Lesley Cloran

About Lesley Cloran

: I come from beautiful, sunny South Africa and have been living in the Bay Area for four years now. My husband and I moved for a job opportunity, and it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I’m an editor and writer, with a passion for reading. I’ve worked in magazine publishing and online educational content editing, and currently volunteer as an adult literacy tutor. I also enjoy listening to podcasts, taking long walks and catching up with friends over coffee! I love the international culture of Silicon Valley and the wonderful melting pot of languages, food and interesting people. The opportunities for travel have also been truly eye-opening, and we’ve been lucky enough to visit cities and places we’d only ever dreamed of seeing.

Networking: finding a job in a new country

“Elevator pitch”, “LinkedIn profile”, “Skills development”, “Building contacts”, “Career events”… If you get the shivers just reading those phrases, don’t worry. You are not the only one who feels confused, nervous or downright scared about using networking during your job search. Networking has become a more trusted and common method of job searching, and it’s easy to see why. You spend some time improving your LinkedIn profile, you attend events in your particular field, you reach out to friends, former coworkers, even family, and boom, you get a job! Wait. It can’t be that easy, can it? Honestly, networking is […]

Job Hunt: The Daunting Task of Where to Begin

Maybe you’ve moved countries, states, or even just from one neighborhood to the next, and you’re starting to feel a little more settled in. Maybe after a long wait, your work visa or permanent resident card has finally arrived and you’re starting to think about getting back to work. But, regardless of your motivation to start looking for a job, we understand how daunting it can be!

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