International Business

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Continuing our International Business learning series, we’ll now united states international businessfocus on the United States. The world’s largest economy plays a massive role throughout the world. Its corporations exist in every country and impact most people in the world. Hollywood has a global reach. And for better or worse, the government is involved globally. We want to help you learn more about this great country, whether you want to work there, work with US companies, take advantage of their vast market, or just want to know more about their economy and culture.

Because we live in such a global world, we provide learning pages for most of the major countries in the world. This gives you tangible knowledge and skills that you can apply to your professional and personal lives.

Here’s what you’ll find in this Learning Page (click to skip to this section)…

table of contentsI. Introduction As you’re reading now, we’ll overview the US and discuss why to learn about this country

II. The USA Learning Page – We’ll discuss all the topics and sources you’ll want to learn regarding the US as a place to do business or just get to know more about 

III. International Business Career Services Since our learning page is outcome driven, we want to help you delve into an international business career direction

So flip the tab, discover the outcomes you can expect from gaining this skill, how to best learn it, and then get started in enhancing your learning and career!

Reverse Tide’s USA Learning Page is outcome dream This is where we’re unique… the topics of study, the sources, and the emphasis on quickly getting real experience are designed to give you real skills and allow you to more easily find work involving the United States. Here are just a few of the many ways to use your learning here…

  • Do business in or involving the United States (their companies, market, people, and government)
  • Better understand the US with respect to another aspect of your career (international relations, American customers, US company competition)
  • Learn the English language, American culture for traveling or living there, or just be more knowledgable about the world

The Learning Page you see in Section II of this page is designed to teach you all about the United States, with a slant toward international business involving the country. Our learning aims to learning pathbe as comprehensive and efficient as possible, while maintaining a low cost. There are so many ways to learn about the US and we hope to get you started so you can interact more with the country and deepen your knowledge/experience there.

So here’s how we structure the learning page…

1 – Learn Basic US Knowledge. The United States is vast with many different cultures spread throughout a very large country. It has a powerful consumer, large global economic / military / diplomatic ties, and a culture that permeates much of the world. However, we’ll help you learn in more depth so it’s valuable to more than just what the eye sees each day.

2 – Go There! In any of our country specific learning pages, we want to encourage you to visit and experience it first-hand. We’ll help with resources to make that happen.

3 – Specialize. We want to help if the US interests you on a career level, where you want to work inside the country or work with companies, the government, or people there. We will help with some of the resources to build a career there, while also focusing on the skills and experience that would be a pre-requisite to getting started.

In Section II, we’ll get into the meat of Reverse Tide’s Learning Page and then later on, we’ll give you all the resources you need to be successful in an international business type career. So let’s do it!

Reverse Tide is the internet’s leader in providing comprehensive reverse tide learninglearning on the modern economy’s most important professional skills. Unlike traditional universities, training programs, and other formal learning programs, we focus on five core goals…

1 – Topical. We only focus on the skills most important to today’s modern economy. If the economy changes, we change (although we predict where things are headed in advance).

2 – Comprehensive. We cover the totality of subjects needed to become job-ready.

3 – Efficient. We don’t waste time or resources on meaningless material. We tell you why you should learn each subject in the path toward proficiency.

4 – Affordable. Each learning curriculum costs under $1,000 for both education and career services. However, the idea is this is an investment that pays for itself through career enhancement.

5 – Career Enhancing. We focus on the skills and practices that get you hired into well-paying jobs. No fluff, administration, fancy degrees/certificates. Just great education and even better career services.

Nope we’re not traditional and that’s our great strength! If you want to hang a diploma on the wall or have letters next to your name, best to go elsewhere. If you want to learn about the United States and International Business, while giving yourself the best chance at a great job, you’re in the right place. Welcome to Reverse Tide Learning.


Let’s get started. On the left, each tab represents a subject. Each learn usa international businessone will have the learning materials we suggest are best to learn that subject. The idea is that by learning each of these subjects well, you’ll be well positioned to start getting whatever experience you seek.

You have two choices. You can learn each of these subjects or skip around based on your own unique goals. We suggest doing them all, as it will help you be well-rounded and versatile, which is very important in any professional function. Here we go…

US History

Introduction… The United States’ is still a relatively young country and thus their history plays an integral part in today’s culture. Understanding the country’s history enables outsiders to understand the political system and economy much better.  

Here are our favorite sources to get a comprehensive, yet efficient view into US history…

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    US History

    This two part series is highly rated and covers the main events well. We don’t want history to be too boring so we suggest a video course to liven it up a bit…

    Part 1 – Early Colonization to Reconstruction
    Part 2 – Reconstruction to the 21st Century

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    A People’s History of the United States

    While the courses were great for major historical events and figures, this book focuses on the people and their story during these times. We’d suggest reading this as a supplement to the courses since they are from very different perspectives

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US Culture

Introduction… US culture is probably not anything new to much of the world. Hollywood movies, tv shows, popular music, etc are available around the globe. People often claim they learned English through these entertainment options. 

However, US culture is much more than Hollywood, sports, and entertainment. What is the culture that exists below that dramatization? What is the business culture, family culture, religious culture, and social norms? And since the US is so big, many people are surprised to realize how drastic the culture change is among regions. So we present the less known but equally important way to learn about US culture…

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    American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    Really cool book that helps people understand that the United States could almost be divided into several distinct countries (culturally). This book explores each region and the history that shaped each unique culture

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    What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z

    Another perspective on American culture but this time from a foreigner’s perspective. This can be a useful tool guide to those interacting with the US and coming from abroad

    Click to Get Started

The US Economy

The United States has long had the largest economy in the world (by GDP). It is huge in almost every sector – agriculture, technology, energy, manufacturing, financial services, retail, and much more. 

Because the economy is so large, it’s almost impossible to get a handle on the entire thing. Entire books are written about small sectors of the overall economy. So rather than try to help you learn about everything at once or go sector by sector, we will focus more on current economic trends. In order to really learn what’s going on in the economy, we believe these are the top sources to bookmark and read on a regular basis…

Wall Street Journal
Naked Capitalism
The Big Picture
Economist’s View
Calculated Risk Blog

The US Political System

Introduction… The United States political system still adheres to a Constitution written by its founders but the overall scope of government has become significant. While Americans love to tout themselves as the land of the free, government still plays a huge role in almost every major industry and aspect of daily lives.

People love to debate about politics but this isn’t the place for that. Instead, we want to focus on the facts of what the system is like and how government works…

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    American Government

    This is a good, free course from Harvard that overviews the US political system. The course is archived but you can learn what the government’s role is in business and law through this course

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US Geography

Introduction… The United States is a vast country that includes different landscapes, many natural resources, different cultures, and different economies within its regional borders. By saying you’re going to move to the US or do business with the US is meaningless because you’re dealing with such geographical variety. So we want to help you understand how geography is so important to the identity of the United States. 

Here are the sources we suggest to better understand the United States’ geography…

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    A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada

    This book’s author traveled state by state to explore the physical, environmental, human, and cultural geographies unique to each region. The book talks about challenges and opportunities for each, which helps an outsider understand how important geography is in the country’s identity

    Click to Get Started
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    Geographical Trends

    Another important way to look at Geography is to identify statistics and trends and what this means in terms of politics, economics, social topics and other subjects. The two websites below are blogs that focus on geographical statistics and visualizations for the US and the rest of the world:

    Map of the Week
    Map Room Blog

Learn the English Language

Introduction… English is widely considered the international language because it’s so widely spoken across the globe. While more people natively speak other languages, English is often what two foreigners revert to using for communication. And this makes sense, as so much of the global economy and entertainment originates from English speaking locations. 

There is a huge demand to learn English, whether for economic opportunities, to accommodate tourism, or as a popular second-language choice for children. 

For the US, English is the only national language (although Spanish is widely spoken in certain areas of the South). If you want to study or work in the US, learning fluent English is a must. Even if you’re conversational now, you’ll need to improve your capability to a more advanced level.

We suggest learning English using our “Best Methods” approach and then taking the TOEFL to have accredited skill. Here is how we suggest doing it… 

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    The Best Method to Learn Languages

    We will explore all the resources and methods to learn English or whatever language you choose

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    The TOEFL is the most widely accepted English language proficiency exam in the United States (for education and careers). Here are some of the top resources for this crucial qualification…

    TOEFL Official Sitestart here for exam information, signup, and resources

    TOEFL Prep KitThere isn’t much differentiation among all the guides but this is consistently among the best reviewed and bundles the prep materials you need

    TOEFL Speaking Section courseThis section is commonly cited as being the trickiest so we’re supplementing the prep kit with a highly rated video course on speaking

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    Other English Resources

    Beyond qualification through TOEFL, you’ll want your English to be as functional as possible. So it can also be useful to supplement these generic courses for things are are more useful in how you will use them. Here are a few suggestions…

    Business English – Most people want to apply their learning to professional uses. This course focuses on the business terminology, phrases, etc as you learn English.

    American English for Success in Business  If you want to interact in the US market, you will be well served to understand American English, which sounds different than British or Indian English as examples. This helps with pronunciations, expressions, and more.

United States News & Perspectives

Introduction… One of the best way to learn about the US is to study current affairs. For a country of this size, just reading their daily news or seeing experts comment on the US economy, corporations, politics, and culture is plenty insightful. Having the background gives these topics the context it requires.

Be careful with sources in the US. It has become a very polarizing time and a lot of the media is owned by corporations more interested in clicks, views, advertising revenue, and alignment with a certain ideology than in accuracy or being informative. In light of this warning, here are the ones we like…

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    News Sites

    Here are our favorite sites to read news about the US:

    NPR is generally pretty good because it’s funded by the government (but is independent), although they do get accused of a slant by some

    The New York Times and Wall St Journal are both well respected newspapers, although both receive their fair share of criticism as well. Probably the best of the bunch though

    For pure news, your best bet is Associated Press and Reuters

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    United States Blogs & Commentary

    In trying to find the best commentators, we look for sources that are informative and non-biased. Here are our favorites…

    One of the most respected interviewers is Charlie Rose, who does tv interviews on the most topical subjects and with the most interesting people in politics, entertainment, business, science, and more.

    This American Life is a widely respected radio broadcast covering a whole range of American issues.

    Sites like Gallup and FiveThirtyNine take a fact based and statistical approach to the most relevant topics in US society

part 2
International Business Fundamentals

Now that we’ve studied the United States in-depth, it’s time to take a step back and ensure you’re well versed in the fundamentals of international business. It’s not easy for a foreigner to enter a country and set up a business. There are trade laws and local regulations to be aware of. You are dealing with a different culture and a very different market. So even if you’re a USA expert, you still need to be cognizant of how to be successful in business.

These are generic international business sources but they can help no matter what country you go to. If you’re already experienced in International Business, feel free to skip this. However, if you want to improve your international business fundamentals, we’re here to help…

International Trade

Introduction… It’s not so simple as making a decision to move to a new country and set up a business (or expand an existing on to that country). International trade laws and processes have huge implications on the capability to sell good/services overseas. This is the place to start for those seeking business expansion to international markets…

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    International Trade

    This is an amazingly good free source to learn about international trade. They focus on everything you’d want to know about why you’d expand internationally and the things you’ll need to consider in making it a reality

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Expanding Internationally

Introduction… At some stage, you will start investigating international expansion in more depth. You’ll want to know how to start the process, what factors to research in deciding where to go, and the main strategic/operational considerations for launching an overseas business expansion. 

Because this is a very complex topic and such strategic considerations will be a large factor in either succeeding or failing, we cover this topic over three sources. Here are the ones we like…

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    International Business Environment and Global Strategy

    We like this course as a starting point because it overviews what things to research and evaluate when choosing a country for international expansion. They cover social, political, economic, and institutional considerations and provide detailed examples of evaluating specific countries

    Click to Get Started
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    International Expansion: A Blueprint for Success

    Now that you’ve narrowed down location, you should start thinking about execution strategy. This course covers topics like market entry options, forecasting profitability, and growth considerations

    Click to Get Started
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    International Business II

    We like the second course in this two part series because it focuses on strategic options different from our last suggested course including financial currency, adapting your product, and management

    Click to Get Started

International Marketing

Introduction… Marketing in your home country is difficult enough and yet you already know the language, culture, and are already a consumer yourself. Now take all those marketing challenges and add the complexity of an entirely different market. You may not know what channels are popular there. You’ll have to hire local staff to help with the language skills. You’re probably less familiar with competitors. So we want to get you a bit of help.

Selling abroad should be a no-brainer for any business. There are so many accessible customers if you simply make the commitment to expand your thinking. However, nobody is going to be capable of giving you a recipe for instant international marketing success. You will need to put the work into it. We can start with sources that help you think on a more global level with considerations, best practices, and case studies…

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    International Marketing & Cross Industry Growth Specialization

    This Coursera specialization focuses on international marketing concepts and applies it to a few industries. Good way to get you started in thinking about this topic and is free if you audit the courses

    Click to Get Started
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    Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably

    This is a really highly rated book from a credible author (the writer of The Global Small Business Blog). She deeply explores why to sell abroad and how to be successful at it. This is a really nice source no matter what business you’re considering for international expansion 

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International Finance & Tax

Introduction… The last step in International Business is figuring out the financial details of your international expansion. This is a very complex topic and likely something you want to defer to banks, financiers, tax experts, and attorneys. However, obtaining a basic knowledge will help you understand what you should be investigating relative to this topic.

A lot of companies expand internationally exclusively for the financial or tax benefits. Others are sunk by not giving this adequate planning. So while this may be dry and unexciting, it’s crucial for people to learn. Here are our favorite generic sources to get started… 

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    International Tax: Tax Beyond Boundaries 

    This may not be the most exciting topic but the course covers it pretty comprehensively (as individuals, businesses, property, and more). Remember that this isn’t a substitute for personalized tax advice, as every situation, business, and country will yield different advice. However, this gets your basic information so you know some of the answers to seek

    Click to Get Started
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    International Finance Guide

    Our favorite guide to international finance comes from TutorialsPoint. This is very beginner level but is good in a subject like this because a comprehensive overview can help you decide what subjects pertain to your unique financing needs

    Click to Get Started

part 3
Getting Started in the United States

The content in the last section was good for everyone to united states learningunderstand but is most relevant to people expanding their businesses overseas. This section is most relevant toward people looking to live and work in the United States. It is certainly very possible to achieve this but it requires a bit of work. Among the things you’ll have to do:

  • Get a working or educational visa
  • Find an employer willing to hire you
  • Logistically make the move

There are plenty of hybrid options including working for a US employer from overseas or doing business in the US market. We’re here to give you resources for all these options. Let’s explore!

Getting US Experience

There are many ways to get US experience without truly working in the United States. One way is to apply for a full-time job through your normal local job boards and type ‘United States’ or ‘America’ into the search. Working for a US firm in your home country can give you valuable experience and potentially a network to bridge that career path into the United States.

Another good way is through freelancing. On any of the main freelance boards, there are tons of American employers. So you can interact with real businesses and fill your resume with real American experience from your home computer.

So how do you get started in freelancing? We have an entire Freelance Microsite dedicated to this topic. Start with our article (linked below) and then head over for more great freelance resources. Look for US employers, English language, American market projects, or the skills that would be desirable by US firms (the things they commonly outsource like IT, customer service, etc). Then build up your resume from there.

Here’s the link to our introductory article: 

Article: Find Freelance Gigs

Applying to US Firms

There is a huge backlog of applications to the work in the United States. Many foreign workers win that right but most applicants have to wait many years before getting one of the allocated visa slots. However, it’s still very possible and worthy of pursuit.

Linked below are the most popular job sites in the United States. You can check whether they require citizenship or are willing to look abroad. And even if they aren’t initially, they might be interested if you contact them directly and prove your outstanding qualifications…

LinkedIn (really popular there; just search by location)

To really maximize your chances of having the best qualifications and a stand-out application package (resume, portfolio, etc), refer to our Career Services Guides below. In a really competitive job market for foreign workers, these things make a huge difference.

US Visas

The United States can have a pretty strict immigration system and it’s always helpful to be prepared. Use your country’s consulate for specific inquiries and the US State Department for official resources. Two other helpful sites are the American Immigration Center and Path2USA

US Travel Resources

Whether you’re traveling through the United States or moving there, it can be intimidating. However, there are some great guides and resources that make the journey infinitely easier. Here are a few of our favorites…

For general travel guides, TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet are go-to guides.

There are many great travel resources that give you advice and perspective on US life. Visit The USA, The USA Expat Forum from British Expats, and Yelp are very helpful resources for their own purposes.


career servicesOur USA – International Business Learning Path is comprehensive and we applaud you if you completed it in full or even if you picked the things that were most applicable to you.

Now comes the fun part. Learning a career skill like international business isn’t done for fun or for your health… it’s done to benefit your career! 

So we are offering something you can’t find anywhere else on the internet. We’re offering something that universities are doing a very poor job of these days and formal training programs most certainly don’t do.

We’re providing Career Services specific to International Business. The objective is to get you a job! Whether you’re working with overseas companies or aspiring to work for them abroad, we’re here for you.

We do it all! This section provides tons of resources to help you accomplish your specific career goals and specific international business!

International Business Career Guide

Now that you’ve improved your international business skills, it’s time to focus on how to apply them in the professional world. Reverse Tide’s Career Services rival anyone’s. We can help you with so much (resumes, portfolios,international business job freelancing sales, and anything you need).

The first thing we offer, however, is a custom career guide for International Business. In this guide, you’ll find specific tips on getting a job with the skills you’ve learned in our learning path (or any other credentials you had prior). We’ll cover…

  • Writing qualifications impactfully, especially online education ones
  • Focusing on what hirers want in international applicants and applying with this in mind
  • All the amazing things you can do to demonstrate international skills and experience to employers
  • Tons of international business job specific application tips

This guide is one of a kind… we don’t know of anyone else providing such specific advice! And best of all, it’s super cheap!

For more information or to sign up, check out our page:

International Business Career Guide

Building a Top Resume

You’ve now built amazing international business qualifications from our mix of skills, experience, and more.resume standout So how do you build that into a crazy good resume that gets you hired?

We’ve assembled a guide that helps create the best resume among your peers. It uses the most modern, creative, and eye-catching ways of writing your qualifications and impressing employers.

With this guide, you get the following benefits…

  • 15 innovative, attractive resume templates
  • Tons of examples
  • The resume styles employers like
  • How to highlight your top qualifications
  • A lot of modern insight you don’t get anywhere else

For more information and to sign up, visit our Building a Top Resume Guide Page

Writing an Amazing Cover Letter

Cover letters are the first thing employers will see when you’re applying to them. So you certainly want it to look good and make a strong case for you to get the job!Amazing cover letter

Our guide is intended to help you with writing the most effective cover letter of your life. We want it to be attention-getting, persuasive, and converting (just like a good advertisement!). So here’s how we’ll do it…

  • The elements to include in your cover letters (hint, it’s different than everyone else does it)
  • Tons of examples of great cover letters
  • Alternatives to the common letter format
  • A bit of job application specific sales psychology

For more information and to sign up, check out our page Writing Amazing Cover Letters Guide

Create a Professional Portfolio

If you want an international job, you should be familiar with the idea of a professional portfolio. You want to show employers how you can earn them Professional Portfoliorevenue and instances of doing that in the past. After all, that’s what every business does so why wouldn’t you do the same?

In this guide, we’ll teach you about what the best professional portfolios look like. This way you can demonstrate and prove your qualifications rather than simply stating them. More specifically, here’s what we’ll do…

  • What are all the things you can put in your professional portfolio?
  • Where can you house it and how can you present it to employers?
  • Tons of examples and resources to make your portfolio great

For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Creating a Professional Portfolio Guide

Owning the Interview

The interview is the equivalent of closing the sale. This is when you’re getting more personalized and discussing theinterview guide terms of whether the professional arrangement is mutually beneficial. Just like anything in management, this requires a lot of preparation.

In this guide, we want you to own the interview and get that dream job. We’ll talk all about outstanding interview preparation and even better execution so you’re as successful as possible. Specifically, we’ll go into depth on the following…

  • The important things to prove to the hirer during an interview
  • The preparation that can vastly improve your results
  • A bunch of mock interviews for all the common interview formats
  • Other considerations and resources to make you the best interviewer you can possibly be

For more information or to sign up, visit our page Owning the Interview Guide

The Business Proposal

In business functions, you’re going to spend a lot of time writing proposals. Whether you’re proposing initiatives to upper managers, investors, customers, suppliers, etcbusiness proposal or are pitching your own business, getting the proposal right is crucial to being successful in this function.

In this guide, we’ll go into a lot of depth on how to write winning business proposals. We’ll approach it from the perspective of someone writing a job proposal and all the things needed to achieve success. More specifically, we’ll discuss the following…

  • What are the important elements to include in a good business proposal?
  • We’ll do three real examples… a short, medium, and long proposal

For more information or to sign up, visit our page The Business Proposal Guide

Increasing Freelance Sales

A lot of people are looking to get involved in freelancing these days. As we said in this learning page, it’s a good way to get international experience without leaving your home. It can also be much more, as you’re capable of helping so many companies and doing so on increase freelance salesyour own terms (rather than going through an agency). You can choose your specialty, choose your sales targets, and once you win the work can choose how you approach it.

The disadvantage to freelancing is you have to do your own sales. This guide is aimed at the freelancer and the many ways to boost their sales results. We have tons of resources, examples, and sales methods specific to freelancing. Here’s what you get in this guide:

  • The Business Proposal Guide for free
  • Boosting your qualifications to optimal levels
  • Having a great sales strategy and positioning yourself for success with top tactics
  • Developing great negotiation skills

For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Increasing Freelance Sales Guide 

Freelance Gigs to Lucrative Business

Continuing our freelance series, we want you to make the most of freelancing. Going from gig to gig and client to client is fine but you have so many opportunities freelance business expansionto make it something bigger. You can turn this into a full business that earns really well (without it solely depending on your sales and execution).

In this guide, we get serious about freelancing and formulate all the ways to turn this into something much more lucrative to you as business owner. Specifically, we’ll cover…

  • Performing at your absolute best in the gigs themselves so you can establish a great reputation
  • Negotiating increasingly better deals during and after the gigs
  • All the business concepts and resources you’ll need to build your business

For more information or to sign up for this guide, visit our page at Freelance Gigs to Lucrative Business Guide

1 on 1 Career Help For You

As you can see from our USA Learning Page, our International Business Career Services Guide, and all the more generic career guides, we take your skills and job prospects very Reverse Tide blogseriously. We simply want you to do the best you possibly can. With that said, everything above is generic. Which means the only thing left is working with you directly!

We allocate a small number of slots each day to working with the Reverse Tide community directly. Among the services we offer…

  • Helping you learn 1 on 1 (custom learning for your specific goals)
  • Helping you apply for international jobs, write proposals, or submit freelance applications
  • Resume reviews, professional portfolio or cover letter reviews, and mock interviews. Get your specific materials in the best possible state!
  • Any custom career topics you need help with. We’re here to help and coach you to success

For more information or to sign up for a time slot today, visit our page Reverse Tide Personalized Career Services

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