Tips for Finding a Job in the Private Sector

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The global economy is constantly growing and developing, making it necessary for international businesses to expand as well. As a result, private businesses offer many employment opportunities typically categorized in the areas of business development, operations and customs, and freight forwarding. In general, international businesses value experience and technical knowledge in the field. A good way to build your resume is by gaining hands-on experiences through internship opportunities and networking. In addition, cross cultural communication and foreign language skills are a benefit. 

Entering the field as a clerk, associate, or customer service, or seasonal position will help to build skills and also sets you up for growth within a company. Starting out at a smaller company is also a great way to get started in the global trade sector because they are usually more lenient with education requirements. When searching for a job, keep in mind that some titles will not have “global” or “international” in the title but are still a part of the global sector. Job titles will vary from company to company but the functions are similar.

Job search process: private vs. public sector

The private sector offers the most job opportunities in the world of international business. Searching for a job can be overwhelming. However, knowing where/how to search can make the process much smoother. Private sector jobs and internships can be found on all sorts of job search engines like,, and LinkedIn. There are also search firms dedicated to the trade and logistics industry, which are important to include when searching. Entry level jobs usually include clerk, coordinator, or associate in the title, be open to these positions. Most job search engines feature multiple different filters that can be adjusted to narrow your search. For example, you can search by location, company, salary, and experience level.

On the other hand, searching for a job in the public sector involves different steps. For example, these types of jobs are typically government or public service works such as firefighters and police. Though positions in the private sector can require degrees, certifications and other credentials, public sector positions may also require additional certifications/training and a more strenuous interview process. They also typically require you set up public profiles registered with either the government or your city or state, and in some cases fingerprinting and thorough background checks. You can learn more about those types of jobs in our post Tips for Finding a Job in the Public Sector.

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