The most common questions we get from our clients is to do with “how to best find a job overseas”? It certainly is a major challenge to find a job in a different country. But if you have skills and experiences in demand and apply the steps below you should find it much easier to find your much expected role.
Here are our top tips on what you should do:
Job Networking: Make sure you have an updated and appealing LinkedIn Profile. It is perfectly fine to put in your header that you are looking for a job. If you feel comfortable about it, you can even make your resume publicly available so that people can instantly contact you.
Reach out to people from your industry, connect with and join professional groups. Start conversations about how the industry looks like in the respective country. You will be surprised how many people would be happy to help and share their thoughts and insights.
Go to Networking events. Put yourself out there. There are so many networking events available especially for newcomers to any country. Join groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. You will find groups for anything and everything and again people are so very helpful, and you will get so much advice – and all for free!
Targeted applications: If you send off 20 non targeted applications a day in the hopes you will get called for at least one of them you should rethink your approach. Not only is it highly frustrating if you get rejection after rejection, you also don’t do yourself a favour. Instead, pay close attention to the job requirements and make sure you tick most of the required skills and experiences. This ensures you will be focusing on jobs you are perfectly capable of doing and you will have a much better chance of securing a new role.
Have multiple versions of your CV/Resume: Instead of having a one-size-fits-all Resume, create a different and more targeted version for each position you’re interested in.That does not mean you have to rewrite the entire document; you can simply amend your career objective or tweak your work experience section to suit the job. Perhaps you might want to emphasise different skills for different opportunities to ensure it fits each role and targets the position description.
Find and connect with Recruiters. Build real connections with Recruiters in your field. But don’t overdo it and connect with everyone, pick 2-3 ones that seem most suitable for you and that advertise for most of the jobs in your field. Also, once applied for a job there is no harm in sending an email or making a phone call to check on the status of your application as this will put you at the forefront of the interview list if you are suitable for the advertised role.
If you want help with your resume, LinkedIn profile or similar please reach out to us.