Getting a job abroad
August 15, 2014
Getting a job abroad
There’s so much to think about when relocating overseas but without the security of having a job, moving could be a worry. For financial reasons, most people organise their work plans before they move. This process can often be daunting and complicated, so here is some practical tips to help you on your way.
There are some UK job websites that have a section for international vacancies. These are often split into country and profession and include all the relevant specification detail you would expect.
Remember to look at specific company websites as there are many businesses that have a whole host of offices in many different countries, so it might be worth looking into securing a job this way.
Whatever online job you apply for, you need to do your research. Check out the company, research where the office is based and make sure it’s right for you.
It’s who you know
A lot of job postings are spread by word-of-mouth. Catch up with your contacts to see what the latest is in their offices is. You never know if there is an opportunity just around the corner.
Social media is a great way to keep in touch with people in the industry. A lot of companies announce their job vacancies social networks before posting on their websites.
Some people prefer the old-fashioned way of searching for jobs in a job centre. Some UK recruitment agencies represent clients abroad and will be able to give you all the necessary advice and guidance to available positions.
The language barrier
Although English is one of the most commonly used languages in the world, it is always preferable to be able to communicate in the language of the country that you are moving to. While in some cases elementary language ability might do, the quality of your verbal, non-verbal and written communication will impact on the type or level of job you are able to do.
The interview process
Because you’re applying to a job vacancy overseas, flying out for an interview can be costly and timely. Unless you are planning to be there already, the majority of interviews happen over the phone or through a free internet calling programme, where you can use web-cam to see your interviewer.
However, it’s important to remember that because of the time difference in some countries, your interview may be early in the morning or late at night, so make sure you look bright eyed and professional. First impressions count!
To be able to work abroad, a full-time visa is often needed. You can usually find out application details by visiting government websites, where a list of the professions is also normally supplied. If you’re granted a student visa only, this means you can only work part-time while studying so make sure an immigration assessment is carried out on you before you accept the job.
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