Friday, March 5, 2010

Where to Find Trade Compliance Jobs

The effects of our economy continue to affect millions of people who are unemployed or underemployed. For those who are new to the industry or experienced trade professionals looking for meaningful employment, there are jobs available. In the past, we’ve talked about the types of jobs available and the skills necessary to obtain the jobs. Next, we’ll tackle the question of where to find jobs in international compliance.

Government Jobs - USAJOBS

You can search for jobs by keyword, job title, location, agency, salary and more. If you are not sure what type of salary or the title of the job, you might want to limit your search to Homeland Security – Customs & Border Protection. The results may yield in excess of 800 jobs. If this number is unmanageable, consider entering a location and/or salary range. The results can be sorted by closing date, job summary and salary. Some of the government jobs available at CBP include the following.

Auditor: $ 41,500 - $78,000
International Trade Specialist: $75,000 - $115,000
Information Security Specialist: $71,000 - $133,000
Management and Program Analyst: $ 47,000 - $89,000
Telecommunications Specialist: $57,000 - $89,000

Tell your friends outside of trade compliance as CBP also hires chemists, economists, engineers, information technology specialists and other specialties.

Job Boards
There are a variety of job boards that can be searched for jobs in international trade

Most of the job boards let you specify search criteria and will send you daily emails with a list of new jobs available. One of the nice attributes of is that it pulls jobs from most all of the job boards, recruitment firms and individual companies looking to hire trade compliance professionals. For more detailed results, enter in specific jobs titles, company names or specific terms and locations.

Professional Organizations
Many of the local trade clubs and organizations such as the International Compliance Professionals Association
(ICPA) post jobs opportunities for their members.

Employment recruiters work for the hiring companies and job seekers. Their goal is to match the right person to the right job. In most situations, the fee is paid by the employer. The screen process can be quite detailed to ensure that there is a good match between the candidate and the company. You can contact the recruiters directly and you may also find their advertisements on the job boards. You’ll notice them because the companies they represent remain confidential on the job boards, as does any information the candidate submits to the recruiter until the parties agree to share the information. Recruiters can often provide good insight to the company’s culture and expectations that a candidate might not otherwise learn in a job search.

Social Networks
A growing trend for job networking includes sites like, blogs and Twitter. This form of networking shouldn’t be ignored; however, be careful about the information you post about yourself online. You may find that other groups hijack your information and publish it on their websites without your knowledge. Also, if you currently have a job and are looking for a new one, you wouldn’t want your current employer to find your resume online.

1 comment:

Thomas said...

Very interesting article, would be of interest to our students of the International Trade Specialist Accreditation online training program... would it be possible to republish?


Thomas Smith
eBSI Export Academy