“What do you do?”

The small talk question we all hate so much.

We may hate it, but the way we answer can lead to new opportunities. Even if you don’t have a job right now, I bet you know how to present yourself in a few words. Well, at least in your mother tongue.

Could you do with a helping hand as you build your English profile on LinkedIn? LinkedIn Trainer, Bridget Rooth, has just launched an online self-study course specifically aimed at people wishing to build a second profile in English.

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But how do you fare when you need to reply in English? Do you have a polished response? Can you comfortably explain your experience and expertise? Or do you struggle to find the right words to describe your skillset?

In order to land that job or internship abroad, you need to reinvent yourself in English. You need to really get to know the ‘English you’: What did you study? Where did you work? What’s your special area of expertise?

If you don’t even know your ‘English self’, how are potential recruiters or interviewers going to learn about all that you have to offer?

Building your international profile

There are three key steps to building your international profile in English:

  • An English version of your CV
  • An English version of your LinkedIn profile
  • Preparation for an interview in English
  1. An English version of your CV

For your English CV, Mycvfactory has you covered! You can order a translation of your French CV if you need help. If not, check out this post for tips and tricks on how to produce a strong CV in English.

 2. An English version of your LinkedIn profile

Everyone can have their LinkedIn profile in two languages. If you’ve got a profile in French, then add an English version and start building your international profile.

“So … what do you do?”

It’s an annoying question, isn’t it? So you’d better get a good response prepared, as you’ll spend your life answering it!

On LinkedIn, the short answer to that question is what LinkedIn calls your ‘Headline’. But what should you write, and how should you write it?

To learn how to come up with a really great headline, check out the slide deck below. You’ll be introduced to different styles of LinkedIn headlines and learn how to identify and write one that is right for you in your current position.

With steps 1 and 2 of your international profile building complete, you should have both your CV in English and an English profile on LinkedIn. You and your English self are becoming more intimate, and your international profile is out there networking on your behalf on LinkedIn.

Time for step 3:

3. Preparing for a successful interview in English

Now that it’s done, that whole painful process of writing your CV in another language and building an English LinkedIn profile is going to pay off. You’ll be familiar with all the vocabulary you need to describe yourself and your particular skillset. You and your English self are now one and the same – the new international you has been born!

Here is a 5-Step Guide to Acing a Job Interview in English which will help you prepare for a face-to-face or Skype interview in English:

In today’s world, we no longer go to school and get a job in the place where we were born. We tend to go where the jobs are, and that can mean outside of our home country.

Make sure that wherever you go, you always feel comfortable presenting yourself. Always be ready with a clear, easy-to-understand response to that recurring question, “So, tell me, what do you do?”

 

Could you do with a helping hand as you build your English profile on LinkedIn? LinkedIn Trainer, Bridget Rooth, has just launched an online self-study course specifically aimed at people wishing to build a second profile in English.

English Trackers Academy has teamed up with Mycvfactory to offer you a great deal on the new course. Sign up for the course with the link below, and pay only $49 instead of $69 for this 10-module course with the code OFFERMYCV!