Tips for Finding a job Overseas

Need tips for finding a job overseas? We’ve got you covered. From visas to social media, let’s explore how to make your dream of living abroad come true.

Working on a different continent is a great way to advance your career and learn about new cultures. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to just hop on a flight and hope for the best when you land. So here are some tips for finding a job overseas.

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Tips for Finding a job Overseas

Ready to start afresh in a different country? That’s great! However, you might be a bit worried because the world is so big. So where do you begin? Let us help you out with our top tips for finding a job overseas.

  • Study scarce skills
  • Use social media
  • Apply for a work visa
  • Fix your CV 
  • Learn a new language
  • Network
  • Explore multinational companies
  • Plan a trip
  • Get in touch with recruitment companies

Study Scarce Skills

Every country has its own scarce skills and are willing to pay good money for people who can provide it to them. It’s best to do some research on the countries you’re thinking of going to before settling on a study path. Studying internationally recognised courses can give you the scarce skills needed to find a job overseas.  

Use Social Media

Already have a country and job in mind? Well you can use social media to find out how other people have experienced living your dream life. Facebook groups are especially good for this. You can meet people who can give you advice on anything from job interviews to finding affordable accommodation near your workplace. 

Apply for a Work Visa

Think you can just pack your suitcases and go make money abroad? Think again. There are many rules for working in foreign countries. You should make sure to apply for the correct work visa to avoid legal difficulties. For example, teaching English in China requires a Z-visa. This process takes a while, so apply asap to avoid disappointment. 

Fix Your CV 

An important part of landing any job is fixing your CV. So make sure you adjust yours according to the specific country’s requirements. Depending on the job, some may prefer longer or shorter CV’s. Adjustments can also include finding someone reliable to translate or switching from UK to US English if necessary.

Learn the Language

There are many career benefits to learning a new language. Your chances of getting that job overseas will greatly increase if you show that you are fluent in their mother tongue. Not to mention that you’ll have an easier time getting around in the new country you’ll call home.    

Network

Did you know that networking is how 85% of jobs are filled? This means that the jobs you see online are only a fraction of what’s available! Networking is a great way to get yourself out there. Ask about job opportunities abroad and share your portfolio with former colleagues or friends who work overseas. 

Explore Multinational Companies

Are you in it for the long run? Then try finding a job at a local company that has branches all over the world. During your interview, you can express that you’d love to one day work in their offices abroad. You might end up with a career that allows you to travel. And when you have enough experience, you’ll be able to ask for a transfer. 

Plan a Trip

Checking pretty pictures on Pinterest is not enough to decide to start your whole life over in a different country. You need to go and see it for yourself. The last thing you want is for expectation to not meet reality, and then being stuck in a five-year contract. So if finances allow, plan a trip to get a feel for the local culture.    

Get in Touch With Recruitment Companies

It can be difficult to plan your new life abroad. So since recruitment companies have researched the job markets in different countries, they can make it easier by helping you land an interview with a company. This is because many of them already have good relationships with organisations in your field. So make sure to sign up, and beware of any scams.

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Last Updated: June 2, 2022

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