Ask James Caan – Issue 112
You’ve found your dream job. You’re qualified and you’ve got the experience. There’s a fantastic salary and excellent benefits on offer. But then you find out it is based in another country.
A wide variety of work opportunities exist around the world, but if you’re interested in finding overseas employment, where do you begin? How do you ensure your application has just as much chance of being read as the applicant who lives down the road?
This week, I would like to discuss the implications of relocating within Europe and the factors that may drive an employer to hire someone from abroad, thanks to a letter from Alexander.
Alexander tells me he is soon to complete his Master’s degree in Information Systems and is looking to relocate to the country is his family is originally from.
He asked me:
‘How can a job applicant from another country create and present value to an employer, and overcome the worries that most employers have about the costs, practicability, and logistics of hiring someone internationally?’
Alexander, relocation can do wonders for your personal development and gives you the opportunity to think about what you really want from a job.
Location used to be a major factor in job hunting attracting talent, but not so much today. Online recruitment, for example, has broken down barriers and enabled employers alike to extend their reach in search for the ideal applicant.
Fortunately, you are seeking a career in the first industry to embrace online recruitment – IT. So it’s likely you will find more opportunities that many other sectors.
Amongst the tens, if not, hundreds of thousands of people who seek employment overseas, only a lucky few actually get to fulfil their dream. As you mentioned, the main issue, as a potential overseas employer, is the risk; how can they be certain that you’ll cope with the demands of living in another country? And, are you able to work in the new country? So how do you overcome this?
In order to offset these concerns, you need to prove to employers that you’re committed to moving abroad and understand what it entails (as well as meet the job-specific requirements).
When it comes to searching for a new opportunity overseas, demonstrate your dedication to moving abroad by visiting the country or learning the local language and customs. I suggest looking at www.overseasjobcentre.co.uk and www.originalvolunteers.co.uk for assistance with this.
Employers in different countries essentially all look for the same qualities in their applicants, however a country may have their own unique conventions when it comes to CV writing.
Take the time to ensure your CV and cover letter are clear enough for your targeted country to understand who you are and what you want. Show that you have an understanding of the country and industry sector so that people feel that you can contribute immediately. To ensure your CV is not overlooked, clearly state in your cover letter that you are looking to relocate.
On the whole, Alexander, finding work abroad can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Your main focus should be demonstrating your determination and commitment, whilst showing how you can add value.
By conducting the right research and ensuring you know what you’re letting yourself in for, landing a job abroad will become some what easier.