As the world venture towards globalization, hundreds of industries from various fields work together to create a global market. Working abroad can give us countless employment and life opportunities that can make our careers more fulfilling.
At an employment aspect, pursuing your career path in a foreign country can fill your resume with rare experiences that can give your career a remarkable boost.
Apart from that, getting a job abroad can also give you a chance to experience diverse cultural realities and widen your perspectives on almost everything about the world.
You’ll learn how global industries work since businesses operate differently from one country to another. And if you get to earn enough experience from different industries, you’ll have higher chances of getting hired in international companies looking for employees with vast working and cultural experiences.
In a more personal level, working abroad can also immensely improve your own growth as it teaches you to be more independent, adaptable, flexible, and resilient, both as an employee and as an individual.
With all these benefits, it’s no wonder why a lot of people chose to pursue their career in other countries.
So if you’re planning to follow them and take your career to greater heights, here are a few tips that can guide you on how to get a job abroad.
A lot of people are often stressed out when trying to map out their plans on getting a job abroad. But this is normal as working abroad requires you to invest a great deal of time, energy, and resources.
You can ease this pressure out by taking it one step at a time.
Before looking and applying for a job, you need to assess your interests, credentials (academic background or employment history), knowledge and skillsets first. By aligning them with your goals, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices and determine which job you want to take. Properly assessing them can help you choose a job that best fits your qualifications.
Once you have decided on the type of job you want to take, make a list of a few countries that offer employment opportunities in the industry you want to work at and familiarize yourself with them.
Of course, you don’t need to buy plane tickets right away. A more practical solution will be to research online. Read about the countries’ industries that you are interested in work in. This can give you a lot of information about the workplace you want to enter. Also follow foreign social media and job sites based in the country to keep you updated on any kind of information you may need.
You can also look for blogs and other online posts highlighting the country’s cultural background. This will give you an idea on what it’s like to live there and prepare yourself in adjusting to the cultural norms. This includes language difference, time zones, and holidays celebrated in the city. And while you’re at it, you can even try learning the local language.
Once your plans are finalized, make a short visit to the country before moving and settling so that you a first-hand experience on the place.
After deciding on a country, go and spread the word. Share your plans with everyone within your network, your family, relatives, peers, colleagues, your superiors and/or mentors. Because more often than not, they know someone working abroad who can help you with the process.
So make use of all your resources and networks. Ask for their contact numbers or email addresses and connect with them. Their personal experiences can provide you with a lot of useful information.
Once you’re abroad, you can also ask them to help you as you adjust to the new life.
Now that you know what type of job you want to take and which country to work in, it’s time for you to write your resume. Put in your credentials and qualifications best suited in the job and company you’re applying to.
If you’re applying for different jobs, make it a habit to adjust or restructure the contents of your resume.
It’s worth noting here that different countries and employers have different preferences on how resumes are structured: some companies prefer more straight-forward resumes but some favors an all-inclusive outline of your credentials. So make sure to research about their preferences first before sending out your resume.
Applying for a visa and/or work permit and applying for the job are the last two steps for you to take. Sometimes, one step can precede another depending on the country or company’s rules.
Sometimes, you need to apply for a visa and/or work permit first before applying for a job abroad. In other cases, you can process your work application in a company first and your employers will give you a hand in obtaining the required papers for you to settle any employment agreements made with them. You can also contact foreign government embassies if you need more information about the visa or permit application procedure in the country.
Finally, applying for the job itself pretty much follows the typical job application process: prepare your application, send out your resumes and cover letters, and wait for interviews.
Now these steps may seem a lot. But take it easy. Work on them one step at a time and you’ll soon land on your dream job abroad.