How to find a job abroad in 10 steps

This have been my dream since I first traveled abroad. And at some point my dream came true. The first time that I worked abroad was during the summer season, in 2015, in Spain. I worked in a 3 stars hotel, for families, in Cambrils and it was perfect. I went there through a recruitment agency and as part of my practice after finishing a course with that agency, but I am working abroad as we speak, and the other times I found the job myself. so, if you don’t want to pay a recruitment agency to find a job, you can keep on reading. I assure you that the agency won’t care about your contract or salary and won’t negotiate on your behalf.

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10. Decide in which country you want to work and live for the next months

Is it France? Is it Greece? Or is it Thailand? Although I think it might be a little bit harder to get a job in Thailand. Anyway, after you have chosen the country, you should start and read more about it, see if you could adapt there. Find out details about local, info about the weather and traditions.

9. Do more research

Try to find someone from that country who will be willing to share with you some of his /her day to day experience. Try to find out what jobs are out there on the market and the period of the year when you could have the best shot at getting one.

8. Decide what job suits you best

What are your skills? Pick a job that you will be comfortable doing, otherwise you will have a hell of an experience. There are a lot of entry level jobs waiting for you but you will still need to pass some interviews. You could teach English abroad, you could work in a hotel, a restaurant or a bar, you could find a job in a company as an intern in the marketing or payroll team, you could use you native language to work in a call center. Anything you might be good at.

7. Search for companies/hotels/restaurants/bars/schools in the area that you have previously chosen

Be organized. You can use an Excel table or you can write the list by hand. It’s up to you but you have to keep track of the companies you have applied for.

6. Write a good resume

Most important: don’t lie! Sooner or later you will get caught.

Don’t forget anything important! That summer when you volunteered at the local hospital or that creative writing competition that you won? Write everything down because all the companies are looking for the extracurricular stuff.

5. Write a cover letter

You might think that is not so important, but trust me, it is. Try to be original and to emphasize on your best assets. Also, make it personal. If you can find the name of the director or the manager, use it in your letter. Explain why you chose that company and what recommends you for the job/internship.

4. Send the resume and the cover letter

Send it in the morning, during the week. You might get some answers straight away if you do so. Use the list from your agenda or your Excel table in order to write next to each company if you have already received an answer or not. Like this you will have more control when you get offers and you will know which one to choose.

3. Schedule the interviews

Prepare some answers for the most common questions such as where do you see yourself in 5 years, 5 qualities and 5 weaknesses, etc. Also, do some research about that company. You don’t want to get caught off guard when they ask you why have you chosen it.

2. Ask questions

After all you are moving to a new country for a while. Act like a detective and try to find a person who used to work there. Like this you can find out all the good and the bad from an inside source. Find out everything that you can about the contract and have a copy be sent to you. Find out if they provide accommodation or meals on duty and everything else you need to know. Don’t be afraid to ask, it shows that you are interested in the job and your future.

1.Pack your things and begin an adventure

And while you are there don’t forget to have fun. Visit the area, make friends, take photos, eat local food and don’t miss the important events. After all, you are working abroad for a reason.


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