In this article, you will find general guidelines for finding a job abroad, as well as links to articles on finding a job in a particular country. The information will help those already in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand and those just planning to find a job abroad.
Where to start?
Of course, the first thing to do is decide on a goal: why do you want to work abroad?
For example, you want to live in another country to learn a foreign language or get international work experience to advance your career in your country. For some, work in another country is an opportunity to gain a foothold and move there for permanent residence.
The next important step: study as much information about the country as possible, learn about its economy, geography, social structure, legislation and, of course, about the labour market. This information will help you understand what specialists are in demand in your chosen country, which region is better for you to consider and what is needed to obtain a work visa.
Think about what positions you are considering and check the requirements for getting this job (having a specific education, registration, etc.). Look at job search websites in your country of choice. Assess your chances.
Before applying for a vacancy you like, you need to:
- Have a good level of English and/or French. It will be tough to find a job in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand without knowing the language. Perhaps it’s time to start learning the language.
- Collect references from previous employers/clients/partners and translate them into English/French.
- Write a good CV in English/French. The CV should be easy to read and tailored for a specific job.
- Tidy up your social media (LinkedIn, Facebook). Employers, in most cases, look at a candidate’s profile on the professional network LinkedIn, which is a business card and another way to find a job (yes, you can also find a job through LinkedIn).
- Don’t forget about networking. For example, if you are an international student, stand out during your studies, do internships, work part-time, communicate with teachers, etc.
Be prepared for a slow job search and employment process. It can take several weeks or several months.
Stay active, apply for jobs, go to interviews. Even if you are a unique specialist, do not expect an employer to find you.
Going to another country without local experience means that even highly qualified specialists do not always manage to find a job at the same level as in their own country. You should consider this fact and be prepared to start from lower positions and prove your knowledge, skills and qualities while you are working there.
We are sure that you will succeed in achieving your goals!