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How to Find a Job in a New Country
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|If you have been stricken with wanderlust and would like to move
abroad, securing employment is an important part of the experience. However,
obtaining work overseas is not as simple as scouring the classifieds and setting
up an interview. It requires a lot more research and preparation than
job-hunting in your own country--read on for some helpful tips on how to find a
job if you are planning an international move.
Look for internal opportunitiesIf you are already working for a
company, inquire about overseas positions. Your employer could have offices in
other countries and be willing to transfer you. Speak with your boss or human
resources department to find out what, if any, opportunities are open to you and
how to take advantage of them. Some companies will even offer you a RELO
package if you are transferred internationally.
Get a work permitThe difficulty of obtaining a work
permit will vary depending on your destination country. Some countries will
make the process very difficult, while others will be much more lenient. You may
have to establish residency and live in the country for a minimum time period
before you can apply for a work permit. Do your research and visit the country's
government website for more information on work permit requirements, the
application process, available jobs, and other pertinent information.
Learn the languageWhile not always necessary, fluency in the
nation's native tongue is always a valuable skill. Unless you are moving to an
English-speaking country or a resort area where English is commonly spoken, you
may want to develop at least a working knowledge of the local language. Many job
industries that are popular in expat communities will require working with
tourists rather than locals, so absolute proficiency in the language is an
unlikely requirement. Purchase a language tutorial such as Rosetta Stone to get
you started, and you will be surprised how quickly you catch on once you
Research the job marketBefore you set your sights on a specific
country, you should certainly conduct thorough research on the available jobs
and prominent industries. While you may have your heart set on a particular
destination, you will want to choose a place with ample opportunities open to
you. Find out what countries are currently recruiting overseas employees and if
the industries are of interest to you. You should also find out more information
about the national economy--if a country is experiencing an economic downturn or
has a very high unemployment rate, it may not be the best choice for relocation.
Use your online resourcesThe internet is an amazing tool for job-searching long distance--you
can apply for jobs around the world with just a click of a mouse! Use tools such
as LinkedIn to network with other expats in the area you'd like to relocate, and
post your resume on websites such as CareerBuilder, Indeed, Monster, RecruitNet, and OverseasJobs.
You can also check out opportunities listed on any potential country's
government website or the U.S Embassy homepage.
Be versatileRealize that you may not secure employment in your
desired industry--at least not right away. Be open to different opportunities to
get your life started in your new country before you acquire your dream job. You
can try a temp agency, or explore alternative options for transitional work.
Look for internships and other unpaid positions--you may still have to
supplement your income with a side job, but it will be excellent experience for
your resume and a great reference. Service jobs such as waiting tables,
bartending, or hospitality are always available and are often well-suited to
expats because of the tourist contact. Jobs in sales or retail may also be easy
to procure. If you can find a job that pays your bills so that you can establish
residency and actively search for more favorable career opportunities, it can
only benefit you. Be open-minded and explore all potential avenues.
Take a tripIf you have the means, a job-searching trip before
you permanently relocate can be quite helpful. Any prospective employers will be
impressed by your efforts, and being able to attend interviews in person will
greatly help your chances. If you have never visited the country before, it will
also provide you with an opportunity to become familiar with the culture, social
norms, and the language. If you cannot take the time nor afford a trip, make
phone calls or take advantage of video conference calls to make yourself visible
to potential companies.