What Should I Consider When Looking for Jobs Abroad?

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  • Written By: Garry Crystal
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  • Last Modified Date: 24 November 2018
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Obtaining jobs abroad is a task that requires much consideration and research. It is no longer a simple case of packing a bag and heading abroad. There are many details that must be attended to before gaining jobs abroad.

The first thing to consider is the permanency of the job you are applying for. Do you intend to live abroad full time and become a permanent citizen of the country, or is it seasonal employment? For many students, spending a gap year working or traveling abroad is almost a right of passage.

There is a great deal of information regarding seasonal jobs abroad available on the Internet. Bar work, cleaning work and hotel work are all readily available as seasonal employment. The pay is usually low, but there are many perks, such as free accommodation and use of facilities. Many people work these types of jobs abroad in order to use facilities in ski resorts. It is also a great way to gain experience if you are planning a career in hospitality.

If you intend to look for jobs abroad, make sure that you have a minimum amount of cash and credit cards available. Many countries require people to have a set amount of assets before entering to seek employment. Research the country thoroughly to gain information on standard of living costs and the employment rate. Also, make sure you have appropriate insurance for the journey, including medical insurance.


Visa requirements must also be researched in detail for the country you are interested in before applying for jobs abroad. Some countries do not allow people to work unless they already have a sponsor or a job offer. Employment visas must be presented when going through customs.

There are many job agencies on the Internet that will help you gain employment in other countries. Be aware that for most jobs abroad, some qualification is necessary. A lot of employers do not look at the resumes of people who do not have a college qualification such as a bachelor's degree.

Skills and experience will only go so far when trying to impress an employer. Many employers look first to hire citizens rather than people from abroad. There are rules that require natural citizens to be offered jobs first before someone from another country can be considered.

One of the most in-demand jobs abroad is teaching English as a foreign language. There are many countries in the Far East where native English speakers are in great demand. Some jobs do not require any qualifications, but terms and conditions of the offer should be looked into in great detail. If you have some form of teaching English as a foreign language (TESL) qualification, pay rates should be better.

Working in a foreign country is a valuable learning experience. It gives the employee a chance to immerse oneself in a country's culture in a way that would not be possible on a vacation. However, care should be taken before accepting any job, as it will be too late to change your mind once you are abroad.



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