Career Tip

Learn About National Holidays!

Illustration: Germany-USA Career Tip

Work-related example: "Labor Day" in the U.S. is very different from "Tag der Arbeit" in Germany. Different meaning, cultural and historic contexts, and very different ways to celebrate.

When looking for work in the respectively other country for the first time, learn about the national holidays.

What you learn will come in handy during your search, but also later, on the job: You will save valuable time, NOT trying to reach company contacts by phone or by email, for example, who left the office for a "Pfingsten" vacation (in Germany - unknown in the U.S.) or for an extended "Labor Day Weekend" (family weekend in the U.S.).