Managing Your International Job Hunt – Part 1

Managing Your International Job Hunt – Part 1

Your international job hunt is a daunting task, but in this two-part series we’ll look at how you can break your job search up into more manageable sections and be more effective with it (with less time invested – rather, better invested).

How to Manage Your International Job Hunt

Whether you’re currently in work or unemployed, looking for a new job is a job in itself and time is critical – if you’re in work then you have limited hours during the working week to dedicate to finding for a new job and if you’re out of work then you’re most likely in need of a new job for financial reasons.

However, fear not, there are number of steps that will help you to remedy these issues and ensure that your time is utilised in the most effective way possible.

This all starts with a plan, clearly outlining what you want from a new job.

1. Plan your job-hunt – what do you want?

Plan, plan and plan some more!

Plan, plan and plan some more!


Stand back for a moment and think about what it is that you want from your new job – where would you like to work (this is an important factor when looking for work internationally), what position would you like hold, how quickly do you need to find a new job and so on.

By doing this you’ll help to outline what you want for yourself and you’ll also help others that you talk to or network with to understand what you’re looking for.

Plan how you’re going to tackle your job search. How much time can you dedicate each day? Start setting yourself some goals.

You must be targeted in your job search and tailor your applications to each job that you apply for (we’ll discuss shortly), but creating some goals – such as making 3-4 applications each week – will help you to stick to your plan and eventually get the result that you want…Your dream job!

By spending the time defining your job search criteria you’ll achieve a much more efficient and focused job search.

2. Do your research – what are you applying for and who is behind it?

Do your research!

Do your research!


The biggest mistake you can make is applying for a job without knowing anything about the position, the company or the people behind the job posting. I have made this mistake myself in the past and it quickly backfired – multiple calls from recruiters that I had never heard of (even though their name was listed next to the job posting) for a position I didn’t even realise I had applied for, and it resulted in a very quick and unsuccessful phone call.

As you sift through the job postings make sure that you read them carefully and understand what they’re looking for in a candidate. Could you add value to their company? If so then keep that job posting as a potential. Then, once you’ve gone through your chosen job postings (this could be one of the goals that you set for yourself!) you can narrow them down to the ones that you really want to apply for.

It is then at this stage that you start doing your research:

  • Who is the company?
  • What does the company do?
  • What is the company’s ethos?
  • What is the available position?
  • Which of your skills would allow you to do this job well and what other skills do you have that would add more value to that position? – This is a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd
  • Who is behind the job posting?
  • Are they an internal team member or a recruiter? - Can you contact them to find out more about the position and who their ideal candidate is?


As a result of your research you should find yourself with a more concise list of jobs that you want to apply for – and jobs that you’d really like to have – and the research to enable you to write tailored applications that help to make you stand above the, oftentimes, hundreds of applicants.

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3. Update your CV – make it personal and tailored to each job application

Update your CV/resume!

Update your CV/resume!


You probably hear this a lot, but it is so important!

It’s just as important as the research stage (above). Each job application must be tailored because otherwise it will get lost in the pile of other generic applications which do not demonstrate why that individual is best suited to the position or why they want it – companies don’t just want to fill a position with anyone, they want to fill it with someone who really wants to have it and who is motivated to do their job.

And the motivation to have that job should start with your application!

Your CV should bring out and highlight the skills and experience that you have developed over the years, as well as the value that you have contributed to each project or position. You should add achievements and outcomes and quantify them wherever possible – “I achieved ‘X’ and this resulted in ‘X’ savings for the company.”

With the research that you have on each position you’ll be able to tailor your CV so that it reflects your skills and experience in relation to that specific job.

– OK, so you’ve achieved a lot of really impressive things, but which of those achievements are actually relevant to the job that you’re applying for? Does the recruiter hiring for a Senior Business Development position in the UAE really want to read about your experience working as intern 20 years ago? No!

Considering that recruiters spend an average of 8-10 seconds scanning through applications (and sometimes they use software to do this at the first stage of application sorting) you want to make sure that it is short (3 pages or less) as well as concise, listing only your most recent and your most important achievements.

Save yourself and the recruiter/hiring body some time by only applying to jobs with a tailored application!

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In the second part of this two-part series we’ll discuss your online brand, how to utilise your network and the interview process, so stay tuned for that!