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Working Abroad: The World ‘Could Be’ Your Oyster

Written by Kimberley Startup | March 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

Crowd sourcingLooking for a challenging experience where you can immerse yourself in another culture? Interested in working overseas?

In the current economic turmoil, the mood around the world is mixed. But whether you’re struggling to find a job or you’re ready to take the next step in your career, more and more people are choosing to relocate abroad as an excellent path to new opportunities and long term success.

There are several ways to get work abroad, such as transferring with a company from your home country, finding work with a foreign company, organised work schemes abroad and volunteer work. By conducting the right research and ensuring you know what you’re letting yourself in for – both the ups and downs – working abroad could be your passport to bigger and better things.

Ultimately for many people who move overseas, it is never an easy decision. Whilst there are probably more factors to consider as the recession continues to bite around the world, if you have done your homework you will give yourself a better chance of success.

Here are my top three tips for finding work abroad:

1. Research countries, jobs and companies

Consider the types of jobs you’re interested in and the places you’d like to work abroad. Track down job leads using various tools such as job boards, foreign newspapers, trade journals, international job fairs and corporate websites.

When you start finding roles you’re interested in, why not build a spreadsheet that contains all the information you need to know? Include job titles, skills and experience required, the company name, location, citizenship and work eligibility requirements.

2. Show your commitment

Amongst the thousands of people who seek employment overseas, only a lucky few actually get to fulfil their dream. The main issue, as a potential overseas employer, is the risk; how can they be sure that you’ll cope with the demands of living in a foreign country?

In order to offset these concerns, you need to prove to employers that you’re committed to moving abroad and you understand what this entails.  Demonstrate your dedication to finding an overseas employer by learning the local language or visiting the country regularly. You could always sign up to do voluntary work in your dream destination.

3. Network, network and then network some more

Just as networking is important for job-seeking in your home country, it is even more crucial in a global job search. Make the most of any contacts you have in the country and start building a network.

Take advantage of all networking resources, not forgetting social media. If you’re unsure how to do this, check out this great article: 7 Lessons for Better Networking with Social Media.

People in your network can not only help you by alerting you to job leads abroad, but they can also help you with developing other contacts, understanding the culture and any other key information that may be helpful in your job search.

Finding employment overseas can be tremendously difficult. However, just because something is a challenge does not mean it is impossible and, providing you have the determination and commitment, the world really can be your oyster.

Do you dream of working abroad? Or maybe you’re already immersed in another culture? Share your advice and tips here with other fellow globe trotters.

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