Thinking about working in another country and making some serious employment decisions? Well, it may not be as hard as you think. Due to globalisation, the world has shrunk drastically and it only continues to become smaller and smaller. It is no longer difficult to find a job in another country, simply do some research and start branching out. Using an online job portal, such as TheGrad, can be a really effective way to become more visible to employers, but what other factors contribute to a successful job search?
Whether you’re on the hunt for an entry-level job or you wish to relocate, either or, there are a lot of good reasons to initiate a job search in another place. You may be saying, why though? And the answer is because it’s exciting!
But what really helps to land you that dream job and what is it that can give you that confident when making serious employment decisions?
Networking – it is so important for any candidate entering a chosen field, it cannot be said enough! It is one of the most vital aspects of any job hunt, especially when you are looking for a job in another location. Reach out to the people that are closest to you first, like friends, relatives and former class friends, you never know which industry they may be working it that could have possibilities for you. College and university alumni are a good source of connection too, so don’t forget about them! Don’t be afraid to reach out to strangers too, it’s always handy to expand your network in more than one direction…plus…you never know what opportunities you might stumble across!
Apply for internships – internships are a great way to push yourself through a door. Employers would much prefer to take a gamble on an out-of-area intern than a full-time employee, as it will give them time to get to know you first. Hiring an intern involves less commitment on their behalf, so remember that. A lot of internships are aimed at students too, so employers are likely to be lenient if you are out of the area and do not have a place of settlement.
Flexibility is crucial – being both flexible and versatile are important assets to all employers in any industry. Make sure that you have a flexible frame of mind when applying for jobs in a different time zone with different cultures and expectations, remember that not all places are the same! You need to be ready for anything and any possibility. Doing a Skype interview might be an option if you can’t make it on time or if travelling is an issue, so always bear this in mind. Appear eager and ready for all stages of the interview process too, to really impress them and express your passionate side.
Research all areas of the business and the market – make sure that you do your homework before an interview. If you spot a place you’d like to work then make sure you get to know it inside-out. Carefully research the ins and outs of the location and a particular industry that you enjoy, before making a move. Investigate the cost of living, the average rent prices and maybe even visit the location before thinking of living and working there. Familiarise yourself as much as possible to make sure that you’re comfortable and confident with your decision.
Search with a smile on your face and don’t fear the unknown. Make employment decisions that suit you and match your ultimate interests. The world awaits you!
Written by Gemma Smith