The Challenges of Finding Work Abroad

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By AdFeatures | Monday, April 30, 2012, 12:26


With the jobs market becoming an uncomfortably crowded place, broadening your horizons by making your search for work global may be the perfect way to open up a whole host of new opportunities.

With fewer border restrictions between the UK and the rest of the European Union than ever before, and increasing globalisation creating new industries in countries all over the world, there is ample scope for you to carve out an enviable career on foreign soil and immerse yourself in a whole different culture at the same time.

However, before formulating a plan, it’s a good idea to fully consider your motivations and how taking a job overseas fits into your long term career plans. Will it be a permanent move, or something temporary to tide you ever until you deem the time right to make a return? As well as knowing how working abroad will affect your life plan, you also need to be clear in your own mind about the type of work you want to do, and the country (or countries) that you want to ply your trade in. Only by narrowing down your options with regards to these two choices will you stand a chance of being able to conduct the high level of research necessary to make a fully informed decision.

After all, due to the huge amount of administrative and practical complications that can potentially arise from seeking work in another nation, there’s a lot you’ll need to be aware of. For instance, you may find that in your destination of choice the sector you want to work in is booming, and that the culture is hugely appealing, but your qualifications are not recognised, and that you’ll need to gain new ones.

You’ll also need to ensure that you have a handle on the procedure for obtaining a visa to work in your target country, should you need one. Acquiring the documents necessary to work can often be a lengthy, time consuming and stressful process.

Of course, none of these problems are particularly relevant unless you are actually able to find a suitable vacancy to apply for. One way of landing a job abroad is to find employment with a multinational or UK based company that operates in other parts of the world, then get yourself posted to their base in the part of the world that interests you. As well as companies in the private sector, there are wide range of public sector organisations that operate all over the globe, such as the military and the civil service.

Finding out about openings at companies that are based exclusively in their own country can be done through various resources. In terms of printed media, there are plenty of professional journals and trade press publications that often carry information about vacancies overseas, and, just as you’d use a website such as to find jobs in the UK, there are lots of specialist websites that allow you to search for posts all over the world.

Finally, make sure you are prepared for an unconventional interview. Not being physically present at an interview affects things much more than you might think as, normally, body language plays a big role in building rapport. It can pay dividends to put in some practice and altering your technique to insure you will interview just as well over the phone or via a video link, should the eventuality arise.

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