How To… Find A Job In Another Country
Would you like to work abroad, but are unsure where to begin?
Is the worry about how to find employment putting you off?
Don’t worry, finding a job in another country can be seamless if you follow the simple advice outlined below.
There is nothing more exciting than finding yourself in a new place where no one speaks the same language as you, but this may pose a challenge.
Relocating to China or Germany may appeal to you but what are the language limitations? You may know enough to get by eating out or asking for directions, but will you be able to understand and communicate effectively for your industry?
Unless you work at a multinational company where your skills are in-demand, you might not be able to get the job of your dreams without the language skills that accompany it. If you have your heart set on a country that speaks a different language, it would be best to start brushing up on the lingo before going.
Another thing to consider before your big move is the impact it will have on you being so far away from family or friends. Although relocating is an exciting concept, it might feel very different once you are thousands of miles away from your Mum’s Sunday Dinner and a pint with your best friend. There will understandably be a transition period. It won’t all run smoothly immediately, things will take time. You might experience culture shock and long for some home comforts but remember that this is perfectly natural. Try to focus on the positive – living in an exciting new place and immerse yourself in the experiences and adventures it opens up.
Do your research
If you have a specific career path that you want to pursue, it’s important to research which areas have the best opportunities in these sectors. Jobs in technology and finance are particularly in demand in China, Latin America or India.
Once you know where is best suited to your sector, you have a few other things to consider. Take your time to research the corporate culture of this country, will you be expected to work 12hour days, will there be a siesta that means you’ll have to work split shifts?
Prepare yourself for any particular cultural customs or etiquette that you will need to be aware of and also take into consideration any political or economic conditions of the country you are thinking of relocating to.
Where can you find a job abroad?
The best place to find a job abroad is in your current place of work. If you already work at a multinational organisation there’s plenty of opportunity for transfers. Enquire at your place of work about any upcoming vacancies and what you would need to do to be eligible.
If your employer doesn’t have any international connections, you could visit the websites of any potential employers you would like to work for in the country you wish to move to. Emailing them directly with an up to date CV is a great way to get noticed and to get helpful feedback about the likelihood of gaining employment.
Another option could be using social networking apps such as LinkedIn to get the word out that you are looking for opportunities abroad. You’d be surprised at how many tips and recommendations you will receive, and you may even be able to network with future employers or recruiters in your chosen country.
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It’s important to prepare for any life-changing decision before you take the leap. You’ll need to make sure that your formal documents are in order and know about whether you will need a visa, or a will require a sponsor. If you are unsure about any visa restrictions you can find this information at government embassies or at Work Permit, which is a handy website that provides information about working in Europe, Australia, Asia and Canada.
No matter how daunting a move to a new country might seem, don’t let it stop you from achieving your dream. By following these simple points and by researching thoroughly, there is no reason why you shouldn’t embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Stuart Cooke is the Blog Editor at My Baggage, a door to door luggage delivery service that helps expats, travellers and students all over the world. When he’s not at work he loves playing and watching football and spending time with his wife and boxer dog.