How to Find a Job in a New Country
Hello there dear expats! Today I wanted to write about a topic that can be extremely frustrating when you move to a new country – finding a job. Before we start, I want to prepare everyone that this can be a very difficult task, whether you are looking for a job from your current country or you are already living there, the truth is, the majority of the nations will give priority to employ its citizen. There is nothing wrong with that, but this will just make the task more difficult for you. In this case, you have to outperform the local applicants, and you have to prove that you can bring something different or unique to the organization.
First things first: you have to think about your skills (especially your language ones) and what unique attributes you can bring to the table. Then, you can have an idea of what kind of positions you can apply for. If you do not speak the language properly, or cannot write it well, or don’t have certain skills required by the occupation, you will notice that your chances of getting certain jobs will be slimmer (unless you know how to convince potential employers and are really good in interviews). So, for example, if you cannot speak the local language properly, it will be a much harder task to perform a job that requires a lot of talking to the public and customers and some people may be hesitant to hire you. I am not saying it can’t be done (and it is actually a great way for you to foster the language), but that it may be frustrating at first and it all depends on how much you want it.
Also, when we talk about legally being employed in another country, you will have to consider your situation there: will you be applying for a visa or do you have a local permit, passport, green card, etc. The idea of living and working in a new country can be amazing, but consider any limitations you may have in terms of possibly exchanging jobs in the future, salaries, bringing any family members, etc.
For those of you who are considering a temporary job overseas, such as teaching English or working on farms, some of these points may apply to you, but some others may sound irrelevant, but hopefully this post will help you in some way.
Finally, once everything is sorted (mainly in your head :) ) you can begin your search. Also, don’t let anyone (not even this blog post) discourage you, because if you believe in yourself you can achieve anything you want!.
1- Create an amazing CV or Resume
An attention here is to follow the country’s standard CV form. Research on the internet how you can write the most intriguing curriculum out there using your skills that is according to the local criteria, and I mean take the time on this one because you will want to stand out! Don’t lie but write it in a way that makes your experiences sound appealing to anyone reading it. Revise for any grammatical errors – you can write an amazing CV but if it is full of typos and mistakes it will be thrown in the bin. And don’t forget to update any online professional profile you may have (such as LinkedIn, websites, etc).
2- Start searching at the right locations
Ask locals where is the best website to find jobs, use google, search on newspapers, go to job fairs, ask university professors, search on LinkedIn, go to employment agencies, search on company’s websites, ask friends if they know about any openings in their company or even in others, ask your current organization if they offer any position overseas. If you take advantage of the many tools available to you, it won’t be long before you to start getting invited for interviews. If you are confident enough, you can even go to certain places in person and ask if they have a position available for you.
3- Start applying for the desired openings
In this phase I would suggest being super careful and professional. It is very important that you change certain aspects or wording on your resume to better fit the requirements of each position you are applying for. It is also important to have a standard cover letter, but you should change this one as well according to the different applications. This process can be time consuming as you may have to fill out many different forms, send several emails or applications, but it is better to look professional at first than ruining your chances just because you were in a hurry or impatient.
4- Getting ready for interviews
The final and hardest part (at least for me) is getting ready for an interview. But trust me, practice makes perfect and if you have to exercise in front of the mirror or with a friend, I would recommend you to do so. Research the most popular questions and be ready to answer those. Know the requirements for the position and know exactly what you can offer to them, as well as what makes you special. It is extremely important to research about the company you are applying for and know where you would potentially be working. Ask intelligent questions at the end. Show your personality but don’t be too arrogant, informal or pushy. Dress accordingly and professionally. Watch videos on YouTube in case you need more guidance on how to act on interviews, and remember, they expect you to be nervous but just act as natural and confident as you can ;).
And that’s about it guys. This process may go in circles and you may have to improve your strategies on each step as you go along. It is important not to be discouraged by rejections, as organizations have many reasons for saying no, including the fact that they are looking for a certain personality or skill, and don’t let that prevent you from finding the place with the right fit for you. Hopefully, you will be landing on a nice position that will help you achieve your professional goals overseas. Good luck!
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