Working in the United States is the goal of many Brazilians. It is also a way to upgrade your resume , earn money and have a better quality of life. If you’re thinking about it, be aware of the main challenges that professionals in Brazil often face when working legally in the North American market. The author of the list is Jorge Botrel, a partner at JBJ Partners, a company specializing in Entrepreneurship, Business Consulting and Expatriation for the US.
5 main challenges for Brazilians who went to work in the US
1. Objectivity bluntly
Americans are often professionally practical and objective. They get straight to the point in negotiations and meetings. “For Brazilians, who are used to an initial conversation to break the ice or a lighter introduction, it may seem like Americans are rude,” says Botrel. “Actually, they just want to use their time at work effectively, with no fuss.”
2. Documentation of work
According to the specialist, it is common for Brazilian professionals to arrive in the US with a work visa, investor visa or even a Green Card. “Whatever your US work permit document is, it will have an expiration date,” he says. His tip, for those who want to continue working there, is to take care of the visa or Green Card renewal. “If possible, it’s worth trying for US citizenship,” he says.
3. Adaptation to the rules
In the United States, employment contracts are generally simpler and less bureaucratic. Companies have to follow federal and state labor laws, but there is no thirteenth salary, a 40% contractual fine on the FGTS in case of dismissal, and no prior notice, for example. “It is possible to take a vacation on single working days, or even in hours, and in several companies, you can take 4 hours of vacation, or 3 days, for example, without the need to explain why, as long as the departure is agreed in advance with the company”, he explains. It’s quite an adaptation for those who are used to CLT.
4. English in practice
As much as you are fluent in English, it is possible that some expression appears that you do not understand. It could be a joke, a reference to a commercial you haven’t seen, something related to sports. No need to despair because this is part of your adaptation to the local culture.
5. Meet deadlines even in the adaptation phase
Any situation that involves moving to another country can be quite stressful and demand your time and energy. However, they do not justify delays. Deadlines must be met and results must be delivered, regardless of the turmoil, you’re going through.