Written by Abby Kohut
While preparing for tonight's Career Wake Up Call, I received a question regarding the best ways to identify job opportunities in countries outside the USA. Coincidentally a friend of mine just accepted a new position in China, so I have recently become intimately familiar with this topic.
Searching for a job in other parts of the world may appear to be more challenging, but the same job search techniques apply:
- Find the international headhunters – Trying to find a job can be a daunting task in itself. Trying to find one outside the area in which you live, whether it is out of state or outside the country adds additional complexities. In many cases, hiring a headhunter with experience in a specific geographical area may be your best bet. To find an international headhunter, simply search on LinkedIn or on www.NPAWorldwide.com in the same way that you would search for a headhunter in your city or state. You may also want to join Xing.com, a global professional networking site similar to LinkedIn.
- Search on the job boards – Although Monster, Careerbuilder, and Hotjobs may be effective job search tools in the US, they may not be as effective in countries like Japan, Italy or India. So how then do you find the best job boards to search on? Simply search for someone in your LinkedIn network who lives in your country of choice and who is working in your industry, and ask them for their opinions. You can also join Yahoo Groups that attract people from the specific country or you can ask a question on LinkedIn to gain the opinions from people in the specific countries.
- Navigate the corporate maze – One way to get the opportunity to go overseas is via a transfer from your current employer. Search for jobs in companies that have locations outside the US. During your interviews, ask tactful questions about how you might obtain one of those opportunities down the road. For example, ask "What international growth opportunities are available for employees?"
- Networking, networking and more networking – My friend who moved to China found his job lead because of a networking event. He attended the event and then saw the job posted by a recruiter who was a member of the same group. They connected, he interviewed, and within a few months, he was all set. Was this luck? No, my friends, it's just good old fashion networking!
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
The moral of the story is this: seek and you shall find. You may need to dig a bit deeper for a position outside of your realm, but if that is your passion, go for it! If you are thinking outside the country, also think outside the box as you search. One day soon you will earn your golden globe.