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A Comprehensive Guide to Securing a Job Overseas

If you’d like to live overseas, whether temporarily or permanently, you’ll need to secure yourself a job before you move over there. Some countries won’t let you in without a job to start with, so making sure you have some work to sink your teeth into straight away is beneficial. Your other option is to save up a large cash cushion before moving over and starting your job hunt. However, this is risky and you don’t know what you might end up doing to make ends meet! Some people find moving first and then hunting for a job easier. They say that word of mouth helped them to get a job, no matter how many emails they sent out before they moved. Hopefully, this comprehensive guide will help you secure a job overseas in the best way for you. You’ll soon be able to build a new life in an amazing country. Enjoy!

Try Not to Stress

Many people feel stressed or under pressure when they decide that they want to work in another country. This is understandable. It can be hard, but try not to worry yourself about things that you may be missing back home. You can always call and Skype home when you’re feeling homesick.

Everybody you talk to who has done this themselves will tell you to stop worrying and just do it. Even if you move and don’t land the job you dreamed of, you’ll still get to experience lots of amazing things while in this foreign country. I don’t know a single person who has said that they wouldn’t do this again given the opportunity.

Speak to Everybody You Can

You might be surprised how speaking to people you know about moving can help. Speak to colleagues, family, friends; anybody you can get in contact with. Chances are, they’ll know somebody who can help you too. You can gain valuable information this way! If somebody you know can introduce you to someone who knows about the country you want to move to, see if you can meet them for a coffee and a chat. You won’t get better information anywhere else! Speaking to somebody with real experience is much better than reading it off the internet.


Aswell as networking with people you know, do it via social media too. With sites such as LinkedIn, you may be able to secure some fantastic opportunities in the country you’ve chosen. With an updated LinkedIn profile, some people get employed right on the spot. Make sure yours is up to scratch and you might not have to do much to secure that job after all! Just make sure you have Skype and a webcam too, as you may be required to do an interview this way.

Learn the Language

You don’t need to be fluent in the language before you move, but getting to know a few key words and phrases will certainly help you. You’ll gain a new skill that stands you in better stead of getting a job, and you’ll be able to meet people when you land in the country. If you want to work in a business field then these skills are even more essential to your success. The real learning of the language of course, will begin once you’ve moved to your chosen country. Just try to get the basics down before you move, and you’ll look way more attractive to potential employers.

Learn the Rules

Learn the rules of the country you’re moving to, as well as the living conditions and taxes. Every country will have different laws and practices regarding expats looking for work. You should be in this country for at least a year, as that’s how long it will take for you to begin to understand the place and its culture. This is why it’s so important for you to take the time to learn the rules, especially the local rules, properly.

Jobs to Think About

As mentioned before, it’s usually better to secure a job before you move than to try to find one after you move. One of the easiest ways to make a living in just about any country is teaching

English. There’s a shortage of great English teachers in foreign countries, so you could become one of them! If the job isn’t for you, you can always search for another one while you’re out there. It’s a great way to get started in countries such as Peru, China, Japan, and Argentina.


If you’re looking for work in places such as Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong, you have a variety of choices. IT, finance, and marketing jobs are everywhere over there.



Find Help Online

By doing a simple search online, you should come across many free resources that will answer your questions. You should find out everything you need to know about all kinds of subjects, like work permits for instance. Sites such as can help you to find the job of your dreams in no time at all. Do plenty of research and you can find great help online.

Don’t Let Age Worry You

Some people worry that they might be too old to get a job overseas. Let me assure you, your age should not be an issue when it comes to getting a job. Providing you have the knowledge, passion, and drive, you should be able to get a job overseas at any age! Making a big change later on in life can be scary, but anybody can do it.

Getting a Visa/Work Permit

Getting a visa or work permit will largely depend on your nationality, and varies in different countries. In some it will be quite easy to obtain, in others not so much. It’s up to you to do the research needed regarding your desired country to find out how hard it’s going to be.


Feeling more confident about securing that job now? We hope we helped! Please leave a comment if you have anything to add, or to let us know how this advice has helped you. See you next time!


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