Searching for a job when living abroad does not have to be an intimidating process. In fact, your ability to secure a job depends more on your mindset than the specific tools you possess. Below is a ten step guide for expats and skilled migrants who want to find their dream jobs.
1) Develop a positive mindset. Believing that you can find your dream job is 80 percent of the job search battle. Do not allow yourself to listen to any internal voices telling you that you do not have the skills or expertise to succeed on the job search trail. Draw upon the positive reinforcement provided by your family and friends, as it can help you maintain an upbeat attitude during the job application process.
2) Learn the cultural norms of the society where you are living. Pay special attention to cultural expectations regarding employment. For instance, workers who move to Mexico from a country such as Germany or the Netherlands can expect to work significantly longer hours than they worked in their countries of origin.
3) Make a point to engage with people from your new community. Do not allow yourself to become isolated, as isolation can be counterproductive to your job search. Engaging with neighbors and becoming involved in community activities can help you become an integral part of your community. You might even gain valuable information about available job opportunities.
4) Be willing to venture outside your comfort zone. Living abroad requires a multitude of personal adjustments, especially when searching for a job. For instance, you may have to work a schedule that is different than what you are accustomed to working or acquire a new certification in order to be considered for a job.
5) Make career networking a top priority. Consider getting involved with local volunteer organizations as a means of expanding your career network and forging relationships with people who could be instrumental in introducing you to job opportunities. Utilizing social media and career networking sites such as LinkedIn to develop new contacts in your field is also important.
6) Familiarize yourself with job application processes in your new country. No two countries are exactly alike in terms of their job application processes. Before you begin the application process, do your homework and learn how you can make your job application stand out from the competition.
7) Update your CV. Be sure to include any certifications and awards you have earned in your career history. Whenever possible, customize your CV to reflect your ability to fulfill the requirements of the positions you are exploring. Make sure you have your CV screened for formatting and grammatical errors before you begin distributing it to employers.
8) Arrive on time and dress appropriately for your interviews. Avoid wearing dirty or torn clothing and refrain from using excessive makeup or perfume/cologne. When your interview is scheduled, ask whether you need to wear any protective clothing or shoes. Make transportation arrangements in advance and allow plenty of time for potential traffic delays.
9) Always remember to follow up with hiring managers following your interviews. You will stand out from other job seekers if you follow up with hiring managers after each interview. Be sure to thank the individuals who interviewed you in writing and restate your interest in the jobs for which you applied.
10) Enlist the support of a trusted global career coach. Seeking the guidance of a leader in the global career coaching industry will help you develop a positive mindset as you search for a job. A professional career coach can administer evaluations, assessments, and help you adapt to a new cultural environment. Most importantly, a career coach can help you define a clear job search strategy and get a job faster.
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