Tips That Could Help You Get A Job Abroad

Maybe it was a semester abroad that piqued your interest or you’re just having a tough time finding a job you can get excited about here at home. For whatever reason, you’re hoping to Get A Job Abroad. You’re not alone. The recent Monster poll discovered that 48% of respondents would leave the U.S. to pursue their dream job while 31% of those respondents would move across the world for it.

Choose your dream city

You must choose a destination, think about what makes you an asset to a particular region. Foreign language skill is a strong advantage, but if you want to apply directly to a job in another country, ask yourself where your skills and background will be most attractive to potential employers.

Get clued in

Just because you’re stateside doesn’t mean you can’t stay up-to-date on a particular international job market. “Get really plugged in,” says Salemi. Always be updated with the international news to see what’s hot. For instance, maybe a company just laid off 1,000 people, so you might want to avoid applying there.

Launch your international job search

Once you’ve narrowed down a country or region, start looking for international jobs online. You may also look at specific overseas sites, like the U.K. or France. Once you’ve found a company you’d like to work for, check out others opinion about it, an employer-review site with extensive coverage of international businesses.

Try to get a foreign transfer

Most companies have programs designed to send employees abroad, so you could look for a job at one of these firms. According to Salemi, one of the best ways to get a job overseas is to do something called a rotational assignment. Big companies like Deloitte are known for offering two- to three-year assignments at an international office. They take care of your visa, moving costs and logistics, your taxes, assist you in finding accommodation, set up your cable and also obtain an international drivers license.

Localize your resume

Ensure that your keywords match with local language. Misspelled words won’t be detected by the computers, so if you’re applying to jobs in the U.K., change words like ‘humor’ to ‘humour,’” says Salemi. It is better to translate your resume to the language of the country where you’re applying only if you’re fluent.

Convince them you’re worth it

The biggest challenge to winning a position abroad is demonstrating to a hiring manager that it’s worth it to hire someone from another country. According to Salemi, the first place to sell yourself is in your cover letter. Let them know that you’re presently in the U.S. but relocating to their city won’t be an issue, most likely at your own expense—and tell them why you’re the perfect candidate for the job.”

Try as much as you can to convince them that you’re willing to do what it takes to have a face-to-face interview.  Market yourself in a proper way, let them know why they should hire you above and beyond anyone else.

Tap your network

If you worked or studied abroad, ensure to use any resources that your former employee or school has to offer. If you didn’t study abroad, see if your alma mater has a global alumni network that can help you in your job search. They can also be great resources for finding your accommodation. Most importantly, reach out to your entire network of friends and family, because you never know if someone has a contact at a foreign company.

Adjust to their time zone (and holidays)

As a job seeker, you have to be flexible and match your schedule to theirs and not the other way round. If they’re available to interview at 3 a.m. your time, that’s when you have to do it. Be mindful of holidays. Just because we’re closed on Labor Day or Thanksgiving does not mean that its the same for foreign companies.

Perfect your Skype skills

Since you probably won’t be jetting around the globe for interviews, you should learn how to nail a Skype interview. Ensure your camera is in good shape, use a neutral background and no matter what time of the day or night it is, try as much as possible to look just as polished as you would in person.

If you’re fluent in a particular language, be prepared to prove it. Not only might they ask to speak with you in the foreign language, you may also need to take a language test, so be ready for that.

You can also see some top interview questions to expect.