Where can you find permanent jobs abroad?

Finding jobs abroad is one thing, but finding permanent jobs abroad is quite another. You can't rely on the most popular ways of finding work overseas for British people - like agencies, summer job sites and temporary international postings. Instead, it's a good idea to apply to mainstream job sites in the country that you are hoping to relocate to. Here are some things to consider:

  • Employers will usually dismiss applications from people who don't have the right to work in the country. UK citizens are free to work in EU countries, giving them access to a wide range of opportunities right across Europe. However, to work in other countries, you will need a permit and the correct working visa. These often require sponsorship from an employer. It's a sort of Catch 22 situation - employers are reluctant to take on staff who don't already have sponsorship.
  • Remember that your qualifications, and your CV itself, might not translate for foreign employers. Give a brief guide (in the local language) to what the qualifications equate to. You should also have someone who is fluent in the language to proofread to make sure that there are no errors.
  • You will usually be required to be fluent in the local language in order to secure permanent employment. Even if the job doesn't require this, being advanced in the local language will make your life a lot easier.
  • You could be competing with local applicants who are able to offer immediate starts. You can boost your chances by specifying when you can begin.

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