5 ways to find a job abroad easily

So you have been seeing photos of your traveling friends on Facebook and you have started asking yourself why you don’t do the same? Or maybe you loved your stay abroad during your studies and now you would like to see what it is like as a professional? There are several options for you to find a job in a different country. YBorder is listing them for you below:

1. Direct application: 
 The most obvious way to get recruiters talking about you is to apply directly for a job with a company abroad. Though active searches can be relatively time consuming (motivation letters, job screenings etc.) you might be able to score a job interview quickly if you have an especially well developed skill set or if your competencies are sought after in particular. If you find working for a start-up tempting chances are higher that you are invited for an interview as it is likely that a relatively young company receives fewer application than established international firms like Google or Facebook.

2. Brushing up your online profile: 
 Brushing up your online profile will definitely help promote your skills and make you appear in search results for example on LinkedIn. An up-to-date profile in professional networks is important for those looking actively but also for those scanning the market passively for better or more interesting offers. However, be aware that recruiters might refrain from contacting international candidates due to a lack of knowledge of the different markets. You might find yourself with more offers from your home market than from recruiters abroad. Additionally, unless you do not have a preference for a specific country, chances are slim that you will be contacted for your dream job in your dream country. You are adventurous? Then this might be for you.

3. Recruitment firm: 
 A relatively simple way to find a job abroad is to pass via a recruitment firm that keeps your details in its database and tries to match your preferences and professional objectives with open positions. The problem with headhunters? They might not have a job at hand in the country of your choice or right at the moment when you are looking for a new position. However, if you are willing to look passively and let a headhunter contact you once a new interesting opportunity is coming up then this is an option you should consider.

4. Platforms encouraging international mobility: 
 Looking for a job abroad passively takes time while applying actively might be time-consuming. Working with head hunters means receiving offers but the timing might not be ideal. Why not promote your skills on specific talent platforms where companies source their candidates directly? The IT talent platform YBorder empowers developers who chose the moment from which they would like to be visible to companies with the most interesting digital projects worldwide. It is also the talents who decide if — or if not — they want to share their contact details with the company. In short, platforms like YBorder enable you to actively look passively. Welcome to 21st century recruitment.

5. Move within your company: 
 If you don’t feel the urgency of moving abroad immediately and you can see yourself evolving in your current company then why not wait? Find out internally if there are international opportunities within your company and feel free to voice your interest to your superior, manager or HR department so that they consider you for a transfer abroad. It would be in your company’s interest after all to keep you as a fully trained and fully motivated employee rather than letting you go due to missing or limited professional opportunities.

Last but not least

Before starting to apply abroad prepare yourself: Make sure your CV is neat and tidy and translated into an impeccable English — or whatever the local language might be. Take your time and get your facts right on political events, economic changes, local customs and the-like so that you are well-equipped for interviews. Finding a job abroad can be more difficult than finding a job in your local market. There are solutions that accompany you on your job search abroad. Why not seek help?

Originally published at blog.yborder.com on October 27, 2015.

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