Work overseas is a desire that more and more people have nowadays: trying to combine a job opportunity with the discovery of a new country and a different culture.
Searching for Work overseas may cause some extra difficulty but with some patience and simple research skills, it’s possible to find a new job in that place that interests you the most and may lead you to that unique experience you want. In this article we give you some useful tips to find Work overseas.
Step 1: Why do you want to Work overseas?
Before you start seeking, you must define your priorities and what kind of job you want. If your main focus is studying or volunteering and you need that extra income; if you have a long CV and experience or are just starting on the job market; if your idea is to take a gap year and discover a new culture meanwhile, and so on. For all these possibilities, the keyword for Work overseas is research!
Step 2: Research, research, research
We live in a digital era where a simple Google search can help you find (almost) everything you need. First of all, you need to consult the vacancies that best suit your profile, place of interest, the culture you want to know, languages, among other preferences you may have. Nevertheless, if you don’t find anything that interests you today try again tomorrow and keep looking until you find something that really catches your eye. There are new offers being posted online every single day: Teleperformance Portugal’s website is an example of that! Some other websites may be helpful in your international job search, such as JobsAbroad.com or OverseasJobs.com but we strongly suggest you take your time at Jobs site.
Step 3: Connect
In addition to search engines, social networking can be important and very useful when looking for Work overseas. Many companies like Teleperformance utilize LinkedIn as a real job portal. Social media allows you to see the job offers plus connect with company employees and learn about their experiences. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are useful for joining groups and forums where you can exchange some opinions with people familiarized with working abroad. If you’re already working for an international organization like Teleperformance, you can look internally and find out which capitals your company also has branches in and see if there are any opportunities you can apply for.
Step 4: More Research
You also might want to do some more research on the companies that advertise the jobs throughout websites, articles and related news. Since you are not applying for an offer “just around the corner” you need to have confidence in the employer. For this, we advise you to consult some portals like www.FakeCheks.org, which provide tips to protect you from malicious job scams, or Anti-Fraud International, where scam attempts are reported.
You can also read our blog post Looking for a job online: is it safe? that will guide you with the best practices when looking online for Work overseas.
Step 5: Perks and Conditions
In addition to knowing if the offer is reliable, try to know more about the conditions that the company offers to workers applying from a different country. Try to figure out if, like Teleperformance, the company offers a Relocation Package and if it can help you with all your needs in a foreign country.
Step 6: Visa
Apply for a visa or work permit. Depending on the country and type of job you’re focusing on, your employment application may not be considered unless you already have a visa or work permit. To get a visa, contact the specific country’s embassy in your home country. They’ll be able to give you guidelines on how to apply.
Etapa 7: Go!
Work overseas can be a unique experience in your life: you can get to know a new culture up close, you can evolve a lot personally and professionally, make new friends and add value to your resume for all upcoming job offers to which you may want to apply in the future.