If your sense of adventure is a strong as mine then you are going to want to live abroad. If you have a partner across the border then all the more reason for you perhaps, to cross over to that other country. Living abroad is however not easy, there’re quite a number of things that require finances. This means you need a job, which is not too easy to find in a country not your own.
Here are a few tips you need to have handy before you take the flight. Go ahead, keep reading.
- Look Into Unpublished Sources
It’s tempting to rely on published sources to find a job abroad. They are more credible when it comes to this. The truth, however, is that not too many job opportunities are advertised through the mainstream platforms. Statistics indicate that (70 – 80) % of jobs are not advertised publicly in most countries. It means relying on a mix of non-traditional platforms including social media.
2. Keep an eye on Foreign Media
Despite the fact not too many jobs are advertised via traditional media channels like newspapers, it wouldn’t be wise to look past them. Still they are a good source of credible opportunities. They are also a good place to look if you want to catch up on industry news and trends that could either help land an opening or help you in an interview in the event that a current events topic comes up.
3. Research Potential Employers
Part of looking into both published and unpublished sources is supposed to be researching leading companies in your area of expertise. Other than looking into their websites for upcoming careers, you’ll need to learn about them; to the extent, you’re able to identify areas that require improvement. Research indicates that a good number of interviewers like interviewees with a sense of initiative.
4. Learn a New Skill if You Must
Getting a job in another country may require you to learn a new skill. One such is language. The other is a new set of social and or cultural skills, which again requires some learning. This is best when you are sure about the type of job you need. Some jobs also require a particular set of skills. You may need to dig deeper to discover what kind of skills these are and to endear to learn them.
5. Reach out to Old Consociates
Consociates can be a good source of important job leads. This is a network of friends who may have been met in the course of international based work and or studies. Educational institutions are a key point of finding former colleagues, superiors and or professors who may help in terms providing links and guidance. Some international based organizations are also important sources.
6. Be Willing to Fill a Vacancy
Most people who travel abroad teach English. It’s a need in most countries especially in Africa and the Middle East. This is regardless of whether or not it is your area of expertise. A certificate, diploma or degree in English is not always a requirement. In some countries, however, you may need some form of certification. The need could as well be specific to a particular organization.
7. Beef Up Your Interview Skills
If you’re fortunate enough to have some job leads before departing for the new country, you will soon realize how necessary it is to prepare for interviewing situations that are slightly different in terms of technical needs such as video chats and teleconferencing, and underlying requirements such as necessary cultural knowledge. The secret is to learn to thrive in such difficult conditions.
8. Check Visa and Work Permit
Understanding what sort of documentation you need to work in your new country is extremely important. In China, for example, a university degree is necessary for getting a work permit. However, the same is not the case in some places throughout Europe. Knowing what you need ahead of time minimizes unnecessary stressful hassles when you’re already in another country.
9. Study Destination Country Profile
Country profiles are very crucial in giving career-related insights about a destination country. For example, the Prospects website is based in the United Kingdom but has information relevant to job seekers in other places. It’ll tell you that being able to speak German is the key to landing a job in Austria, and that agriculture and gas are two of the biggest industries in The Netherlands.
10. Consider A Reconnaissance Trip
When it comes to something as important as finding a job in a new country, there’s nothing that can replace taking a short-term trip to it ahead of your stay. Of course, this is dependent on your financial capability but it’s something you need to think about. It’s of great significance. You can use it to make face-to-face connections, and hopefully, take part in interviews ahead of your stay.
Finally, remember that as earlier indicated, finding a job in another country may not be as easy as it is in your own county. What it means, therefore, is that you have to prepare to wait a little longer than anticipated. It is also possible that you may get disappointed even after getting the job you had thought would be acceptable therefore you may need to relook at your goals ahead of your visit.