Live Abroad: How to Find Job Abroad
Updated: Mar 20, 2022
Kentia with Targeted Fit Career Consulting here, today, to talk to you about finding a job abroad. So, looking for a job that's outside of the US, many people are going remote. And nowadays and they're interested in being transient, basically being able to move from country to country state to state city to city with the same job.
But some people are interested in working abroad, and actually having a job in the country that they're living in. It does make it easier to get a visa that way. You don't have to worry about how long can you stay or, you know, where should I live and that type of thing. Because normally in organization, if they're recruiting you and paying you, they're going to help you out with of course, the visa for living in the country, and then also helping you to relocate in you know, find a place to live and understand the basics about being in your new country. If you're interested in doing that, and some people may see the benefits of doing that will really get more immersed in the culture. Then, you're able to meet people and maybe gain friends and just kind of have also your handheld, a little bit on that relocation from the US to whatever country you're targeting. percentage wise, most people from well, most Americans are able to find jobs in Mexico, Italy, Germany, Japan, and I think the other one is China, it's a very popular they those are very popular places for people to work, and work on visa and live abroad and not work remotely. However, a lot of people that do work remote, that do decide to go abroad actually end up working remotely. And it's interesting, because what you'll find is that when you do work remotely, the lifestyle is a lot different than, you know, what we normally would experience in the US. And looking for the percentage here, the percentage of people that normally work remote, when they are actually working abroad for a company is about, I think it's 78% I had here, so you have some form of flexibility in working from home. So another benefit to working abroad is really experiencing a different type of lifestyle. Because in the US, you know, we're taught that the American dream is to work hard, so you can play hard, right? Um, in other countries, you know, the culture is different. And so there's different priorities. For example, for me, I've found that living in when I lived in Dominican Republic, there was no work on Sunday. I mean, people worked in grocery stores and that type of thing. But, you know, white collar work professionals, they didn't work, because that's the day for family. So and that's what most people did any part of the day that they had, it was spent at the park it was spent doing some type of family activity, having dinner, having everyone over playing games, or whatever it may be that their family enjoyed. So the benefit of leaving the US and working elsewhere is that you get the benefit of that culture as well and what their perspective is to working. And honestly, for example, in Europe, we all know, August is basically Europe is closed down because everybody's on vacation. Most countries get more vacation, or most people in other countries outside of the US get more vacation than most Americans. So to have a slower pace of life have the opportunity to really enjoy life and not only you know, have a job that is related to your career, but also have the ability to be flexible and have more time to do the things that you enjoy. That's also a benefit of working abroad. And you can do that with most with, obviously a lot of positions, since 70% 78% of expats have the flexibility to work remotely, with a lot of positions when you're working abroad. Um, so how can you find a job abroad, it's going to take some work. So it will take dedication, um, one of the things that you can do, I think an easy place to start is with your alumni. So with your college, you know, connecting with alumni, alumni groups, and finding out who you may know, or, you know, a fellow alumni that are living abroad have lived abroad, taking a look at their LinkedIn page to see where they've been, and making connections with people who have already done it, who may have connections abroad to help you get your resume in front of the right person for positions that you may be interested in. We know that in the marketplace, and this is worldwide to get a job, it's normally about who you know, so I wouldn't really be concerned about Oh, does this company have an opening at the moment, um, just go ahead and circulate your resume. You know, if your fellow alumni are willing to share your resume with others, you never know what will pop up, that may be of interest to you. The second thing is to find out what your current company offers, as far as international opportunities, that's really a way to just transition or work your way into transitioning into an international position. If you're not quite sure, if your boss, your direct manager is not sure, I would suggest going to HR and letting them know that you're interested in positions that may be abroad, you enjoy, of course on you enjoy working for the organization, you're planning long term, and, you know, you'd like the opportunity if, if possible, to move into an international position. So and of course, they'll be definitely willing to, you know, give you as much information as possible and help you understand what the process would be within the organization to transition into an international role. Another way is LinkedIn. With LinkedIn, of course, as an international platform, that's going to take some effort, you're going to have to do some research, look at job openings, look at recruiters that are in the locations that you're interested in. You really when using LinkedIn, you need to be targeted, you need to know what country you're interested in, you need to know what types of positions you're interested in, in order to truly be able to target the right person. For networking purposes, you know, connect with recruiters with organizations that you're interested in, or recruiters that just in general work for agencies in the country or city, I would suggest really focusing on the city that you're interested in, um, and then connect with them and let them know, hey, I'm interested in finding a job in your city or in you know, the region. And I'd like to talk to you about potential opportunities or, you know, getting an understanding of the current economy, just, you know, getting the opportunity to have maybe 510 minutes on zoom with them have a coffee, and discuss, even if they don't have a current opportunity, discussing your skills, what you're interested in doing, and maybe other suggestions, you may find that they have other suggestions for you, other than just targeting their company. But of course, though, except to resume in and keep you in mind. So then if a position does open up, you're able to send that resume right to the person that you know, but also in networking with them, that they may find that there are other positions that open up and they'll refer you to them. Another way to network would be internations.org. That's an international organization for expats. And it's a way for you to connect with people that are in different cities, a lot of times they have what they have or meetups when you relocate. Um, but it's perfectly fine for you to, you know, if you're taking a trip to kind of explore and see, do I like this, sign up, you know, go to a meet and greet, um, or connect with people online that are in that region or city that you're interested in, and letting them know that you're on the job hunt, you're looking to transition to that location. So of course, again, that gives you a wider group of people that know that you're interested in finding a job in the area that they're living. Another opportunity would be Facebook groups. So with Facebook groups, a lot of expats form groups where you can go and ask different questions. It may be job specific. So for example, in Taiwan, they have teacher groups, because that's what how most people find a job and get a visa in Taiwan in order to stay is teaching English. So they have a lot of small schools called bougie bonds. And the schools advertise on the group's or other acts. Expat say, Hey, I'm leaving my job. And I'm interested in, uh, you know, referring my, my job out, because, you know, my school was so great. So, using Facebook groups targeting the area that you're interested in getting into those forums that may be either related to your profession, or related just to the city that you're interested in, for example, just a q&a group, a lot of times you can go in and say, Hey, what's the best way? To find out? You know, what's the economy? Like? Is it worth looking for a job here? You know, what are the job sites I can go to, to look for jobs that are more local, that will be a definite benefit, because locals who have been there longer those expats can definitely share with you on the information that you may need, you know, to find a more local site, or just to befriend some people, you would be surprised how many people actually become friends from Facebook, Facebook, um, through expat groups. So in in doing that, then you definitely, again, are networking and just getting your name out there sharing that you're interested in transitioning and what you know, your skills are and what type of physician you would be potentially eligible for. You have to also, when transitioning abroad and looking for a job, you really want to look at the country and what's available. What is the pay those types of things, because for example, in moving for example, to Taiwan, most people move here and teach English regardless of what their past career has been. Because to have a regular office job, the pay would be a lot lower. And so you got to take that into consideration as well. It would be possible to obtain that type of job and to get a visa for it. But the question is, you know, what salary do you want to earn? Would you be more comfortable with the salary as a teacher in comparison to the salary paid for an office worker? So you've definitely got to do your research prior to deciding on you know, where do I want to go, I'm in what type of job do I want to have? Okay. If you definitely want to stick to having a job that It is within the same realms of, you know, what you're earning now, um, I would say, stick with a, you know, going through your organization looking on LinkedIn, and really trying to focus on countries and cities they're in that are looking for people with your type of skill, your skill set. So it does require a little bit of research, but it is definitely possible. So, you've got to get the word out, of course that you're interested in, in making that move. And you've got to have a great resume. To do that. If you are looking outside of the US as well, you definitely want to have a different type of resume, depending on the country you're going to. So you want to do a little bit of research about that as well. So just making sure that you're sharing the right information in the right format that is familiar to those that you're talking to. Um, because in the US, there's a lot of different rules, of course, about what we can and can't put on a resume. And it would be different depending on the country that you're going to. And that's if you're looking outside of, you know, your current organization, within your current organization, the process would be a little different, because you're already an employee and really, you're just making a transition. And so you would work with your HR department in order to do that if you were to be hired for a position that was international within your, your current company.
Alright, guys, that's all I have for you today about finding a job abroad. I hope that is helpful. If so, please click like and come back for more videos. Have a great day. Transcribed by https://otter.ai
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