Since I’ll be moving abroad in a few months, I’ve been doing lots of research on finding a job abroad. Finding a job in your home country can be confusing and time-consuming, and I’ve found that finding a job abroad is no different.
Since you’re here, you’re probably also looking for a job abroad. In this article, I will cover the best ways to get a job abroad. No matter which of the following paths you take to find a job abroad, make sure you know the proper ways on how to get a new job specific to your new country.
Is it customary to use a cover letter?
Are interviews over the phone or in person?
Which online job boards are popular?
Make sure you are prepared for any differences before applying to a job abroad. Once you are aware of the customs of your new country, you should try these following ways to get a job abroad.
1. Transfer through your current employer
If you currently have a job you could do remotely or at an office abroad, this is your best bet. You will move abroad with the comfort of having a job sorted and you might even get help with the move from your employer. Some employers offer relocation packages and most will help you with any visas you may need. Getting transferred abroad often also means that you will not have to look into foreign health insurance or a new pension fund since you will continue working for the same employer.
Even if you don’t have a job with possibilities abroad at the moment, you could look into applying for one now, and work your way to an office abroad within a few years or even within a few months. Look for companies with an office close to your current location that also has offices abroad. If you have a certain country you’re wishing to move to, make sure your prospective employer has an office there.
2. Local job boards
Well-known online job boards like Indeed and Monster are used in pretty much any country around the world. LinkedIn Jobs is also widely used to find jobs locally and abroad.
However, don’t forget to look for jobs on websites that are local to the country or even to the city you will be moving to. Your next job could be listed on a local classified advertisement site. You should also regularly check local news websites or job boards.
Finding a job abroad if you don’t have permission to work in your new country, is really difficult. Sponsoring a foreigner is often very costly for a company. However, if you are under 35, you might be in luck. You could get a Working Holiday Visa that’ll allow you to work abroad for a year.
3. Work abroad through a program
If you prefer some guidance finding a job abroad, but don’t have an employer that could offer you an assignment abroad, try going through a program for working or volunteering abroad.
Most popular programs send young travelers abroad to work at summer camps or to teach English. If you want to build on your resume, you could look into doing an internship abroad. Some in-demand sectors will even have programs with paid long-term work placements. In Europe, call center and other sales jobs abroad have become more popular lately, but also engineers have been in demand. Seasonal jobs, like being a tour guide, a ski instructor or working in hospitality are classic working abroad jobs and plenty of programs are still offering temporary placements for these positions.
4. Use social media
Not only can social media be a source to find actual jobs abroad, having a presence online could definitely work for you in the search for a new gig. To make sure your new employer has a good idea of who you are and what you’re into, make sure your profiles look clean and professional.
LinkedIn is clearly the place online to build a professional network. Many employers have a presence on at least LinkedIn, but often also on Twitter and Facebook. Update your profiles regularly and use them to your advance. Be engaged in LinkedIn groups and connect with people that might help you with your job search.
Be careful with your Twitter and Facebook profile, but show your interest in your prospective employer and its sector. Some Facebook groups even function as job boards, so be sure to be engaged in these dedicated groups. Even if you don’t find job offers, make sure to build a network in your new country using Twitter and Facebook. Who knows that one of your newfound friends or followers might be aware of a job offer that is perfect for you. Use the platforms to stand out – in a positive way, of course!
While I’ve been using plenty of job boards and even social media to find a job abroad, I’ve decided to earn my money abroad being self-employed. Being self-employed allows me to set my own working hours and choose my location. I prefer to explore my adopted country outside of the office I would be in from 9 to 5 every day.
You can create work opportunities for yourself, no matter which sector you would like to start in. Open a shop abroad, start an online business or offer services like consulting, translating or copywriting.
Finding a job abroad is not easy. In person interviews are pretty much impossible and it takes time and research to adjust to your new country’s customs. If you currently have an employer that has offices in other countries, you should first look into getting a transfer abroad. However, you might not be one of the lucky ones that has such an employer. Try to look into work abroad programs, global and local job boards and use social media.
If you dare to become self-employed, this is the time to do it. Start today and move abroad soon!
I’d love to hear your experiences searching for a job abroad. How did you find a job abroad?