The decision is clear: you want to go abroad and work abroad definitely, build up a new life in a very different country far away from your home town. But how to find a job abroad? In this article you find tips about how to find a job abroad.
Well, how to find a job abroad?
First of all, you should check your qualifications:
- Is there a place for your skills and your competences in the country? Or maybe you have to get further training? For instance on language skills. Find out whether you can, for example, do an intensive language course.
- What is the economic situation? Which profiles are demanded in the country?
- Should you apply only once you arrived in the country or would it be better to send your applications in advance?
There are many organizations that offer help on these topics. These are, for example, Internet forums where global mobility professionals or expats already share their experiences, but also local job agencies might provide initial guidance and advice, sometimes even financial support.
Keys when you prepare your application file for finding a job abroad
When you prepare your application file you should adapt to local requirements. Each country has its own rules and preferences, regarding the length and overall design of the CV and motivation letter (with or without photo, concise or detailed, one page or more pages)
Once you have your CV and motivation letter ready, you can start the search. The easiest is to apply to offers on the internet on global job markets or local newspapers, employment agencies or recruiters. You can also buy company lists at the chambers of commerce.
The latest local networks are also extremely valuable, which can be expat networks or colleagues or the employer of your partner, or simply the local sports club. Never underestimate social networks on the Internet, such as Xing, Viadeo, LinkedIn and Facebook. Networks shorten and facilitate many ways! Ultimately the job in your dreamland is always a matter of luck, but – and this is before anything else – of patience and confidence. Stay in control even during long dry spells in mind: You have a dream and therefore the motivation is for potential employers at least as important as a professional qualification.
In our article, we gave you essentials questions you would need to look at befor taking a decision. If you are still unsure whether your idea is feasible or not, you can take an expat coach. Even a one- to two-hour conversation with an experienced expatriate coach can help you to clear away doubts.
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