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Preparing to job hunt in an unfamiliar country could be daunting. However, it could also be exciting as it is an opportunity to start afresh. Relocation could be the perfect time to adjust your career path.

A new country may open the doors to alternative career fields.

The following are 7 steps that you can consider when job hunting to relocate in another country:

  • Complete a skill assessment
  • Update LinkedIn profile
  • Update Training Records
  • Obtain Job Reference
  • Online Networking
  • Begin your job search
  • Consider volunteering

Let’s take a closer look at these.

Complete a skill assessment

Starting over has many advantages as it gives you the opportunity to take a step back.

Completing your skill assessment is critical as this will reveal if there are any gaps in your knowledge that you need to fill. A great way to do this is to look at job vacancies for the roles that you have an interest in that new country.

Sometimes the requirement in your home country for the same role may differ when compared the new country.

Any skill gap could be filled by taking up a course. This could be a great way to pass the time as you transition in your new environment. You also get the opportunity to meet new people which is always great in a new city.

Update LinkedIn Profile

In my opinion, LinkedIn will be the only curriculum vitae very soon. It is important to ensure that your profile is up to date with picture and full details of your roles and responsibilities. If possible, try to get endorsements and recommendations from immediate managers and colleagues prior to relocating.

These may become harder to get once you leave the organisation and even worse if you move to a new country. Once your LinkedIn profile is updated, update your resume.  Print copies so you can hit the ground running once you arrive to your new destination.

Update Training Records

Communicate with human resources and obtain a log of all the training that you have completed during your tenure with the company.

If the company has an online university and there are workshops that you can complete online that you think may be helpful, complete these before you exit the business.

Also, some companies provide training records on an official company letterhead. If possible do so and obtain a few original copies. Five is a good number to get for the very least.

Obtain Job Reference

It will be great as well to get original job references from your current employer. Again, I recommend five original copies that you should have with you in your job hunting kit.

In addition, identify colleagues, managers and persons that you may be able to use for a personal reference and ask if you can. This will ensure that your resume is ready to go.

Online Networking

Look out for groups that you can join within your respective field that you can start meeting people in your new country.

Meetup.com is a great place where you can see upcoming events so that you can begin meeting new people. In addition, search Facebook for Expat forums and groups that you should join.

You could even within that group introduce yourself explaining that you are moving to the city and what roles you are interested in.

People within these groups from my experience are helpful. Let them know that you will be job searching and the field. I am sure that you can pick up some tips from here.

Most countries also tend to have a local chamber of commerce. Search Facebook again to see if they have a page and join. Chamber of Commerce usually has networking events. This is a great way to connect with other professional people.

Search You Tube as well to see if there are any vlogs for example of people who may be working in your desired field in that country. There are some persons who incorporate their professions into their vlogs for example a day in the life of a doctor.

Begin Your Job Search

Start searching for new jobs from your current location. Search the internet for job recruitment firms in your new country. A useful site where you can see vacancies as well as employment review is glassdoor.com.

It can also give you salaries information for prospective employees as well as reviews from previous employees which can be very helpful in your job search.

Consider Volunteering

Volunteering could also be a great way to get familiar with your new environment.

The web makes it easy to identify organisations and generally people do not usually turn down a free pair of hands. Try to apply to these organisations prior to relocating.

Volunteering gives you the advantage of meeting new people as well as getting on the ground experience in your new country.

Also, some organisations may be able to give a letter of reference of sort which it’s always good to have a local recommendation.

There are several other articles on this blog which you may find helpful if you are relocating. Feel free to click any of the links below to explore:-

A Thank You Prayer For A New Job

11 Valuable Tips For Starting A New Job

How To Survive The First 90 Days At A New Job

How To Write A Resume

10 Personality Traits To Put On Your Resume

Cambodia: A Helpful Expat Guide To Your Relocation

How Working Abroad Can Enhance Your Career Journey

10 Tips For Working In A Country Where You Don’t Speak The Language

Final Thoughts

Relocating can be a refreshing change as it gives you the opportunity to begin again and really map out your career vision. Hope the following tips above truly prepare you to manage the job hunting process.

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