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Career Development / Career Growth. Wednesday, Aug 9, 2023
Is your dream to travel and live abroad? Companies and talent are global! With an ever connected and virtual world of work, the 21st century workplace offers a myriad of work opportunities in diverse job functions across multiple industries.
Working abroad allows you to expand your skill set and gain experience in a different culture working with diverse teams. It can open up avenues for your professional life in ways you may never have thought of. It can also help enhance your personal life and enrich your lifestyle.
Regardless of what stage of life you’re in – whether you are a student wondering how to move overseas, a recent graduate looking to work abroad, or an experienced professional looking for a change, there are different paths to achieve your dream.
The world is your oyster – but it’s not always easy to know how to navigate the process of finding and landing a foreign job. Let’s dive into what the process entails and the things you may want to consider.
First, understand what type of job you want and the industry you wish to work in. Reflect on your past work experiences and skills that you possess. Then, identify what your career goals are and the types of skills you wish to obtain. Once you’ve defined who you are and what you want, think about which country you would like to work in. Keep in mind that you may have to learn the local language of the country you are migrating to.
When you are ready to apply for foreign vacancies, keep in mind that you will need to tailor your CV or resume according to the country’s requirements. Do your research online to determine the appropriate CV or resume format.
Below are some ways you could start your international job search.
1. Study abroad
If you are still a student, consider applying to universities abroad. Conduct thorough research on which country to study in, the entry requirements, and future prospects in the new cultural environment. Once you are an international student in a foreign country, you can apply for internships in that country to gain work experience. Closer to graduation, you can start applying for your first job. If you’ve built and maintained a good network through your school and internships, your connections can help you land a job post-graduation.
2. International job boards
Search for foreign employment opportunities on job sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, Reed, The Guardian, our very own Careers360, and similar job search platforms. You can also visit country-specific job sites and search by the job title and industry you are interested in.
Some large multinational corporations offer their employees the opportunity to transfer to another branch overseas. If you already work in such a multinational organization, check with your company and supervisor if there’s a possibility for you to transfer to branches abroad.
3. Foreign recruitment agency
There are many foreign recruitment agencies that will help you with the entire process of foreign job placement. This is a great idea if you need someone to help walk you through the process step-by-step. Typically, in exchange for a fee, the foreign recruitment agency will help you with your job search, visa application, health insurance, and other required documents.
Find out your eligibility requirements for migration opportunities. You can do this research on your own through online resources and government websites. Depending on the country, each location will have a set of criteria such as your age, educational qualifications, job title, and work experience to determine whether or not you are eligible. You may also work with a migration lawyer or agency to look into your chances of obtaining a visa to move abroad. If you are selected for the opportunity, you can start the process of moving abroad. Once you have migrated, you will have to start the job search in the new country. Make sure to network and build meaningful relationships to help you land a suitable job.
Once you have landed a job offer, sometimes the prospective company may have to sponsor you for a work visa. Contact the companies you’re interested in to find out if they are willing and able to meet these requirements. You may also contact the embassy of the country of your choice to gather information on the visa process. A migration lawyer may also come in handy as another resource.
As with anything, make sure to do your due diligence and research the legitimacy of the companies you are applying to and the people you’re interacting with during the entire process.
At Careers360, we partner with foreign companies and recruiting agencies who offer a variety of job opportunities abroad! To get started, visit our jobs site and use the filter to select a country or countries of your interest.