Published on April 28th, 2012 | by Amy Edwards0
Essential things to consider when applying for an online job abroad
By Amy @BubbleJobs
So you’ve been seduced by the thought of working in another country and decided to go for it have you? Well good for you – there are hundreds of online jobs available right across the world and if you can team a great new job with some fab weather and tasty local cuisine then even better!
But before get too ahead of yourself and start applying for new web jobs here, there and everywhere, there are a few things you really need to consider. Just like everything else, the key to a successful international job application is research and preparation.
Applying for a new job abroad requires much more than just a simple covering letter and a re-jigged CV. In fact, depending on which country you’re looking to work in, the process can actually be quite long-winded and complicated so you need to be prepared!
The first and most obvious thing to consider when looking for jobs abroad is whether you’re actually eligible to work there or not. If you’re applying for a job within the EU then eligibility shouldn’t be an issue, however if you’re looking further afield then it could be a major stumbling block. To check your eligibility to work internationally you should speak to the relevant embassy or consulate – agencies are available to do this for you but be ready to pay a fee!
The next thing you need to consider is the country’s native language and any other commonly spoken languages. Don’t speak any of them? You could have a problem! Even if your prospective new employer speaks English there’s a very strong chance that not everyone will (unless you’re moving to English-speaking country!). A grasp of the local language will help you settle in and get around in day to day life so it might be time to start learning some key phrases!
Another key consideration is the realities of day to day living in the country. Take some time to research the country’s culture, political landscape and most importantly cuisine. If the country has a mainly seafood diet and you’re allergic to almost all kinds of seafood, you might want to research specialist restaurants in the country or start perfecting your favourite dishes! To be successful in any country you need to be culturally sensitive to the country’s traditions even before you apply for a new job. Although hobbies might be an essential, if not humorous, part of UK CVs, do companies in other countries care that you enjoy “swimming and socialising with friends”? Maybe not!
Last but certainly not least you really need to take some time to think about the ‘D’ word – distance! A job in sunny Australia might sound like your idea of heaven but if you have to do a 21 hour flight every time you want to see your parents in person, the reality could be very different. Take the time to look at flight prices, lengths and availability before you make your final decision.
Considered it all and still think a job abroad is the right option for you? You might want to take a look at the international jobs available at Bubble today.