Popular expat destinations such as Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, Costa Rica as well as emerging markets such as the Middle East, China, Eastern Europe, India and parts of Africa represent immeasurable opportunities for those looking to grow their skill set and market value abroad.
Of course, as a foreigner, finding a job in these places might take much more than simply sending out an updated copy of your resume/CV and cover letter.
In today’s post, we are going to look at practical and helpful tips that show you how to plan and find your dream overseas job.
Research, pick and commit
We all have our reasons for doing what we do. Maybe you want a job overseas because it represents an opportunity for great adventure or maybe you want to find ways to get out of your comfort zone and you figure working in Singapore might help you achieve that eventually. Maybe you are just looking for promising economic gains the likes of which you cannot currently find in your locale.
Whatever your reasons for trying to find an overseas posting, you’ll find that it’s easier when you take a structured approach to it – research the kind of jobs you want to do, pick the location you want to go to and finally, commit to the move.
While researching the jobs you want to do make sure that you have the right kind of skill set and a little something extra to offer. Every employer is looking to hire the best of the best from the pool of job seekers available online. What makes you special? Do you have extra certification in your field or an impeccable track record that comes with a wealth of experience? Find ways to showcase yourself as an ideal candidate before you even think of sending out your resume.
Once you have picked your ideal location, you need to commit to it by learning the language and culture. If you want to work in Australia, it is best to increase your competency in English and familiarise yourself with the cultures of the region. This will give you an added advantage over everyone else considering the fact that there will be minimal friction when it comes to communication and assimilation.
Use your existing networks and create new ones
This is something that is true for any job seeking situation. When it comes to international work, you stand a better chance when you use your expatriate networks to point you in the right direction. Find people who have lived and worked in the country you want to relocate to and pick their brains.
This will serve two purposes:
- They will give you insider information on how things work. For example, someone working in China will tell you that 80-90 hr weeks is something that is considered normal over there and that you should highlight that in your ‘availability’ section.
- They will give you pointers towards which companies are hiring, what they need and their hiring tendencies. They’ll also probably have a better idea of who you need to talk to if you want to get the job.
People who already have this kind of experience have invaluable information that may not exactly be mainstream. This kind of information will go a long way in getting you through the screening stages.
Finally, the best way to identify overseas job opportunities is to attend overseas job fairs or target worldwide companies. All you have to do here is Google that term ‘overseas job fairs’ and see what pops up.
Apart from that, you could also target companies that have offices overseas and make it clear that you are willing to relocate. In fact, this is probably one of the safest ways to find a job overseas.
Research and be prepared for differences in the application process in your target location. That is why due-diligence and a little insider information from your expatriate network is invaluable to your efforts of learning how to find and apply for your dream overseas job.