You want to live and work in Brazil? Here are 7 tips to start your job search at home or in Brazil.
1) Research important information about Brazil (websites, blogs, and forums)
This website, Speak Portuguese Brazil, is designed specifically to answer your questions! Don’t hesitate to comment, enrich or critic the published articles. We answer all comments.
2) Start learning Brazilian Portuguese as soon as possible
Portuguese is a language that is easy to understand and learn. Start by learning the pronunciation and the basics, here’s a link to learn Brazilian Portuguese all while discovering São Paulo, the economic capital of Brazil!
3) Sign up for the important online networking websites
In Brazil, LINKEDIN is important for work. You need to be seen in the right places, connected to the most active networks… and therefore have a top-notch profile. Make sure your profile includes the most important information including your education, professional experience and goals, internships, languages known etc. You will increase your compatible contacts by optimizing your profile.
4) Long Distance Networking
Once you have signed up for LINKEDIN :
Research contacts: you can launch an automatic or manual search
Analyze your contacts’ contacts: you will see, there are a lot in Brazil
Join all of your active Alumni groups: there are many groups for Alumni students from all sorts of schools. Consult our guide on active networks in Brazil
In these Alumni groups :
You will have access to numerous job and internship offers
You can publish your resume and ask questions
You can join or follow a discussion that interests you
5) Get advice
You found contacts in your sector – other expatriates, entrepreneurs? Contact them!
Simply ask them, in five lines, if they will help you (share contacts, review your resume, offer any advice…) it is rare that an experienced person will refuse a helping hand to a young graduate. But it’s important for the first e-mail to be short and to the point.
6) Get your resume out there
You have a couple options to get your resume out there :
Publicly post your resume on networks like the ones mentioned above
Having a key contact or institution in Brazil distribute your resume for you