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A Practical Guide to Finding International Jobs

October 3, 2019
“We are hiring” add, representing a practical guide to finding international jobs

By Sally Norton

Moving abroad for work has become very popular in the past decade. More and more people are leaving their homes in the pursuit of a perfect job and a steady and secure career. However, not everyone is successful. Those who fail have to go back home or look for an alternative. Whatever happens, they will spend a lot of money.

With that in mind, the goal of this article is to present a practical guide to finding international jobs that payout in the long run. If you follow these steps, you will ensure that your money is spent wisely, and hopefully, you should find the job you were looking for!

 

How to start?

So, how to start looking for a good international job? Many people are fighting to get out of a bad mental state and change their lives for the better. I too was among them. One of the best advice that I can give you is to always stay positive and believe.

I know that it sounds like a children’s fairytale, but the power of positive thinking is amazing! Before you start doing anything important in your life, you should focus all your thoughts and energy on a positive outcome. If you think in a negative way, you might start to have second thoughts, and your resolve will be disturbed.

 

A person pointing to a globe

Focus on a country of your interest, and put all your time and energy into finding the perfect job.

 

What not to do

Many people are afraid to take a step into the unknown, all because of the fear of making a mistake and failing. Even more, making mistakes when finding international jobs will give bad results, and you might quit after a few unsuccessful tries. So, here are the most common mistakes that people make when looking for a job abroad:

∙ trying to hit multiple markets

∙ overuse of online portals

∙ forgetting to research the company

∙ not looking for mentorship programs

∙ being “too pushy”

Let’s see what these mistakes are, and how to avoid them!

 

Pick a country

If you think you have better chances of finding a job if you apply in multiple countries, you are wrong. You should pick one country that you prefer, and focus all your time and energy there.

Research possible job openings in companies you find appealing. Also, think about relocation. Moving to another country with ease is possible, but only if you know the right people. You have to lay the ground for everything, and you will start to feel more secure about your job!

 

Multiple application forms and a laptop showing application form on a website

Multiple online applications are, in most cases, a waste of your time and energy

 

Overuse of online portals

People often think that submitting their CVs on hundreds of online portals will get them a job. Sometimes it does, but in most cases, they can’t even get an interview. You have to think from the perspective of a company looking for an employee. They are well aware of these sites, and they know that people are always looking for a better job, maybe even in the profession that they don’t like. If the salary is good, they will try everything. Companies do not like employees of that kind. They are always looking for passionate people, eager to start working and contribute to the company.

Instead, you should come up with a list of business contacts you know. Send them a personalized e-mail, ask how they are doing, and explain that you are trying to make a change in your life. Ask them if they can recommend you to someone, or suggest someone that may have contact with a company you are interested in.

The goal is to find a person with whom you may speak directly. Only when you engage in a conversation with them, you might start thinking about applying for a job.

 

Research the company

Before you make the first contact, make sure that you know as much as possible about the company you are applying for. Interviewers like to ask what you know about the position you are applying for, so they have a better picture of you. If you don’t invest some time into learning who they are and what they do, you won’t be treated as a serious potential employee.

 

Mentorship programs

One of the best advice in this practical guide to finding international jobs is to look for mentorship programs. Mentorships can be paid and unpaid, but they present an excellent opportunity to meet the people from the company and give them a taste of what they can get if they hire you!

 

Do not be pushy

When looking for a mentorship program, you shouldn’t be too pushy in terms of applying for the job. At the beginning stage, you are just looking to make contact with the company, present yourself, and explain that you are ready to learn and build a long-lasting career. Everything you are looking for is an opportunity.

Furthermore, if you do get a mentorship program, do not apply for a position until they ask for it. Your employer is well aware of your progress, and if you wish to hurry the process, it might backfire. A good job can bring some clarity to your life, so believe me when I tell you, it is worth the wait!

 

Two people shaking hands on a business interviews

Your primary task is to find a contact person behind a company you wish to apply for.

 

Are you ready to make a move?

The question applies both those for looking for a job and those who want to relocate. If your financial budget allows for it, it is often better to move to the desired country before applying for a job. That shows your resolve and interest in the job, and it will leave an impression on the interviewer.

To make relocation easier, look for experienced and versatile movers. A good example is fourwinds-ksa.com, a reliable and affordable company that specializes in job-related relocations.

 

Give it all you’ve got!

I hope that this practical guide to finding international jobs gave you an insight into the right approach. So, come up with a good and personalized CV that focuses on all needed qualities for the job you wish to apply for, and start finding a way to make the first contact. There is nothing else to say but good luck!

Give it all you’ve got!

 

 

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