“For every minute spent
organizing, an hour is earned”Benjamin
important in both a personal and professional context. A home or office
environment that is kept properly organized and clutter free has a multitude of
benefits such as, a gain of time and reducing moments of stress.
Confronted with a
situation where we must urgently find a phone number or an administrative
paper, many of us panic. This situation of panic and stress can be avoided with
proper organization such as noting down information, as well as creating and
filing the information in an easily identifiable place.
Given the amount
of information that our brains are required to recall such as: events, dates,
numbers and names, it is extremely difficult to memorize all.
Organization is a
“self” skill which can be acquired and practiced by taking the time to put in
place a system and methods and systematically applying these. At the start,
setting up a system of ‘organization” can be a tedious task, as it takes prior
reflection and structuring. However, once the structure and methods are in
place, the benefits well outnumber the initial time and effort required.
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de groupes de travail.
Example of a 3-year Expat assignment
Time can go by
quickly as an Expat. If one takes the example of a 3-year assignment, the
phases can be typically grouped (all Expats go through these phases at one
stage or another) into the following:
First year is spent getting settled in;
Second year is the period of adaption/ settled into the
Third year is spent, to an extent, on organizing the
repatriation. This involves packing; dealing with the moving
company/transporter; possibly looking for new accommodation; administrative
upheavals such as cancelling registrations and accounts, re-registrations and
not forgetting the daily tasks which need to be done!
If you are
planning on finding a new job in your home or new host country, this can often
be neglected due to these other tasks.
Depending on the
position and sector you are searching in, the process of finding a new job can
take several months. With prior planning and organization, the time scale can
be reduced as well as the incurred stress of finding a new employment.
If you have not
given it thought before, it is advisable to start to put in place a search
process several months prior to repatriating.
Simple steps to
organize your job search
Update and/or revamp your CV, as well as profiles on professional
social networks such as Linkedin.
Reactivate your established network to inform them of
your available date to start work. A network can consist of your partners
company HR Department, as well as prior work colleagues and recruiters.
Research, develop and grow your network
in the industry and position you are looking for by reaching out to HR Managers
and Recruiters in these domains.
Set up alerts on jobsites to be informed of open
Start sending out your CV and Cover Letter.
Establish in advance, when possible, face to face
interviews/meetings for your return.
Benefits of Organization skills in the workplace
skills are highly sought after in the job market. Benefits of good
organizational skills include, time management, planning, prioritizing, stress
management, avoiding errors, efficiency and productivity.
Possessing good organization skills leaves a positive
impression and can be a factor that enhances your chances of getting a job or a
If you are an
Expat Accompanying Partner looking to reintegrate the workplace, take some time
to organize the job search in advance. Not only will this help to relieve the stress
of looking for a new job, it will also help in developing and improving your
organization skills for interviews and in a future employment.
“Good order is the
foundation of all things” Edmund Burke
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Brid is a native English speaker, fluent in French, a graduate in both International Business Communication and in Instructional Design. She is also accredited (TEFL) to teach English as a foreign language.
Her professional experience spans over 20 years in an international environment, working in CAC 40 communication groups and as a consultant in Executive Search.