6 Ways To Enhance Your International Job Hunt
Here we are going to show you 6 ways to improve your international job hunt strategy so you can effectively target jobs in different countries and highlight what you need to consider before and during your job search.
It’s no mean feat moving your career abroad, and there are a number of steps that you can take to not only prepare yourself but actually help yourself achieve the career move and success that you so desire.
1. Do the Research
Preparation is paramount when it comes to your career. When we talk about research in this context we’re talking about understanding what it is you’re looking for from a career move and relocation to a new destination, what is required from someone for the type of position(s) you’re looking for, and what the process of gaining the attention of a Headhunter or recruiter is – not to mention getting to interview stage and actually getting your desired job.
Start by listing out the positions you’re interested in and industries and then which destinations would be best suited to you. The more open minded you are, the better, but we all have our preferences, so do your research and be sure to browse through our past blog articles as we’ve lots of informative content on the best suited locations for everyone!
Once you’ve narrowed down your positions, industries and locations, start to research potential companies – look for existing job vacancies and find out what type of candidates they’re looking for. This process in itself is a great place to start as you might come across a position that you just think would be perfect for you. Once you’ve done this you’ll have a much better understanding of what transferable skills you currently posses and what areas you might be lacking.
2. Update Your Online Profile
I cannot stress enough how important it is to continually update your online profile. Ensure all of your contact details are correct, and also your past experiences (this is especially true for LinkedIn), and make sure that you’re taking full advantage of the best suited professional social media platforms for you; we highly recommend Twitter and LinkedIn.
Once you’re profiles have been updated ensure that you start learning how each social platform works; each have their own features and benefits, so take advantage of these and start connecting with your colleagues, contacts, Headhunters and anyone that can help you in your career progression.
3. Boost Your Online Presence
When someone searches you by name and industry, they’re hoping to find useful information that will help them in their search – in the case of a Headhunter or recruiter this process is there to gain information about you that will assist with their questions and/ or shortlisting of candidates. So, you want to ensure that not only do they find the right information about you early on in their search (ideally near the top of the first page of search results) but that they don’t come across anything that could be seen as damaging.
Damaging search results are everyones nightmare, and it can happen to the best of us, but there are ways to avoid these results from appearing so high up in the search results. Not all ‘damaging’ content is necessarily seen as bad by all; it could be a picture of you enjoying an alcoholic drink on holiday or a disgruntled customer mentioning your name in an online complaint, but nevertheless these are not things you want at the top of the search results. Therefore, you want to ensure that all personal social profiles such as Facebook have their settings turned to ‘private’ – with only your very close friends and family able to view photos, comments and updates – and more positive, professional updates are made regularly.
By updating your professional social networks every couple of days, sparking conversations and engaging with these conversations, you’ll be greatly improving your positive, professional search results. You can also start conducting online searches for forums or discussion groups (many you’ll find within LinkedIn, but some of these are invite only, therefore they won’t be visible to search engines) where like-minded professionals are talking about the topics that you know best. So locate these and start engaging with and building up a network today!
4. Online Networking
As mentioned above, networking online will greatly improve your visibility, so the more you do, the greater the number of people you will meet and this in turn will boost your online presence and professional profile.
Be sure to have a plan too. Understand where the Headhunters and recruiters that can help you are located and start a rapport with them, engaging in regular conversation over time. This will allow you to build up a relationship with them and allow them to see you as a key candidate for them and any positions that they may need to fill.
5. Networking Events
Again, being prepared for your networking events is going to get you great results. Find out if anyone of interest to you is speaking at the event, which Headhunters are attending and what else you can do to increase your chances of getting yourself noticed.
Ensure that you have your elevator pitch ready as you want to be able to promote yourself to these individuals in the best way possible and in the shortest time – remember, they’re likely to be chatting to dozens of people, so you want to stand out from the crowd.
6. Virtual Interviewing
No matter where you’re looking to work, whether it be in the same city as you’re currently in or one the other side of the world, you’re likely going to have at least one interview that is virtual, and by this I mean over platforms such as Skype and Google Hangout. Whilst you might have practiced your telephone interview skills, video interviewing is different as you’re visible and therefore your presentation, and how you conduct yourself, is very important.
Be sure you’re looking your best and you’ve done your preparation and try to forget that you’re on camera. Whilst it might feel a little unnerving, it’s not much different in reality to meeting in person, and if anything it’s more comfortable. Finally, don’t let any delay in the picture or audio put you off. Any experienced interviewer will have experienced bad calls with lots of delay, and they’ll be prepared to call you back if the line gets cut off.
By following these 6 simple steps you’ll be well on your way to achieving your next career move. Make sure you prepare for each stage, understanding what you need to do to boost your professional profile and how to engage with key decision makers.
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