There are a few key ingredients for a successful expatriation. Even if moving abroad is not always easy, the return on investment and the experience is often worth it. In order to make your journey as successful as possible, here is some advice here to help you prepare for this new adventure.
1. Get ready
Before you start looking for a job abroad, have you thought of everything in order to leave in the best conditions? Health, finances, family, studies, work … These are important things to think about before you make this decision. Preparation is key for a successful move abroad.
Make sure you know the country in which you wish to move to and do your research.
You must know the qualifications and your eligibility to work in another country. In many countries and for certain types of visas, the immigration services will ask you to justify a minimum amount of funds in your bank account in order to ensure your independence over a given period.
Be aware of the working conditions, the number of hours worked per week, the average salary in your profession, etc. An increased knowledge of the environment that you are about to live in will allow you to avoid unpleasant surprises once the process has started.
Do not be shy. Make yourself known and show your determination to join a company based abroad. There are many platforms that allow you to find a job abroad with, more or less, help and advice. Using an international recruitment agency allows you to be in touch with an expert consultant in your market and therefore to be professionally advised and supported.
By applying for several offers, you’ll start to understand the reality of the market in that country and will maximize your chances of winning a precious interview.
3. Know the obstacles
Certain obstacles will be in your way. They are not insurmountable, but to be considered, understood and prepared for in order to concentrate your forces to reduce them.
The language barrier: Having a foreign language is a highly sought out skill, however ensure you have the level required. Not having an advanced or native level can be an obstacle to your integration.
The cost to the company: some companies have to pay certain taxes when they hire foreign talent. Some of these companies will not sponsor a foreign candidate for financial reasons. With the proper research you can find which companies support expats and provide sponsorships.
The financial investment: although expatriation is often attractive financially for applicants abroad, it often requires a starting investment to cover certain planned expenses such as insurance, rent, etc., and unforeseen expenses.
Time: You must consider the fact that looking for a job abroad can take more time than looking for a job locally. You will have to find an accommodation, prepare your arrival in the country and sometimes you will need a visa to work, and procedures can take time.
4. Ask for help
Many players can help you get started: your friends, family, colleagues and also professionals. One way to minimize these barriers is to use international recruiting professionals. Agencies specializing in international recruitment are very familiar with the challenges of moving abroad. The clients of these same agencies are looking for international profiles and are therefore informed beforehand about tax, language, etc. By making yourself known to international recruitment agencies, you will remove many of the barriers that would hinder you in your search for employment abroad.
It would be a mistake not to seek advice or to think you know everything about the country in question where you intend to go. By definition you cannot know what you do not know, so get as information as you can on vlogs, books, guides to help you.
5. Use your network
Speaking with your network about his decision will allow you to go fishing for key information to successfully move abroad. In fact, the best way to prepare is to seek feedback from your friends, family or colleagues who have had the same experience. Whether it is information on living conditions, on the state of the labor market, or even on the type of visa that would best suit your objective, your network will help you and warn you about little mistakes you could avoid.
Secondly, it may be wise to consult your network to find a job. The best way to use your network is to talk about your project. Chances are that if you talk about your plan to leave for a certain country, you will meet more and more people telling you that they know people on the spot. This is a good way to be connected with someone with a similar background to yours.
Dare to give yourself the chance to experience expatriation. Whether it is for a few months or several years, you will grow from this experience. You will have gotten to know yourself better by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. There are so many advantages to living and working abroad so… Let’s go!?
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