You may have decided to make the big move and take your chances for employment in another country. It’s a huge, life-changing step that requires a lot of planning and research to ensure that you will actually be able to get a job in your destination country.
Every country has its own unique ways of hiring people and many methods are used by various companies to find the right staff, but I’d like to share with you four ways you can show overseas employers that you are the best person for the job.
1. Build an excellent resume
The first step in working abroad is to determine the who, what, when, where, and why. To ensure that your resume is tailor-made, you will need to think about your motivations for seeking paid employment in another country. Are you aiming to learn a new skill? Gain relevant work experience? Knowing exactly why you want to work abroad will help you determine what type of resume you will need to create and what skills you will need to show that you are the best fit.
If you are unable to tailor your CV for a specific job market then it will show your lack of planning, effort and determination to work within that area. There are many organizations and websites that offer assistance when building your resume; be sure to have it checked over before you distribute it.
2. Gain the right experiences
I understand the dilemma that you can’t get a job unless you have relevant industry experience, yet how do you get the experience if you can’t get a job? There are some fields of work that will simply not recruit you unless you have relevant experience.
If this career path is your main goal, then get serious about finding a way to gain experience through volunteering, internships, apprenticeships and studying/teaching abroad.
If you want to be a teacher, consider investing in a 4-week TESL/TESOL certificate program that will provide you with assistance in finding a job. If you want to be a journalist, volunteer at a local newspaper or show your writing skills through blogging. International nonprofits are also good sources for finding work abroad. Many of these organizations list their job openings, internships, and volunteer opportunities on their websites, so check them regularly.
Be creative with getting experience and don’t give up at the first hurdle!
3. Become an Expert
Take as many extra classes or programs that you can afford to become accredited in your field of expertise. Whatever your skill may be, join a professional association and attend local meetings and annual conventions so that you can learn from peers. Include all of your extra curricular activities and qualifications on your resume and be sure to highlight that you have gone the extra mile to become an expert.
4. Visit your destination country
You might not be at the stage to move yet, but an in-country job search is a great opportunity to do some networking and find out about the types of positions that are available.
During your stay, plan on joining the local Rotary Club, attend social functions, and invest in the connections that you do make. Many jobs are filled by word of mouth, so you never know when having coffee with a friend might turn into a job interview! Before you go ahead and pay for the next step however, it is important to always find out first about visa requirements for working abroad.
These simple steps will help you to set yourself apart from other candidates within all job markets. If you are considering moving to Canada and you would like to know how to apply for a Canada work visa, we suggest that you enlist the support of specialists in visa applications to increase your chances of getting the right job.
Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia. Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years. You can connect with Pathway Visas on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.