway, I think as with any job, you have to prove that you have something that other applicants don't. Honestly, unless you're in a job that works closely with your home country or has a strong international staff, an American with the same skills and qualifications will more than likely be hired over you.
Thank you for that info, meegannie.

So, given the fact that my country is supersmall, international staff is a key point to focus upon. It might depend on how I sell myself.
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I was looking at Princeton for grad school just because F. Scott Fitzgerald went there. Then I was going to drop out and go crazy.
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Hiphop: I agree with whatever others have told you about going big-city. If you moved to NYC or Philadelphia (my two favorite cities in the world), no one would bat an eye at you for having an accent or listening to "funny music." Same thing, I would venture, with places like San Francisco, Boston, Chicago--possibly even Atlanta or Houston, or smaller "college" towns like Cambridge, MA or Dartmouth, NH. If you go to a town that's small-ish but also has a good college or university, it's likely that the town is more liberal, diverse, and open to new ideas.
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Cambridge, MA is part of the Boston metropolitan area. I wouldn't call it a "smaller college town," considering I live within walking distance of it, although it is my favorite part of Boston by far.

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One of my good friends is from Australia and he has one of those accents. He goes to the Bama football games with us.
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IŽll rename this thread "Interference Job Search" soon

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