Are you looking for a fresh start? Have you been thinking about pursuing your dream career abroad?
Have you been mentally preparing yourself for the big move and what to expect out of it? If your answer to any two of the above three questions was a big ‘Yes’ then you are looking at the right post for you. Every year tens of thousands of people move all around the world in search of a new life, new purposes, or a new job. The two major reasons for relocating abroad for jobs are the dearth of opportunities in your home country and the lack of proper infrastructure to support your passion for your dream job. So if you have made up your mind to move abroad or need some help in weighing the pros and cons, read on.
1. Know what to expect
It might sound like a great option to move abroad and start everything afresh but you should be mindful of the fact that jobs are not easy to come by in the current economy. If you already know what your ideal career is, it is time for you to conduct some job searches in the country you are planning to move to. Find citizens of the country living around you and ask them about the job scenario in your work field. You can find and interact with country specific communities by registering at InterNations.
2. Use social media
LinkedIn is the best social media platform for career exploration and finding new jobs that suit your profile to a tee. Tweak your LinkedIn profile to suit the professional and cultural taste of the country you are planning to move to. Identify and send personalized messages to recruiters and hiring managers in that country. Let them know you are looking to move for work and would like an opportunity to work with them.
3. Identify voluntary work programs
Voluntary programs are great for giving your international career a kick start. Apply to voluntary programs in the country of your interest and once you get through do your best to perform well and help them know you better. You never know your contribution might just turn into a full time offer.
Lastly, don’t let language be a dream barrier for you. It is true that knowing the language of a foreign land helps you integrate and achieve success much faster. So, don’t wait till you reach a country and then start learning their language. Be proactive, start with a few phrases, and be patient.
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Magali Toussaint is the founder of ‘U-Diverse’. She is a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist, an ICF-certified Leadership Consultant, a Career Coach, a Cross-Cultural Trainer, and a Job Search Strategist with an extensive career in Recruitment, HR, Diversity, as well as Education. She has lived and worked in over four countries and speaks French, English, and Dutch fluently. Read More...