Looking for a job can be both a stressful and exciting experience, especially if you are in an unfamiliar place. Here are five tips that might help make your overseas job hunting experience lean more towards the exciting side of things.
1. Make sure your CV is up to scratch
Don’t get caught up in the stress of finding a job and forget the basics, such as preparing a strong CV. Do some research into the locations (and industry) you are applying for jobs in to find out whether they prefer a particular type of CV.
2. Make friends
Making friends overseas is a great thing to do in itself – you have great people to hang out with, it helps you settle in easier and gives you a chance to learn local knowledge. On top of this, making friends can also be a great way to find or get a job. If you have more people keeping an eye out, you have a better chance of finding out about jobs. Your friend network can also vouch for your character.
4. Job boards and employment agencies
Find out about the employment agencies in your area and enquire as to whether they are able to help you find a job that matches your skill set. There are also some handy websites you can use to find job vacancies. Some include:
3. Hand in CV in person
Hand in your CV in person if possible. Meeting a potential employer face to face will help them remember your application more than one that has been submitted online. Make sure you present yourself well and have done some research into their organisation before you apply. If you are called back for an interview remember to research the business thoroughly and practice giving answers to potential questions they will ask you.
5. Teach English
If English is your first language and you are considering moving to a country with a different language you could consider doing a TESOL course. These courses equip you with the skills and qualifications to teach English abroad. For more information have a look at these TESOL courses.