appearance important when seeking Overseas Jobs?
tattoos or piercings?
non-traditional appearance can be much more of an issue
overseas than in most Western countries.
Conformance to certain conservative values is important
in some countries, and certainly for professional
and/or teaching jobs in almost all countries.
culture, we tend to pride ourselves on the "rebel
billionaire" look, and we know that dress and appearance
really don't measure the quality of our character.
But in many other cultures appearance is paramount.
just as one example, a common saying is, "The first
impression is everything." Appearances are critical in
many cultures. When the author lived in Africa he would
sometimes be surprised to see a man come out of his mud
hut wearing a three-piece suit!
and professionally. It's not difficult and will enhance
are often not theirs. Play along, do what is required.
Wear the slacks and tie. It is the gateway to so much
out of sight. In some cultures, tattoos are symbols of
the yakuza or mafia. Yes, even in
Thailand many local people have tattoos, but they will
keep them out of sight when interviewing for a job.
As a foreigner, in most cultures/countries you can
expect to be closely observed, judged, commented on
and just generally be the butt of gossip. Get used to it,
understand it, and deal with it appropriately.
people showing such things off is a matter of pride and
principle. They feel they should be accepted for who
and what they are. Yeah, but . . . other cultures don't
often have the same idea. In their country, they would
like you to conform to their ideals. You will, I
promise, limit your career and opportunities [in many
countries] if you are not discreet.
it is the gateway to so much more.