For most of us relocating abroad and finding a new job is too daunting to even think about. However, you might be surprised to know that with the right planning, research and of course mind-set, it can be done without any major stress. The old adage ‘fail to prepare; prepare to fail’ is definitely key here.
Right from the start it’s essential that you decide on whether the country or the job is going to dictate your choices. If you want to move to a specific country, then that will dictate what jobs you can apply for. If you have a specific career in mind, then that will dictate the counties you can look at. After that’s decided, you need to consider if you want to work so that you can explore the new country, or is it a long term position your looking for, that can travel with you to another country.
After you have a clearer picture of where you want to go and what it is you want to do when you’re there, it’s time to learn as much about the target destination as you can, consider, local culture, political climate, work permits, tax arrangements, transport and housing.
Then, the actual business of job hunting begins. The following tips should help:
- Use networking and social media as your selling card and to demonstrate why you’re a good hire. Demonstrate enthusiasm and promote your profile. If it’s ok to promote that you are looking for opportunities in a certain country then put this in your headline, as recruiters search for this. Use sites such as LinkedIn, who has 380 million members worldwide (19m in the UK alone) to get your message out there. There are industry and country specific groups you can join.
- Make sure your CV is up dated and contains examples of great work you have done, especially if it can highlight you’ve worked on global projects and travelled internationally for work. Use your CV to highlight your relationship and team building skills.
- When you see an opportunity, research the company, so you can demonstrate that you understand how your industry works in another country. This will help to convince employers that you can fit in easily. Reading foreign trade magazines will allow you to talk about current developments in that sector.
- If your current employer is international, consider an international move within your organisation. If you meet international colleagues through work, keep in touch.
- Considerstarting the move with teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), allowing you time to consider a longer term career and experience a new country. TEFL is an internationally recognised qualification, so allows you to try different countries.
- Spend time getting to know as many people such as ex-patriots of your country who have gone through the same thing. Go online and seek out groups that can offer support. Don’t forget those at home can help as well, friends, family, colleagues and even neighbours can help you network.
- If you don’t have relevant work experience, try and get it as trying to get visas without experience in many countries can be a challenge. Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door.
- Learn a language as not only will this give you employable skills, it will make settling in to a new country much easier.
So, whether you adore your job but want to try something new whilst travelling, or you’re itching to get out of a career rut, a new job abroad can be an enticing prospect and with the right planning can be an achievable option.