There are many reasons you may want to move overseas for a new job. Maybe you plan on widening your career prospects, maybe there are greener pastures abroad for your kind of profession, or sometimes you may just be wanting to change your environment by breaking your current monotony and move on to newer and more exciting challenges. Having a job abroad is also an amazing chance to discover that country and its culture in depth, without worrying about a limited vacation budget. Of course, money usually does present some kind of an issue, but you can fight against that obstacle with a frugal lifestyle and making use of such websites as Discountrue that offer you coupons for a wide range of shops – Kohl’s, Target, you name it. Anyway, whatever your reason is, we’ve compiled the best advice from a number of experts on how to go about securing a job overseas! Check it out below:
Make good use of the Internet
You can start with social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr or anything else. However, the Internet also has lots of other resources that can help you find work overseas, including electronic mailing lists and professional blogs. A website such as prospects.ac.uk can also be a very good place to begin with. It has country profiles that contain a great deal of information about finding jobs and working abroad. You also need to ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date always, as some employers do recruit directly via the site. There are also several industry-specific groups that you can subscribe to in order to learn more about how to network online. Visit sites like CareerOneStop.org, Internships.com, CollegeRecruiter.com or iSeek.com to learn more.
Take advantage of your other networks as well
There are many ways to network offline, too. Start with the closest to you, i.e. family, friends and current workplace colleagues (but not your boss!). Maybe somebody knows someone who lives abroad and can help. Create a list of your top 20 most-preferred companies abroad and pursue them relentlessly. Network with them and acquire one contact or two at each company. Get to know and keep in contact with as many people in your career field in as many countries as you can. Having contacts is important, so arrange for informal Skype chats and ask questions about their companies and workplaces. Maybe when a position opens up, someone can recommend you within their organization. BUT, beware of canvassing; you could see your application being rejected or even get into legal trouble!
Some of the points here may seem obvious to some people, but when you look closely, things aren’t always so transparent. When we say that you should go to school and learn – and prepare – somebody may say: “Of course!” But let me tell you one thing: I have come across so many stories of people making assumptions on simple and seemingly unimportant factors here and end up stranded in faraway countries, jobless. For instance, as a Computer Scientist, I know we say that Computer Science is “the same” across the globe. I mean, PHP remains PHP wherever you go, right? As an American, I can do a coding job in any English-speaking country, right? WRONG! Certification differs a lot across the world, and that is very important. Your US diploma may not be recognized by an Australian company, for example. A medical degree from a university in Montevideo, Uruguay may be worthless in the UK, Japan or Kenya (with all due respect to Uruguayan education, of course!)
Don’t stress over finding work abroad. More importantly, don’t start looking for work overseas when you are under too much pressure to get a job. Start early enough and take your time. Learn your host country’s language and culture, their mannerisms. Know what to expect in your new working environment. Prepare yourself for everything. Finally, remember that you don’t always have to start with more money than you are getting now – there are other positives as you look into the future for more monetary gains in the long run.
All the best!
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