Want to combine your love for traveling and your career goals?
With a marked increase in global interconnections, here at Mentat we meet plenty of individuals setting their sights to take their career search abroad. The first step in the long, bureaucratic process of moving abroad to work is researching opportunities while still in your home country. Fully understanding your visa status and limitations as well as doing your prior research will create the best foundation for a smooth transition.
Gathering information, resources, compiling the mountains of paperwork and reaching out to contacts before buying a flight or making concrete plans is key.
One of the biggest struggles in securing a job overseas is finding industries that you want to work in both with a demand for and opening to foreign workers. Some opportunities, like teaching English or working in service industries on a short-term visa, are easier to obtain. Yet, this sort of work may not inspire you enough or provide enough stability to take the leap. Not only do you have to account for moving abroad, but you must also carefully investigate to find a solid career match.
Contacting hiring managers from abroad via email can be a great way to increase your probability of finding a position as a foreign applicant before you even set foot in a new country. This overseas networking can be truly beneficial in finding opportunities and creating relationships. Also, sometimes companies will need to provide work visa sponsorship, and will be more willing to do so if there has already been correspondence and if the applicant can provide an excellent resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. Make sure that you understand stipulations for application materials in your target country and that you have carefully tailored your resume to your target position.
Writing your cover letter as a foreign applicant is key in order to explain not only your value as a candidate but also your dedication and ability to make the international transition.
After you have done your research and found some opportunities that fit your career goals and are obtainable for a foreign applicant, you must start the visa process. Careful research to make sure all necessary documentation is gathered for a visa application is the first step. This can be a headache-inducing process, as there is a substantial list of required documentation, verification and background checks from various government offices or employment offices. Be sure to understand the working and time restrictions of your particular visa so that you know that your target position fits and that you will be able to work enough hours to support yourself in your country of destination.
Although it is daunting, it is not impossible to work and live abroad! Many ex-pats have written resources, both for moving to the US and for moving internationally from the US and there are a lot of job boards aimed at people wanting to work outside their home countries. Listening to the testimonials of those who have already made the transition can be incredibly useful in trying to figure out where you want to go, what industries are accepting of foreign applicants and how to transition once you arrive. It can be a real hassle at first, and it may seem as if the bureaucratic process never ends, but with careful research beforehand you can minimize the stress and build a foundation for your transition. So, do not give up on your dream to work abroad, keep searching and stay positive!
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