How To Land That Overseas Job

Putting in an overseas stint can be a great way to boost your career. If you have no clue how to you even get your foot in the door, follow these tips.

  1. Build up your resume
    You’ll be up against locals of the country you apply to, so you’ll have to prove that you’re better than the rest. Starting small and building a strong portfolio in your home base is a great plan. You can also apply for jobs in companies that offer the opportunity for overseas postings. Just make sure you make your desires clear so you won’t be overlooked for that 6-month project when it comes up.
     
  2. Make your presence known online
    Websites like LinkedIn give you plenty of opportunities to be spotted by recruiters, some of whom may be looking for talent to pull overseas. Don’t procrastinate in keeping your profile updated – you never know who may be on the lookout for prospective employees. And if landing an overseas job is on your radar, don’t forget to trawl through job websites and keep yourself updated on what’s out there.
     
  3. Start making connections
    if you have friends (or even friends of friends) who live overseas, milk the connection for what it’s worth. Don’t beat down doors and be a pest, but you’re not going to get anywhere if you’re afraid of asking. Send out LinkedIn invitations, or email people based in the country you’d like to be working in – in this case, it’s nothing ventured, nothing gained.
     
  4. Further your studies abroad
    If you get the chance to study overseas, put your summer holidays to good use by seeking out internships in the country you’re based in. Even if you don’t get a job offer, having that work experience may be the boost you need to impress future employers.

Text: Clara How
Images: Jorg Stober/123RF.com

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