How to Land a Job Overseas

Landing a job overseas may not be as difficult as many people think. If you are determined to establish your career in a foreign country, you will surely find ways to realize your dream. Working abroad has many benefits like you get to know new culture and new ways of living, meet new people, look at things from global perspectives etc. Whether your aims are long-term or short-term, you need to have clear strategies for your action.Land a Job Overseas

You might have already researched about “ways to land a job overseas” on the internet. You might also have talked with few friends and relatives who are happy with their lives overseas. Good! You do surely need concrete and useful information before making this big decision. But before all these, rewind your thoughts and pause for some minutes. Do you really think you will feel comfortable leaving your own nation, family, friends and living life elsewhere? Are you 100% determined about working outside your country? Will you be able to adjust to an altogether different world? If the answers to all these questions are “yes”, you may definitely choose to read some important tips which will help you in taking the big leap in your life.

  • Be disciplined and organized: This may seem to be a common piece of advice, but it does really matter. When you are researching jobs, companies, countries etc. you have to note down a lot of things. So maintain a diary, not just depend on your laptop or tablet.
  • Develop a plan for job-hunting: Want to avoid missing opportunities? You need to have a planned strategy before you start searching for jobs. What your areas of interests are, what companies you need to search, how to search- these three points are the most important. Before searching for companies, you need to decide whether you like public or private companies, domestic or international firms etc. In terms of job-search tools, you must consider the following:

1. Job portals

2. Networking with anyone and everyone who you think may be useful in giving you some information. Your network should not be limited to family, neighbour, friends, alumni, colleagues, former managers or supervisors and members of professional organization.

3. Foreign trade journals and newspapers

4. International career and job fairs

5. Government embassies and trade offices

6. You can also mail to certain selected companies and use company career centres to look for vacancies.

  • Stop worrying about job opportunities at home: When looking for a career outside your country, you may get to know about lucrative offers from your native companies. Be truly focused. Don’t panic yourself as you cannot step on two boats at a time.
  • Find jobs relevant to your qualifications, interests and experience: This is especially true for candidates who are new job-seekers. They dream big and their dreams are tales of travel, food, cultures and adventures. A job overseas means lots of money with which they can afford all these things. If you are one of them, you need to practically sort out the best jobs that suit your requirements. How can you do this? You need to go through your certificates and achievements, develop a profile of the types of job responsibilities that you are willing to perform and will cater to your interests. Remember, it will not be easy for you to juggle between jobs, feel dissatisfied and come back to your country to earn a living here.
  • Learn language and acquire some key job skill sets: Prepare yourself for learning some new language or skill sets. Even if you know the language of the foreign country that you are going to stay in the future, it is better to brush up your skills. Language proficiency is extremely important in the job market. For example, you might need to conduct business meetings in the foreign language. If you are a student, you may consider your college or university for the coursework you are interested in. You may go for distance-education programs. The same applies for acquiring key job skills.
  • Just do it and move: This is a daring act and depends on the person you are, your available financial resources, stage of your career and the country you choose to go. If you want to take risks, have accumulated decent amount of money and completed almost 1/3 rd of your career, you can like this strategy. Pick up your country, look for the regions that offer good job opportunities, make contacts with friends or anyone residing there, pack your bags and leave for the place. This is how it works. Examples are not few of people finding jobs in this way. Even if you don’t find jobs, you will cherish the adventurous journey. The “just go” approach can be used for aid work also.

Whatever may be the purpose, chances of you being selected increases if you are already available in the country, than you are elsewhere. According to many career coaches, you must avoid going to developing nations until you are guided and protected by any company.

  • Preparing for interviews: Armed with your language skills, you must take steps to be interviewed in different non-personal mediums like through emails, video conferencing or telephones. You may contact job interview tutorials and Google various aspects of a successful interviews. Go through numerous interview questions and answers, learn non-personal interview etiquettes and presentation skills- simply put, don’t leave any chance to impress the interviewer.
  • Make efforts to follow-up: Don’t want any potential opportunity slip through your hands? Follow up- make phone calls, send e-mails, recall and resend. Be patient and sound polite while talking over the phone or mailing. Even if you don’t get the job, you must send ‘thank-you’ notes to all the employers.

Moving abroad for job isn’t something you will like to do time and again. You need to have enough bank balance so as to make your living for the first four to six months after reaching the new country. So consider all your financial resources even before starting the job-hunt process.

Important Tips Before Relocating for a Job

Relocating to a new city or state is a part of professional life. It may be for a new job or a new position, whatever may be the reason- leaving one’s own place is a big decision. You have to make certain adjustments in the new place like finding a house on rent or buying one, building a social network, getting acquainted with new surroundings and establishing a place for yourself at the new workplace. All these things are new and you have to adjust to all this ‘newness’ at the same time. It is not going to be easy for anyone. If you have friends and relatives in the new place, they may help you but you yourself have to do the maximum. job relocation

No doubt, relocating for a job is stressful. And if you are relocating along with your entire family, things become a lot tougher. How to sell off your old house, find a new job for your spouse if they are working, find schools for your kids etc. will take a lot of your time, money and energy. Thus you have to make strategies for successful transition. You must address your fears and insecurities in clear ways before steering your career in new direction and stepping in your new life.

Read on to know how you can go for a hassle-free transition:

1. Take care of your finances: Shifting from one place is really expensive. You need to consider your savings and set aside a good amount for the coming times. You will need that amount during house search, paying rent, monthly expenses for the first one or two months and also for some emergency situations.

2. Gather information about the cost of living in different parts of the state: In accordance with the previous point, it is imperative that you research about the standard of living in the new place. The cost of living may be slightly higher as compared to where you are located now. Although you will be getting a better salary compared to your earlier job and the difference in the cost of living will be easily compensated, it is important that you plan your expenses accordingly.

3. Make to-do lists for every big step: You have to stay organized. And the best way to do this is to make a list of all the things. Suppose you want to search a new home. Make a to-do list of contacting brokers, contacting friends, visiting some homes virtually, paying brokerage and so on. Both for your departure and arrival, keep such lists handy.

4. Remembering old friends: Friends will always help you. You will find one friend or the other who will help you in exploring your new world. Use social networking sites in the best possible way to reconnect with old friends. Messaging and video chatting are also great options, if you are not able to meet them. If you can make the chance of meeting up with any one of them before moving, talk to them regarding what type of locality or apartment you are looking for. Thus you can explore the neighbourhood before you actually move.

5. Relocation services: Shifting your belongings from one state to other can be pricey. It is better to know what type of assistance your company is providing. Is it going to cover all the expenses? Relocation services may differ from one company to other, but almost all of them will pay some relocation cost. You can get the full reimbursement either in the form of a benefit package where the company will mention the relocation service cost or a lump sum. If your company is not providing any such assistance, you must ask for it after researching on all the probable expenses and having a detailed estimate for every category like temporary accommodation, transportation , quotes from renowned packers and movers etc.

6. The job of packing: Packing is one huge task, not many of us like to perform, since it is not for any holiday. Now that you will go through all your belongings, you need to carefully decide which things you do actually need. Try to be clutter-free while packing as this will help you in sorting out things later. Buy packing boxes of different sizes so that you can put things accordingly. Labelling should be done in detail. For example, put all your casual clothes in one big box and formal suits in another and label them with ‘casuals’ and ‘formals’ respectively. Thus you need not be exhausted and waste time in searching for the smallest thing.

If you are going to stay in a hotel or a friend’s place for the first few days till you get your permanent place, put the things in storage or use those form the boxes. Do not pack and move things twice.

7. How to find an apartment? This is probably the most difficult task. As discussed earlier, talk to some friends regarding the places they prefer. Think about your preferences, that is, what type of lifestyle you prefer and select an area based on that. For example, if you like quieter surroundings go for a locality that is in close vicinity to the edge of the city. While house-hunting, take one friend, colleague or relative who knows the area and can negotiate with the broker or owner on your behalf.

8. Say “No” to any long-term commitment: It is not a good idea to buy a home even before you have moved or just after moving. Can you guarantee your relationship with the company will be a long-term one? Are you sure you will absolutely love your new life and don’t regret your decision? You cannot predict what will happen. Don’t commit to any long-term lease before gauging all the aspects of your new surroundings and job. Renting for the first 6 months or choosing temporary corporate housing is better.

Along with all these tips, you must think about your family, kids, future of the new company, cost of living and climatic conditions of the new place etc. and then take any informed decision.