Guide to finding work overseas

Finding work overseas can be a difficult process. Because you're not located in the country that you want to work in, attending interviews can be difficult, if not impossible. And you may have a difficult time persuading employers to hire you over a local candidate. Here are some top tips to help...

1. Know your value

When finding work overseas, it's important to know your major selling points. Employers may be reluctant to hire someone who needs to relocate. It will normally mean additional paperwork and bureaucracy for them, and you may need a few extra weeks before starting because of the relocation and adjustment process. What's more, they might be worried that you'll leave the country in the not-so-distant future.

It's therefore important to make your application absolutely outstanding. What can you offer the employer that most local candidates could not? What skills and experience that you possess make you the best possible candidate for the job? Know your skills and market them to the best of your ability.

2. Demonstrate commitment

As mentioned above, employers may be worried that you'll be unsettled in your new country and you'll want to leave after a short period of time. Reassure them by demonstrating passion and commitment towards the company.

3. Address the practical issues

Don't make a bigger deal out of your relocation than necessary, but a paragraph at the end of your cover letter can go a long way towards alleviating their fears. Let them know how long it will take you to relocate and what you already have organised.

4. Expect a little bit of flexibility

One of the toughest aspects of finding work overseas is having to decide between attending an interview at a huge expense or giving up on the job. It's very reasonable to ask the employer to take a phone call (or even arrange a phone interview) to get to know more about the job and let them know more about you. This will help you to make your decision.

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