How can I Find Paid Work Abroad?

Felicia Dye
Felicia Dye
Embassies might know of work in foreign nations.
Embassies might know of work in foreign nations.

You may be able to find paid work abroad using the Internet to look for opportunities on social networking sites, job boards, or in international newspapers. Either your embassy or the embassy of the nation that you plan to travel to may be able to help you. Also, contact international organizations and find out if they have any opportunities in your country of interest.

Hotels may hire foreign workers to help clean rooms.
Hotels may hire foreign workers to help clean rooms.

Social networking sites are one of the tools the Internet has to offer when you are looking for paid work abroad. These websites generally facilitate global connections. In many cases, they are well organized so people can find others with whom they have common interests. This means those who are offering employment can often easily encounter people looking for such opportunities.

Another option on the Internet you may find helpful are job boards. These are similar to electronic classified ads. They commonly list positions and the details regarding them, including the manner in which interested individuals should apply. If you are looking to get paid work abroad in a specific field, you may want to try specialized job boards which cater to specific industries.

Often paid work abroad can be found the same way that it can be found at home — in the newspaper. Most major cities around the world have at least a portion of their newspapers available online, including the classified ads. If you do not know the name of those publications, you can conduct an online search using the country name and the words “daily newspapers.”

Your embassy may be able to help you. Many embassies show preference toward hiring their own nationals at facilities in other countries. If the embassy does not have any openings, it may still be able to help. Sometimes these facilities maintain resource boards that provide their nationals with leads to opportunities such as those for housing and jobs. If the nation you are planning to travel to has an embassy in your country, you may be able to contact the staff there and get leads to jobs.

You also may be able to find paid work abroad with international organizations. You do not have to wait until you are at your destination to exercise this option. It is actually better if you do not wait because such organizations often have extra travel requirements, such as getting immunizations and having physicals conducted. Contact the organization, let it know where you will be traveling to, and ask for any vacancies. It may increase your chances of getting a job if you are willing to pay for your own travel and housing expenses.

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