I want to move abroad, how do I start my job search?


So you have decided to leave the safe home base and try your luck abroad for a couple of years? That´s a huge decision! Congrats! Because no matter where you will go and what kind of job you will find, living abroad for a while is great for your personal development, your network, your resume and probably also your language skills.

Ok, so you´ve made the decision you´re leaving, but how do you find a job? We have put a simple checklist together for you.

  1. Destination

This one seems obvious but do you know where you´re going? In order to find a job it definitely helps to have a target country because otherwise it will be impossible to focus your job search and you will drown in all the options.

  1. Spread the word

So you know where you´re going, now it´s time to be vocal about it to everyone you know! When we say vocal, we mean really vocal: tell your friends, family, friends of friends, your (ex-) colleagues, your football team etc. Basically, tell everyone in your network. Chances are someone you know might have a contact in the region you want to move to or have lived there and can connect you for some important local advise / contacts.

  1. Language skills

Do you know the language of the region already? If not, start taking classes right now! Not only will you make yourself as an employee more attractive by knowing the language, but you will also get to know people with an affinity for the country. Who knows, maybe they have family or friends there, or will move there themselves as well.

  1. Update your resume

Make sure your resume is up to date and customized for the job and location you will be applying for. Unless you´re applying for a very international position, try to write your resume in the local language. Also, it´s very important that your resume complies with the local standards: e.g. in the U.S. you can´t put a picture or your date of birth on your resume. Such mistakes can be expensive ones since if you do submit a resume with a picture there, the employer is forced to reject you due to discrimination rules.*

  1. Do your research

Find out what the most common job vacancy sites are in your destination country, activate job alerts on LinkedIn, check with companies in your home country if they could need someone abroad, talk to the embassy and chamber of commerce of your country in the destination country for possible jobs and join online communities that can help with the search (for example the expat network Internations which has presence in loads of cities). Other options that might be not too difficult to find are temporary au pair positions or to start working as a language teacher.

  1. Go there

If you can afford it, try to go to the country before you move. You can now practice your new language skills but also job hunting is so much easier if you´re in the same place. When an employer calls you in for an interview the next day, you can actually go as well! Also, you can already search for nice neighbourhoods and affordable flats you might want to live.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller


*If you need help updating, localizing or translating your resume so it´s perfectly fit for where you´re going, at cvandgo we can help you. Check out our services at: http://cvandgo.com/en/services/


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