Wish I was there . .
My passport is ready and I can be packed in minutes.

10 December 2007

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

For two months, PH has been sending our resumes to selected jobs in Europe and for two months for the most part, we have heard nothing. A handful of thanks by no thanks letters, but for the majority of positions, no response. Until today.

PH received an email from a large international corporation in GERMANY requesting additional information about his experience and his salary. It's still way too early in the process to believe this is the job but I can't help but be a bit hopeful at the response. Someone out there is hearing my Christmas plea.

So feel free to leave any advice on dealing with international corporations in Germany. Before PH leave for Colorado on Wednesday, he has an email to which he must respond.


naechstehaltestelle said...

Wish I had advice. Want me to ask around about business practices in Germany? They're quite uptight and formal, from what I've seen. But every company differs. Good luck! Maybe one day we'll meet up.

hexe said...

Naechstehaltestelle - Willing to consider any and all advice. Thanks for the offer. If it's true that business is formal and uptight than hubby should fit right in! Would love to meet up one day - keep your fingers crossed.

Ms Mac said...

Hurrah! One (teeny tiny) step closer to us having coffee together one day....

Rick said...

Advice? Buy a Volkswagon so they know you're thinking German.


Merisi said...

Oh well, they may be uptight. They may be not, if it's truly an international company. It is just as easy or as difficult to adjust to the seeming casualness in many American companies. Good luck! :-)

hexe said...

Ms. Mac - I look forward to the day we can finally meet up for coffee and I can just stare in awe at one of the people who first encouraged me in this blogging world :)

Rick - Thanks for coming to visit. I wonder if I should take it as a sign that we are destined for Germany since we have always owned a Volkswagon.

Merisi - I agreed that it is impossible to stereotype an organization, yet I hope to avoid any major faux pax in this process. Thanks for the good wishes. As much as I'd like to be confident, I think this is just the beginning of a long road.

Expat Traveler said...

I'm rootin for ya! I think that would be a dream come true. Sorry for the lack of visits too. I've been busy working on my weekends! Can't wait to hear its' over!

Merisi said...

Trust in yourself, be confident!
You or husband want to be hired for who you really are, aren't you? Anybody who appreciates that, should be right for you. Otherwise, forget them, mismatches is not what you are looking for.
I have been there, btw,
I have done that, more than once,
and from quite an early age.
Good luck!!!! :-)))

hexe said...

Expat - I could tell from your blog you've been busy. Hope it slows down for you soon :) Thanks for the encouragement. We're just continue the process and see what happens.

Merisi - We are definately not at an "early" age here, but I appreciate your perspective having done the international move. I must admit that for the most part, I don't worry about this (which is rather unusual for my type A personality!). I just know that at some point this will fall into place. And then I may worry just a bit ;)

christina said...

Wow, so you may end up in Germany after all. Can you PLEASE move in next door to us?? :-)

The Germans seem to go more for qualifications than experience. They want to see the degrees and certificates, otherwise not much chance. And the business dealings are VERY formal. No calling people by first names, very direct way of speaking, no room for social niceties. That can sometimes throw English speakers off until they get used to it.

Crossing my fingers for ya!