I’ve never been a great natural networker, maybe it was due to me being a bit of a homeschooled goober growing up or possibly due to the fact that I didn’t see the importance of it…
Whatever the reason, I did the ol’ proverbial face-plant after arriving in Brazil!
Because being self-reliant is something that only functions in “cold” countries, whereas being inter-reliant is vital to success in Brazil. You see, at the core of the Brazilian society lays a strong social inter-dependance that makes relying on each other necessary. Some say that this inter-dependance has come about due to unreliable social services and governmental bureaucracy, others say that it is just the way Brazilian people are.
Either way, this is something that hit me like a ton of bricks about it’s importance lickity-split after arriving in Brazil. It’s the catalyst to your job opportunities, getting things done and having a happy, fulfilled life in Brazil.
So without further ado, here’s 3 tips to get you up and building a successful network – or as Brazilians refer to it “amizades” (friendships).
When considering making the move to Brazil, “How to get a job” is probably on top priority on your to figure out list.
If you are alone in trying to find a job, you will most definitely need to know a-z on how to do so including:
- Where to find a job
- How to land the job
- How to get a work visa
- How to start your life
This is where people like Ilya Brotzkey over at BrazilCareerBlueprint.com come in, he is someone who has been there and done that several times now and would like to show you how.
He has been so kind as to agree to be on today’s podcast and break down his story on how he was able to land several jobs in Brazil, get a visa sponsored and show us how we can do the same (did I mention that he’s only in his 20’s?).
Who you know because they will do you personal favors based on their friendship and commitment to you. Now mark my words: if you want to get ahead in Brazil, you have to make good connections and build your local network of “friends”.
And by network of “friends”, I mean people who you are on a buddy basis that can be called upon when needed.
This can be something very confusing for us gringos and here’s why…
Palms sweating and hands shaking, the receptionist “un-helpingly” says “you’re the first one today huh?” as I headed to the conference room to be
interrogated interviewed for my dream job.
2 weeks of “what if, what if?” waiting had gone by, where my mind raced day and night about how to be best prepared to tackle this interview.
A lot was riding on this: my career, our future, relocating and uprooting our family!
The conference room door was in clear site and in my Sunday best, I headed straight for it.
BUT at the last moment in a big turn of events, nature called in a way like never before…
5 types of visas allowing any foreigner to live and work in Brazil broken down and explained in this podcast episode. If there is one single thing that I get asked the most about, it is visas and jobs. Do I get a visa to get a job, a job to get a visa or what allows me to make money and live in Brazil? Having gone through this myself and helped countless others, I thought it was time to tackle this question and pick 5 solid obtainable visas that you can get as a foreigner looking to live in Brazil. Read More
Teaching English in Brazil is one of the most sought after ways of earning money for foreigner coming to the country. Fortunately the need for English teachers is only increases as the economy grows, equating to too many jobs and not enough gringos to fill them!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Josh Plotkin from on this podcast and was able to pick his mind to get the best answers to the top questions that you as a foreigner want answers to. Read More
And after today’s post, you should have the clear steps on how to get an interview and be closer to your dream of getting a job in Brazil. Read More
Though similar in many ways, you will want to know these few important “make it or break it” aspects of a Brazilian CV / Resume when
But before we dive into them and I give you a free swipe-able Brazilian CV template and to get a better idea of what companies expect, let’s switch roles and look at a couple of scenarios from an HR manager’s receiving your CV.
Note: you will see me use “CV / Resume” interchangeably, as people from the USA use the word “Resume” (from French: summary) and rest of the world “CV” (Latin: Curriculum Vitae) Read More
Finding a great job in Brazil (part 1 of this series) is awesome and exciting but what’s even better is sending the right application in that gets you the interview.
For the first time ever, I am going to reveal to you the actual application that got me an interview for a great 6-figure job in São Paulo. Read More
If there is one question people ask me for the most help on, it’s getting a job in Brazil. And rightfully so as employment equals stability, quality of life and a great reason to come to Brazil.
The jobs are out there, though it seems that the biggest struggle you as a foreigner will have is to land the interview. How do you find a job in Brazil, apply for it and land that interview? Read More