Career Series : 2. 6 Tips to find a job in foreign land

In my last post, I had mentioned about studying abroad. That is usually the best start of a career in a new country. Because while you are studying, you have ample opportunity to interact/familiarize with local people, rules and regulations. You probably would have interacted with few industry leaders regarding your project or any assignment. But in case not then also you do get an opportunity to attend industry events and build contacts. It’s always great to have a face to a name.

But what if you are moving or you have to move without a job. Let’s say you partner is moving and even though you career may be flourishing in the current country, you may have to quit and follow your partners. This usually happens with women.

If you have a job or if you are doing well in your home country, generally the expectation is that with the move, she would do even better. But there are only a few people who understand the challenges of finding a new job in a new country plus continuing the same success as you were getting.

Here are 6 crisp tips that may get you thinking and you get to start working in right direction:

1)      Look for old Contacts:  This is no brainer that contacts always help. But a lot of people undermine the power of having good contacts or don’t know how to use them. Having a familiarity with someone or recommended by a friend is always welcome (in a new place) than an unknown devil. Prior to the move, start building contacts on LinkedIn or anyone you know remotely. Of course, do expect all kinds of cold responses but don’t get bogged down by them. Stay focused and determined!

2)      Building new contacts: Once you are in the country, now you have the opportunity to build more contacts. There are few ways of making contacts: Meet people you already know. And get more contacts from them. Most likely these guys would be in the same field as yours. Start writing letters to the company heads and request for a coffee catch up. They may not have the position open and therefore there is less motivation to meet but still you should insist on meeting them. Because sometimes one conversation leads to another.

3)      Reach out to recruiters: This is one of the most challenging steps. If you get to the right recruiter, then your job becomes very easy. But in order to find that one recruiter, you may be to go through tonnes of useless ones. So, how do you get to the recruiters? Most of the recruiters won’t be keen to speak to you because of the Visa sponsorship issues. As it is expensive for companies to hire foreigners. But there would be a lot of recruiters who would be interested if your profile is right. Search for all the big recruiters in the market and reach out to them. Out of 100 applications, I am sure 20 will get back to check on you. And if you are lucky, there would be 1 who would help you get the sponsorship.

4)      Target MNC companies: It is important to target MNCs or big companies to kick-start your career in a new country. Simply because they have the resources and power to hire you and most importantly you will get the right compensation even though you are a foreigner.  Of course getting through the bigger companies are tough because there would be more competition for you for the same role.  Also, there are higher chances of working with a multi-cultural crowd where you will not feel homesick or out of place.

5)      Work on your resume: This is your only tool that you can control. So use it to the fullest. There are few things that I have noticed while applying for the positions – there should be a picture of you on the resume/CV, your last/current role should be stated in detail on the front page, highlight your designation or title, add in your key achievements, responsibilities should be clearly outlined and make sure your resume is not more than 2 page for any position.

6)      Build an excel sheet/Follow-ups: This is a very important step when you are looking for a job. Maintain all your contacts in excel sheet, sorted by companies, recruiters, acquaintances etc. Keep a note of all companies who have responded to you or shown interest in your profile. They may not have a position now but later.  You also need to separate the companies who have rejected your profile but are interested in keeping the profile in their databases. The important reason why you must do the exercise is because you have to continue to follow up with all these people all the time till you have landed in a role.

If nothing is working out, consider taking up a short-term course related to your field while looking for a job. It will only add stars to your resume. Also, it will give you sufficient time to relax and takes the pressure off. Your performance is best when you are not under pressure. And it is important to show value to your future employer. And not someone who is desperately looking for a job (from inside you may be desperate but don’t show).

In case you are looking for ace recruiters in media and marketing, in Singapore or Australia, feel free to reach out. I do charge a token money for sharing the contact.

And in case you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below.

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Author: Rashmi Anand

I am a digital marketerby profession. Pasionate about blogging and changing people's lives.

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