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Securing Employment in Your New Country

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 7 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
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For many people moving abroad it is often due to an employment opportunity. If you’re one of the lucky people who qualify for a visa due to existing employment, it can make the entire moving process much simpler and faster. If you would like to secure employment on arrival, your task may be slightly more difficult.

Obtaining Your Visa and Moving Abroad Without a Job

One of the scariest parts of moving abroad can be when you obtain a visa, but don’t have a job waiting for you on arrival. Many people simply need to make the move and hope that they will find a job in their new country. Dependent on which country that is will affect your job prospects. Ideally, most people will research this before they leave and have an idea as to what is available for them when they move. Trying to obtain a job before you go can be difficult, although it is not impossible. If you haven’t tried this however, don’t worry. Often employers prefer to see prospective employees face to face and will be keen to interview you in person.

Updating Your CV for the New Job Market

One of the most essential tasks you can carry out to help you secure a job position abroad is to have an up to date CV that is written specifically with your new country in mind. Research this online and seek advice on what works best with your prospective employers. Having a CV that is tailored towards the British market can often make employers feel that you aren’t willing to adapt to the local ways. Showing them that you’ve already researched the correct methods for the country will give them the belief that you are completely invested in your new life abroad. This is also true of any initial contact you make with employers. Many are keen to know that you’re planning on staying for the long-term and aren’t simply testing out your new environment for a short period of time.

Permanent Residents and Temporary Residents

If you have a permanent residency visa, it can sometimes be easier to secure permanent employment when you move. Employers can see that you are there to stay and also know that it’s an easy setup process should they choose to hire you. Temporary residents sometimes face the problem where they have to convince an employer of their intent to stay. If you are in this category, simply show commitments you’ve made since arriving; such as a long-term rental, buying a house, a car or setting up gas and electricity accounts. They will normally take these on board and it can make the difference when it comes down to the wire.

Familiarise Yourself with the Local Ways

Researching the company you’re applying to can be a great way to secure employment. Employers are always interested in those who have taken a little time out to really find out about their prospective employer. Educate yourself on local salaries for the type of job you’re applying for. This way you will know immediately if the position will suit you. Remember that often when you move to a new country, you need to start on the bottom rung of the ladder again. This can be financially difficult for some, or for others a real challenge. If you manage to secure employment early on, this will help you establish yourself with credit agencies, banks and more. It will also mean you determine a routine early on, something that can go a long way in helping you settle in your new country. Ultimately, adapting to local ways of life and business will help you secure a new job earlier. Ensure that you have as many references as possible before leaving the UK, as well as job descriptions and testimonials from clients if available. This will help back up your skills when applying for new employment abroad.

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