Find a Job

Finding a job in another country is arguably the most difficult and crucial part of planning to emigrate. Not only have you got to find a good employer and be the best person that they interview, there are additional concerns.

For example, how transferable are your skills?

Different countries have different ways of doing things and systems in your new country may be confusing and therefore stressful. Even jobs such as medical positions, which, in theory all work on the same basis, (i.e. people); can use different methodology or systems to get to the same end result. Careful questions need to be asked at the interview stage or shortly after being offered a post to ensure that you will be doing the job you have in mind.

Emigration fairs

Emigrating ‘fairs’ are held in many countries and are a good place to start. You will be able to get a feel for a country by collecting brochures and talking to representatives at the fair. Companies looking to recruit may also be able to help or point you in the right direction. Embassy or immigration staff from popular countries are often in attendance and open to questions, particular favorites are countries actively seeking immigrants such as Australia and New Zealand.

In country website

Arguably the best way to find a job though, is to utilize whatever website has developed into the No 1 slot for local jobs in your chosen country. Often there are a couple and between them they will cover just about every job available. Whilst the in country website route may not find you a ‘package’ deal type job with all the trimmings and relocating costs covered (which are rare anyway!); it will give you a good and accurate idea of what work is available in the area or field that you are looking at.

Existing employer (Obviously!)

Also try your existing organization or employer; if it is a large corporation there may be internal opportunities abroad or connections with other companies that do.

Professional organization

Another great source of advertised employment is the classified section of your professional body’s publication. Even if you are not a member, often copies of publications are available to the public through local libraries or through online editions of the magazine.

Don’t underestimate friends, family and their contacts

If you have friends or family, no matter how remotely connected, in your chosen country, don’t be afraid to contact them and pump them for info and let them know that you are looking for an opportunity.

Direct approach to local companies in country

Direct approaches, while less successful these days, can still made by the confident, using online resources to find local companies within your field. Most telephone directories are online and allow easy access to lists of local organizations and companies, along with current contact details and even website addresses.

The key is to compile a short list of promising places to look and check them regularly. Most online resources allow you to save searches and be e-mailed when new jobs are listed that match your criteria thus giving you a head start in getting that application in.

Good luck and happy searching.

I hope that this site has given you something to think about and if you decide to move abroad or emigrate, good luck with the move and I hope that it all works out for you.

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