Whether you have your sights set on a country you want to relocate to, or have not yet decided, you might want to start browsing the job market before setting off. Getting a job can be hard enough as it is, in a country you are familiar with, and it can be twice as difficult to acquire after you’ve relocated somewhere abroad. There are obstacles like language barriers, foreign methods and strange working hours, just to name some. We advise you to, unless you already have a job waiting for you there, start browsing early for potential openings. Read on,  and we will disclose some secrets on how to prepare for a job abroad, where to look for it and what to expect from it.

In this article we will try to increase your chances of finding work abroad, whether you’re looking for a stable job or some seasonal working experience. Both of these options will prove to be equally life-changing, whether you chose to work for a short period of time of stay there and earn your living. To help you through most common challenges in the job-seeking process, we’ve done some research about people’s most common mistakes and how to avoid them. Also, we will try to encourage you through examples of people who have had experience in working abroad.

Research, research, always do research: In today’s world, there is nothing you can’t look up online and do research on. Use that perk of modern world to get a head start before entering any company. It’s crucial to know that your options to connect with companies based in another country may be limited by the languages you speak, whether you can obtain a work visa, the salary the organization can afford to pay you, and how much it will cost you to get there. Don’t forget to do your research, both online and ‘in real life.’ You can build a ‘network of people’ who can put you through to other people they know. Make sure you tell people in your life about your plans.When you decide on a place, tell friends, family, co-workers, neighbors – everyone in your network. Chances are they will know someone who knows someone. Ask for names of people who are still living in the region who might be accessible when you arrive, using email to connect with them. Those contacts might know someone willing to hire you. Perhaps they can be your ‘meal ticket’.

 

What’s your motivation? Have you thought about what drives you to seek work abroad? What kind of opportunities await you there? Are you hoping to gain international experience and move back? Are you willing to settle for different circumstances than ones at home? Are you hoping to gain some new skills? Build an international CV or résumé and have your life so far on a paper in front of you. This will help you realize that you are making a concrete step in changing your life.

 

Don’t look back: If you are interested in living abroad, commit fully to the idea. Don’t worry about opportunities you might be missing at home. From the experience of people who have been working abroad for some time now, we’ve come to learn that the huge majority of them would do it again in a heartbeat. Even if they did not find their ideal career, they valued the experiences they had acquired and insight they gained.

 

Do the full Immersion experience: Depending on the free-spiritedness and your goals in life, you might want to kick back with a less demanding job, while simultaneously go and explore the country you’ve landed in. It is, without a doubt, more daring, but some people have found it easier to find jobs once they are physically in the country. Most people become office assistants, laborers, bartenders, or waiters. The pay is never great, but it’s enough to live off of and usually will give you a little extra money to save for traveling. You won’t get rich off these jobs, but they will keep you in the country a bit longer. Provided that you have the financial resources, taking a few months to study a language intensively can help you land a better job down the line.Depending on your financial resources, where you are in your career path and where you want to go, it might make sense to just pick up and try to find a job when you arrive.

Take all of these into account and try not to worry about the future too much. Excessive stress might break your spirit or hinder your enthusiasm while embarking on this tremendously exciting experience. Sometimes it’s just about the money, and we do understand that, but sometimes you can make it about yourself, to do some soul-searching and take up a job you otherwise wouldn’t consider for yourself. This experience will prove to be in many ways beneficial, and while you might not earn a fortune from the initial position, you are bound to gain a lot of crucial experience and a whole new set of friends in a different country.

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