Job hunting can present itself as a challenge even in your very own country, let alone obtaining a decently paid job somewhere abroad. That is why we don’t want you to feel abandoned, thus we have provided some general pieces of advice on how to help yourself increase the chances of finding work in a foreign country you will soon be moving to. Assuming you already know where you will relocate to, we will address some basic issues and mistakes people make when doing the research. Also, we will try to encourage you through examples of people who have had experience in this area. Working abroad for a short period of time, as well as working there and making a living can be equally life-changing experience you should under no circumstances pass on. To support our claim, we have compiled the list below.
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. Nevertheless, you can improve on your skills and save up some money to help accomplish this goal. One more thing to think about before setting off on this journey is your motivations for seeking paid employment in another country: are you hoping to learn a new skill? Are you hoping to gain international experience and move back? Are you willing to settle for different circumstances than ones at home? 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.
If you are interested in living abroad, commit fully to the idea. Don’t worry about opportunities you might be missing at home. From my experience, when I talked to whoever moved abroad after college said that they would do it again in a heartbeat. Even if they did not find their ideal career, they valued the experiences they acquired and insight they gained.
Do your research, both online and ‘in real life.’ To build a network of people, make sure you tell people in your life about your plans, and you will be surprised how they might help. 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. Take that person out to coffee and find out the details, go beyond the guidebooks. 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.
Interested in moving to Bangkok? Start taking Thai lessons. Infiltrate into the community. Not only will you be building a marketable skill that will give you an advantage when applying for jobs, but you will be meeting other people with a similar interest. They might have family in Thailand or once lived there themselves and can give you insight into what to expect. Teaching English is one of the most popular options for people wanting to work overseas. Jobs are very abundant, the pay is great, the work is easy, and the benefits are good, too. The only downside is that these jobs are only open to native English speakers. Language proficiency also has the added benefit of helping dictate where you might land. It can also give you a competitive edge.
Do the full Immersion experience. 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. It is 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 traveling a bit longer.
Upon doing our research we noticed that there was not too many concrete information on the Internet on what steps to take before getting yourself out there on the job-market. Outside of a handful of helpful sites and articles, like Nomadic Matt’s website, The US State Department’s website for working abroad, and Matador Network – there is quite a low number of reliable sites that can propel you forward in your international career. Even so, don’t let that obstruct you from doing your own research and talking to people of different professions and backgrounds, since all of them have something you might find useful later on.