Finding overseas jobs
Finding a job overseas is an exciting option. Prepare, plan, research and get organised before you go.
Finding a job overseas is a form of personal and professional development that will:
- make you more attractive to potential employers
- give you first-hand experience and insight into different cultures
- open you up to new ideas and ways of thinking
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Tips for finding an overseas job
1. Undertake career planning during your penultimate (2nd to last) year:
- take a look at yourself in the way an employer would:
- 'does this person have a clear career direction?'
- 'have they received good academic grades?’
- ‘can they demonstrate skills learnt through work experience?’
- ‘have they been involved in university life/extra-curricular activities?'
- set goals with respect to the above, if necessary
- book a career counselling appointment for assistance
2. Become familiar with the overseas labour market
- Overseas employers:
- expect you to be flexible in terms of your skills and qualifications
- would like you to adopt the mindset of ‘what can I offer them?' rather than 'what can they do for me?'
- select staff based on academic performance, local language ability and demonstrate employability
- Research the labour market in your country of choice and find out:
- who is recruiting?
- what skills are in demand?
- what are the salary ranges?
3. Check the visa or immigration requirements of your country of choice
4. Gather job search information about your country of choice
- What are the:
- major recruitment agencies
- online job boards
- major newspapers
- employers of choice
- Learn about cultural differences and how they will affect your job search:
- is there a special way of formatting your resume?
- does the overseas employer expect you to behave in a certain way during an interview?
5. Get organised to look for a job once you arrive
- Organise a schedule of meetings or interviews prior to your arrival
- Ask your university friends from your country of choice to:
- introduce you to potential employers
- give you advice on job searching
- Be mobile with regards to your location
- look for work in a different suburb, region, city or even country
Good luck and remember to contact your nearest Careers and Employment office for assistance.
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