BECOME EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Jobs abroad typically pool applicants from all over the world; that’s a lot of competition. Whether you are interested in teaching children in Africa, building harps in Wales, or researching coral reefs off the coast of Australia, how do you stand out from the crowd?
Part I: The Hunt. You’ve found the perfect job: now, all you have to do is get it. Applying online is very different than personally dropping off an application or going in for an interview. Update your resume, get your qualifications globally recognized, write personalized cover letters, and fill the application with relevant allusions to the position and its relation to your life at home.
Part II: The Preparation. While finding and getting a job abroad might seem like more work than the actual position, don’t slack off with formalities and don’t celebrate too early.
You’re in the adult world now! International jobs don’t usually offer the same walk throughs and packing lists as your high school exchange program or that volunteer placement you were part of last summer. Time to step up to the plate! Start off by doing the following:
Organize your travel documents. Remember that visa we mentioned? Now it’s time for all the logistics. While you’re at it, check on your passport as well.
Might wanna make a few copies, just to be safe.
Buy a pocket dictionary. If you are moving to a country where English is not the main language, brush up on the basic phrases and pick up a small dictionary. You might look dorky and touristy at times, but not everywhere offers wifi reception, and at times, asking for the ambulance is more important than keeping your cool.
Health insurance? If it’s not offered through your employer, find out what options work best for you? It doesn’t hurt to have one last check-up at home either.
Research. Good excuse to watch movies and read colorful blogs. Find out as much about your host country as possible. This will help you not only compile an effective packing list, but also get your mind to start thinking in a different way and ease the effects of culture