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10 Things to Do Before You Get Packing for a Job AbroadCareer Development Job Search September 1, 2015
Job abroad is a nurtured dream for many and some even get packing, before conducting a deep down research and analysis on the chosen country. Moving and relocating abroad is a big career decision and needs to be taken wisely with strategic planning. It is also important to understand prospects for promotion and tenure of employment, while arranging for finances to take care of your needs during the stay in a particular country.
Here’s a compilation of 10 things you should do before you make the transition to relocate abroad for advancements in career prospects:
- Choose visiting your country of relocation for a short trip to understand the culture and requirements, people mindsets and expenditure, before planning to relocate and committing your life to a job out there. Study the taxation norms of the particular country and how it can help enhance your savings in a foreign land.
- If you’re bilingual it helps. Try researching and learning a foreign language of the country you plan to relocate before applying for a career switch. Employers mostly consider CVs with bilingual advantage and hence learning a new language will help brighten your prospects of securing the most-sought after career with better compensation package. Especially jobs that involve client-interaction require bilingual proficiency, and herein your CV will be at a significant advantage.
- Differences though exist; there are many similarities when it comes to applying for jobs abroad. Primarily there are fewer job opportunities in certain countries with no talent shortage, herein you should make your resume stand out from the crowd and secure the most coveted job. Graduates abroad face a struggle when it comes to work experiences for a particular job role. If you do possess relevant knowledge and expertise, you can stand a fairer chance than the competition.
- Realise the importance of networking. Start networking and developing business relationships real young. Leverage these contacts to your advantage by promoting your skills and exchange information with peers and colleagues on social networks. Stay vigilant about new job opportunities that come in from reputed companies in the job world. Networking does help a long way in promoting your job prospects. List the countries you would like to work in and develop a list of potential employers you can directly approach for employment opportunities.
- Appear for any specific certifications such as TOEFL or IELTS and others, to qualify for a visa abroad and be ranked better by the employment agencies. Such courses help foreign employers identify your proficiencies as in comparison to the local candidates, and evaluate the value add-ons that you could potentially bring to the company if you’re hired.
- Join a company with market repute of providing opportunities to candidates to get mobile and understand new cultures in different countries. Many corporate have international headquarters and they empower their workforce to get mobile for international certifications and training programs, thus providing talent with global exposure to working and boosting organisation’s competitive advantage. It may be worth targeting these companies for job opportunities, wherein you stand a chance to relocate abroad soon in future.
- Try securing internships in foreign country, before you consider moving in. It is much easier for fresh graduates from international universities to secure internship opportunities and to build experience, while strengthening your CV’s market value. If you’re looking forward to shift geographies, understand the requirement to qualify for work permits, evaluate, calculate and analyse your chances to secure one.
- Working hours in a foreign country need to be understood and time zone differences should not impact your lifestyle and health. While there may be standard working hours, each employee puts in at work; there are some employers who prove to be demanding especially when you are employed on a work permit. Since you are not a resident of the country, secure yourself from chances of workplace harassment and understand weekends of different countries. Such as in Dubai for example, employees work from 9am to 8pm with a two hour break for lunch. The working week in Dubai is from Sunday to Thursday, whereas in UK and US its Monday to Friday.
- Accommodation, taxes and cost of living expenses should be calculated before making the job shift. Negotiating for salary that helps you meet all of your needs is a big challenge with foreign employment. Calculate all the relocation expenses and find out taxation rates, costs of living standards etc. The offer which might possibly seem to you like a generous pay rise from your current compensation in home country can soon turn out to be a compromise. If your calculations aren’t accurate, then you may land up with almost no pay hike, extra pay cuts and local tax rates as applicable in different countries.
- Sometimes it’s just worth taking the plunge. While securing a job abroad isn’t as easy as we just spoke about at length. However a detailed meticulous planning on finance, remuneration, savings, advancement in career prospects, learning, cultural changes, basic lifestyle and job security – factors such as these need to taken into consideration before making the BIG career move. While employers abroad always prefer locales from the country, never know you might just get lucky and get a call from an international company. Keep trying, good luck!!
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