The world is your oyster and you’re no longer restricted to a town, city or even a country when you’re looking for work. You can now be a part of the global workforce and share your skills worldwide! If the thought of setting off to foreign shores to live and work sounds enticing, then here are a few essential tips to make it a reality:
Check out the competition
You may be familiar with the country you’re planning to travel to, or it may be a completely novel experience. Either way, it’s important to get a good understanding of the local culture, values and competition. Some roles may attract many foreign nationals, while others may draw locals instead – take the time to understand what you’re up against, and what kind of skills your potential employer will be looking for.
Understand the culture
The world might be getting smaller, but different countries retain their own cultural identities and values. You should research this thoroughly to make sure you are a good fit with the local culture. Some cultures may expect gifts to be presented, while others would regard that as very offensive; some cultures may expect you to follow strict and traditional attire rules, while others may be more open-minded. These are just a few of the many things you should endeavour to check out.
Develop your skills
Your CV may be satisfactory for a job in your native country, but does it have all the skills you need to succeed abroad? Basic skills include a competent grasp of the native language (and possibly other foreign languages too) and enhancing your technical skills will make your CV stand out more against other potentials.
Meeting new people in a different country can be challenging, but having a good network of contacts will stand you in good stead. Make the effort to meet as many different people as you can – attend different events like conferences, exhibitions, fairs and networking parties to give yourself a comprehensive set of contacts.
Check the details
So you may have found your dream job in a dream location – but before you pack your suitcase, make sure you’ve got all the practical details sorted out! From organising your visa and work permit, if needed, to finding suitable accommodation, transport and facilities, there are a lot of things to consider before you make the final step. It’s useful to create a list and check everything off as you go!