Yearning to catch the next flight and jet off to your dream country to work? Slow down! Going abroad entails a lot of formalities especially if it is for work. It’s important to be aware of the entire process first rather than taking actions based on assumptions.
1. Decide your destination
Before you start applying for a job abroad, you must initially choose the country specifically the city. This varies according to the kind of job you have in mind. For example, fashion designing graduates consider cities like Paris and Milan as their dream destinations as they serve as a hub for hosting many famous shows and fashion-related exhibitions.
Essentially, you need to evaluate your skills and experience as well as the value you can bring to the country you are targeting to settle down in. This also involves assessing the job market conditions prevalent there so that you don't enter the country at a time when there is a steep fall in market share values or huge layoffs.
2. Start your job search
After you have narrowed down your options for the city, you can kickstart your job search process. This can't be hard if you have a clear-cut view of what you're looking for i.e., the job position you want to apply for. This includes:
Connect with people. Socialize more. One way or another you'll find someone who might have an acquaintance in the city you've gotten your eyes on. Collect as much information as you can about the hiring process there, employers' needs and the market conditions. Creating a LinkedIn profile and joining Facebook groups can be immensely helpful. Keep a track of job listings and send messages to prospective recruiters. Try getting help from your family and friends to spread the word. You can also check in with your college alumni associations.
> Search engines
Many search engines can help you spot the right job. You just have to use the right keywords to arrive at a credible opportunity. Job search engines like Craiglist and Gumtree are also pretty popular among job-seekers but you need to research the job listing sites which are specific to the country you would like to settle in.
> Job fairs
There are high chances that job and education fairs and other such similar events happening in your city might guide you in the right direction. Many global companies are usually a part of such fairs and attending these events can help you get to know which companies are currently recruiting. Some of them even conduct interviews on the spot! So be prepared and go in formal attire.
Doing internship can be a great way of increasing your odds of landing a job in the same country. You can search for different program providers that help you with internships abroad. It is easier for you to showcase your skills to the prospective employer through your performance in the internship period. Visa can also be extended easily once you complete the internship abroad.
It can also be a smooth sailing for you once you pursue a degree abroad. Some countries allow you to work while studying and also permit you to stay for a year more so that you can find a job there.
This is a very risky option. Basically, you'll have to go straight to your chosen country and personally start searching for jobs. You'll have to meet a lot of people and get acquainted with numerous people before you finally find a good opportunity. You won't be able to work there on a visitor's visa though! Oops.
3. Learn a new language
Building your language skills can be beneficial in the long run, especially when you go abroad. There are many professions that lay emphasis on the knowledge of specific languages, so it can certainly help if you pick up one or two popular foreign languages.
4. Prepare your resume
Some countries ask for Curriculum Vitae while some ask for resumes. Knowing the difference and how they're applied across different countries is extremely crucial. So your application should be localized to suit the needs of the country that the organisation is based in. There are also spelling variations in certain countries that need to be taken care of. Even minor mistakes like not adding a photograph can dampen your chances. Adding every means of contacting you like your email and Skype username is also important.
5. Start applying
After all this has been managed, you can start applying for your dream job in the city you've chosen. The most important thing you'll have to do is convince the recruiters for your employability. Employers mostly prefer citizens to foreigners. So your focus should be on convincing your role fitness to the job in question. You should be able to explain why you can add more value to their company than the locals and what makes you stand out. Research and understand the goals and vision of the company before sending your application.
6. Attend interviews
If your application is accepted, they might also conduct an online interview. One major issue is the variation in time zones; this means that you'll have to be ready all the time. You should be adjusting your time schedule according to their convenience. Cross-check that your camera is good enough and also that you look polished. The employers wouldn't want to see you when you're drowsy and poorly dressed, would they?
7. Awareness of Visa Programmes
You need to be familiar with the visa process thoroughly. Visa and work permits require you to spend a lot of money and time and submit information about yourself. You should also compulsorily have a passport and submit police and medical records.
Well, that's about it. You need to work on each factor tirelessly before you send in that application abroad. All the best!