How To Find A Job Abroad And Relocate (10 Steps)
If you’re dreaming of traveling the world, discovering new cultures and meeting new people, a job overseas might be just what you need. As well as fulfilling your dreams, it will help you to expand your perspectives, and might be a great move for your career – ultimately making it an experience that can make a big difference in your life.
However, you might feel reluctant, as it might seem too difficult and strenuous to find a job abroad and relocate. Relax and take it one step at a time! These ten simple steps that will help you land a job abroad.
1. Define your goals before starting your job search
People move for different reasons. Some want to challenge their career, others want to discover the world, learn a new language or just experience something new. TEFL offers great opportunities for those who want to find a job abroad if they want to work as an English teacher for example. Love kids and want to discover the world and learn a new language? Working as an au pair might be just for you and you don’t even have to worry about housing.
If you are looking to challenge your career, make a proper research on the local job market and go through the local job board. Don’t forget to create an international LinkedIn profile as LinkedIn offers great opportunities for professionals.
2. Do research on the country, work permits and local living conditions
Once you’ve made your mind up about where you would like to go, do research on the local job market conditions and any work permits you may need. Keep in mind that moving abroad can be quite expensive. You might need to gather some savings before you leave. Also, keep in mind – opening a bank account in your country of choice might turn out to be trickier than you could imagine, therefore it’s best to prepare yourself.
3. Know how much money you can expect to earn
Before applying for a job abroad, ensure that the salary offered will cover your living expenses. Create a list of monthly expenses like food, bills, clothes, transportation, health insurance, etc. This will make you aware of how much money you need on a monthly basis.
4. Look into organizations that can help
There are several organizations that can help you find a job abroad and ensure your transition goes smoothly. We recommend the Council on International Educational Exchange, a nonprofit organization that offers a great variety of programs to learn, teach and work all around the world. We also like Go Overseas, a great resource to find teaching and volunteering opportunities abroad.
5. Screen through job boards
Don’t forget to check local job boards before you leave. Make sure your resume fits local resume standards and upload it to local job boards. If possible, contact recruitment agencies.
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6. Update your resume to local standards
Once you have found a job you’re interested in, send over your resume. Before submitting it, make sure you meet the job requirements, just like for any other job. Remember to emphasize your skills (don’t forget to mention any professional certificates you might have) and experience. The more recommendations you have, the better. If you feel confused about what should be included or left out in your CV, get in touch with professional resume writers.
7. Join online expat groups before you leave
Get in touch with people all around the world and connect with other expats like you, who are already living or looking to relocate to the same country. Expat groups are often a place where people post job openings and housing opportunities abroad, so let people know when you are looking for a job or a place to live.
8. Go to networking events
Moving abroad can be scary, especially because you’re moving out of your comfort zone, away from friends and family. Your transition will be much smoother if you build a new community around you. A great way to find new contacts is through networking events. We like meetup.com, where you can join groups and interact with people sharing the same interests as you and meet them at local events.
9. Spread the word
There are companies who choose not to list job openings on job boards as they prefer to hire through word of mouth and trusted recommendations. Tell your friends about your plans to find a job overseas – they just might know someone who knows someone. Go through your LinkedIn contacts and see who could possibly help you.
10. Make sure you have finances to cover the first few months
If possible, find a job overseas before you move – this way, you already know the salary you will receive monthly to cover your costs. If you can’t find a job before moving (which is most often the case), then make sure you are financially stable for a month or two. Plan ahead and move at least one week before your first day at work. This way you will have plenty of time to settle in and get used to a completely new environment and culture.
Finally, enjoy it! Don’t be afraid of challenges, as the experiences you get enrich your life.
Have you ever worked abroad? What was your experience? What was the biggest challenge? We would love to hear your story!