Working Abroad


You go up the big adventure trail. Abroad! A beautiful dream, but how do you make this dream a reality? You also have to make a living across borders. So before you pack your bags, it's wise to get into that first. Just how do you find "work abroad"?

10 Tips for Working Abroad:

The following tips help you to find your way in order to move successfully.

1. Take the plunge and make a decision

Ambitious dreams come with well thought out plans. The very first question you have to answer yourself is: where do you want to live? Maybe you already have a particular country in mind, maybe not. It's good to really think about that, because everything starts in the country where you want to live.

Look for as much information as possible about the country you want to go to. Go there on vacation, taste the culture and immerse yourself in the language. Is this the country you want to go to? Further desk research is still needed. Because what about employment in that country? Do they have vacancies for your position? What formalities do you have to adhere to in order to be allowed to work and live in a country of your choice? Before you travel in a hurry, it is wise to find out very well first. Look for other people with the same of your nation in the country who have made the same choice. That can also be helpful.

2. Get educated

Some training is required to have a chance at work abroad. And even with a diploma you aren't there. For example, if you have been trained as a nurse in your country, it doesn't immediately mean that you can work as a nurse abroad. In some situations you have to arrange a recognized diploma. That is why you must obtain information in advance from the embassy or consulate.

3. Use Facebook for your search

Facebook isn't only a social medium, but has also become a job board. More and more companies are posting vacancies on the pages and many Facebook pages have been set up that discuss working abroad. through the search function you can search for 'working in…,' expats', 'working in…'.

4. Use your network

If you're looking for a job abroad, don't keep it to yourself for as long as possible. Involve others in your job search. Tell us what you're looking for and where you want to go. It may just be that your family, friends or acquaintances have seen something pass by or have received something in the area. You can also make good use of the social media channels. Let it know on LinkedIn and Facebook that you're looking for a job abroad. Provide good keywords and make your post public. There is a greater chance that you will be picked up by companies that are looking for 'same of your nation' employees, for example.

5. Use job boards

The job boards. Of course it cannot be missed. You can easily filter by job title and country through job boards. This way you will find in no time whether there are vacancies abroad. You also have the opportunity to search for foreign vacancies through Adzuna.

6. Continue Google

Google is your best friend. Sometimes companies don't post vacancies on job boards. Then, for example, they only put the vacancy on their company page. Therefore, search in Google for, for example, 'Working in ..', 'Expats', 'International vacancy'. Also use English search terms. There is a greater chance that you will end up with the suitable vacancies.

7. Plan your interviews strategically

You have been invited to multiple job interviews. Now is the time to pack your bags and travel to your potential new destination. It is wise to schedule your interviews in short succession. This way you only have to travel to the country once.

8. Job abroad, now with the paperwork

Congratulations! You have found work abroad. The adventure can almost begin. First you have to go through the administrative hassle. Talk to the embassy and check everything about working abroad and ensure that everything is legally in order.

9. Plan it well

Do you want to work abroad temporarily or forever? It is wise to think carefully about this. Suppose you want to work abroad temporarily, then you have to think about your future. What do you do when you return to your country? Back to your previous employer? Looking for a new job? Have these answers for yourself already.

10. Make the language and culture your own

Each country has its own culture and language. To settle down, it is good if you master the language and culture. Maybe you already know the language. If not, take language lessons. To master the culture, it is important to get to know the local population. Take part in national holidays, meet people in your area and participate in social activities.

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