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In “Get Ahead by Going Abroad,” Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and C. Perry Yeatman identify five qualities that are crucial to overseas success: adaptability and flexibility; the ability to listen and communicate well; skill at building teams and relationships; patience and persistence; and curiosity and open-mindedness. The “command and control” personality — a hallmark of American leadership — does not tend to work well cross-culturally, Ms. Berdan said.

Her book focuses on women; she and Ms. Yeatman found that the women they surveyed who worked abroad (the typical assignment was three to five years) advanced professionally at a much faster pace than women who stayed in their home countries.

That is an incentive to pursue foreign work, not to mention that being overseas is “a mind-bending cultural experience,” Ms. Berdan said. But how to begin?

Many people think of American multinational companies when they seek a foreign job. But cast your net wider by looking at companies based overseas, especially those with headquarters in your designated foreign country, Ms. Berdan said. Find out about these companies through Web sites like and

And don’t forget about the State Department, nongovernmental organizations and nonprofit groups, if your interests and ideals tend that way.

For the unemployed who are not afraid to take a risk, Ms. Berdan says, it can be effective to move to the foreign city of your choice and look for a job when you get there. (This, of course, is much easier to do if you are single.)

Do your research, and consider countries that have high growth rates over all or in a particular industry, Ms. Berdan said. China, India and Brazil are on a growth surge, for example, and tourism is strong in countries like Costa Rica and Belize, she said.

If you are going to pick up and move without a job, have at least six months of savings and be aware of visa requirements and tax laws along with personal safety issues, she added.

Expatriates are usually a small and close-knit group, Ms. Berdan said. Network with them online before you move to start obtaining job leads; she says one good site for international networking is

If you want to position yourself for a foreign assignment at your current company, raise your hand early and often, Ms. Berdan said — volunteer to take that midnight call from a different time zone.

Of course, it also helps to know a foreign language or two, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing an overseas dream. It isn’t a deal-breaker at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. The company can put people through intensive language training both before and after arrival at the foreign country, said James H. Wall, global managing director of talent.

Deloitte’s member firms have operations in over 150 countries, and demand is strong for overseas workers in big emerging markets like China, India and Brazil, he said, along with Middle Eastern countries like Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Deloitte’s openings are in accounting and auditing; tax services; financial advising; and management consulting.

Like Ms. Berdan, Mr. Wall says overseas experience tends to help people’s careers — especially in the new, more global economy. “We really encourage international exposure and experience,” Mr. Wall said. “It creates a more well-rounded professional.”

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Correction: December 6, 2010

An earlier version of this article contained the wrong credit for an illustration that accompanied this story.  The illustration was done by Sean Kelly, not David Klein.

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