Five Top Tips For Expat Job Seekers
Do you dream of working abroad? Find out what it takes to make an attractive profile on the international job market and dare to start a new career adventure! Title photo: Freepik
Moving abroad is no walk in the park, but neither is it a walk over hot coals. You can make it an exciting journey that is worth going the extra mile for. Relocating often means facing challenges like language barriers or culture shock, sometimes in the workplace. The key to getting ahead in a new location is to recognise the challenges you might face and take proactive steps to overcome them.
Jobspin brings you a selection of expat-friendly advice for job seekers and career changers.
#1 – Rewrite Your Story
Moving somewhere new means making a ‘‘fresh start’’. This is the perfect time to rethink your career goals and refresh your CV. Do your research and find out what employers are looking for. Take note of keywords in job descriptions and double-check that your CV clearly states your transferrable skills.
#2 – Show Your Value
It is important to showcase your experience and the value you have to offer effectively. A pro tip is to quantify everything on your CV. In fact, one of three employers won’t even look at a resume that lacks quantifiable results. If you have ever encountered bias at work, then numbers are your best asset. No one can deny your competence when you present them with the hard facts.
#3 – Attend Job Fairs
A great way to show your interest and introduce yourself to international employers is by attending job fairs. You can meet recruiters face-to-face, get feedback on your CV and find out more about vacant positions. With dozens of employers under one roof, job fairs are the main networking event to fast-track your job search.
#4 – Be Flexible
Competing with local candidates for positions often leaves expats at a disadvantage. It is a good idea to keep your options open.
Consider trying something new like teaching a language or working in customer service. These may not be the job of your dreams, but they often have good benefits, such as language lessons and relocation packages.
#5 – Plan Ahead
Job searching may not be as quick and easy as one might hope for. Finalising accommodation, visas and work permits can take longer than expected.
Start your search well in advance and don’t be discouraged if you fall behind schedule. It might be possible for you to negotiate a start date that gives you enough time to get settled.
The key to creating success as an expat is being able to adapt, keeping a positive mindset and having courage.
Read our Expat Guides for the Czech Republic
- Residence requirements
- Health insurance
- Learn Czech
- Find housing
- Open a bank account
- Get a phone number
At Jobspin, we want to help you find your dream job in the Czech Republic. Check out our jobs board where you can apply for hundreds of multilingual roles on Jobspin.cz. Discover career opportunities in Prague and Brno at the Jobspin Multilingual Job Fair!