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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think differently!, 27 Feb. 2013
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I wanted to live in Barcelona, Spain only thing was I wasn't fluent in Spanish and jobs were scarce due to the economic downturn. Anyway I didn't let that deter me, I bought the book and followed the outline which basically is about marketing yourself and differentiating yourself. I did find a job, it took a while to get but considering all the hurdles I had to jump over, I wouldn't have got the job with out it.

1. Look for organisations: I targeted organisations that fitted with my skill set and where I wanted to live, this was really difficult because it had to be an international English company based in Spain, with my skill set. But I did find a few.

2. Research company: I then researched the company, who were the founders, what they did, looked on LinkedIn, Google etc...

3. Understand and know how you benefit the company, what is the economic value of what you can do for the company

4. Contact the person who can hire you: Now this was the most difficult one, I didn't have an email or number anyone of influence and I didn't want to send an email to the generic email.
However a few months later, I sent an email to a contact that I met 2 years at an business expo as he lived in Barcelona to know if he knew of any businesses that were hiring there. He remembered me and told me that he was actually working at the same company I was researching and they were looking to hire someone that fits in with my skill set. We scheduled a phone chat.

(Some would say this is luck but I believe you create your own luck by taking action)

5. So before the telephone chat : I made sure I had a list of questions to ask them, basically I was going to do more research on the company on the phone call. What are their pain points, where do they want go, you ask questions to extract information, do more of the listening than talking. These answers will help you answer your interview questions.

To cut a long process short, I didn't hear from him after that conversation which was in July, but I moved to Barcelona anyway in October, then out of the blue on a Friday in November, he sent me an email thinking I was still in the UK. I replied saying I was already in Barcelona,

He called me on on the Monday, he told me to come for an interview that day, I went and got a job offer by the Wednesday.

This book is great for lateral thinkers and those that want to do things differently.
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