Five tips for finding a job in a new country
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Five tips for finding a job in a new country

Landing a job overseas can be more difficult and challenging than in your home country. Here are some tips for finding a job in a new country.

Finding a new job can be difficult in your home country but landing a job overseas can be even more challenging. Between cultural differences, language barriers and time zone changes, there’s a lot to consider in an overseas job search.

Highlight your language skills

If you speak more than one language, look for opportunities in the countries where your second language is spoken. If you have a specific country you’d like to move to that doesn’t share your language, start taking lessons. Having the right language skills will go a long way.

Look for companies from your home country with a global presence

Think of working abroad as a long-term goal. Do some research to find out which global companies are headquartered in your area and look for opportunities that match your skills in these companies. Maybe you’ll start off with a position in your home country, but you can make an international transfer part of your career path – which brings us to our next tip.

Ask for an international transfer

If you already work for an international company, ask for an international transfer. Talk to your HR manager or your career advisor and tell them about your goal to work abroad. Keep your eye out for any international opportunities and be the first one to raise your hand for these.

Consider getting your TEFL certification

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified instructors are in-demand all over the world. If you want a change of scenery and aren’t sure what you’d like to do, try talking to some TEFL representatives near you to learn about what it’s like to be an English teacher abroad.

Reach out to your network

Take a look at your LinkedIn connections and see if there’s anyone you know working in the country where you’d like to move. Ask for advice on how they did it. Share your desire to work abroad with your network. You never know where your next opportunity can come from!

Once you get to the interview process, here’s our list of interview customs from around the world so that you don’t commit any professional faux paus! Look for opportunities abroad on