Job hunting can be stressful at the best of times, so adding a new country to the equation can be overwhelming. Below are my top tips for job hunting abroad:
Know your visa requirements
First and foremost, it’s essential to know your working rights in a new city, look up local visa requirements and be ready to chat through these with potential employers. Do you need to be sponsored? How long will the process take? For example, an e3 visa may be a simple process for Australian’s moving to America, but your potential employer may not understand, so be ready to talk to it.
LinkedIn is your best friend
Not only is LinkedIn great for job hunting, but it can also be utilized as a great tool to reach out to people. The search tool is handy; use it to look for people who went to the same university or college as you working in the industry you want to break into. This can be incredibly intimidating at first but as with everything gets easier with practice. While it may not lead directly to a job, generally, people are pretty open to helping out and learning about their career path can be very insightful.
Network, Network, Network
Join industry groups online and if there are in-person events, go to as many as possible. Let anyone you meet know what kind of work you’re looking for, as you never know what conversations can lead to an introduction at a great company. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get a foot in the door without knowing anyone in so many places, so making these connections can really help.
Learn the local lingo
Just as slang differs from country to country, so can Industry lingo. Research before any interviews to make sure you’re up to speed on any language differences, and if in doubt, ask your interviewee to clarify.
Be open to opportunities
Have fun with your job hunt! Before you start out, ask yourself the following questions;
- What do you truly want out of your career?
- What skills do you have that you’d like to use more?
- What is it that you truly love doing?
This is the perfect time to assess what you really want and may even be the right time to try something completely new!
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