Adaptations Expats Need to Make to Their Social Media When Seeking A Job Abroad

Adaptations Expats Need to Make to Their Social Media When Seeking A Job Abroad

When relocating to a different country, there are numerous things to consider. Often times, adapting your social media can become forgotten in the hierarchy of priorities of things to do before you jet off. However, give yourself the best possible chance to have opportunities waiting for you by the time you arrive by applying these 6 simple adjustments.

Change Location

If you plan to move abroad but haven’t found a job yet, why not change your location to where you are moving to before your departure? This will allow your profile to be found for vacancies within the region you are moving to as opposed to where you currently reside.

This is where the location is situated on your profile.

This is where the location is situated on your profile.

Be sure to change your location on your twitter account as well to avoid confusion when recruiters research you further. 

Connect With Headhunters Within The Region

LinkedIn is all about networks. If you are not connected with the regions top headhunters you are relocating to, you diminish the chances significantly of being sourced for any vacancies at all. 1st connections usually allow you to rank higher within keyword searches, so by connecting with headhunters directly, you give yourself the best possible chance (providing the rest of your profile is optimised) to be ranked within the first page of a results for desired positions.

You should also follow the country’s top headhunters on Twitter as another avenue to provide visibility to your profile. A highly dynamic medium, headhunters use this to post any new jobs that come through their desk instantly. It would be the fastest way to stay up to date with the latest job postings.

Connect With Industry Professionals Within The Region

An advantageous for a number of reasons:

  1. The industry leader will most likely be connected with the regions top headhunters, (expanding your network and ability to be found)
  2. They will most likely be connected with the regions top CEOs.
  3. They will potentially be able to offer insight and information about the current market and valuable contacts to speak with to aid your job search.

Aside from using the advanced people search for this, try to leverage ‘LinkedIn Groups’ for this by engaging in conversation with professionals in the discussions posted to the page.

On Twitter, following industry leaders, favouriting, retweeting and replying to their tweets is a great way to build rapport. Try to be authentic and be careful as to not spam their account with favourites/retweets. Respond to their tweets with genuine and thought provoking comments that can enhance your own image.

Business profile, social mediaWhether it be through LinkedIn Groups or on Twitter, try to offer value first. Nobody likes someone who asks for something straight away. Once you have offered value, developing a reciprocal relationship of knowledge, then you could enquire about any advice they would be able to give or contacts they may have within the province/industry.

Building your online network of contacts into richer more personable business relationships is a hard skill to master, but often a skill worth the time invested when executed properly.

Show Visa Status on LinkedIn

As an expat, visa requirements are at the forefront of an employers mind, so put their concerns at ease by stating your current visa status – only if you have one. It can be a huge benefit when moving abroad for work. The best place to add this would be in your executive summary on LinkedIn. (Not so important for Twitter)

Display Languages On LinkedIn

Many companies desire a certain level of proficiency of the native language. Even if your understanding and spoken level is of elementary proficiency, display it on LinkedIn. There are various options for your proficiency level including “Elementary, Limited Working, Professional Working, Full Professional and Native” proficiency. Either way, the more advantages you can offer to attract attention to yourself as a suitable candidate the better.

Tweet Local and Relevant News – Regulalry

Tweeting information from the leading local sources is a significant was to not only help you stay up-to-date with the current trends within the area (which can help come interview time) but to illustrate to headhunters you are informed about the local problems and market intelligence.

Make sure to include relevant hashtags as well including hashtags of your industry, even the location you are moving to such as:Tweet example

You can afford to post information on twitter up to 3, 4, 5 times a day, however you want to restrict the amount of content you put on LinkedIn. Save your very best for LinkedIn and post it as an “update” accompanied by a provocative anecdote that will spark interest in your profile. 

Moving abroad can be a daunting proposition. Make the transition easier by applying these tasks daily to your social media and give yourself the best possible opportunity to have some options by the time you arrive.


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