Leaving your home, friends and family behind and moving to another country – where you’ll be surrounded by different people, different cultures, different food and sometimes even a different language – is not an easy task. However, for some people, leaving their country of origin and settling down on the other side of the planet represents a personal goal or even a milestone that they need to achieve. In order to get established in a new country, there are some important things you’ll need to take into account: finding a job, finding somewhere to live, learning the native language, basic cultural norms, and so much more! But let’s focus on finding a job for now. Follow these simple suggestions and you’ll be well on your way to successfully finding a job abroad:
- Do your research. Before applying for a job abroad, you need to be informed about how they manage résumés in the country you are moving to. Do you need a cover letter? Short or long résumé? Do you need to attach your certificates? Or is your résumé acceptable as it is? In some countries, including a photo is the norm; in others it is frowned upon. In some cases, you will need to translate and notarise your degree and other certificates, so it is very important that you do your research.
- Spread the news. Once you decide where you’re moving to, tell every single person you know. This way, you’ll probably meet people who went through a similar experience or who are natives of the country you’ve chosen. Your aunt will always have a friend of a friend who spent their summer in a faraway and exotic country.
- Consider all your possibilities. Before quitting your job and booking the first ticket to Timbuktu, find out if the company you are currently working for offers exchange programmes or if you have the opportunity to be transferred to another branch. Other options are searching online for a job abroad, as well as searching your alumni networks and social network connections. Volunteering is also a great way to work abroad, and is a very rewarding experience.
- Be smart. Always let the employer know (in your cover letter or during the interview) that you have done your research about the different aspects of their country and that you are willing and prepared to start working. Furthermore, assure them that you are flexible enough to adapt to a new environment.
- Don’t be scared. Relax. You’ve done your research, you’ve talked to every person you know about working abroad, you’ve looked for jobs online, you know everything there is to know about your chosen country, you’ve saved enough money to survive at least two months without a job – you are officially ready. Of course it’s scary to live somewhere completely new, but it will probably be the most exciting adventure of your life – so go for it!
Vanessa Fardi, NEUVOO – Your job search starts here