« »

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Finding work abroad: Tips to consider when seeking international employment

Avoid problems before the happen using an international employment checklist
Consider tax laws before working internationally
By Bill Turner

When you are looking for work abroad, many of the things you need to consider are no different than when you are looking for work at home. But there are other areas that need research and consideration. Here’s our guide:

1. Think carefully about why you want to work abroad? Is it just a country you fell in love with on holiday? Working in a country will be very different than spending two weeks relaxing in a place.

2. First of all check out the year round temperatures – will you be able to work in the heat? And does the country stay warm in winter? These two criteria are worth consideration as they can make a big difference to your country of choice. Countries where temperatures nose-dive in winter need the same kind of consideration.

3. Research the practical stuff too. Do you need a work visa or even immunisations to live in your country of choice?

4. What about paying tax? How does their system work?

5. Will I need health insurance?

6. Consider the average wage your abilities will attract and compare it to the cost of living in your ‘new country’. Can you afford to make the move?

7. You can check many of the above things with the embassy of your chosen country so it is worth speaking to them first.

8. Make sure your passport is up to date and has a reasonable amount of time to run.

9. Be sure you are ready for any security checks and clearances that maybe needed. These will almost certainly be required if you secure a job for a government agency but many big organisations also require them.

10. Learn the language. Many finance careers and other jobs abroad won’t consider you unless you’re bilingual or at least are fluent in their native tongue. If you aren’t fluent book in for lessons now.

11. Sign up with an online agency which will show you jobs in your country of choice. You will probably be able to upload your CV direct . Speaking of your CV. Is it up-to-date and have you made the most of your skills? Give it a good look over; ask a third party to check it. If necessary rearrange or rewrite.

12. The other thing to consider is working for an international company that has offices in your country of choice. Maybe you can work towards a transfer?

13. When eventually applying for your job, do include a covering letter which stresses your skills. 

14. Employers will be looking to see if you can meet their criteria or even add strengths to the position they are offering.

15. Your skills may well be transferable from one industry to another – check out whether your country of choice is looking for people with your particular skill-set.

All set?

Armed with all this information, you should be able to search for and find a job, submit a convincing application letter and CV and be ready to pack up and go when the new company need you.

One thing’s for sure, good research is never wasted you’ll be ready to work in Spain or Italy, the UES or the United States or anywhere else if you’ve done your homework.

About the author: Bill Turner lives by the South Coast of England, loves walkign, cycling and relaxing in his home.

Image licenses: 1. Lusi, RGBStock royalty free; 2. Author owned and licensed